Fitbit has been in the activity tracking field a lot longer than many of its competitors and its experience brings one of the best fitness platforms out there when it comes to presenting how much, or how little you move in an easy-to-understand format.
It delivers the data but it does so in a simple and user-friendly way so you aren't swamped with too much detail. The Fitbit app is comprehensive though and while the basic features it offers might be obvious, some of Fitbit's best functions are a little harder to find.
Don't worry though, we are here to help. This feature highlights all the tips and tricks of the Fitbit app to help you get the most out of your fitness tracker. We've also added in a couple of specific tips for the Charge, Charge HR, Flex, Surge and the Blaze at the end to give you an extra helping hand. For those still deciding which Fitbit tracker is right for you, we have a separate feature explaining the differences between them all so be sure to check that out too.
Fitbit app Dashboard tips and tricks
Edit what you see in Dashboard: On iOS, tap edit in the top left and untick the metrics you don't to see appear. On Android, hold down the metric you want to remove and drag it to the red cross.
Edit the order of the Dashboard: Again, tap edit in the top left and drag the metrics up and down using the three lines on the right. Make sure you press done in the top left when you're finished.
How to see a different day's activity: Tap the left or right hand arrows in between the Fitbit banner and your Fitbit device. The information you first see on the Dashboard when you launch the Fitbit app will be what will be available for each day you go back.
How to manually log food, exercise, weight, sleep and water: Tap on the + in the top right hand corner and select the metric you wish to manually log.
How to track a walk, run or hike with connected GPS: Tap the + icon in the top right and select Track Exercise. Make sure the Track option is selected at the top and choose run, walk or hike from the first menu by tapping on it. Press start at the bottom of the screen and the Fitbit app will use your phone's GPS to track your run, walk or hike.
How to setup voice cues during exercise: Like above, tap the + icon and select Track Exercise. Select the Cues menu and you can set which ones you want to hear, if you want to hear them at all, at what frequency you'd like to hear them and at what volume. You can also get to the voice cue settings through the Account tab by heading into the Exercise Tracking menu under the Settings section.
How to control your music from the Fitbit app: To turn on Music Control, tap the + icon again, select Track Exercise and tap the Music Control menu. From here you can turn shuffle on or off and select what music you want to play with options including Last Playing, All Music and Recently Played.
How to see a breakdown of your daily activity: From the Dashboard, select the metric you want to see more information. This will bring up a summary in a list format of your entire history by day of that particular metric, such as steps. There is a graph at the top that shows a weekly summary but a further tap on any of the days listed will give you an hourly summary for that day in a graph. You can also hold down on a particular hour to see the information in number format for 15-minute intervals.
How to set a silent alarm on your Fitbit device: If your Fitbit supports a silent alarms feature, you'll be able to set it up in the Dashboard tab by clicking on your tracker at the top. You can either turn on an alarm if you have already set one, or set up a new alarm.
How to turn notifications on or off on your Fitbit device: If you have a Fitbit that supports notifications, these can be turned on or off by selecting your tracker in the Dashboard tab and tapping the notifications menu. It will depend on which device you have as to what options appear here, if any.
How to see your Fitbit's battery level: Tap on the name of your tracker at the top of the Dashboard to see when it last synced, as well as what software build and battery level it is on. There is also a battery indicator next to the name of your tracker at the top of the Dashboard.
How to select your main goal on Fitbit: Fitbit offers the choice of four mains goals - steps, distance, calories burned and floors climbed. To choose the one you want to concentrate on, tap on your Fitbit tracker at the top of the Dashboard and scroll down to Main Goal.
How to manually sync your Fitbit: To force your Fitbit activity tracker to sync, click on it at the top of the Dashboard and scroll down until you see Sync Now at the bottom. You will also see All-Day Sync above it, which if you turn on ensures your Fitbit syncs automatically.
Set an Hourly Activity Goal on Fitbit: If you want to make sure you take 250 steps each hour between certain times in the day, you can set this up by clicking on your activity tracker at the top of Dashboard and scrolling down to the Hourly Activity Goal option. It allows you to set a start time and an end time and you can choose anywhere between five and 14 consecutive hours in a day.
How to see how well you slept on Fitbit: Fitbit trackers automatically monitor sleep if you wear them to bed. To see the data collected, which includes time asleep and sleep quality, scroll down to the sleep section on the Dashboard. Like the other metrics, you'll see a history if you tap on the sleep section and a further tap will pull up a sleep graph. Tap the graph again and you'll be able to see more information such as "Restless 9 min" with the exact time.
Fitbit app Account tips and tricks
How to change your Fitbit profile information: Click on your name within the Account tab and press Edit Your Profile. From here, you can change your picture, birthday, height, weight and gender.
How to see your Fitbit badges: To see all the top badges you have earned by walking around with your Fitbit, head into your name in the Account tab like above. Clicking on each badge will show you when you last earned it and allow you to share it.
How to see all your Fitbit badge collection: If you want to see every badge you have earned since owning your Fitbit tracker, click on your name in the Account tab and scroll down past Top Badges until you hit Badge Collection. Tapping on this will show you all your achievements and again, you can click on each one to see when you earned it and share it.
How to make your Fitbit more accurate: To get the most accurate reading from your Fitbit tracker, make sure your profile information is accurate and make sure the app knows which wrist you're wearing your Fitbit on. In the Account or Dashboard tab, click on the activity tracker itself at the top. The first option menu is wrist, which when selected will allow you to choose between dominant and non-dominant. It will adjust your Fitbit accordingly.
How to change your activity goals on Fitbit: Select Activity under the Goals section within the Account tab. From here, you can change your step goal, distance goal, calories burned goal, active minutes goal and floors climbed goal.
How to set an exercise goal on Fitbit: Selecting Exercise under the Goals section within the Account tab will allow you to choose the number of days a week you are aiming to exercise for.
How to set a sleep goal on Fitbit: Selecting Sleep under the Goals section within the Account tab will allow you to choose a Time Asleep goal.
How to set a weight goal on Fitbit: Selecting Nutrition and Body under the Goals section within the Account tab will allow you to select your overall goal, such as lose weight or maintain weight, as well as your goal weight, start date and starting weight.
How to set a goal body fat percentage on Fitbit: Goal Body Fat percentage is once again under the Nutrition and Body goals section in the Account tab. Fitbit offers you an indication of what a normal range would be based on your gender, but you can choose whatever you want to aim for.
How to remove weight and body fat goals altogether from Fitbit: If you don't want to see weight or body fat goals at all then go into the Nutrition and Body Goals section in the Account tab and tap the three dots in the top right hand corner. You can then choose to remove the weight goal or the body fat goal, or both.
How to set a custom heart rate zone on Fitbit: Not all Fitbit trackers have heart rate monitors, but for the ones that do, it is possible to set a custom zone. Within the Account tab, head to the Settings section and open the Heart Rate Zones menu. Turning the Custom Zone toggle on will allow you to set an upper limit and a lower limit.
How to change the metric units your Fitbit registers your activity in: Head to the Advanced Settings menu under the Settings section in Account. Selecting the Units menu will allow you to change between centimetres and kilometres or feet and miles, kilograms, pounds or stone and ounces or milliliters.
How to change your Fitbit's sleep tracking sensitivity: Like metrics, adjusting sleep tracking sensitivity is found in the Advanced Settings menu. You can choose between normal and sensitive.
How to change which day your Fitbit starts the week on: You want to start your week on a Sunday instead of a Monday? No problem. Again, head to Advanced Settings and tap on the Start Week On menu. The options are only Sunday or Monday though.
Which apps are compatible with Fitbit: There are several apps that will link up to Fitbit, including MyFitnessPal, Weight Watchers, Strava, MapMyRun and RunKeeper. To find out all the compatible apps, head to the Account tab and scroll down to Compatible Apps. It will take you to the Fitbit website page that lists them all.
Fitbit app Challenge and Friends tips and tricks
How to set yourself a challenge on Fitbit: If you need a little extra motivation, there are four challenges you can set yourself within the Fitbit app. Just tap the Challenges tab at the bottom of your app screen and select the challenge you want to take on.
How to find Fitbit friends: Head to the Friends tab and click on Add Friends. This will allow you to search through your contacts, Facebook and email. To add a friend, just tap the add button on the right.
How to send a message to a Fitbit friend: Under the Friends tab you will see all your Fitbit Friends. Clicking on friend will allow you to send a message to them, as well as cheer them and taunt them. You'll also be able to see their top badges and a click on each badge will show you how many times they have earned it and when it was easy achieved.
How to see how you're doing compared to your friends on Fitbit: To see the step leaderboard, head to the Friends tab in the Fitbit app and you'll be greeted immediately with how you are doing compared to your friends. It's a rolling leaderboard so no slacking or you'll be heading for the bottom.
How to see your Fitbit messages: To see all your messages from your Fitbit friends, head to the Friends tab and tap messages on the top bar.
Fitbit Charge and Charge HR tips and tricks
How to tag an activity on the Fitbit Charge and Charge HR: The Charge and Charge HR will automatically track some activities but if you want to make sure your device picks up whatever activity you're about to do, hold the button on the left of the display down until it vibrates. Hold it down again when you finish and a summary of your workout will appear in the Fitbit app where you will be able to tag it.
How to customise the order of what you see on your Fitbit Charge or Charge HR display: Select your activity tracker at the top of the Dashboard and scroll down the screen to Customise Display. From here you will be able to hide or show the metrics you want to display by ticking or unticking them, as well as reorder them using the three lines on the left to drag and drop in the position you want.
How to change what you see when you tap your Fitbit Charge or Charge HR: The Fitbit Charge and Charge HR both come with a tap gesture feature that allows you to see the metric of your choosing with a double tap on the main body. To change this metric, click on your tracker at the top of the Dashboard and select what you want to see.
How to turn quick view on or off on your Fitbit Charge HR or Charge: The Fitbit Charge and Charge HR also come with a Quick View feature that will show the clock when you lift your wrist or flick your wrist. To turn it on or off, head to your tracker at the top of the Dashboard, scroll down to Quick View and choose your preference.
Fitbit Blaze tips and tricks
How to return to the Home clock display quickly on your Fitbit Blaze: Press the button on the left of your Blaze's display and you will be returned to the home screen no matter where you are in the menu options.
How to customise the clock face on your Fitbit Blaze: There are four clock face options for the Fitbit Blaze, each of which has its own tap-sensitive interactive features. To change click on your Blaze tracker at the top of the Dashboard in the Fitbit app and select the Clock Face option to change.
How to turn off notifications or access music controls on your Fitbit Blaze: You don't need the Fitbit app to access music controls or toggle notifications on or off. From the home screen on the Blaze, a swipe down from the top will bring these options up. If you are in exercise mode or another screen other than the home display, hold the top right button down for three seconds and they will appear.
How to use the Fitbit Blaze to turn your music up or down: When in exercise mode on the Fitbit Blaze, if you want to control the volume of your music, hold the top right button down for three seconds. You'll then be able to pause, play and skip tracks as well as use the top and bottom right buttons to adjust the music level when in the music control screen.
How to see your notifications on the Fitbit Blaze: An upward swipe from the bottom of the home clock display will pull up your notifications, which can be deleted by swiping right on the notification itself. If you are in exercise mode or on a different screen other than the home screen, hold the bottom right button for three seconds and your notifications will appear.
Fitbit Surge tips and tricks
How to control your music from the Fitbit Surge: Make sure your Fitbit Surge and your smartphone are connected via Bluetooth and then start playing a playlist on your phone. Pressing the Home button on the Surge will display what track is playing while the Select button will allow you to pause and the Action button will enable you to skip a track.
How to change the exercise list on your Fitbit Surge: To change the exercises and the order at which they appear on your Fitbit Surge or Fitbit Blaze, head to the activity tracker tab at the top of the Dashboard and select Customise Display to change things around.
How to change the clock face on your Fitbit Surge: Like with the Blaze and Charge HR, you can change the clock face on your Fitbit Surge by tapping on its section in the Dashboard tab of the app and heading into the Clock Face menu.
How to ensure you get a good heart rate reading on the Fitbit Surge: The Fitbit Surge uses Fitbit's PurePulse heart rate technology, like the Blaze and the Charge HR. To get a good heart rate reading, the company recommends wearing your activity tracker slightly higher up your arm, one finger width from the wrist bone. It also tells you not to wear it too tight.
Fitbit Flex tips and tricks
How to make the Fitbit Flex more secure: The Flex's fastening is a little less secure than other Fitbit devices but the company does offer rubber bands that can be placed around where the strap overlaps to make sure it doesn't come off even if the pins come loose.
How to find out how close you are to your goal on the Fitbit Flex: Double tapping the Fitbit Flex will display the LED lights. There are a total of four so you can work out from how many light up how close you are to your goal.
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