It can be frustrating when your Fitbit tracker or watch keeps running out of battery power. You might not have access to an electric outlet when you’re exercising, and charging often takes 60-120 minutes. The good news is that you can employ the detailed advice in this guide to extend battery life.
You may be using Fitbit settings and features with high energy demands. It’s also possible that the battery is wearing out or you haven’t charged it enough.
If you’d like to know how to consume less power and charge the battery to optimal levels, continue reading. You’ll also find out if it’s possible to replace a Fitbit battery and if your warranty or protection plan will cover replacement.
Why is my Fitbit battery draining so fast?
This device draws extra power when it has to perform more complex tasks or run for long periods of time. You can save energy in several ways, such as turning off alarms, notifications and reminders. To make changes, view your profile in the Fitbit app. Click the fitness tracker’s name and go to “Notifications.”
If you have a Fitbit model that monitors your heart rate, consider switching this function off. You’ll find the option under “Settings.” By default, the device monitors your pulse at all hours. You can save battery power by only using it during fitness activities.
Another energy-saving technique is to deactivate “Screen Wake.” This feature turns on the screen when your wrist moves. It can waste a lot of power if you often trigger it accidentally. To shut it off, find the “Quick View” option in your profile on the app. Several Fitbit models also let you initiate this change under “Settings.”
Some models provide a contactless payment system known as Fitbit Pay. Every transaction consumes battery power, so it might make more sense to pay with cash whenever possible.
Many Fitbits have an option that lets you conserve energy by using a smartphone’s GPS system. You can turn on “Phone GPS” under “Settings” on the device or app. A few models display this option under “Exercise” instead.
Switch off functions like “All Day Sync” and “Always Connected” to prevent them from persistently drawing power. This might also help your smartphone run longer on a charge. If you shut off “All Day Sync”, the device won’t send information to Fitbit’s database throughout the day. Instead, it will only do so when you use the mobile app.
Try to check the tracker less often. It consumes less power when the screen stays dark. If you frequently check the time, remember to look at wall clocks when possible.
Your choice of a Fitbit clock face also makes a difference. Avoid faces that use a lot of animation, show the number of seconds or have bright colors. To get started, go to your profile via the app and select “Clock Faces.” Open “All Clocks” and choose a suitable style.
Several models let you boost battery life by reducing the display’s brightness under “Settings.” Press the “Brightness” button until you reach the “Dim” level. Likewise, avoid using the “always on” screen setting. A full charge may last up to three times longer if you don’t keep the display active at all hours.
The most effective way to conserve power is to turn off the device. Consider doing so when you sleep, work at a desk or drive a car. The process varies by model. Some units let you switch them off under “About” or “Shutdown” in “Settings.” The Flyer model has a power button; you’ll need to hold it for a second. You can reactivate a Fitbit by pushing one of its buttons (hold it briefly if necessary).
Depending on the model, the battery typically takes four to 14 days to run out of power. A charger completely reenergizes it within two hours. For optimal results, fully charge the battery to 100 percent every year (at a minimum). Do this every half-year if you have a Fitbit tracker rather than a watch.
The rechargeable battery may be failing if it still drains quickly after you optimize the settings and fully charge it. Fitbit’s batteries normally last one to three years. They weren’t designed to be replaced by users. Nevertheless, you might be able to install a new unit if you have electronic repair skills. Most models use lithium-polymer batteries.
Who replaces Fitbit batteries?
Neither the manufacturer nor any major companies offer to replace them for a fee. However, Joe’s Gaming and Electronics provides this service by mail with free shipping. It has average review ratings above four stars on Facebook and Sitejabber.
Does the Fitbit warranty cover the battery?
Fitbit warranties state that they don’t guarantee “consumables (such as batteries)”, but the company appears to cover rechargeable batteries because they’re built-in and not actually “consumable.” Warranty coverage lasts 12 months.
If your tracker needs a battery and remains under warranty, the company may install a replacement. It might give you a new or refurbished device instead of replacing the battery. However, the basic Fitbit Zip has a replaceable coin-style battery that isn’t guaranteed.
What does the Fitbit protection plan cover?
When customers buy protection plans, they usually have the option to add rechargeable battery coverage. Plans with this add-on provide one replacement, but only if the battery is defective. This coverage stays in effect for two years.