Fitbit is essentially synonymous with step tracking, but the company's newer smartwatches and fitness bands are capable of more than just tracking activity. The Google-owned digital health company has packed its recent wearables with updates and features, including new metrics like a readiness score, a faster pairing process for Android devices and the ability to measure stress levels on the Fitbit Sense and Charge 5.
Fitbit sells a range of different trackers and smartwatches. The $100 Inspire 2 fitness band is among the cheapest, while the $300 Sense smartwatch is at the high end. Because the software and features differ between devices, some of these tips might not work on all models. The steps listed below could also vary depending on whether you're using an iPhone or Android device.
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See the time even when the screen is off
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Fitbit devices are designed for fitness and activity tracking, but they double as a watch. You can make it easier to see the time at a glance without having to raise your wrist or tap the screen by enabling always-on mode. As the name implies, this makes it possible for the screen to show the time even when the display is asleep. Just remember you'll have to sacrifice a little battery life to get this benefit.
The instructions for enabling this feature vary depending on which Fitbit you own.
Choose which stats you want to see first during a workout
Exercise goals and preferences can vary depending on the person. Some people may care more about calorie burn, for example, while others prioritize heart rate. That's why you can choose which stats you want to see during a workout on the Fitbit Sense, Versa and Ionic series.
Get started by opening the watch's Exercise app and choosing the workout you'd like to customize. From there, tap the gear icon in the top left if you own an Ionic, Versa, Versa Lite Edition or Versa 2, and select the Customize stats option. Then, choose which stats you want to see in the top, middle and bottom slots on your device.
The directions are a little different for Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 owners. From the Exercise app, select the workout you'd like to customize and then swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the device's exercise settings. Under the Show stats section, you can select the top, middle and bottom options to edit the stats you'd like to see in each slot.
Pair your Fitbit with Android just by holding it near your phone
Fitbit and Google want to make setting up your new device almost effortless. Taking a page from Apple's book, Google's Fast Pair feature speeds up the pairing process by connecting your new Fitbit to your Android phone when the two devices are near one another. You just need to turn on your Fitbit device and make sure your phone's Bluetooth is enabled to get started, and then you should see a prompt to download Fitbit's app. It works on models such as the Luxe, Charge 5 and Inspire 2.
Customize your exercise options
We all prefer certain workouts over others, whether it's running, spinning, yoga or just walking. Luckily, Fitbit lets you tailor the list of available workouts to your liking on certain devices. Just open the Fitbit app, tap on your profile picture and select your device. Then, tap Exercise Shortcuts to modify your Fitbit's workout options. You can select the + Exercise Shortcut button to add a new activity type, swipe left on a workout to delete it or use the Edit button to reorder your workouts. Just note that the Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 do not have a shortcuts list, but Fitbit says all workout modes are available in the exercise app for the Sense, Versa and Ionic series watches.