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Fitbit users take to forums to vent about Charge 3 blank screen issue

Fitbit Charge 3 might be one of the best fitness trackers around, but it is not without its issues. The latest comes in the form of a blank screen problem. Luckily, there are a couple of things you can try that might resolve the issue.

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Hundreds of frustrated users have taken to Fitbit forums and other social channels to complain about a blank/black display that’s plaguing their Charge 3. One of the threads currently has 368 posts!

The screen simply stops responding. The fitness tracker remains active, vibrates when buttons are pushed or notifications come through, and still syncs fine to the app. But you can’t see anything. For some the screen switches back on when plugged into the charger, for others it does not.

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Last week, a Fitbit forum moderator provided a workaround that consists of doing a simple reboot. This is also the suggested solution if your Charge 3 is not syncing, if it’s not responding to button presses, taps, or swipes or if it’s not tracking your steps and other stats.

A hard-reboot restarts the device, but does not delete any data. Simply slot your Fitbit into the charging cable and plug it in. Then press and hold the button on the left of its screen for 8 seconds. When you see a smiley icon and the tracker vibrates, your Charge 3 has restarted. You are now ready to use it again.

It is worth mentioning that this has not resolved the issue for everyone. So yesterday Fitbit offered another workaround. It consists of changing the clock face in the Fitbit app. It seems this may be the culprit in some cases. Once synced, your screen may spring back to life. If not, simply change the clock face back.

Both of these solutions are worth a go if you’re experiencing the problem. Hopefully Fitbit will sling a firmware update to Charge 3 users soon that will provide a permanent fix.

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43 thoughts on “Fitbit users take to forums to vent about Charge 3 blank screen issue

  • January 28, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    The restart workedvfor me. I truly hope Fitbit fixes the problem. This is my third type and I like it the best.

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    • October 12, 2019 at 7:19 am
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      All true to reboot the Fitbit charge have failed for me. The screen continues to remain black.Any better suggestions welcomed.

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    • December 20, 2019 at 4:27 pm
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      My fitbit IONIC suddenly stopped working. It is less than 2 years old and I honestly took good care of it. Not much feedback from fitbit on problem and/or resolution. Conclusion – 25% discount on next purchase. I click on the link for discount which redirects me to their website and end up paying more than what everyone else is paying due to holiday specials. Great discount. Frustrated client pays more with 25% discount than new client. Thanks for nothing.

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    • December 27, 2019 at 11:13 pm
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      call fitbit or use chat… they will guide you on how to fix your charge 3, if they can’t fix it remotely, they will send you a replacement. It happened to me and fitbit is good that way.

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    • February 24, 2020 at 9:37 am
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      This has happened on my charge 2 so not just limited to charge 3.
      First the HR monitor stopped working but the green led shone extremely bright. I could actually use it as a mini torch.
      This meant the battery was lasting around 8 hours rendering the watch useless along with the blank screen.
      Fitbits have been plagued with issues since they started tinkering with the app early last year and every single app update since then has caused an issue, with the blank screen being the latest in a long line of faults.
      I got fed up with their typical response being an offer of a discount on a new watch that will also suffer the same fate.
      I’ve ditched fitbit completely now for a Huawei and have so far had no issues whatsoever and even found it to be a better watch all round.

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    • March 1, 2020 at 6:13 pm
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      This reboot worked for me.

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      • March 1, 2020 at 8:35 pm
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        Glad it helped!

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    • March 16, 2020 at 8:59 pm
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      I tried to restart and I’ve tried changing the clock face at least 15 to 20 times in the last 24 hours, it does not fix the problem of the Fitbit works, but the display face is blank. The Fitbit is only several months old so this is extremely frustrating. I’ve seen no other fixes on any form I’ve read in the last 24 hours.

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  • January 28, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    I have tried both solutions and neither work. My screen is still black. What can I do?
    Thank you,
    Jeri

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    • January 29, 2019 at 12:16 am
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      Fitbit hasn’t offered any further solutions. You can wait for a firmware update that will hopefully resolve the problem – or ask Fitbit for a replacement.

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    • August 13, 2019 at 2:00 am
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      I tried the reboot and the clock face work around. Neither of them work. What now?

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      • February 19, 2020 at 8:42 pm
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        Same with me, tried rebooting and clock face neither worked, phone will not sync either
        most disappointing

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    • October 12, 2019 at 5:09 am
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      Hi there. My fitbit charge 3 just went blank. I tried to plug in the charger but nothing happened. Just waiting for it to start. The display is not working.. Just conked off…

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  • January 28, 2019 at 11:07 pm
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    My charge 3 screen went blank. It sync’d with the app. Just used the fix and saw the smiley face..It is back for now-but this should not happen on a device this nice.

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    • March 14, 2019 at 9:34 pm
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      Agree! I’ve had mine 3 weeks, woke up to blank screen and spent hours trying to figure out what was going on….back on for now, but i’m worried it will just quit any minute! I love this one, but not happy about investing in something that has such a significant flaw.

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  • January 29, 2019 at 8:32 am
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    Mine doesn’t work with the restart nor can I change the clock face as it won’t bluetooth. I deleted the link and then tried to re-sync it – but guess what – nothing – wont sync 🙁

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  • January 29, 2019 at 10:09 am
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    my charger 3 screen,i can only see a notification and the screen display when I press on the side or touch the screen, before its comes on when I rotate your wrist?

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    • April 10, 2019 at 4:48 am
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      Hey Mr Chinedu

      My hubby had this issue. There is an option in settings to stop the display when you move your wrist to view it. Worked for us. It seems to turn itself off sometimes or maybe just sensitive when you scroll through options.

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      • May 4, 2019 at 2:00 am
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        I can’t find this setting

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      • May 30, 2019 at 8:28 am
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        I have had my fitbit charge 3 for 3 months. The screen has gone black, green sensor not working, and it wont sync to my phone. This thing was a big disappointment and luckly I got it at Target who found my charge and will give me store credit. Think I will just return it and get a samsung fit.

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  • January 29, 2019 at 7:11 pm
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    I have actually had this same issue off and on with my Alta.

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  • January 30, 2019 at 5:12 pm
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    My husbands charger 3 is not charging. It will not hold a partial charge but one day or less. Is there anyway it can be replaced???

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    • January 30, 2019 at 7:47 pm
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      You can buy a new one on Amazon – it costs $5. It might not be the charger though – maybe the fitness tracker is faulty. Fitbit should replace it as its still under guarantee.

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  • January 30, 2019 at 6:17 pm
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    Changing the clock face fixed the issue. Oh and I was able to change it back and my display still worked.

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    • June 18, 2019 at 5:55 am
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      How did you do this I can’t find any clock face on my Charge 3 to change.

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  • March 10, 2019 at 2:40 pm
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    I have had the blank screen problem twice since I bought my Fitbit charge 3 more than a month ago. The first time, two weeks ago, I was able to restart it but the second time, yesterday, nothing helped, I tried repeatedly all the suggested solutions. I gave up and I brought the tracker back to the shop and got my money back.

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  • March 31, 2019 at 3:15 pm
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    The restart while plugged in did not work for me but changing the clock face has worked! Changed the clock face on my phone and the screen has come back on like normal. Thanks! 🙂

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  • May 25, 2019 at 6:29 pm
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    That is not the only product where Fitbit has failed its customers. Soooooo many owners are experiencing product failure just beyond the 365 day warranty period. Fitbit just says ‘thanks for letting us know. We invite you to buy another one.’ No corporate responsibility whatsoever.
    As a former Ionic owner I would never buy one of their products again. I am not the only one who feels like this. Just check out all of the complaints on their Fitbit community forum.

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    • July 13, 2019 at 7:16 pm
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      “Fitbit just says ‘thanks for letting us know. We invite you to buy another one.’”

      I’m going to call a scam a scam. I’m on my second FB that died within must months of purchase. Both times, FB has given me the runaround with “fixes,” blaming the user and the iPhone app instead of their device. Their best solution to an issue that many users have is to tell them to buy another product. Please stop supporting this company — they are thieves.

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  • July 22, 2019 at 3:55 am
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    I have been having the same problem with mine for the last two days. I have done what the advice was to try and ‘fix’ the issue but nothing. So I thought I would be smart and remove the device from the app, now the stupid thing wont reconnect at all. It’s still on but I can’t sync it to the app. AAHH!! So frustrating, especially when it’s been your only watch for eight months now! Any suggestions other than buying a new one?

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  • August 22, 2019 at 1:42 am
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    I have the same problem as everyone else on this forum. Tried changing the clock face – no change. Tried holding the side button, but still have a black face. This is absolutely ridiculous. It is only 2 months old and we all have the same problem. I would never buy a new one – this is a huge issue with fitbit. I have spent sooooo much time trying to fix this stupid thing – very, very frustrating. Do you have a sensible suggestion other than suggesting I buy a new one!!!!!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Hi I had the same issue for the second time, try holding the button down while being charge. The you will see a 🙂 face appearing. leave it on charge and should be GTG

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  • October 1, 2019 at 9:05 pm
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    My first charge2 stpped working and was replaced for free untill that stopped working, my wife also had 3 charge 2, 2 replacements.
    My charge 3 has been replaced twice, and I am not using it anymore, I bought a Garmin.
    My wife has a charge 3 since februari, and stopped working again, first the screen went black like mine did twice, now it just stopped recordibg anything, time and messages are working.

    So either these watches are far to expensive ( 4 purchased and 7 times replaced for free!!) or it is just a bad product or it is a bad product and too expensive.

    and I forgot that we had a charge 2, and a charge 3 replaced because the wristband disintegrated, so actually 4 purchases and 9 replacements, is 11 watches for the price of 4.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 5:34 pm
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    Mine hadn’t worked all morning, took it off for 5 minutes (not even) and read this article. Thought to myself, I’ll work on it when I get home. Put it back on for safe keeping and the screen was back on. Weird.

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  • October 15, 2019 at 5:05 pm
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    Mine has been blank for 3 days now, it’s been this way on and off for months since I bought it for my police training last October. I went from the Charge 2 to the Charge 3, bought it at SportChek and had to return the first one. Got the Ionic and that had massive issues, back to the Charge 3 and here I am with a blank screen. Still monitors my heart and steps, been great since I had a stroke a year ago (37 years old) >_< It often does this weird left to right display sway thing but doesn't turn on. I like Fitbit, I do, but don't really need a $1,000 watch like Garmin or some other (that's rent money right there).

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  • October 22, 2019 at 6:21 pm
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    Hi All,
    Had the same problem with my Charge 2. One moment it was working and then suddenly the screen went blank. Resetting the device as per Fiitbit team suggestion was a mistake, as you lose sync connectivity with your mobile device. If the tracker is working atleast you can sync the data and see stats on your mobile.

    If I remember correctly the screen went blank just after a firmware update and immediately after the Warranty period has expired. Fitbit chose to cite the Warranty expired reason for not providing a solution to fix the problem in my device. A search on the net showed several other devices had faced the same problem. Sometimes brands dont live upto our expectation, or it is just me having a bad experiene.

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    • January 4, 2020 at 6:15 pm
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      I was able to fix the blank screen issue twice using the reset during the warranty period. After the warranty term expired, the blank screen was permanent; conveniently not long after an update. I tried every method posted and nothing worked. Being an electrical and firmware engineer I find this highly suspect. Poor quality is one thing; intentionally sabotaging devices to prompt additional sales is unethical. Apparently, enough people are willing to continue purchasing these devices to offset the loss of business due to this practice.

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  • October 27, 2019 at 8:52 pm
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    I’ve had all the same problems, not charging, black screen and now if I have it plugged onto the charger it turns hot to the touch, I haven’t seen this problem before, my button won’t push in, the thing is hot and dead.

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  • November 17, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    I am having the same issue with my charge 3. Screen is black and won’t power on. I have reset it multiple times and still don’t work.

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  • November 29, 2019 at 2:46 am
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    The blank screen was just the start. Vertical lines appeared on the screen and despite rebooting they have not gone away – although, the screen no longer goes blank. The latest development is that the tracker and app are not synchronizing and the tracker ‘forgets’ the app. I have had to re-pair the tracker and app several times. However, a day later the tracker “forgets” and I am forced to go through the whole process again.

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  • January 5, 2020 at 11:05 pm
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    Fitbit Charge 3 only 6 months old no display now it won’t sync. Tried all solutions offered but may it rest in Fitbit peace.

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  • February 26, 2020 at 3:25 pm
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    Had my charge 3 since Xmas worked 2 weeks screen black. Tried all your hints.
    Held button down
    Tried changing clock face they all say not compatible to my “3”.
    Was chatting with someone and lost connection.
    Bought thru Amazon am very frustrated should I try and exchange .

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