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How to change time on a Fitbit smartwatch or fitness tracker

The clocks moved back one hour today in Europe and the same is set to happen in the US on November 3rd. Typically, regions that use daylight saving time shift the time forward at the beginning of spring and reverse it in the autumn. This ensures daylight lasts longer during the summer months.

If you have a Fitbit, you may be wondering if there’s anything you need to do to adjust the clock on your wearable. Knowing how to adjust the time on your smartwatch or fitness tracker might also come in handy if it’s incorrect or you are travelling across different time zones. It turns out, this is quite easy to do.

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To cut a long story short, your wearable gets the time from your mobile phone or computer that you use to sync. As long as your mobile phone has the correct time, the Fitbit on your wrist should display the correct time as well. If the automatic sync does not update the time on your fitness tracker or smartwatch, do a manual sync. If that doesn’t work you may want to try restarting the Fitbit and/or your smartphone.

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Having said that, some features on your wearable may be affected on the day the time shifts occurs. All of these should resolve themselves by the next day.

For example, because of the 1 hour discrepancy, your sleep logs for that night may be off. This can be corrected manually in the app by clicking the Today tab rtaImage?eid=ka10b000000lGH6&feoid=00N40000002XSgr&refid=0EM0b000000iC2P - How to change time on a Fitbit smartwatch or fitness tracker, then selecting the sleep tile. Identify the sleep log you wish to edit, tap the three dots next to it and select the option to edit. Then simply adjust the time so that it reflects the correct number of hours you slept that night.

One thing to keep in mind are that the alarms may be incorrect by the 1 hour the day the time shift happens. If you have an important meeting, it might be a good idea to set up a backup alarm to account for the possibility of the incorrect time showing on your Fitbit.

Finally, you may get woken up by hourly activity goal reminders when moving to a different time frame. If this is a problem, simply turn the reminders off temporarily and enable them the next day.

Fitbit also recommends switching on the All-Day Sync option on the days that the clock moves forward or backward. This insures the time on your wearable updates more quickly and helps to avoid some of the above issues.

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