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How to update time on a Fitbit smartwatch or fitness tracker

The clocks moved back one hour today in Europe. The same is set to happen in the US on the first Sunday of November, which this year falls on November 1. 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.

How to update time on Fitbit

If you have a Fitbit, you may be wondering if there’s anything you need to do to adjust the clock. Knowing how to do this might also come in handy if it’s incorrect or you are traveling 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 wearable device, do a manual sync. If that doesn’t work you may want to try restarting the Fitbit and/or your smartphone.

How to change time on a Fitbit smartwatch or fitness tracker
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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 screwed. You can correct this manually in the app by clicking the Today tab, then selecting the sleep tile. Identify the sleep log in question, 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.

Don’t forget the alarms

One thing to keep in mind is 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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