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How do I navigate my Fitbit device's screen?

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Learn how to navigate your Fitbit device.
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The screen on Alta and Alta HR is dimmed when not in use. It wakes up automatically when you turn your wrist towards you (known as Quick View), or you can double-tap your tracker where the display meets the band as shown below.
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To advance between screens and see your stats, give Alta or Alta HR a tap. Note that Alta and Alta HR don't respond to swipes.

To get the basics on Fitbit Blaze, choose a section below.

Waking a Dimmed Screen

The Blaze screen dims when not in use. To wake it up:
  • Turn your wrist towards you
  • Tap the screen
  • Press any button

Using the Clock and Menus

The starting screen is a clock. On the clock you can:
  • Swipe up to see any notifications.
  • Swipe down to use shortcuts for controlling music or turning notifications on and off.
  • Swipe left and right to see menus.
  • (Some clock faces) Tap to see your all-day stats.
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To browse different clock designs, see How do I change the clock face on my Fitbit device?
Tap to open a menu:

Using the Buttons

Blaze has three buttons: Action, Select, and Back.
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Use the Back button to return to the previous screen. The behavior of the Action and Select buttons depends on the screen, but usually these buttons are an alternative to tapping. For example, during an exercise you can tap the pause icon in the lower right or tap the Select button next to it instead.

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To get the basics on Fitbit Charge 2, choose a section below.

Waking a Dimmed Screen

The Charge 2 screen dims when not in use. To wake it up:
  • Press the button
  • Turn your wrist towards you
  • Double-tap the screen

Using the Clock and Menus

The default or "home" screen is a clock. On the clock you can:
  • Tap to see your steps taken, heart rate, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, and active minutes.
  • Press the button to move to specialized menus. 
To browse different clock designs, see How do I change the clock face on my Fitbit device?
Press the button to open a specialized menu:
  • Heart rate— Shows your current heart rate. Tap to see your resting heart rate. 
  • Exercise—Tap to move through your exercise choices, then press and hold the button to start the selected exercise. Press and hold the button again to end the exercise. For more information, see How do I use multisport or exercise mode on my tracker?
  • Alarms—Tap to scroll through any alarms you’ve set. Press and hold the button to disable or enable any alarms. For more information, see How do I manage silent alarms?
  • Stopwatch—Press and hold the button to start the stopwatch. Press the button to stop and resume the stopwatch. Press and hold the button again to reset the stopwatch.
  • Relax—Tap to choose a guided breathing session. Press and hold the button to start the session.

To get the basics on Fitbit Ionic, choose a section below. For more information about the apps and features on Ionic, see About Fitbit Ionic.

Wake a Dimmed Screen

The Ionic screen dims when not in use. To wake it up:
  • Turn your wrist towards you
  • Tap the screen
  • Press any button

Use the Clock and Apps

The home screen is a clock:
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On the clock you can:
  • Swipe up to see notifications.
  • Swipe down to control music.
  • Swipe right to see the shortcuts screen.
  • Swipe left to scroll through the apps installed on your watch. 
  • (Some clock faces) Tap to see your all-day stats.
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To browse different clock designs, see How do I change the clock face on my Fitbit device?
To open an app, swipe to find the app and then tap it. For more information on how to manage apps on Ionic, see How do I install and manage apps on my Fitbit watch? 
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Use the Buttons

Ionic has a touch screen with a colored LCD and three buttons: back, top, and bottom. 
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Press and hold the buttons on Ionic for a faster way to use Fitbit Pay, control music, and see notifications. Ionic displays notifications as they come in and also saves them so you can check later.
 

To use Fitbit Pay, press and hold the back button. For more information about Fitbit Pay, see What should I know about Fitbit Pay?
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To control music, press and hold the top button. For more information about music on Ionic, see How do I listen to music and podcasts on my Fitbit watch?

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To scroll through notifications, press and hold the bottom button. For more information about notifications on Ionic, see How do I get notifications from my phone on my Fitbit device?
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Shortcuts to Apps

Press the buttons on Ionic for quick access to your favorite apps. To access these shortcuts, Ionic must be on the clock screen. The buttons are mapped as follows:

  • Top button—opens the app located in the top left of the first app screen. If you haven’t reordered your apps, the Today app (User-added image) opens.
  • Bottom button—opens the app located in the bottom left of the first app screen. If you haven’t reordered your apps, the Exercise app (User-added image) opens.

For more information on how to rearrange the apps on Ionic, see How do I install and manage apps on my Fitbit watch?.

Turn Off the Screen

To turn off the Ionic screen when not in use, briefly cover the watch face with your opposite hand.

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To get the basics on Fitbit Surge, choose a section below.

Waking a Dimmed Screen

The Surge screen dims when not in use. To wake it up:
  • Turn your wrist towards you
  • Tap the screen
  • Press any button

Using the Clock and Menus

The starting screen is a clock. On the clock you can swipe left-to-right see your all-day stats and your current heart rate.

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Press the Home button to open a specialized menu. The following specialized menus are available:
  • Run— Tap and then swipe left and right to view available runs. For more information on tracking runs or exercise, see How do I use multisport or exercise mode on my tracker?
  • Exercise—Tap and then swipe left and right to view available exercises. For more information on tracking runs or exercise, see How do I use multisport or exercise mode on my tracker?
  • Timer—Press the Action button to set the timer and press the Select button to start the timer. Swipe left or right to access the stopwatch and press the Select button to start the stopwatch..
  • Alarms— Swipe left and right to view your silent alarms, then press the Select button to enable or disable an alarm. For more information see How do I manage silent alarms?
  • Settings—Swipe up and down to view available settings, then press the Select button to choose among available options for each setting. See How do I change the settings on my Surge?
When viewing a specialized menu, swipe left and right to view the different menu options. To choose a menu option, you can either press the Select button or tap the screen. To exit a specialized menu, press the Home button to return to the clock.

Using the Buttons

Surge has three buttons: Home, Select, and Action. Surge also has an available backlight.

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To use the buttons:

  • Press the Home button to switch between the clock and the menu and to leave the run, exercise, alarms, or settings screens.
  • Double-press the Home button to see the music playback control and press the Home button once more to return to the previous screen.
  • The functions of the Select and Action buttons vary depending on what you're doing. An icon next to the button indicates its current function, such as pausing and resuming, selecting an option, or snoozing or dismissing a silent alarm.
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Last updated: January 16, 2018
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