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What are the reminders I see on my Fitbit device?

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Receive reminders on your Fitbit device that encourage healthy behaviors. Note that reminders are turned off while you’re asleep. 

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What’s a Fitbit health and wellness reminder?

Receive reminders on Fitbit Charge 3, Fitbit Charge 4, Fitbit Ionic, or Fitbit Versa series that encourage you to form and maintain healthy habits. 

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How do I set up health and wellness reminders? 

Set up reminders in the Fitbit app and receive notifications on your Fitbit device. 
  1. In the Fitbit app, tap your profile picture > your device image > Health and Wellness Reminders > turn the reminder on. 
    • Note that you may see a message at the top of the app with the option to turn on reminders. Tap Remind me > Got It to begin receiving reminders on your Fitbit device. On iPhones and iPads, if the Fitbit app doesn’t have permission to send you notifications, follow the on-screen instructions to set up notifications.
  2. (iPhones only) If the Fitbit app doesn’t have permission to send you notifications, you must allow notifications from Fitbit in your phone’s settings. For instructions, see How do I get notifications from my phone on my Fitbit device?

How do I turn health and wellness reminders off? 

  1. In the Fitbit app, tap your profile picture > your device image > Health & Wellness Reminders. 
  2. Turn the reminder off. 

What health and wellness behaviors can I set reminders for? 

BehaviorGoalAvailability
Wash your handsWash your hands 3 times a day.Free
Stay hydratedDrink water 3 times a day.Premium only
Moment of mindfulnessPerform a mindfulness session 1 time a day.Premium only
Eat with the sunEat during daylight hours, at least 2 times a day.Premium only
Get your heart pumpingComplete heart-pumping activities 1 time a day.Premium only

Note that certain reminders are available only with a Fitbit Premium subscription. For more information, see What should I know about Fitbit Premium?

Why didn’t I receive a reminder? 

Make sure the Fitbit app is allowed to send you notifications. For setup instructions, see How do I get notifications from my phone on my Fitbit device? 

If you have notifications set up, see Why didn't my Fitbit device alert me?
 



What's a Fitbit reminder to move?

Stay active during the day with an hourly activity goal and reminders to move.

A reminder to move is a notification that cues you to walk at least 250 steps per hour to help you meet your hourly activity goal. If you haven’t walked 250 steps, the reminder appears on your device at 10 minutes before the hour (for example, at 10:50 a.m.) and causes your device to vibrate. 
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What's my Fitbit hourly activity goal?

To start, your hourly activity goal is to take at least 250 steps per hour (which equals a few minutes of walking) from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., 7 days a week. You can adjust the hours that you track your goal and receive reminders to move. 

Note that activities that don’t include steps, such as spinning, won’t count toward your goal. If you miss your goal, you can’t make it up by taking extra steps the next hour.

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To change your goal, see How do I track my health and fitness goals with the Fitbit app?

Why do I have an hourly activity goal on my Fitbit device?

Research shows that sitting for long periods of time is linked with a higher risk of health issues, including obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, and abnormal cholesterol levels (source). Even if you meet daily exercise guidelines, extended sitting can impact your health (source). Moving a few minutes every hour can help to reduce the negative effects of sitting (source).

How do I see how many hours per day I met my hourly activity goal?

  • On-device
    1. From the clock screen, swipe up to open Fitbit Today User-added image.
    2. On the hourly activity tile User-added image, see how many steps you took this hour. 
    3. On smartwatches, swipe to see how many hours you met your goal today.
  • Fitbit app
    1. From the Today tab User-added image, tap the hourly activity tile User-added image.

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    2. On the graph at the top, swipe left to see your longest stationary period (the single longest period of time you spent sitting) each day over the past week.
    3. Tap Today to see your longest stationary period today and your 30-day average. The All Day Breakdown shows the percentage of the day you spent active versus inactive.

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Can I change when I receive reminders to move on my Fitbit device?

To change when you receive reminders to move, change the hours or days of the week that you track your hourly activity goal (for example, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays).

To change your goal, see How do I track my health and fitness goals with the Fitbit app?

How do I turn reminders to move on or off on my Fitbit device?

On most devices, you can turn off notifications to temporarily stop receiving reminders to move. For instructions, see How do I get notifications from my phone on my Fitbit device?

To permanently turn reminders to move off:

  • Fitbit app
    1. On the Today tab User-added image, tap the hourly activity tile User-added image.
    2. Tap the gear icon User-added image > turn Reminders to Move on or off.
  • fitbit.com dashboard
    1. From the fitbit.com dashboard, click the gear icon User-added image > your device image.
    2. Under Reminders to Move, turn reminders to move on or off.
Last updated: July 10, 2020
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