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How do I navigate my Fitbit device's screen?

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Learn how to navigate your Fitbit device.
Choose your device for more information.

The screen on Fitbit Ace, Fitbit Alta, and Fitbit 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 your device a tap. Note that Ace, Alta, and Alta HR don't respond to swipes.

Use the clock and menus

The starting screen is the clock. On the clock:
  • Swipe up to see 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:

Use the buttons

Blaze has 3 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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Ace 2 and Inspire series devices have an OLED touchscreen display. Navigate your device by tapping the screen, swiping up and down, or pressing the button:

  • Use the clock and apps
  • Use the button
  • Check battery level
  • Adjust settings

Use the clock and apps

The home screen is the clock. On the clock:
  • Swipe down to scroll through the apps on your tracker. To open an app, tap it.
  • Swipe up to see your daily stats.
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Use the button

Ace 2 and Inspire series devices have 1 button.

Quick settings

Press and hold the button to access certain settings. Tap a setting to change it. When you turn off a setting, the icon appears dim with a line through it. 

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Check battery level

Check your battery level at any time: press and hold the button. The battery level is at the top.

Adjust settings

Manage basic settings directly on your device. Open the Settings app and tap a setting to adjust it. Swipe to see the full list of settings.

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

Use 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 Charge 3, choose a section below.

Use the Clock and Apps

The home screen is a clock:


On the clock you can:
  • Swipe down to see notifications.
  • Swipe up to see your stats in Fitbit Today.
  • Swipe left to scroll through the apps installed on your watch. 
  • (Some clock faces) Tap to see your all-day stats.
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. 

Use the Button

Your watch has an OLED touch screen and one button. 
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Press and hold the button on your tracker for a faster way to use Fitbit Pay (on Fitbit Pay-enabled devices), and access select settings.

Turn Off the Screen

To turn off the screen when not in use, push the button.
 

Ionic and Versa have a color LCD display. Navigate your watch by tapping the screen, swiping side to side and up and down, or pressing the button:

Use the Clock and Apps

The home screen is the clock. On the clock:
  • Swipe down to see notifications. 
  • Swipe up to see your stats in Fitbit Today.
  • Swipe left to see the apps on your watch.
  • (Some clock faces) Tap to cycle through your other stats.

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Choose a different clock face in the Fitbit Clock Gallery. For more information, see How do I change the clock face on my Fitbit device?
To open an app, swipe to find the app, then tap it. For more information on how to manage apps on your watch, see How do I install and manage apps on my Fitbit watch? 

Use the Buttons

Ionic and Versa have 3 buttons: back, top, and bottom. Versa Lite Edition has 1 back button. 
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Quick settings

Press and hold the back button to access certain settings. Tap a setting to turn it on or off. When you turn off a setting, the icon appears dim with a line through it.

Fitbit Pay

To make contactless payments on Fitbit Pay-enabled watches, press and hold the back button and swipe to the payments screen. For more information,  see What should I know about Fitbit Pay?

Music control

To control music, press and hold the back button and swipe to the Music Controls screen. For more information, see How do I listen to music and podcasts on my Fitbit watch?

Notifications

To open your notifications, swipe down from the clock face. Your watch displays notifications as they come in and stores them so you can check later. For more information, see How do I get notifications from my phone on my Fitbit device?

App shortcuts

From the clock screen, press the buttons to quickly access your favorite apps. App shortcuts aren’t available on Versa Lite Edition. 
  • Top button—opens the app located in the top left of the first app screen. If you haven’t reordered your apps, the Exercise 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 Alarms app User-added image opens.

Customize your watch by reordering your apps. For more information, see How do I install and manage apps on my Fitbit watch?

Check battery level

Check your battery level at any time: from the clock face, swipe up. The battery level icon is in the top left.

Adjust settings

Manage basic settings including brightness, heart rate, and how long your screen stays awake directly on your watch. Open the Settings app User-added image and tap a setting to adjust it. Swipe up to see the full list of settings.

Turn Off the Screen

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

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Last updated: March 11, 2019
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