Maybe you are one of the devout users. The highlight of your day is when your tracker vibrates to indicate you just hit the daily step-goal. Maybe you also frequently check the Fitbit app to find out how you are faring against friends in the daily, workweek, or weekend challenges.
But there are a few more things you can get out of it.
We’ll show you how to extend your Fitbit’s battery life, make your step counts more accurate, and improve your overall health with personalized exercise plans. You’ll also learn how to use your Fitbit as a stopwatch, a more reliable alarm clock, and how to change its default clock face.
We’re using the Fitbit Charge HR on an Android device, but most of these tips will work on other Fitbit trackers and phones as well. Let’s start off with a nifty tip for your device, before moving onto lesser-known tips for different sections of the app.
1. Use Your Fitbit as a Stopwatch
Clicking the main button on the side of your Fitbit displays the time, followed by your daily statistics. These include steps taken, current heart rate, distance traveled (in miles), calories burnt, and floors climbed — in that order. See Tip 8 for options to change this order.
There’s a stopwatch built-in, but it’s not instantly evident. Just press and hold the main button for a few seconds. The stopwatch will start. To stop it, simply repeat the action. You’ll see your time reading. Now move on to your Fitbit app.
2. Change Your Default Goal Settings
The Fitbit app (Android, iOS, and Windows) has four tabs. It opens in Dashboard, which gives you an overview of your daily step count, sleep cycle, and food and water log. If you don’t like this default layout, just tap and hold any tile — for instance, “Track exercise”. You’ll now be able to reshuffle all the tiles and personalize your Dashboard interface.
Tapping any option in this section gives you a breakdown of its results as a list, but it also lets you customize your goals for that section. So, for example, tap Steps to see your daily step count, both present day and in the past.
As every Fitbit user knows, 10,000 is the default step goal, but if you feel that’s too easy for you, then tap the Settings (cog-shaped) icon to change it. Similarly, you can also change your goals for daily floor count, distance, and hourly activity goals.