How do I change my band on my Fitbit Versa or Sense? Learn the steps

bands for Fitbit Versa and how to change them

Need or want to replace your Fitbit Sense or Versa’s wristband (Versa, Versa 2, Versa 3, or Versa Lite) but just can’t figure out how exactly to remove the current band?

While Fitbit has always been pretty good about making life easier for those who want to customize their smartwatches, changing out your bands is not one of those “easy” things.

Although Fitbit introduced an updated system to quickly change out the bands, many owners still have difficulties. If that’s you, read on for best practices and tips to change your Fitbit Versa’s band.

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How to change your Versa’s or Sense’s wristband

Through trial and error, we learned that the best way to change a Fitbit band is to place the Versa (or any Fitbit tracker or smartwatch) face down on a flat surface.

If you normally use reading glasses, we suggest you keep those on when changing bands–glasses definitely help see the band pins or button!

Your Fitbit Versa or Sense comes with two detachable bands–an upper (top) and a lower (bottom) band. Bands connect to the Fitbit pebble with a pin or a button, depending on the model.

  • The newer models of Fitbits like the Sense and Versa 3 feature an updated band system that uses a button.
  • Older models of the Versa (like the Lite or 2) feature a small pin that allows you to detach and reattach bands.

If you’re switching between the small and large bands for the same band style, you only need to replace the bottom band.

How to remove a wristband from your Fitbit Sense or Versa 3

Before being able to slap on a new band, you’ll need to remove the old one. To do that, flip your Sense or Versa 3 upside down so that the charging pins and heart-rate monitors are facing you.

  1. Turn your Sense or Versa 3 on its backside and put it on a flat and clean surface
  2. Locate the band release button for the bottom band release button or latch for Fitbit band on Fitbit Sense or Versa 3
  3. Press and slide the button down towards the band to release it
  4. Keeping pressing the button and with your other hand, gently pull the band away from the Fitbit pebble

If you want to replace the entire band, repeat these steps for the top section of the band too.

How to remove a wristband from your Fitbit Versa 2, Lite, or original Versa

First, flip your Versa upside down so that the charging pins and heart-rate monitors are facing up.

  1. Turn your Fitbit over and place it on a flat, clean surface
  2. On the bottom band, locate the pin for the quick-release lever Quick release band pin on Fitbit Versa
  3. Press this pin inward and slide the band gently to the opposite side to release it from the watch remove a Fitbit Versa band from Fitbit device watch
  4. Once the lever has been pushed in, this means that the band is released from the Versa’s grips. Pull the other side of the pinout from the body of the Versa.
  5. Repeat on the other side, if changing the entire band

The catch in removing Fitbit wristbands is that you want to angle the band a bit so that the other end of the pin slides out. It may be frustrating at first, but can be done by looking closely at the orientation.

How to replace a band on your Fitbit Versa or Sense

Install your new Sense or Versa band!

Now that your old band is gone, you are left with just the body and your new band.

For newer models like the Fitbit Sense and Versa 3

Replacing the band on these models is a lot easier than earlier models, like the Versa 2!

Before you start, clean the band’s ends and gently clean inside the groove where the band attaches to your Fitbit.

To attach a band to your Sense or Versa 3, simply push the band’s ends into the Fitbit pebbles end grooves until you hear a click and the band snaps into place.

If you’re replacing the entire band, remember that the band with the loops attaches to the top of the watch. However, you can switch this placement if preferred–both band ends will attach to either side of your Fitbit pebble.

For older Versa Series, follow these instructions

Before you start, clean the band’s ends and gently clean inside the groove where the band attaches to your Fitbit.

  1. Locate both the holding pin and the quick release lever on each side of your new band pin description on Fitbit band for Versa
  2. To attach a new band, hold the band at a 45° angle (A)
  3. Slide the band’s holding pin into the notch on the Fitbit device (B)
  4. Press the quick-release lever in and push & slide the other end of the band into place (C)Fitbit Versa band replacement
  5. When both ends of the pin are inserted, release the quick-release lever
  6. Repeat these steps for the other side and voila. You have your brand new Fitbit Versa band installed, making it so you are now stylin’ and profilin’. Or, ya know, just going to the gym.

Having more trouble replacing your Fitbit Versa’s band?

Take a look at Fitbit’s video on how to switch bands on your older model Fitbit Versa!

Conclusion

As we stated above, the Fitbit Versa is one of the best smartwatches on the market, and you really can’t go wrong. But we want to hear from you!

Let us know in the comments whether you decided to get a new band for your Versa, and which one you chose. If you have run into issues, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment and we will be more than happy to help alleviate these issues!

8 COMMENTS

  1. I simply can’t manage to force the band back into the watch. It won’t fit. I had wanted to put on a chain-link band, but couldn’t figure out how to do that either. So how do I get the old band back. I’m pushing hard enoough, but it won’t place back in.

  2. You rock! This was soooo helpful! I was able to change my bands because of this even though it was verrryyyy difficult!! My watch now looks brand new!

  3. I have the versa lite, the band is horrible to change and I am on my 3rd watch. First one stopped charging, second one stuck on logo screen now today I am struggling to get the band back on the watch. Ugh. I will never buy a fitbit watch again because of my horrible experience with this watch and I see the instructions but I still cannot get the dang thing in there. Like for Real is there not a better simpler way to change a band.

  4. Fitbit watches are getting better, I guess. I had to get a Versa 3, because I could not change the bands on my Versa 2, which I threw in the trash (where it belongs).

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