How to check the battery level on your Fitbit

Checking your Fitbit’s current battery level should be easy. But, unfortunately, it’s not intuitive at all!

No one wants to find their Fitbit’s battery drained unexpectedly! So, it’s important we know how to quickly check the current percentage of battery life remaining directly on the Fitbit itself!

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Here’s a quick rundown of our recommended ways to check your Fitbit’s battery

  1. Open and swipe to your Fitbit’s Quick Settings.
  2. Use a clock face that includes a battery indicator.
  3. Open the Fitbit app, tap the Devices icon in the top left, and look for your Device under Connected to Fitbit. Tap your device and review the battery information under your device’s info. This method only shows the general status of low, medium, and high–it does not show the percentage remaining. 
  4. Place your Fitbit on its charger.

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How to check your Fitbit’s battery level while wearing it

For most newer model Fitbit smartwatches, including Versa Series, Sense Series, and Ionic, swipe to your Fitbit’s Quick Settings (usually a swipe down or swipe right) and look for the battery level icon or percentage at the top of the screen. remaining battery level on Fitbit watch in Quick Settings

For most newer model Fitbit trackers, including the Luxe, Inspire Series, and Charge Series, swipe up on your clock face and find your device’s battery level at the top of that screen. see the remaining battery on your Fitbit tracker

For older model Fitbits that run the legacy Fitbit app (not Google’s redesigned app), open the Fitbit app and turn on the battery screen option via Account > Menu Items > Battery. Once enabled, you will find a battery screen available on your device when you press and hold its side button.

Try using a clock face with a battery status indicator Fitbit Versa 3 clock face with battery status on clock face screen

Having your battery level show up on your Fitbit’s clock face is the simplest way to monitor and keep track of how much battery your device has at any time.

Unfortunately, many of Fitbit’s clock faces don’t include a battery indicator! And at this time, it’s not an option to add a battery indicator or status icon to a clockface that doesn’t natively offer it.

So, if you want to see that battery information right away whenever you tap or lift your wrist to see your Fitbit’s screen, you’ll need to change its clockface. 

To change your clock face to one with a battery indicator

  1. Open the Fitbit app and tap the Devices icon at the top left. Redesigned Fitbit app
  2. Under Connected to Fitbit, choose your Fitbit device to see its details. You also see a battery icon next to your device that shows the general status of your Fitbit’s battery as high, medium, or low.Fitbit syncing in Fitbit app Connected to Fitbit
  3. Then, tap the Gallery tile. Under your Fitbit’s details, you also see the general status of its battery level (as high, medium, or low.)Fitbit app Gallery
  4. Select the Clocks tab. Clocks and Apps in Gallery in the Fitbit app
  5. Perform a search using the term “Battery.” Then, scroll to see all your options.Fitbit app find a clock face that has a battery indicator on screen

This shows you all the clock faces available that support a battery indicator on-screen. Most of these clock faces are third-party, with some available for free while others require payment.

Choose a clock face that meets your needs and includes a battery status icon or percentage and any other on-screen stats you want to see (i.e., heart rate, step count, SpO2, and so forth.)

One final note: not all Fitbits offer a clock face with battery status.

In particular, most Fitbit trackers, like the Inspire or Charge Series, don’t offer any clock faces with a battery indicator.

However, when your tracker’s battery falls below 30%, a battery icon appears at the top of your screen. The icon often overlaps other stats and information on your Fitbit’s screen. Fitbit Charge low battery icon on screen

If you see this icon, it’s time to charge your device up!

Check your battery level in the Fitbit app

You can also check the general battery status whenever you use the Fitbit app.

With the newest app version (redesigned by Google,) you no longer see the actual battery percentage of battery remaining but rather a status of low, medium, or high.

If you’re already using your paired phone for something else, checking your Fitbit’s battery general level is easy by opening the Fitbit app. 

  1. Tap open the Fitbit app and choose the Devices icon in the top left. Fitbit app top settings, messages, and devices
  2. Look at the battery icon next to your Fitbit. How full the icon is indicates whether your battery has a high, medium, or low charge. A low charge is also shown in red. Fitbit app Battery status
  3. Tap your Fitbit to see more details. Battery low in the Fitbit app

If you use the legacy Fitbit app (not the Google redesigned app), swipe down from the top to see a banner with your device’s current battery charge level. check your Fitbit's battery level using the Fitbit app and the Today tab

Connect your Fitbit to its charger

Another way to check your Fitbit’s battery level is by charging it. You should see the current battery level when you first connect it to the charger. Fitbit smartwatch charging

As your Fitbit charges, tap its screen twice or press the side button to turn it on. You’ll see the current battery level for several seconds. Fitbit charging

Get notifications and emails when your Fitbit’s battery is low Fitbit app notification that battery is low

The Fitbit app can also send you a notification or email (or both) when it recognizes your low battery level. 

You must allow the Fitbit app to run in the background to get these notifications so that the app can periodically sync with your device and get updated status information for things like your battery level and other activity/health stats. 

  1. Open the Fitbit app and choose the Settings Gear icon in the top right. Redesigned Fitbit app
  2. Scroll down, and under Settings tap Notifications. Settings for the Fitbit app
  3. Toggle on Force Quit Reminders to get reminders if the Fitbit app isn’t running in the background. Then, scroll down on the notification options and, under Push Notifications, toggle on Low Battery. Low battery push notification settings in the Fitbit app
  4. To receive an email about the battery, scroll to Email Notifications and toggle on Low Battery. Low battery email notification setting in the fitbit app

Is your Fitbit’s battery symbol red, flashing, or showing an exclamation point? Low battery indicator on Fitbit

When you see your battery icon as red, that means it has less than 24 hours of remaining power.

When your Fitbit is critically low, the red battery icon flashes on and off or shows the exclamation symbol.

At that point, you must charge your Fitbit right away. Otherwise, the battery drains completely and zeros out, turning your Fitbit off. In that case, you may lose data.

If your battery has less than 25% of its total capacity remaining, it can no longer connect to WiFi to conserve the remaining battery power.

Additionally, when your Fitbit’s battery is low, it conserves power by:

  • Disables notifications from showing on your Fitbit.
  • Sets screen brightness to dim.
  • Change the vibration strength to low/light.
  • Turns GPS tracking off.
  • Turns off the Always-on display.
  • Disables quick replies.
  • Disallows music controls.

Need to charge your Fitbit frequently? Check out these tips to extend your Fitbit’s battery life extend your Fitbit’s battery life

You probably know that you should turn off or stop using some features to maximize your Fitbit’s battery life. But what exactly?

If you have ever wondered which features to turn off or reduce use, let’s review the top 6 battery-saving things you can do right now.

  1. Turn off Screen Wake.
    • This feature lights up your Fitbit’s screen whenever you raise your wrist. So it’s probably turning on a lot of times when you don’t need it. 
    • When you disable the screen wake feature, you tap the screen to wake it.
    • Disable screen wake via your Fitbit’s Quick Settings or the Fitbit app by toggling off Quick View. For a step-by-step on how to do this, see this article.
  2. Turn off Always-On Display if your watch supports it.
    • Find this setting in your device’s Quick Settings or Settings app. 
  3. Dim your Fitbit’s screen
    • Bright screens use a lot of your battery’s energy. So try a lower brightness setting.
    • Find this option in your device’s Quick Settings or Settings app.
    • Learn about your screen brightness in this article.
  4. Get rid of all those reminders to move.
    • Open the Fitbit app, choose the Today tab, and tap your account picture or icon.
    • Select your Fitbit model from the list.
    • Scroll down and turn off Reminders to Move.
  5. Change to a simple Made by Fitbit clockface.
    • A clock face that shows a lot of stats or images consumes more energy than a simple one. So try a minimal clock face! 
    • Look for one listed under Made By Fitbit since these are optimized for your devices!
    • Learn how to change your Fitbit’s clock face in this article.
  6. Turn off some or all of your forwarded notifications.
    • You may love getting notifications for texts and calls, but do you need to get notified from every app? I doubt it!
    • Open the Fitbit app and tap the Devices icon at the top left.
    • Under Connected to Fitbit, tap your Fitbit.
    • Scroll down and tap Notifications.
    • Choose App Notifications
    • Review the list and toggle off all the apps you don’t need to see notifications for on your Fitbit. You’ll still get those notifications on your phone!
    • Learn about enabling or disabling your Fitbit notifications in this article.
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A. Beth Whittenberger
I started my love affair with computers way back in elementary school with the Apple II. Since then, I've worked with technology in my career as a media educator and videomaker. I have an MFA in media making from Temple University, where I also taught undergrads as an adjunct faculty member. Additionally, I was a writer, content producer, and editor on the popular tech blog AppleToolBox. So I know a thing or two about teaching others and creating how-to guides! After a cancer diagnosis, I turned to mobile technology like my Apple Watch to help me monitor my health throughout my chemotherapy treatment and later, to regain my wellness once in remission. I love sharing how to understand and use mobile tech, like smartwatches and phones, as a tool for empowerment to live our best and healthiest lives! Connect with me on LinkedIn!



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