How to remove unwanted notifications on your Fitbit

notifications list on Fitbit screen

Do you feel like your Fitbit is constantly buzzing with notifications that you don’t really care about? If so, it’s time to take control of your Fitbit and customize your notifications so it fits your life, not overwhelm it!

Whether you’re looking to silence certain apps or adjust the frequency of notifications, our guide helps you get rid of all those unnecessary notifications so you stay focused on what really matters and remain productive throughout your day. 

So, let’s say goodbye to all those unwanted interruptions with this step-by-step guide for managing notifications on your Fitbit.

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Fitbit devices are great for tracking your fitness and health goals, but they also come with a lot of notifications.

These notifications keep you informed about what’s going on and come from a variety of sources. Some of the most common notifications on Fitbit include:

Text message notifications

When you receive a text message on your phone, your Fitbit notifies you with a vibration and a preview of the message on your Fitbit’s screen.

Seeing your text message preview is useful when your phone isn’t around, but it can also be a distraction if you’re trying to focus on something else.

Incoming call notifications

When you receive a call on your phone, your Fitbit also notifies you.

Getting these call notifications helps if your phone isn’t nearby and you’re expecting an important call, but it can also be annoying if you’re in the middle of a workout or trying to sleep.

Calendar notifications

When you have a scheduled meeting or event on your phone’s calendar app, your Fitbit notifies you of that meeting/event.

It’s often good to get a reminder that a scheduled meeting or event is occurring soon or now, but you might not want the interruption.

App notifications

Fitbit can also notify you about notifications from your favorite apps, such as Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, and so forth.

While this can be a great way to stay up-to-date on your social media and other popular apps, it’s also a major distraction.

Fitbit app notifications

Fitbit itself sends you push notifications about your Fitbit device and about your Fitbit account, including things like low battery, friend requests, badge earnings, step and exercise goal milestones, and more.

While you might like to see a friend request notification, you may not want all the other alerts. And frankly, we think Fitbit sends a lot of unnecessary alerts!

The problem with all these notifications 

While notifications are often useful, all too often, they distract you from what you’re doing or need to do. Additionally, notifications drain your Fitbit’s battery and may even reduce its lifespan.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to tackle this problem, from adjusting your settings to customizing your alerts so you reduce the number of unwanted notifications and create a personalized notification experience that works for you.

Whether you want to focus on fitness goals, stay connected with friends and family, or simply streamline your Fitbit, these steps work for everyone!

Step-by-step guide to turning off unwanted notifications on Fitbit

If you’re tired of receiving a ton of notifications on your Fitbit, you can turn them off using the following steps:

  1. Open the Fitbit app on your phone. Tap on your profile picture at the top. Profile account icon in Fitbit app
  2. Scroll down and select Notifications. Fitbit app account settings
  3. Review the settings for the Fitbit app’s alerts under push notifications. Scroll down to see all the options–it’s a long list! Toggle off the notifications that you don’t want and toggle on the ones you do. Fitbit app push notiifcation settings
    1. Scroll further down to adjust the notifications you receive from Fitbit via email. email notification settings in Fitbit ap
  4. Return to your account list and select your Fitbit device from your account list. account list in Fitbit app on iPhone
  5. Tap on Notifications. Fitbit notification settings for device
  6. Review the toggles for Calls, Text Messages, and Calendar Events. If you don’t want to receive these alerts, toggle a category off. For example, I want incoming calls and text message notifications but not calendar events. call, phone, and calendar notification settings for Fitbit
  7. Next, tap App Notifications. Fitbit settings for different app notifications
  8. In the app notification settings, customize which apps send notifications to your Fitbit device. Toggle off the apps or types of notifications that you don’t want to receive and toggle on the ones you do. 
    1. You see all the apps that are on your phone, so it’s likely a long list. Take the time to review them all. You can also use the top Search box to locate a specific app.
    2. Some apps warn you that you must allow your phone to share system notifications to receive these app notifications. Share system notification required for app in Fitbit app
    3. To share system notifications with your Fitbit, open Settings > Bluetooth and select your Fitbit device. Then, toggle on Share System Notifications. Share system notification with Fitbit
  9. Sync your Fitbit with the app so these changes are applied to both the app and your Fitbit watch or tracker.

By following these steps, you can turn off notifications from specific apps that you don’t want to receive notifications from. This helps you stay focused and productive throughout the day.

Customizing your notification frequency

Your Fitbit follows the notification settings you set up on your phone.

So if you’re receiving too many notifications from a specific app, you should adjust the frequency of notifications in your phone’s Settings app or within the app itself.

Adjust your high and low heart rate and heart rate zone notifications high heart rate notification on Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense

Many Fitbits also feature notification options to track your heart rate when it hits either a high or low or you reach a particular heart rate zone when working out.

High and low heart rate notifications

If you own a Charge 5+, Inspire 3+, Sense series, or Versa 3+, your Fitbit also shows high and low heart rate notifications if it detects these when you are at rest for 10 minutes (not during activity or exercise.)

  1. To change these settings, return to your Fitbit device’s main menu in the Fitbit app and select High & Low Heart Rate. High and Low heart rate notifications in Fitbit app
  2. Choose if you want these notifications on or off. We recommend you keep these on. Fitbit high and low heart rate notifications

Irregular heart rate notifications

Certain Fitbits also offer Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications. This feature is currently available on these models: Sense series, Versa 2 and above, Versa Lite, Charge 3 and above, Luxe, Inspire 2 and above.

These devices analyze your heart rhythm while you’re still or sleeping and can identify potential signs of AFib.

To set up or change this notification settings, open your Fitbit device’s main menu in the Fitbit app and select Irregular Rhythm Notification.

Heart rate zone notifications

In addition to high and low heart rate notifications, Fitbit also features heart rate zone notifications when you use the Exercise app on a Charge 4+, Inspire 2+, Luxe, and Sense or Versa series.

These notifications are vibrations on your Fitbit that represent what heart rate zone you’re exercising in. The number of times your Fitbit buzzes indicates which zone you’re in. Most Fitbit models follow these numbers:

1 buzz Fat burn zone
2 buzzes Cardio zone
3 buzzes Peak zone

 

How to turn these heart zone notifications off

  1. Open the Exercise app on your Fitbit.
  2. Select an exercise type, scroll down through the exercise settings, and toggle Heart Rate Zone Notifications off. Fitbit toggle off any heart rate notifications when using the Fitbit Exercise app
  3. Repeat for all exercise types you routinely do.

Temporarily prevent your Fitbit from getting all notifications

If you want to pause notifications on your Fitbit but not get rid of them altogether, use Do Not Disturb or Sleep mode on your Fitbit. These modes prevent your device from vibrating when notifications arrive.

For most Fitbits, find Do Not Disturb and Sleep modes in your Quick Settings. Quick Settings menu on Fitbit watch

  • Do not disturb mode mutes notifications, goal celebrations, and reminders to move. Tap the minus sign icon.
  • Sleep mode mutes notifications, goal celebrations, and reminders to move and sets the screen’s brightness to dim. Additionally, this mode turns off your Always-On Display clock face and keeps your screen dark when you turn your wrist. Tap the crescent moon icon.

How to remove notifications from your Fitbit

While you use the Fitbit app to manage or disable undesired app notifications and other types of notifications, once you receive a notification on your Fitbit, you can delete it so it no longer appears.

  1. From the clock face, swipe up or down from the top of the screen to see your notifications. On some models, open the Notifications app. List of notifications on Fitbit
  2. Scroll through the notifications until you find one that you wish to remove. 
  3. Press and hold on the notification until a menu appears, then select the option to Clear or Dismiss. Clear a notification from Fitbit
  4. To delete all notifications at once, swipe to the end of your notifications and tap Clear All. clear all the notifications from Fitbit

When you clear a notification from your Fitbit, the notification is also removed from your phone’s notification center.

Conversely, when you clear a notification from your phone, the notification is also removed from your Fitbit.

Wrapping it up

Managing notifications on your Fitbit can greatly reduce distractions and help you stay focused on your goals. 

If you’re receiving too many notifications, try prioritizing them. For example, set your Fitbit to notify you of text messages, incoming phone calls, and your most important apps. Disable notifications for everything else!

When you need to focus on a task, use Do Not Disturb or Sleep mode on your Fitbit to prevent your device from vibrating when working on that task. Just remember to turn DND or Sleep mode off when done.

Turning off unnecessary notifications and customizing them helps you customize your Fitbit to suit your life.

Plus, when you reduce the number of notifications your Fitbit receives, you also help extend its lifespan. So, take control of your Fitbit today and start managing your notifications like a pro!

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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!

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