How to set up Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense to send and receive text messages

Fitbit Versa text message sync from phone

Sending and receiving messages via Bluetooth is an essential function that almost every smartwatch offers, and Fitbit’s offerings are not an exception to that rule.

So, if you are wondering how to specifically set up Fitbit Sense or Versa 3 for sending and receiving text messages, you just landed on the right spot!

This process generally takes less than a couple of minutes, so, without any further ado, let us get right into it!

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About text messaging on your Fitbit Versa 3 and Fitbit Sense

Although your Fitbit can receive notifications from multiple messaging apps and other apps, you can only reply with Quick Replies to one message app–called your primary or default messaging app.

Additionally, Fitbit’s Quick Reply feature works on Android only.

You can only send quick replies using these Fitbit devices: Fitbit Charge 3, Fitbit Charge 4, Fitbit Charge 5, Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Sense, or Fitbit Versa series.

Unfortunately, Popular Fitbits like the Inspire Series do not support quick replies, even when paired with an Android phone.

To respond to messages from your device, your phone must be nearby with Bluetooth turned on and the Fitbit app running in the background.

This primary messaging app is usually your SMS message app, but you can change it to any supported app like WhatsApp and other supported apps.

How to sync your phone’s text messages to your Fitbit Sense or Versa 3

  1. Make sure that you turned on Bluetooth on your phone by going into the phone’s settings (or by using the status bar)
  2. Open the Fitbit app
  3. Tap the Today tab and tap on your profile picture or icon Profile account icon in Fitbit app
  4. Select your Fitbit device from the list (for this article, your Versa 3) Choose Fitbit Versa 3 inside Fitbit app
  5. Scroll down and under General, tap Notifications notification settings in Fitbit app for text messages and apps
  6. Open Text Messages and verify it’s on
    1. Also, review your default messaging app and change it if desired. Fitbit Versa 3 change your default messaging app
  7. If needed, grant all the necessary notification permissions requested (varies depending on your phone’s current version of Android or iOS)
  8. Sync your Fitbit with the Fitbit app to update any changes using the Sync Now function
    1. If you see an option called All Day Sync, turn this on so that you won’t miss any notifications (older Fitbit app versions only) Sync Now feature in Fitbit app

Enable your Fitbit Sense’s or Versa’s Quick Reply features (Android only) Quick Replies feature on a Fitbit Versa 3

Your Fitbit allows you to read new text messages and reply to them using the Quick Reply feature.

You can only reply to one messaging app on your Fitbit, so if you have multiple message apps on your paired phone, you need to set one as your Fitbit device’s default.

At this time, Quick Reply work with Android devices only, not Apple’s iPhone and other iOS & iPadOS devices.

About Fitbit’s Quick Reply for Android

With the Fitbit app’s Quick Reply Settings, you can reply via text or voice to messages and notifications from certain apps directly on your Fitbit with either preset written quick replies or by speaking a reply directly into your Sense, Versa 3, or supported Fitbit.

At this time, Quick Replies work with Fitbit Charge 3, Fitbit Charge 4, Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Sense, or Fitbit Versa series devices.

How to respond to a message on your Fitbit Versa 3 or Fitbit Sense

  1. Open the notification you want to respond to on your Fitbit itself.Fitbit Versa quick reply options for text, emoji, and voice using microphone
  2. Choose how you want to reply:
    1. Tap the text icon (3 lines) to respond to a message from a premade quick replies list.
      1. Each app has 5 default text quick replies.
    2. Tap the emoji icon to respond to the message with an emoji.
    3. Tap the microphone icon to respond to the message using voice-to-text.
      1. To use the microphone to respond to messages, turn on Microphone access in the Settings app.
      2. Only the Fitbit Sense, Versa 2, or Versa 3 support voice replies

How to change and write your own quick reply

  1. In the Fitbit app, tap the Today tab and tap your profile picture or icon.
  2. Tap your Fitbit device > Notifications and scroll down to Reply Settings
  3. Toggle on Voice Replies if you want this feature.
  4. Tap Quick Replies. make changes to the default text quick replies in Fitbit app
  5. To change the default quick replies for all apps, tap Default Replies or the app you want to change the quick replies for. Quick Replies Default replies in Fitbit app
  6. Tap the quick reply you want to change and type in your text–up to 60 characters. make a custom default reply for Fitbit app quick replies
  7. Tap the back arrow to return to the list of apps and save the changes.
  8. Finally, sync your device to update the quick replies on your Fitbit.

Want to change the emoji options for quick replies?

  • Follow steps 1-3 and choose the EMOJI tab. emoji default quick replies in fitbit app
  • Tap an emoji you want to change.
  • Scroll through and select your preferred emoji. pick a different emoji for fitbit default replies
  • Tap the back arrow to return to the list of apps and save the changes. different default emoji for fitbit quick reply emoji
  • Finally, sync your device to update the quick reply emojis on your Fitbit.

Don’t forget that such features rely on your phone’s connection to send and receive messages. So, you’ll have to be in Bluetooth range with the phone for any Reply Settings to work. 

As a reminder, quick replies on Fitbit currently only work with Android devices. If you are on iOS or Windows, you are limited to Fitbit app notifications.

How to get notifications from WhatsApp or Messenger

As mentioned, you can only choose one default messaging app to send and receive texts on your Fitbit Sense or Versa 3.

So if you’ve selected the phone’s default SMS messaging app, you won’t be able to reply to any notifications or messages from WhatsApp or any other messaging apps.

However, you can still get WhatsApp Notifications by turning on WhatsApp, Snapchat, Messenger, or any other app in your Fitbit app’s notification settings.

  1. Open the Fitbit app on your phone.
  2. Tap on the Today tab and select your Fitbit Versa 3 or Fitbit Sense.
  3. Tap on Notifications > App Notifications. add whatsapp notification to Fitbit Versa 3
  4. Scroll down the list of apps and toggle on or checkmark WhatsApp, Messenger, and any other third-party apps that you want notifications sent to your Fitbit.

Are notifications not showing up on your Fitbit?

To receive notifications on your Fitbit, your phone must be nearby with Bluetooth turned on and the Fitbit app running in the background.

If you change your primary messaging app from its factory default, it’s a good idea to ask someone to send you a message from the new primary messaging app.

For example, if you changed it to WhatsApp, ask a friend to send you a WhatsApp message, then check to see if it arrived on your Fitbit.

Text notifications disappearing or not staying on your Fitbit’s screen very long?

Notifications automatically disappear from your Fitbit once you review that message on your paired phone.

This is intended behavior and cannot be changed.

Check that Do Not Disturb is off DND Fitbit

If you still don’t get any notifications, we’d recommend making sure that your phone is not set to Do Not Disturb.

  • Swipe right from the clock face to access quick settings.
  • Check if the do not disturb icon (minus icon) is not illuminated. If so, tap it once to turn it off.

DND mutes notifications not only on the phone but on the Fitbit watch as well. 

For other tips on notifications or text messages not showing up, see this article Fitbit not getting texts or notifications? Let’s fix it!

Wrapping Up

This is how to set up your Fitbit Versa 3 or Fitbit Sense for sending and receiving text messages.

If there’s something you still don’t understand, or if you want to add anything else, feel free to let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section below, and the MyHealthyApple team will get back to you. 

Also, feel free to stick around for more how-to guides, everything that has to do with health, smartwatches, or both!

Ever since my early teenage days, I have long been passionate about all-things-tech and long-distance running. After graduating from high school and finishing my military duties, I immediately started working as a writer in 2016, and to this day, I still share my passion with everyone online.


    • Hi Laquetta,

      We hadn’t tried this out until now and no, it does not appear that any messages you forward to yourself show up as notifications on your paired Fitbit.

      If someone else forwards you a message, then it does show up as a notification.

  1. Thank you for this. It’s been driving me crazy trying to figure out why my Versa 3 wasnt receiving notifications. Now it is.

  2. I can’t choose more than one messaging app to receive notifications for, on my Versa 3. I was able to, but now I can only choose one.

    • Hi Amy,

      YOu can only choose one primary messaging app but you can then add notifications from other apps, like WhatsApp Messenger, Messenger (Facebook), etc. To find these settings, open the Fitbit app, choose your profile picture or icon, then select your Versa 3.

      Scroll down to the settings area and choose notifications. Tap App Notifications and toggle on which apps you want to see notifications for on your Fitbit.


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