Is your Fitbit’s Weather app not syncing or working? Steps to fix it

Fitbit Versa 3 Weather app

The Weather app is of my favorite apps on my Fitbit. I use both the app and the weather widget all the time to check current conditions in my neighborhood and get the forecast for the next few hours and days. I can even add a couple of additional locations to my Fitbit’s Weather app, like my parent’s hometown, so I can stay updated on what their weather is like.

After a recent update for my Fitbit Versa 3 and the Fitbit app, I noticed that my weather suddenly wasn’t updating or regularly syncing, so the forecast was almost always wrong. And the weather app started only showing my weather in Celcius rather than Fahrenheit. 

So there were a few problems to work on to get my Fitbit’s Weather app back to normal. If your Fitbit isn’t showing your weather, is displaying it in a different temperature unit than before or shows the message to “sync the Fitbit mobile app to update,” read on and learn some tips to fix it!

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Verify your Fitbit model supports the Weather app Fitbit models that support the Weather app

Unfortunately, not all Fitbit models offer the Weather app. So if you don’t see the Weather app on your Fitbit or in the Fitbit app gallery, your model might not support it.

Currently, most Fitbit watches offer the weather app. That includes the Sense, Versa Series, and Ionic.

Many Fitbit trackers, especially newer models like the Charge 5, Luxe, Inspire 2, or HR, do not offer the weather app. Fitbit’s Charge 3 and 4 are trackers that currently support the Weather app.

We aren’t sure why Fitbit chose not to include the Weather app on the newer model trackers, but we know plenty of people want it! If your Fitbit model doesn’t include the Weather app, consider adding your feedback as a feature suggestion.

How to set up the Weather App

If you are new to Fitbit or see a message on your Fitbit device to go to the Fitbit App to set up or sync the Weather, run through the following steps to get the Weather app working on your Fitbit.

  1. Open the Settings app on your paired phone and choose the Fitbit app.
    1. Verify you set Location access permissions to Always or Allowed all the time. And allow the Fitbit app access to Bluetooth, Cellular Data, and allow the Fitbit app to background app refresh (background data usage.)Fitbit app Settings for iPhones
    2. Android users, make sure that the Fitbit app has unrestricted data usage when using data saver. Also, check that you set the Fitbit app’s battery usage settings to unrestricted. Battery and Data settings for the Fitbit app
  2. Place your Fitbit on its charger and open the Fitbit app on your paired phone. Keep the Fitbit and your phone near each other.
  3. Select your Fitbit account picture or icon and scroll down to App Settings. Fitbit app App Settings
    1. Choose Location and toggle on Automatic Location. Fitbit app App Settings location settings
  4. Go back to your Account settings and choose your Fitbit device from the list.
  5. Tap Gallery. fitbit app Gallery tab for apps and clock faces
  6. Make sure the tab at the top shows your Fitbit device and not Clocks or Apps. Select your Fitbit device inside the Gallery tab
  7. Scroll down to the My Apps section.
  8. Tap on the Weather app. Settings for the Weather app in the Fitbit app
  9. The weather app should show as Installed. If it is not installed, install it. Permissions and Settings for the Fitbit Weather app
  10. Scroll down and choose Permissions.
  11. Toggle all the permissions you wish to grant the Weather app or choose Select All. Permissions for Fitbit Weather app to work
    1. Make sure you toggle on Internet, Location, and Run in Background–these are necessary for the app to run properly.
    2. Fitbit recommends choosing Select All for the best experience. 
  12. Go back to the previous screen and choose Settings.
  13. Under Temperature Unit, tap Unit to select what you prefer: Celsius or Fahrenheit. Choose your temperature unit for the Fitbit Weather app
  14. Under List of Cities, you should see the current location, and if you wish to add locations (up to two), choose Add city and then enter the city name or zip code.
  15. Return to your Fitbit device’s setting and allow it to sync automatically, or choose the Sync Now button and wait for the Fitbit to sync with the app. 
  16. Once done syncing, open the Weather app on your Fitbit and see if everything shows up and is accurate!

Add the Weather app widget Fitbit weather widget on Sense or Versa

If your Fitbit model supports widgets, adding the Weather app widget is a great way to quickly check your current weather without opening the Weather app. Just swipe up on your clock face to see all your widgets in a snapshot.

You need to add the Weather widget to get it to show.

  1. From your Fitbit’s clock face, swipe up from the bottom to see your current widgets.
  2. Scroll down all the way down and tap Manage. Manage widgets on Fitbit
  3. Swipe through the current widget list and locate the More Widgets section. Fitbit device more widgets to show on Fitbit
  4. Find the Weather app and tap on it. Fitbit add the weather widget
  5. Toggle on Show Widget. Fitbit Show Widget option
  6. Scroll through the Weather widget’s settings, including confirming your location and adding hourly forecasts or a summary of your multiple locations. Fitbit weather app widget options
  7. Swipe up to the bottom and tap Done to save your widget’s settings.

You can change the order that the Weather widget appears on your Fitbit screen

I like having the Weather widget appear immediately when I swipe up on my Fitbit before I see other stats, like steps, heart rate, and so forth.

  1. Open your current widgets, then scroll down all the way down and tap Manage.
  2. Press and hold the move icon (three horizontal lines) next to the Weather widget in the list of current widgets. Widget change order on Fitbit
  3. Drag it up or down in that list and drop it when it’s in the location you want. 
  4. Swipe up to the bottom of the page, and tap Done.

How to change your Fitbit Weather app and widget from Celsius to Fahrenheit or vice-versa? weather app on Fitbit shows up in Celsius and not Fahrenheit

One of the most common problems with the Weather app is that it displays a different temperature unit than you want.

Luckily, that’s an easy fix!

  1. Open the Fitbit app, choose your account picture or icon, and tap your Fitbit device from the list.
  2. Choose Gallery.
  3. Scroll down to the My Apps section and select the Weather app. fitbit app My Apps section
  4. Choose Settings.
  5. Tap Temperature Unit and checkmark Fahrenheit or Celsius. change temperature unit on fitbit Weather app
  6. To save your selection, tap Done.
  7. Go back to your Fitbit’s settings and wait for it to sync or tap the Sync Now button.
  8. Check your Fitbit and see if the weather app updated its temperature units!

My Fitbit shows the weather for a different location

If your Fitbit shows the Weather app, but the location and temperature are not correct for your current location, you likely need to update your location settings for both the Fitbit app and the Weather app.

  1. Open the Settings app on your paired phone and choose the Fitbit app.
    1. Verify you set Location access permissions to Always or Allowed all the time. Android location permission for fitbit app
    2. Allow the Fitbit app access to Bluetooth, Cellular Data, and Background App Refresh (background data usage.)
    3. Android users, make sure that the Fitbit app has unrestricted data usage when using data saver. Also, check that you set the Fitbit app’s battery usage settings to unrestricted.
  2. Open the Fitbit app and choose your account picture or icon.
  3. Scroll down to App Settings and toggle on Automatic Location or go to Location > and select Automatic. Automatic Location settings for App Settings in Fitbit app on Android
  4. Go back to your Account settings and choose your Fitbit device from the list.
  5. Tap Gallery and scroll down to the My Apps section.
  6. Tap on the Weather app
  7. Choose Permissions.
  8. Toggle on Internet, Location, and Run in Background or choose Select All. If they are already on, toggle them off, wait a few seconds, and toggle them back on. Select all Fitbit Weather app permissions and turn them on
  9. Return to your device’s settings and wait for the app to sync with your Fitbit, or choose the Sync Now button to manually force a sync. Android Fitbit app sync now

My weather is still not working!

Try these additional steps if you can’t get the Weather app to work after following the steps above.

  1. Restart your phone and Fitbit.
  2. Verify that you aren’t using battery saver or low power mode on your paired phone.
  3. For Android users only: if you store the Fitbit app on an SD card, move the app to your phone’s internal memory. The app works best when you keep on the phone’s storage rather than external memory cards.
  4. Check the App Store or Google Play Store for an update to the Fitbit app.Fitbit app update for Android and Apple iOS
  5. If you see a banner announcing an update available for your Fitbit inside the Fitbit app, tap it to update your Fitbit’s firmware. update fitbit inside the fitbit app
  6. Uninstall and reinstall the Fitbit app on your phone. 

Using third-party weather apps on your Fitbit

Fitbit’s weather app draws its weather forecast information from AccuWeather. At this time, you cannot change where the Weather app pulls its weather information from. But you can install third-party weather apps!

Many of these third-party weather apps include clock faces so you can check the weather with just a glance at your watch–no interaction required! Third party weather apps and clock faces for Fitbit

  • Find supported weather apps for your Fitbit via the Fitbit app’s Gallery > Apps tab.
  • Then do a spotlight search for the weather.
  • You’ll see the top suggestions for Apps and Clock faces.
  • Tap View All to see all available options for your Fitbit.

Take a look and see if any of these apps or clock faces meet your need for a weather app. Some are free, while others offer a subscription or one-time fee to use the app or clock face.

Final thoughts

Hopefully, your Fitbit now shows your current weather and stays updated throughout the day. 

If you still have trouble with the Weather app or discover another way to get the app working, please let us know in the comments section to pay it forward with all of our readers.

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. 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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