Need to restart or reset your Fitbit? Learn the steps

Usually, our Fitbit devices work without any problems, but occasionally they start acting in unusual ways, from not regularly syncing to not responding.

Frequently reported issues with Fitbits include things like:

  • Not turning on after fully charging.
  • Fitbit app stuck in looking for the device.
  • Bluetooth connection not working between Fitbit and phone.
  • Slow or sluggish performance.
  • Won’t respond to button presses, taps, or swipes on-screen.
  • Not tracking activity, like steps and other fitness data.
  • Won’t sync or can’t completely sync.

If your Fitbit shows these types of signs and symptoms, one of the best (and simple) fixes around for your Fitbit device is a restart and/or a reset!

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Restart or reset your Fitbit? What’s the difference?

Although some use these terms interchangeably, there is a significant difference:

  • Restarting your Fitbit turns it off and on without deleting any activity data.
  • Resetting your Fitbit wipes all the data from your device and turns it off and back on. This procedure is also called a factory reset.

While it’s usually easy to restart your Fitbit, resetting involves more steps.

How to restart your Fitbit by model 

Restarting a Fitbit device often means paying special attention to the charging pins and sensors.

Never insert anything into these holes outside of the directions. Inserting items like paper clips, tools, and such will likely damage your Fitbit permanently.

Restart a Fitbit Sense, Versa Series, Ionic, or Blaze restart your Fitbit Versa 2

  1. For Fitbit Sense, Versa 3, Versa Lite, or Versa 2, hold the back button for at least 10 seconds until you see the Fitbit logo on the screen and then release the button.
  2. For older models like the original Versa, Blaze, or Ionic, press and hold the back and right bottom buttons until you see the Fitbit logo on the screen. Then release the buttons. Fitbit Versa, Ionic, and Blaze restart process
  3. Alternatively, go to Settings > Shutdown or Settings > About > Shutdown.shutdown Fitbit Sense or Versa 3

Restart a Fitbit Luxe

  • If your Luxe responds to your taps, open Settings > Restart Device > Restart.
  • If your Luxe doesn’t respond, connect it to its charging cable, then press the button on the charging cable 3 times, pausing for 1 second between pressesreset Fitbit Luxe using the charging cable
  • Wait 10 seconds until the Fitbit logo appears on your Luxe’s screen. Fitbit Luxe restart or reset with Fitbit logo on screen

Restart a Fitbit Inspire or Ace 2/3

  1. Plug the charging cable into the USB port on your computer or any UL-certified USB wall charger.
  2. Attach the Inspire or Ace 2/3 to the charging cable. Verify the pins on the charging cable connect securely to your Fitbit.
  3. Press and hold the button for 5 seconds. Inspire side button press and hold
  4. Keep pressing until you see a smiley icon and the Inspire or Ace vibrates.
  5. Disconnect the Fitbit from power and test performance.

You can now reboot your Fitbit Inspire via the Settings app on your device itself.

  • Go to Settings and scroll down to Reboot device.
  • Then, follow the on-screen instruction to press the screen for 3 seconds.

Restart a Fitbit Charge 3 or 4

  1. On your Fitbit Charge, open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll and tap About.Fitbit Luxe restart or reset with Fitbit logo on screen
  3. Choose Reboot Device.
  4. When restarted, test your device.

Restart a Fitbit Charge (all models)

  1. Plug the charging cable into the USB port on your computer or any UL-certified USB wall charger.
  2. Connect the charging cable to the tracker. Verify that the pins are locked when your Charge vibrates and a battery icon appears on-screen.
  3. Press and hold the side button to restart.
    1. Charge 2—press and hold the button for 4 seconds until you see the Fitbit logo and the device vibrates. Release the button.side button on Fitbit charge 2
    2. Charge 3 & Charge 4—press and hold the button on your tracker for 8 seconds until you see a smiley icon, and the device vibrates. Then release the button.
  4. Disconnect the Charge from power and test performance.

Restart a Fitbit Ace or Fitbit Alta

  1. Plug your charging cable into a USB port on your computer or any UL-certified USB wall charger.
  2. Clip the charging cable to the port on the back of the tracker. Make sure the charging cable is locked securely to the port by verifying the battery icon displays on-screen.
  3. Press the button on your charging cable 3 times, pausing between each press.use the charging cable button to restart fitbit alta or fitbit ace
  4. Wait until you see the Fitbit logo and the tracker vibrates.
  5. Disconnect the Ace or Alta from its charging cable and test performance.

How to reset your Fitbit by model

We don’t recommend resetting your Fitbit unless the restart didn’t work, OR you intend to give away or sell your Fitbit to someone else.

That’s because resetting your Fitbit also resets all your personal data–it’s like starting with a fresh & new Fitbit.

In cases where your Fitbit continues to perform badly, refuses to sync data, or continues not to be recognized by your phone, computer, etc., even after a restart, we do recommend you reset your Fitbit.

But with the knowledge that your data is removed and following a factory reset, you must set up your Fitbit again.

When you perform a factory reset, the reset deletes all device data, including any data that has not synced to your Fitbit app and account.

This includes things like your personalized settings, alarms, goals, and notifications.

Resetting your Fitbit DOES NOT remove your Fitbit account!

Reset a Fitbit Sense, Versa Series, Ionic, or Charge 3 & 4

  1. Go to the Settings app (gear icon.)
  2. Choose About.
  3. Select Factory Reset or Clear User Data.Factory Reset or Shutdown menu on Fitbit Versa
  4. Confirm with Yes.

Factory reset using the buttons only

If you cannot access the on-screen menus, try resetting using just the button(s) on your Fitbit.

We recommend only following these steps when you cannot access the Settings app on your Fitbit’s screen.

For Fitbit Sense, Versa Lite, 2 and 3 (one button models)

  1. Press and hold the side button until the screen turns off.
  2. After the screen turns off, you should feel a short vibration.
  3. As soon as you feel the vibration, release the side button and then immediately press and hold that button again.
  4. Keeping pressing until the Fitbit logo appears and disappears, and then once again immediately release the button and press and hold it until you feel another vibration.
  5. After you feel that vibration, release the side button, this final vibration indicates you started the factory reset for your Fitbit.

If you run older software on your one-button Versa Series, try these steps

  1. Hold the back button for about 8 seconds. 
  2. Wait for the Fitbit logo to appear, then disappear. Release the button briefly for less than 2 seconds. 
  3. Hold the button again until you feel a second and longer vibration, then release it. This longer vibration indicates the factory reset started.

For Fitbit Versa (original) and Ionic (multiple button models)

  1. Hold all buttons down for around 10 seconds until the Fitbit logo appears, then disappears.
  2. Release the bottom right button only while still pressing and holding the remaining two buttons–wait until you feel a strong vibration, then release all the buttons.

If you followed the process correctly, your Fitbit should show the setup screen. At this point, open the Fitbit app to set up your Fitbit again.

If you don’t release the button(s) at the right time or didn’t follow the exact order of the steps, the Fitbit simply restarts. Try repeating the reset steps again.

Reset a Fitbit Luxe

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Choose Device Info and tap Clear User Data.
  3. Swipe up on the screen, then when asked, press and hold the screen for 3 seconds. 
  4. After 3 seconds, release and wait for the Fitbit Logo to appear on your Luxe’s screen. Fitbit Luxe restart or reset with Fitbit logo on screen
  5. When your Luxe vibrates, your device reset and erased all its current data.
    1. If the Luxe doesn’t vibrate, repeat these steps.

Reset a Fitbit Inspire or Ace 2/3

  1. For Ace 2 and Ace 3 only, connect your device to the charging cable.
  2. Go to the Settings app.settings menu on Fitbit Inspire
  3. Choose Clear User Data. 
  4. When asked, press the screen for 3 seconds and then release it immediately.

Reset a Charge or Charge 2

  1. Connect your Fitbit Charge to its charger and a USB power source.
  2. Press and hold the side button for 2 seconds, then remove the charging cable from the USB power source while keeping the Charge’s side button pressed for another 9 seconds.
  3. Release the side button, pause for a second, then press and hold it again.
  4. Wait for the screen to flash ALT, then release the button, pause for another second, and press and hold the side button again after the Charge vibrates.
  5. Please wait for the screen to say Error, then release the button, pause for another second, and press and hold it again.
  6. Wait for the screen to show Erase, then release the button.Erase factory reset on Fitbit charge
  7. Reattach the cable to its USB power source–look for your Charge to read 0:00 as the current time. If not, follow the steps again.

Reset a Fitbit Blaze or Alta

  1. Use the Fitbit app or a browser and visit your Fitbit account user dashboard.
  2. In the app, tap your account icon or the menu button in the top corner. In your user dashboard, tap the Settings icon (gear) and choose Settings.
  3. Choose your Fitbit Blaze or Alta from the list of Devices.
  4. Tap Remove This Blaze or Alta.Fitbit account remove this blaze from account
    1. If you don’t see this option, swipe up.
  5. Once removed from your account, choose to unpair or forget this device in your phone’s Bluetooth settings.
  6. For the Blaze, press and hold both the left side’s back button and the bottom right button until you see the Fitbit logo on-screen.
  7. For the Alta, follow the restart instructions listed above.
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21 COMMENTS

  1. I have a FitBit One which I had to restart. For the first time when turning it is showing the time when it died due to low battery together with the number of steps etc that were on the screen when it went off.
    How do I reset it to the correct time etc?

    • Hi Lorna,

      Charge it to 100% and then sync it with the Fitbit app or Fitbit Connect. That should do the trick.

      If not, use either the Fitbit app or your Fitbit online account dashboard and navigate to the Advanced Settings (also called App Settings) and make changes to your time there.

  2. I have a versa it has an X with a circle around it with the message data not cleared. sync and try again. i have not clue what to do . Can someone help me

    • Hi Kitty,

      This usually indicates a sync problem.

      Try closing the Fitbit app and then restarting your mobile phone/device that you normally sync your Fitbit with.

      If that doesn’t help, visit your mobile’s Bluetooth settings and choose to forget the Versa from Bluetooth. Then, re-connect to Bluetooth and try to sync your Versa.

      When problems persist, even after these steps, the next option is to press and hold the back button (or for Versa original model, the back and bottom buttons), until you see the Fitbit logo on the screen–once you see the logo, let go of the buttons.

  3. I got a Fitbit inspire for XMAS.

    Set it up December 26th everything worked. Took it off shortly after.

    Put it on again on December 27th.

    No heart rate readings whatsoever and no flashing lights underneath.

    I have rebooted/reset/done everything.

    Heart rate notifications setting ON device. Wore it all day 27th. No HR record whatsoever. No light under watch at any stage. Totally dead.

    I think this must be a faulty device. Will be returning it. Too much hassle with a brand new device. It should not be troubleshooting so soon. Disappointing

    • Hi Wendy,

      We are really sorry that your new Christmas gifted Fitbit Inspire isn’t working like it should.

      One thing to check is that your Fitbit is set to on-wrist and not on-clip.

      On-clip disables heart rate tracking automatically since it cannot collect any data.

        On the Inspire, press and hold both of the buttons to access its Quick Settings menu

        Select the On Wrist or On Clip setting

        Enable On Wrist

      Another option you could try is to remove the Fitbit Inspire from your account, then delete the app on your mobile device. Once deleted, restart your mobile device and then reinstall the Fitbit app.

      Finally, add your Fitbit Inspire back to your account.

      Also, make sure both your Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit app are up to date with the latest versions.

    • Hi Charles,

      Try resetting your Fitbit Charge 3. First, sync your charge to save any data to your account.

      Then, on your Charge 3, go to Settings > About > and tap Clear User Data. Finally, reconnect your Charge 3 to the Fitbit app.

      If the time/date is still incorrect, follow the steps in this article: Fitbit didn’t update the time? Let’s fix it!

  4. I have a Versa that that was fully charged and had been synched. Now the screen is black. I followed the instructions for resarting and for resetting, but nothing happens. Any suggestions?

  5. The HR monitor on my versa 2 suddenly stopped working.

    I have restarted it many times and it will work for a few mins and then freeze on a certain HR or just not show anything. The green light isn’t flashing.

    I am nervous to reset my Fitbit. Thoughts? Thank you.

    • Hi Tiffany,

      Sorry to hear that your Versa 2’s heart rate monitor isn’t working. Since you don’t see the green light flashing, it sounds like heart rate tracking might be off. Open the Settings app on your Fitbit and tap heart rate–turn this to On.

      Check out this article for more tips on troubleshooting times when a Fitbit heart rate isn’t showing up: Fitbit heart rate not working or inaccurate? Let’s fix it

  6. My versa 2 has been just fine, I put it on the charger when I got home. Took it off the charger and it will not turn on at all. It has battery life showing on my app, I have pressed and held the button, I’ve tried a new charger, it’s not doing anything… any help would be amazing. I really like it.

    • Hi Bonnie,

      Sorry to hear about your Versa 2. Let’s try this reset method using just the button–this process is dependent on timing, so you may need to repeat it a couple of times to get it right.

      Hold down the side button until the Fitbit logo appears and then disappears. Once it disappears, release the button briefly–make sure this is less than two seconds. Press and hold the button again until you feel another longer vibration, then after the vibration, release the button. This second and longer vibration indicates the Versa 2 started a factory reset.

      Wait for the reset to complete and then go to your app to set up your Versa 2 again to your account.

  7. I am so sad. My versa 2 just stopped working today! The screen went black and I couldn’t get it back on. I put it on the charger and let it get to 100%. Took it off and it seemed to be fine accept that I went outside and I could hardly see the numbers., A short time later it went out again! Charged it again and it will not turn on. Black screen and rebooting isn’t working. Is there any hope? I love this watch so much.

  8. Have a Versa 3 with blank/black screen. I tried everything I knew to do and was going to return it tomorrow – BUT – after reading this thread and discovered a way to reset it I now have a working Versa!!! Thanks RSW

  9. I have a Charge 2 that has a dark screen, previously working fine. The app on my phone looks like it is fully charged. But when it is plugged into the wall, it looks like it needs to be charged.
    I tried the restart, without success. So I have it plugged into the wall outlet for a short time. Can it be overcharged?

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