Why Fitbit is not Syncing with Phone? Have you ever faced this sync issue on your Fitbit? Then it is really frustrating and disappointing. Right? But this error does not mean that your Fitness Tracker is damaged and needs a replacement or repair.
You can fix this issue very easily by yourself at home. Just follow the step by step guide to fix the Fitbit Sync issue with your smartphone. You do not need any technical issue to resolve this problem.
So let us have a look at some necessary details first. It will help you to understand the issue and handle it properly without any trouble.
What is Sync?
Sync is the process of connecting your Fitbit with your Fitbit app on your smartphone for tracking and analyzing your fitness data. It helps you get a detailed insight into your fitness activities and progress.
If your Fitbit does not sync with your smartphone, then it will ultimately fail to track your activities. There can be multiple reasons for the Fitbit App and Fitness Tracker sync failure.
Why Fitbit is not Syncing with Phone? (Troubleshoot)
Before we start, I hope that you have a Fitbit Compatible smartphone with you. Before you buy a smartwatch or activity tracker, you should make sure that you have a compatible smartphone. You can check the Fitbit compatible devices list here.
So without wasting your time, let us jump into the Fitbit Sync issue troubleshoot guide. Follow the step by step guide to get rid of the Fitbit App not syncing issue with Android Smartphone.
Keep the Device within the Bluetooth range
Most of the time, you suddenly face connection error if you keep the smartphone or fitness tracker beyond the Bluetooth range. So make sure you keep both the device within the Bluetooth range.i.e, with in10 meters.
Going beyond this distance will interrupt the connectivity between the devices. As a result, the data transfer between the devices will fail, and a connection error occurs.
If it does not fix the issue, then go to step two.
Bluetooth Connectivity Issue
Once the device placed within the Bluetooth range, head towards Bluetooth settings, and make sure you turned on “Phone visibility.” You can locate this in the “Connectivity” settings.
This helps both the devices to find and connect with each other.
Also, you need to turn on location if you are using a phone which is running on Android version Marshmallow(Android 6.0 or above).
Once you turn on the location, devices running on Android 6.0 and above, you have to give Grant Location access to Fitbit App for the seamless synchronization of the Fitbit app and tracker. Usually, a pop-up appears, and you can simply provide the location for the Fitbit App.
If it did not get the pop-up, follow the steps below,
- Go to settings.
- Locate the Fitbit App from the App list.
- Open Fitbit App.
- Tap on “Permissions”
- Turn on “Location”
90% of sync issues resolved by doing this. But no need to worry if you still face Fitbit and app not syncing problem.
Reboot Fitness Tracker and Smartphone
Restarting or rebooting Fitbit tracker help to fix not only sync issue but also other issues such as screen freezing, and many other performance issues.
I personally recommend you restart your smartphone and fitness tracker at least once in a week to improve performance, including battery life.
Update your Fitbit App to the Latest Version
If you face this issue all of a sudden, make sure that you have an updated Fitbit App. To check this, head to Google Play Store and check for any app update.
If an app update is available, please update it to the latest version just by tapping on the update button.
To do this, please follow the steps below.
- Head to Google Play Store.
- Just type and search “Fitbit” on the search bar.
- If an update is available, then just tap on “Update” to update to the latest version.
- Once the update is complete, try to sync the Fitbit app and fitness tracker.
Check For Fitbit Tracker Software Update
If your Fitbit and app are not syncing, then check for Fitbit Firmware/Software update at the Fitbit App. If a software update is available, then just update the Fitbit to the latest software.
Updating to the latest software improves your fitness tracker’s performance and accuracy.
If a new software update is available, then you will get notified with a pink color banner at the Fitbit App home screen.
Also, you must check the software update for your smartphone. It is also necessary to update your software to the latest version to get updated features. You can check the software update for your Android phone at the settings.
If a software update is available, then do not hesitate to update to the latest version for improved performance.
A synchronization may fail due to a decreased battery level of your fitness tracker. It is applicable for the smartphone as well. When a device is running on a low battery, the system will automatically restrict the background activities.
As a result, the device automatically gets disconnected not only from your fitness tracker but also from all other Bluetooth connected devices. So make sure that both the Fitness Tracker and smartphone have at least 50% of battery charge during syncing.
Otherwise, you have to allow the automatic launch of the Fitbit App in the background. It will enable the Fitbit app to run automatically in the background, even at a lower battery level.
To enable this follow the steps below,
- Go to Settings.
- Tap Device Care
- Now tap on Battery.
- From the list, find Fitbit App and disable “Put App to Sleep.”
If all the methods fail to fix, then a factory reset is the only option available now. You should remember that it will delete all the data and other personalized on the fitness tracker.
Before doing a factory reset, make sure the fitness tracker or smartwatch has at least 70% of the battery in it.
Follow the steps to do a factory reset.
- From the home screen, swipe to the right side to access the settings menu.
- In the settings, go to the bottom and tap on “About,” and a new menu will open up.
- Go to down and look for “Factory Reset.”
- Tap on “Factory Reset” and confirm reset by pressing on “Yes.”
If all the methods fail, then there may be some severe issues with your Fitbit. However, before you contact customer support, try to connect your Fitbit with another smartphone. If the synchronization fails with the new phone as well, then please contact immediately with Fitbit Customer support for further investigation.
Here I have also answered common frequently asked questinons related to Fitbit Not sync issue with the phone.
FAQ Related to Fitbit, not Sync Issue
1. How do I manually sync my device with the Fitbit app?
Open the Fitbit app and go to the “Today” tab. Just pull the screen down to sync Fitbit App to Fitbit Tracker.
2. Where can I see when my Fitbit device last synced?
Just go to today’s tab, tap on your profile picture on the left-hand side, and then your Fitness tracker image. You can find sync data with date and time.
3. Does it need the internet for Fitbit Sync?
The answer is a partial yes. The Fitbit device directly does not need an internet connection for syncing with the Fitbit App. However, after syncing the Fitbit app and device, the smartphone uses the internet connection to upload your Fitness data into the Fitbit server.
4. Can I sync Fitbit with PC or Mac?
Yes. You can Sync Fitbit with Mac or PC using Fitbit Sync Dongle.
“Why my Fitbit is not syncing with phone?” question got answer now. All the tips mentioned here are non-technical, and you can quickly implement it with ease.
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