Restart Fitbit Charge 3 Without A Charger?

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Written By Dinu Sri

Dr H. T. D. S. Madusanka is an electronic expert with 10 years of experience, involved in the research and development of SMART HOME systems.

You may have to restart your device occasionally as a Fitbit Charge user. It is essential you keep your charger for that as the Fitbit charge 3 demands plugging it into the charger. But what will happen if you don’t have it? 

We saw that some users had faced difficulties due to needing to take the charger where they had traveled. For example, if you don’t take your Fitbit charge 3 to the workplace, you will have to face a particular scenario. 

We found a solution for this issue, and you will be happy to know about it. 

Why should you restart your Fitbit Charge 3?

Why should you restart your Fitbit Charge 3

We found a few reasons that make a user restart their Fitbit Charge 3. 

Fitbit Charge 3 Doesn’t Respond To The User

There can be situations in which your Fitbit Charge 3 doesn’t respond to your tapping, swiping, or pressing its button. You can’t see the time or the data related to the activities on these occasions. 

It Doesn’t Sync Data

Not syncing is among the top reasons why you have to restart your Fitbit device. If you don’t see updated information on your smartphone, you should continue your Fitbit charge 3. 

Note: If you are going to restart your Fitbit Charge 3 due to “not showing synced/updated sleep data” or “data syncing is low,” we recommend you refer to these articles as there can be better solutions than restarting. 

Not Tracking Data

Not Tracking Data in Fitbit Charge 3

Sometimes, users may experience lagging from the sensors. For example, users will not be able to track the steps, heart rate, sleep, or calories burned with the Fitbit Charge 3. 

Not Showing Notifications

“Not Showing Notifications” is a sign of being stuck. Although you can perform some operations, you may have to complete a restart to get things back to normal. 

The Display Stays Frozen

We saw that a few Fitbit Charge 3 owners had experienced a frozen Display. You may have to go for a restart, as there is not any other choice. 

Warning: We saw that some Fitbit Charge 3 users had damaged their devices’ sensors by inserting “Ejecting Indexes” into the sensor holes. Please remember that there is no such mechanism for Fitbit Charge 3.

How To Restart Fitbit Charge 3 Without A Charger

Restart Fitbit Charge 3 Without A Charger

We found 03 possible answers to your question about how to restart the Fitbit charge 3 without a charger. 

Changing the watchface of Fitbit charge 3

The Fitbit charge three restarting is similar to refreshing the clock’s Operating System.

When you change the clockface, the same thing happens. It may arrange the file systems, clean the cache memory, and clean the obstacles that cause the above matters. 

We found that 95% of users had been able to refresh their Fitbit charge 3 OS without a charger by changing the clock face of the device. We recommend you try this as it is a less time-consuming method. 

  • Open the Fitbit app on your smartwatch
  • Tap the Today tab and then on your Profile Picture
  • Then choose your device’s image (Fitbit Charge 3)
  • Find Clocks located in Gallery
  • Swipe the available clockface and choose a different watch face and then Tap Install
  • You will see that your issues have been fixed.

Note: If you want to keep the same watch face on your Fitbit Charge 3, choose a different watch face and Install it. Then, re-install the previously held watch face.  

We found this guide from the Fitbit website, which explains “How to change the Watchface of your Fitbit charge device.” 

Buying Another Charger

Fitbit Charge 3 charger

Since you get just one charger for your Fitbit Charge 3, you must carry it everywhere.

The probability that you forget the charger is high. Therefore, we recommend you use another charger for you. For example, if you work in an office, you may use a secondary charger for the office. 

We found the following Fitbit Charge 3 USB chargers on the internet. This will help you to charge and restart your Fitbit Charge 3 device without much trouble. 

Rebooting your Fitbit charge 3

Rebooting Fitbit charge 3

The above two solutions we examined are applied for a user who has a frozen display. If you have other issues, we explained, such as an irresponsive interface, lagging, errors in the OS, and slow syncing, a reboot will be the solution. 

After a reboot, your device will clean the cache memory in the device and the server. You will be able to avoid the errors you used to see as a part of this. Although rebooting consumes time, this will be the best solution you have 

This is how you can do that. 

  • Swipe left three times until you see Weather and Settings
  • Tap on Settings
  • Swipe up until you see About, which is at the end of the list
  • Swipe up until you see “Reboot Device.”
  • Wait until the Reboot concludes


If you still have the issue with Restarting without your Fitbit charge 3 charger, you will have to wait until you get the original charger. Also, you may refer to the official assistance of Fitbit to get some help.