Why Does My Fitbit Have A Wrong Time? 5 Reasons

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Written By Dinu Sri

Dr. H. T. D. S. Madusanka is an electronic enthusiastic, involved in research and development.

Owning a Fitbit device is amazing. You can track when you eat, sleep, walk, workout, and more. Why is tracking these things so great?

Well, we’re going to scuff at that question first ‘ahem, ahem.’ Now, here is the answer. Because being able to track your progress significantly increases your chances that you’re going to achieve your goal.

How does it do that? Well, because our mind is wired to get motivated when we see proof that we’re making progress.

Well, there are plenty of reasons tracking can make it easier for us to progress. But, if we start explaining all of them then we won’t be able to cover all the benefits and the 5 reasons why your Fitbit is showing the wrong time.

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Therefore, we’re only going to focus on the ones that are important. There are two main reasons behind the effectiveness of tracking progress.

Tracking breaks the big tasks into smaller tasks. If your goal is to lose 20 lbs by tracking your jogging time, it will make it much easier to put in the effort compared to standing on the weight scale and hoping I might be able to lose weight.

The second reason is it gives you confidence that you’ve got what it takes to get the work done. Let’s use the weight example again. If you’re crossing each date on your calendar, you’ll remind yourself on a daily basis that you’re making progress.

This will happen because when you’ll see the streak of 14 crosses on your calendar, you’ll go, “Damn, I can get things done.”

It won’t just give you some confidence boost that’ll rewire your subconscious mind for putting in the effort, but it’ll make it harder to stop putting in the effort.

Whenever you’re about to mark a cross, you’ll know that your streak is about to be broken so you won’t want to do it, thus find it easier to put in the effort.

Alright now you know that tracking is incredibly important. But, here is the problem. You can’t track anything if the device is showing the wrong time.

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There are 5 reasons that could cause this problem. We’ve listed all of them and their solutions below.

5 reasons your Fitbit may show you the wrong time

Here are the names of the 5 reasons and we’ll provide their solution below. 1) The Fitbit device needs to be restarted. 2) Problem with Timezone Tracking. 3) Fitbit needs to be rebooted. 4) Problem in the bluetooth connection. 5) Always Connected or All Day Sync disabled.

1. The Fitbit device needs to be restarted

In plenty of cases, just restarting the device is enough for solving this problem. So go ahead and give it a try. If things don’t work right, then try the second option.

2. Problem with Timezone Tracking

This one is usually the cause of why your Fitbit is showing the wrong time (change time on Fitbit Inspire) (change time on Fitbit Inspire) (change time on FitBit Charge 3) (change time on FitBit Charge 3) (change time on FitBit Charge 2) (change time on FitBit Charge 2). Usually you or someone who used your device has accidentally changed the Timezone Tracking option in the device’s settings.

But sometimes, it happens automatically. In either case, don’t worry about it and do this instead.

Step 1: Go to the Fitbit app and click on the Account Icon at the top right corner.

Step 2: Now click the gear icon called Settings and then find and click App Settings.

Step 3: If Set Automatically is turned on, then toggle it on and then off, before syncing the data.

3. Fitbit needs to be rebooted

To reboot the Fitbit first you’ll need to restart the phone that you’ve installed your Fitbit app on. So go ahead and restart your phone.

Now, press and hold the buttons on your Fitbit device for 8 seconds and then let go. You have to let go when the smile icon shows on the screen, so even if it showed a little early or later that’s when you’ve to let go.

Now restart the tracker and try to sync the data. This will probably work but if it doesn’t, try the next method.

4. Problem in the bluetooth connection

The problem could very well be with the bluetooth connection between your phone and the device. To find out whether this is the case, there is only one thing you can do.

Follow the steps we’re going to mention for refreshing the bluetooth connection between the phone and the device. Then see if the problem is solved.

If the problem gets solved after following these steps, awesome for you. If it doesn’t, don’t worry too much because there is one more solution.

Now, let’s get to the step-by-step process, shall we?

Step 1: First, you’ve got to delete the existing bluetooth connection. So you know where to go first, Settings.

Step 2: Now go to Bluetooth, then the information icon located next to your Fitbit device, then finally tap on the Forget this device.

Step 3: This is the last step. Scan the available Bluetooth and Fitbit devices and wait till the deed is done.

Congratulations! You’ve done it. Your problem is solved. Of course, it’s not true we only said it just in case it would be true for you. But, as we’ve already told you, you don’t have to worry because there is one solution left.

5. Always Connected or All Day Sync disabled

These two options are essential if you want your device to show the right time. These are the features that allow your device to sync data 24/7.

Therefore, you’ve got to make sure that not even one of these two features is disabled. The process is quite easy.

Step 1: Pick up your phone, unlock it, search for your Fitbit app, and then open it. We know the process kind of seems long when you read it but believe us it’s incredibly small.

You’ll believe us when you do it. Oh wait, since you already know how long it takes to open an app on your phone, we bet you already know it and that you’ve realized that we’re just playing with you a little.

Step 2: Now, once you’re on the dashboard, you’ve got to take this step. You should click on the Account Icon located at the top right corner.

Step 3: If you’ve taken the last step, congratulations. Because now you’ll be able to see an option called Settings. You won’t even have to find it, because it should be there right in front of your eyes.

Step 4: Now look for the option called App Settings. It should be right in front of your eyes, but it may very well not be. We know you might be panicking, but here is the truth you shouldn’t because if you scroll down just a little, you should find it within a second or two.

Step 5: In this section, you’ll be able to find both options. Check whether they are enabled, if they are not, you know what to do. Just in case, enable them and try syncing again.


By following all the steps, your problem should be solved. If you’ve found this post helpful, feel free to share it. If not, let us know why in the comments section and we would help you out.