Why Does My Fitbit Vibrate? [Learn the Answer]

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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.

Fitbit has a unique set of notification profiles that use vibrations as the main delivery medium.

Other than that, there can be numerous problems that can cause you to vibrate your Fitbit without a notification.

Why does my Fitbit Vibrate?

The Fitbit device can vibrate to alert you at different times, such as when you set an alarm, reach your step goal, or fail to meet your hourly activity goal.

fitbit keep vibrating

However, there are situations that can cause your Fitbit to vibrate at random.

How do I get my Fitbit to stop vibrating?

If your Fitbit device keeps vibrating at random times, you can take these 3 approaches to solve this problem.

Solution 1 : Restart the device

Plenty of times this problem gets solved by simply restarting the device, and other times it doesn’t.

restart your fitbit device

Therefore, if your device stops vibrating after a reset, then yes it’s that easy. If it doesn’t, then no it’s not that easy.

So let’s get ready to walk through the step-by-step process for restarting the Fitbit device.

Step 1: Press and hold the power button of the device.

Step 2: Once the screen turns black, probably within a few seconds, let go.

Step 3: Wait for a few seconds and then again press and hold the power button until the device restarts.

Repeat this process at least a few times, before giving up. If it still doesn’t work, then try the next one.

Solution 2: Use a charging cable

Step 1: Take out the charging cable and connect it to your device.

Step 2: When the device is connected to the cable, press and hold the power button down for 15 seconds.

Step 3: The device will show two vibrations. First, a short vibration. Then, a medium vibration. Then the device will turn off.

Step 4: Now, turn the device back on. In the starting process, the number of short vibrations that can occur can be as high as 7.

Step 5: Remove the device from the charging cable and turn it off again.

Step 6: Plug it into the charging cable again, and turn it on.

Solution 3: charging cable and USB port-based technique

Step 1: Take out the charging cable and plug it into the USB port on the computer.

Step 2: Connect the other end of the charging cable to the back of the Fitbit device.

Step 3: See if the button of the Fitbit device is aligned with the button on the opening of the charging cable. If it’s not, then align it. The indication that it is aligned properly is you’ll see a battery icon on your device’s screen and the device will vibrate.

Step 4: Press and hold the power button for 8 seconds.

Step 5: Unplug the tracker from the charging cable.

Why is my Fitbit not vibrating when I get a notification?

Fitbit not vibrating when I get a notification

Here is the step-by-step process to fix this problem.

Step 1: Go to the Fitbit app and then click on the gear icon at the top right named Settings.

Step 2: Once you are there, find the option called Notifications.

Step 3: Tap on the Notifications option so it is turned off.

Step 4: Now, turn off the device and wait for a few minutes.

Step 5: Turn the device on. As soon as it is turned on, go to Settings and turn the Notifications back on.

Why does my Fitbit Flex vibrate and flash?

Well, this problem may get solved or may not. Nonetheless, try these steps to find out how things go.

Step 1: Uninstall the app.

Step 2: Reinstall the app.

Step 3: Restart the device.

If this doesn’t solve your problem, you can contact customer support.

Why does my Fitbit Versa vibrate randomly?

If Fitbit Versa is vibrating randomly, then following these steps will most likely solve the problem.

There are actually two methods. Try the first one and if it doesn’t work, then give the second method a shot.

1. Restart

Restart your device and turn it back on. This often solves the problem. If things don’t work, then try the second method.

2. Multiple buttons

Step 1: Press the back left and bottom buttons at the same time. Hold them until you see the Fitbit logo on your screen (this usually takes less than 10 seconds).
Step 2: As soon as you see the logo, let go of the buttons.

Why does my Fitbit vibrate when I walk?

fitbit vibrate while walking

While we do not know the exact cause behind this one, we know there is a solution. Actually, there isn’t just one solution but there are actually 2 solutions that we’re aware of.

We’re going to mention both of them in this section. First, you should try a normal restart. If it doesn’t work out, then you should try a long restart.

Normal Restart: Turn off the Fitbit device and let it sit there for a few seconds, before turning it back on. You may find success the first time, but if you don’t give up hope just yet.

You should turn the device off again and then wait for a few seconds before turning it on. You should perform this step at least 5 times before giving up.

Long Restart: What’s a long restart? It’s a good question. Like the name suggests the Long Restart is a way of restarting your Fitbit device but it involves more steps, thus it takes longer than usual restart.

Alright, now that you know what a long restart is, here is how you can do it.

Step 1: Grab the charging cable and plug your device into it.

Step 2: Once the device is plugged into the charging cable, press and hold the power button of the device for 15 seconds. It’s important to note that when you let go, around 15 seconds, the device shouldn’t have a smiley face but a black screen instead.

Step 3: Once the smiley face has gone away and you’re only seeing a black screen and you’ve let go of the button, remove the Fitbit device from the charging cable.

Step 4: This is the last step. After unplugging the charging cable, let the device stay there for a few seconds. You should wait for at least 10 seconds. Then, plug the cable back on.

Why does my Fitbit vibrate when I run?

This one has a similar issue. Also, while we don’t exactly know what it is, we know what you can do to find the solution. That’s good enough, right?

Alright, so you should try a Long Restart first by following the steps we’ve mentioned in the previous section. If that works, awesome. If it doesn’t, there is no need to worry because here is what you can do.

You can check whether your mobile phone is in low-power mode. Here is how you can check whether your phone is in low-power mode or not.

Step 1: Go to the Settings.

Step 2: Find the option called Battery Panel. Once you’ve found it, tap on it.

Step 3: Now, you’ll see an option called Low Battery Mode. Tap on it and see whether the slider is turned on or off. If the slider is off, awesome. If it isn’t, then turn it off.

Why does my Fitbit vibrate during exercise?

The Fitbit vibrates for the same reasons during exercise as it does during walking or running. Again, we don’t know the exact problem.

If we don’t know the exact problem, then how do we know they have the same problem? Well, you can probably guess why. Because we don’t know if they have the same solutions.

Alright, they don’t have the exact same solution but they do have similar solutions. For the exercise problem, apply all three solutions. From the walk and run sections.

Why does my Fitbit vibrate when charging?

The reason you’re experiencing this problem is that your Fitbit device isn’t secure and connecting/disconnecting intermittently.

Here is the solution to this problem. You can check for two causes.

  1. See if the port on the surge is clean or not. If it’s not, then make sure to clean it.
  2. Check if the cable has any strains. If there are, make sure to get rid of them.

If the problem is still not solved, contact customer support.

Why does my Fitbit vibrate at night?

There are two things you can do to solve this problem. You can check if there is a third-party app that is sending you notifications. which causes the device to vibrate at night.

If you don’t know how to enable or disable the third-party app, read this.

If that’s not the case, you can try resetting the device by pressing and holding the power button. Perform this at least 5 times, before giving up.


By reading this guide and applying the steps, you’re guaranteed to find all the solutions. We hope you’ve found this guide helpful and if you didn’t, let us know why in the comments section.

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