Since the invention of Fitbit, thousands of people have purchased the exercise-tracking device. However, sometimes the battery on your Fitbit dies before it should. So, what should you do when your Fitbit won’t hold a charge?
If a Fitbit won’t hold a charge, turn down the volume and disable non-essential notifications. This should prolong the battery life. Also, restart the Fitbit. Make sure the Fitbit is updated. Contact customer support as a last resort if the battery life of the Fitbit doesn’t improve.
To find out more about the battery life of your Fitbit and how to improve it when it won’t hold a charge, keep reading.
Why is My Fitbit Losing Charge So Quickly?
One of the main reasons why Fitbits die quickly is that many of the features of the Fitbit are always on. Because all of the features are constantly working, your Fitbit is always being used, which drains the battery.
The always-on setting for many of these features is automatic, so if you want to preserve your Fitbit’s battery life, you will have to go into the settings on your Fitbit app and change them.
Here are some things that you can change or turn off in the settings or account section of your Fitbit app to make your Fitbit’s battery last longer.
- Turn off All-Day Sync
- Turn off All-Day Sync (Android devices)
- Turn off Always Connected (Android)
- Turn off the heart rate tracker
- Turn off reminders, including the reminder to move every hour
- Turn off the phone calls, text messages, and calendar notifications
- Delete silent alarms
Your Fitbit also might not be holding a charge because it is old, even though you might not think it is that old. The type of battery that Fitbits function on deteriorates over time, especially if it is regularly overcharged or exposed to extremely hot or cold temperatures.
Your Fitbit might be losing its charge quickly because you are using it to answer phone calls and change your music settings too often. While these features are helpful, they can cause the battery life to drain quickly. Try changing your music settings and answering your phone via your actual phone if you want your Fitbit’s battery to last longer.
How Many Years Does a Fitbit Battery Last?
Unfortunately, the battery of your Fitbit doesn’t last as long as you may expect it to. The batteries of Fitbits only last for 1-2 years. Some people can make them last for up to 3 years, but by then, you will likely have to charge your Fitbit multiple times every day to be able to use it all day, especially if you have an active day planned.
However, exactly how long a Fitbit’s battery will last depend on the battery and how well you take care of your Fitbit. If you want your Fitbit’s battery to last for a long time, never let the battery get to 20% or lower. Never charge the battery when it is extremely hot or cold, as that will cause the battery to deteriorate faster than expected.
Can a Fitbit Battery Be Replaced?
Some Fitbit batteries can be replaced, but not all of them can be. If your Fitbit has screws on the back, the battery can easily be replaced. However, if there aren’t any screws, hidden or otherwise, the battery can’t be replaced.
For example, the battery of the Charge HR can’t be replaced, at least not by you, even if you have experience with changing the batteries of similar devices.
If you want to know if your exact Fitbit device’s battery can be replaced, contact customer support and ask them. They may even be able to have your Fitbit’s battery replaced for free, although whether or not they can do so will vary depending on the warranty of your Fitbit and how long you have had it.
If you can change the battery of your Fitbit, before you do so, keep in mind that if you open the device, the warranty will no longer be valid.
This means that if you somehow damage it while replacing the battery or your Fitbit breaks in the future, you will have to either purchase a new Fitbit or other exercise-tracking device or pay for your Fitbit to be repaired (if it can even be repaired).
Before you decide to try to replace your Fitbit’s battery, contact customer support and tell them about the issue. Depending on the age of your device and the warranty covering it, they may be able to have your Fitbit’s battery replaced at no cost to you.
However, if you change your Fitbit’s battery before contacting them, they won’t give you a free battery replacement, as the warranty won’t be valid anymore.
However, if you want to change your Fitbit’s battery yourself, follow these instructions. The exact process of changing your Fitbit’s battery will vary slightly by device, but here is the basic process:
- Gather the new battery, your Fitbit, a mini screwdriver, and a small pair of tweezers.
- Find the screws on the back of your Fitbit.
- Unscrew all of the screws and put them in a place where they won’t get lost or damaged.
- With your tweezers, remove the back of your Fitbit.
- Set aside the back of your Fitbit in a place where it won’t get lost or damaged.
- Remove the battery with your tweezers.
- Put in the new battery.
- Replace the back of your Fitbit.
- Screw all of the screws back in and tighten them fully.
How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Fitbit Battery?
If you have a professional replace the battery of your Fitbit, it is unclear how much it will cost, as it will vary by the rates of the person you choose and how long it will take to replace the battery.
However, if you replace the battery of your Fitbit yourself, you will only have to pay for the new battery, which will cost $1-$3.
If you have Fitbit replace the battery under your Fitbit’s warranty, you likely won’t have to pay anything to have the battery of your Fitbit replaced.