Mastering Fitbit Notifications: A Concise Guide 2024

As a fitness enthusiast, I understand the importance of staying connected while maintaining focus on my health goals.

Fitbit wearables have been my go-to choice for years, and their notifications feature has made a significant difference in my daily life.

In this concise guide, I’ll share my experience and provide you with straightforward instructions to set up, customize, and troubleshoot notifications on your Fitbit device.

1. Setting Up Fitbit Notifications

Setting up notifications on your Fitbit device is essential for maximizing its capabilities. Here, I’ll walk you through the process.

a. Device Compatibility

Before diving into the setup, ensure your Fitbit model supports notifications. Most recent models, such as the Fitbit Versa, Charge, and Sense, include this feature.

b. Smartphone Requirements

Compatibility between your smartphone and Fitbit device is crucial. Check if your phone’s operating system meets the minimum requirements – iOS 12.2 or higher for iPhone users and Android OS 7.0 or higher for Android users.

c. Fitbit App Setup

To set up notifications, you’ll need the Fitbit app installed on your smartphone.

Download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, create an account, and follow the on-screen instructions to connect your Fitbit device.

d. Enabling Notifications

Once your Fitbit is connected, follow these steps to enable notifications:

For IPhone Users:

  1. Open the Fitbit app.
  2. Tap the Today tab, then your profile picture.
  3. Select your device image.
  4. Tap Notifications and follow the on-screen instructions.

For Android Users:

  1. Open the Fitbit app.
  2. Tap the Today tab, then your profile picture.
  3. Select your device image.
  4. Tap Notifications, then App Notifications, and follow the on-screen instructions.

2. Customizing Fitbit Notifications

Personalizing notifications can significantly enhance your Fitbit experience. I’ll explain how to tailor them to your preferences.

a. Notification Types

You can choose which notifications you receive, including calls, texts, calendar events, and emails.

Navigate to the Notifications settings in the Fitbit app and toggle on/off the options you prefer.

b. Vibration Patterns

Customize vibration patterns for different types of notifications, making it easier to distinguish between them. Unfortunately, not all Fitbit models offer this feature.

c. Prioritizing Notifications

In the Fitbit app, you can prioritize notifications to ensure the most important alerts are always displayed first.

This helps you stay on top of critical updates without being overwhelmed.

d. Controlling App Notifications

Select which third-party apps can send notifications to your Fitbit device. This is especially useful for keeping your wrist free from unnecessary distractions.

3. Advanced Notification Settings

Unlock the full potential of your Fitbit device by exploring these advanced notification settings.

a. Quick Replies

Fitbit allows you to send quick replies to text messages and app notifications. You can customize these responses within the Fitbit app, making it easier to respond to messages on the go.

b. Do Not Disturb & Sleep Modes

Enable Do Not Disturb and Sleep Modes to prevent notifications from interrupting you during specific times.

Sleep Mode can be scheduled, while Do Not Disturb can be toggled on/off manually.

c. Notification Timeout

Adjust how long notifications remain visible on your Fitbit device.

This feature is available in the Fitbit app under device settings.

d. Notification Widget

Some Fitbit models offer a notification widget, allowing you to access your notifications quickly without navigating through multiple menus.

To add the widget, follow these steps:

  1. On your Fitbit device, swipe left to access the app/widget drawer.
  2. Find the Notifications widget and tap to add it to your device.

4. Troubleshooting Fitbit Notifications

If you’re experiencing issues with your Fitbit notifications, these troubleshooting tips can help.

a. Reconnecting Your Device

Check if your Fitbit device is properly connected to your smartphone. If not, try reconnecting by turning Bluetooth off and on again or restarting both your phone and Fitbit device.

b. Adjusting Notification Settings

Review your notification settings in the Fitbit app to ensure they’re properly configured. Make sure that notifications are enabled and that the relevant options are toggled on.

c. Updating Fitbit App & Firmware

Occasionally, updates to the Fitbit app or device firmware can resolve notification issues. Check for updates within the Fitbit app or your smartphone’s app store.

d. Resetting Your Fitbit Device

If all else fails, consider resetting your Fitbit device to factory settings. This should be a last resort, as it will erase all your data and settings.

Follow the instructions in the Fitbit app or on the Fitbit website to perform a factory reset.


How do I set up notifications on my Fitbit device?

To set up notifications, follow these steps:
✳Ensure your Fitbit device is compatible with notifications and paired with your smartphone.
✳Install the Fitbit app on your smartphone and sign in.
✳Open the Fitbit app and tap the Today tab.
✳Tap your profile picture and select your Fitbit device.
✳Tap Notifications and follow the on-screen instructions.

How do I customize app notifications on my Fitbit?

To customize app notifications, follow these steps:
✳Open the Fitbit app on your smartphone.
✳Tap the Today tab and then your profile picture.
✳your Fitbit device.
✳Tap Notifications and then App Notifications.
✳Choose the apps you want to receive notifications from.

Can I receive calendar notifications on my Fitbit?

Yes, you can receive calendar notifications on your Fitbit. To enable them, navigate to the Notifications settings in the Fitbit app and toggle on Calendar Events.

How do I reject phone calls using my Fitbit device?

When you receive a phone call, your Fitbit device will vibrate and display the caller’s information. To reject the call, tap the red phone icon on your device’s screen.

How can I enable text message notifications on my Fitbit?

To enable text message notifications, follow these steps:
✳Open the Fitbit app on your smartphone.
✳Tap the Today tab and then your profile picture.
✳Select your Fitbit device.
✳Tap Notifications and enable Text Messages.

Why am I not receiving notifications on my Fitbit?

If you’re not receiving notifications, try the following:
✳Check your Fitbit device’s connection to your smartphone.
✳Ensure your Fitbit’s notification settings are correctly configured.
✳Update the Fitbit app and firmware on your device.
✳Reset your Fitbit device to factory settings as a last resort.

Can I customize the vibration patterns for notifications on my Fitbit?

Some Fitbit models allow you to customize vibration patterns for notifications. However, not all models support this feature. Check your device’s settings or user manual for more information.

How do I access quick settings on my Fitbit device to manage notifications?

If your Fitbit model supports quick settings, you can access them by swiping them down from the clock screen. From there, you can enable/disable features like Do Not Disturb and Sleep Mode.

Bill Otto
I, Bill Otto, have been playing a role in Aerospace Projects and Commercial Space since 2011. As a writer, I have the desire to understand how things work! I started out on the technical side but found my love for writing and copywriting. As an engineer, I know how to speak the language and know valuable information about the products and services that I write about. I’m also an audio and video recording enthusiast since the 1970s and one of my favorites is the VHS format because it has the highest resolution of any analog recording format. I describe VHS as the Encyclopedia Britannica of the World!