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How to Change Time on Fitbit (With and Without the App)

How to Change Time on Fitbit (With and Without the App)

We live and die by the clock. If you don’t wear a watch, you probably have your phone in arms reach. There’s no need to adjust watches to the astronomical clock or take it to a jeweler in this technological age. Instead, we mostly rely on the satellites to change it for us—the same applies to the Fitbit.

Although Fitbit is designed to automatically adjust to the current time and time zone, sometimes there may be instances where it doesn’t set correctly. Perhaps you entered a different time zone, and your Fitbit did not automatically readjust because there was no service or data usage in the area. Sometimes there is just a glitch in the system, and you have to change it manually. Let’s break down how to fix this with and without the Fitbit app.

How to Change Time on a Fitbit with the App

Usually, your device should change automatically, but as you will see, using the Fitbit app to change the time is quick and simple. After finding the account/profile settings, it is fairly straightforward. And once it is manually updated, sync your device and be on your way. Listed below are more specific instructions according to the device you are using:

On Apple Devices

To change the time using the app, whether it’s on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple laptop, open the app and click on your profile. Scroll down until you see something that says App Settings. From there, you can see another list. Click on Time Zone. At this point, you want to either make sure it is marked as Sync Automatically, or if it is already on that setting, switch it off. Click again on the option called Time Zone. Here you can choose your time zone based on your location. The last step is to sync your Fitbit.

On Android Devices

Using an Android device is very similar. Some of the locations and headings are different, though. After opening the Fitbit app, click on the account icon, which is your profile picture. Then go to App Settings, click off the Automatic Time Zone option, and manually select the correct time zone. Again, the last step is to sync your Fitbit to your device.

On Windows 10 Devices

From Windows 10, open the app and select the account icon. Find the Advanced Settings, then click on Time Zone. Just like the iPhone and Android, unclick the option to update automatically and choose from the list which time zone you’re in. Then sync your Fitbit.

How to Change Time on a Fitbit Through the Website

Open your browser and go to Log in with your username and password. Click the icon that looks like a gear in the top left, and scroll down to Settings. Under Personal Info, click on Time Zone. From there, click on the little arrow, and from the drop-down menu, choose your correct location. Click Submit and sync your device.

Change Time Settings to Follow a 12- or 24-Hour Clock

Another thing you can do from the Fitbit website is to change your clock from the 12-hour display to the 24-hour or military time.

  1. From the dashboard, click the gear icon for settings, and go to Personal Info.
  2. Then choose Advanced Settings.
  3. Under that, click on Clock Display, and choose between 12 or 24.
  4. Then hit Submit and sync your device.

Troubleshooting: Fitbit Not Syncing Correct Time

For all of these solutions, your Fitbit must be syncing properly. If you encounter this issue, there are several steps you can take. First of all, make sure you have downloaded the app, and secondly, make sure your Bluetooth is on.

Disconnect the Device

Try to remove and then add your Fitbit device again from your account. From the app, go to the Settings. You will want to select your tracker and click on the trash icon. Choose to Unpair the device. After waiting a moment, pair it up again.

Bluetooth Troubleshooting

You might have to manually tell your Fitbit to search for Bluetooth. To do this, go into your Settings, and under Apps and Notifications, be sure your location for the Fitbit is allowed all the time. Another approach is to turn your Bluetooth on then off again, restart your phone, or uninstall then reinstall your Fitbit app. One of these options should correct any issues.


To change the time without using the Fitbit app, simply sync your Fitbit device. If it is still not showing the correct time, check that it is under the proper time zone. This can be accomplished by using the app settings or the Fitbit app from an iPhone/iPad, Android phone, Windows 10, or by logging onto If you are still experiencing issues, contact customer support.

If your Fitbit clock is wrong, don’t suffer needlessly. The solutions are quick, easy, and plentiful to get your watch displaying the accurate time!