How to update Fitbit: Step-by-step guide

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All Fitbits come feature-packed right out of the box, but there are consistent updates and new features being rolled out across devices.

In recent months we've seen Fitbit add its stress score, skin temperature tracking and other top features to devices such as the Fitbit Charge 4 and Fitbit Versa 3 via over-the-air updates.

So by not updating your Fitbit, you could be missing out some amazing free features.

So, how exactly do you update your Fitbit? We've broken that down step-by-step, whether you're doing it from your phone or your computer.

Update Fitbit on iOS or Android device

How to update Fitbit: Step-by-step guide

As mentioned above, your way of doing this is through the Fitbit app, which you should already have installed on your iPhone or Android device.

Check you're running latest version of Fitbit phone app

Before you get to the updating part, you'll want to check that the Fitbit app you have installed on your phone is the latest version.

1. Head to the app store where you first downloaded the app.
2. Search for 'Fitbit'. Once the official app is located you'll know if an update is available if you see the option to 'Update'.
3. Tap, and the update will start installing for you.

Now the phone app is running the latest version, the next thing to do is make sure your Fitbit is charged up to ensure you can get your device updated. Those updates usually require your device to be charged to at least 50%.

To be on the safe side, we'd suggest having your Fitbit sitting in its charging dock to make sure it fully completes any updates.

Is an update available for your Fitbit?

How to update Fitbit: Step-by-step guide

Now you're charged up and you're running the latest version of the app, there's a couple of ways you can find out if an update for your Fitbit device is available.

1. When you launch the phone app that is paired with your device, you may see a big banner at the top of the Dashboard screen saying, 'Firmware update available'.

Alongside that, you'll should also see a small pink icon with an arrow pointing down. You can tap this banner to start downloading the update to your device.

2. The other way to check if an update is available (if you don't see that big banner), is to tap the 'Account' icon in the top-left.

That will push you to select your device, where you can then access settings. If an update is available, you should see a banner that reads, 'Update Tracker Software'. Tap that banner and you'll be prompted to start the update.

Depending on the Fitbit device you own, you might be prompted to do it over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. So, for example, the Fitbit Versa supports updating over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

How to update Fitbit on your computer

Maybe you don't use the Fitbit smartphone app - or you just prefer viewing your data and tinkering with settings from your computer. If that's you, then you can also update your device from a PC.

The first thing you'll need to do is launch the Fitbit Connect application on your computer and log into your account. If you don't for some reason already have it downloaded, you can do it from here.

1. Select Troubleshooting, where you should be pushed to a screen that will let you check for updates.
2. It will then run a quick check and tell you if you're all up to date or there is new software waiting for you.
3. If an update is available, you'll then be prompted to follow the instructions to get it installed.
4. Like updating from your phone, you'll need keep your device close to your computer and you'll see a progress bar on both your device and Connect until it's completed.

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Conor Allison


Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

He has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 

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