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How to turn your Fitbit device on or off

Find out two key steps to using your wearable.
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February 3, 2023

There is nothing more useless that a blank screen on your wrist. Turning your Fitbit on is the first step to putting your wearable to good use. Whether you have one of the brand’s newest smartwatches or something a bit older, find out how to get started below. Likewise, we cover how to turn your Fitbit off if you ever want to power it down.

Read more: Everything you need to know about Fitbit’s wearables

How to turn on a Fitbit device

A profile angle of the Fitbit Versa 4 highlights the device's new physical button.
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Turning on any Fitbit device is simple, but you can avoid a lot of frustration by making sure your wearable is charged before attempting to power it up. Once you know you have enough juice, follow whichever directions apply below:

  • Fitbit Versa, Versa Lite, Versa 2, and Ionic: Press the back button.
  • Fitbit Versa 3, Versa 4, and Sense series device: Press and hold the button until you feel your watch vibrate.
  • Fitbit Surge and Fitbit Blaze: Press any button.
  • Fitbit One: Hold the device’s button for a few seconds.

How to turn off a Fitbit Versa, Versa Lite, Versa 2, and Ionic

Fitbit’s older smartwatches including the Versa, Versa Lite, Versa 2, and Ionic, each feature a touchscreen for simple user interaction.

  • On your device, open the Settings app.
  • Tap About, then tap Shutdown.
  • Tap to confirm.

How to turn off a Fitbit Versa 3, Versa 4, and Sense series device

A Fitbit Versa 4 rests on a desk alongside a Fitbit Sense.
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Newer devices including the Versa 3, Versa 4Sense, and Sense 2 feature similar designs to their predecessors and the same simple steps for shutting down.

  • On your device, open the Settings app.
  • Tap About, then tap Shutdown.
  • Tap to confirm.

How to turn off a Fitbit Surge

  • Press the Home button, then swipe to the Settings screen.
  • Tap Settings, then tap Shutdown.
  • Tap the arrow, then tap the checkmark to confirm.

How to turn off a Fitbit One

  • Place your device on its charging cable and plug it in.
  • Hold the button for 12 seconds.

How to turn off a Fitbit Blaze

If you still have your hands on a Fitbit Blaze, you are likely used to the device’s awkward charging but might not be used to powering down.

  • Swipe left on the home screen to access the Settings screen.
  • Tap Settings, then tap Shutdown.
  • Tap to confirm.

Read more: The most common Fitbit problems and solutions