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Is the Fitbit Charge 5 waterproof?

Get set for a swim.

Published onDecember 11, 2023

A Fitbit Charge 5 rests face up on a wooden surface.
C. Scott Brown / Android Authority

The Fitbit Charge 5 is no longer the company’s best fitness tracker available; that title now belongs to the Fitbit Charge 6. Nevertheless, the older model is still a great pick, with plenty to offer. It can record dozens of workouts plus track sleep, stress, body temperature, and SpO2 levels. However, before you sport it at the local pool, find out if the Fitbit Charge 5 is waterproof.

Is the Fitbit Charge 5 waterproof?

Unfortunately, the Fitbit Charge 5 is not waterproof, but it is water-resistant. In fact, all of Fitbit’s best devices are water-resistant. Like many of the latest lineups, the Charge 5 features water resistance up to 50 meters. This means it is built to withstand splashes, spills, and even swims, as long as they’re no deeper than 50 meters.

When you use your Charge 5 to track a swim workout, it will automatically initiate water lock. You can also manually initiate water lock whenever you enter the water without starting a workout, such as in the shower. This will lock your screen to avoid accidental taps.

  • To turn on water lock, swipe down from the clock screen, tap the water lock icon, and then tap the screen twice.
  • To turn off water lock, double-tap the middle of your device’s screen. If “Unlocked” doesn’t appear, try harder taps.

Whenever your device gets wet, dry both the tracker and your wrist completely to avoid skin irritation. Additionally, not all Charge 5 accessories are quite as durable as the tracker itself. For example, leather and metal bands are not suitable for swimming.


The Charge 5 is safe to wear for swimming at depths up to 50 meters.

While it is technically okay to shower with your Charge 5, Fitbit warns that exposure to soaps and shampoos can be harmful to the device. It’s best to remove the tracker before showering when possible.

No, you cannot wear your Fitbit Charge 5 into a sauna or hot tub. Doing so will damage the fitness tracker.

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