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Does Fitbit have SOS or emergency features?

If there's one reason to skip Fitbit's devices, this could be it.
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August 9, 2022

SOS and emergency features are becoming commonplace on modern smartwatches, allowing users to contact loved ones or authorities in a pinch. But can Fitbit smartwatches and trackers do the same? Well, not entirely. We detail the SOS and emergency features found on Fitbit devices below.

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No Fitbit smartwatch or fitness tracker includes SOS or emergency features, unlike Apple, Samsung, or Garmin wearables.

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Which Fitbits have SOS and emergency features?

Unfortunately, no Fitbit smartwatch or fitness tracker includes SOS or emergency features. This means the flagship Sense, older models like the Versa 2, fitness trackers like the Charge 5, and kids’ smartwatches like the Ace 3, lack this critical feature. It’s arguably the most significant omission in the Fitbit ecosystem. There’s no official way to use your Fitbit to contact others in emergencies.

Fitbit alternatives with SOS and emergency features

Realistically, if you absolutely have to have SOS and emergency features baked into your wearable, it’s best to give Fitbit’s products a miss. We recommend the following alternatives instead:

  • Apple Watch Series 7 (Amazon): The GPS model requires your iPhone, while the LTE model can be used to contact others through a cellular connection.
  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (Amazon): Samsung included an SOS feature that pings an emergency contact when the home key is pressed three times.
  • Garmin Venu 2 Plus (Amazon): Garmin’s flagship smartwatch includes a LiveTrack feature that allows trusted contacts to view your location while training in real-time. It’s great for trail runners and hikers.

See also: The best Fitbit alternatives you can buy

How to get help in an emergency with your Fitbit

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We recommend that users keep their phones with them when heading out. This isn’t easy to do when running, but it’ll allow you to contact loved ones or authorities.

Notably, a few apps are well worth installing on your Fitbit for emergencies.

  • MED ID: A free app that lets you carry medical information on your watch. Users can input key health information, from medical conditions to allergies and more. This allows emergency personnel quick access to this information. Grab MED ID 5.0 for the Versa 3 and Sense.
  • My 3 Words: An app that plugs into the what3words network to provide your current location in a pinch. It uses Wi-Fi or GPS. It’s excellent for helping emergency personnel pinpoint your position within three meters. It’s available on the Sense and all Versa models.

See also: The best apps for your Fitbit smartwatch


FAQs

There’s no official stance on this, but we can hope that future Fitbit devices will include emergency integration. Its purchase by Google also gives us hope that future devices could include smarter integration with Android.

If you own an iPhone, you should purchase an Apple Watch. If you own an Android phone, consider getting a device from Samsung or Garmin’s stable.

No. Currently, no Fitbit device features eSIM or LTE support baked in.