How Long Should A Fitbit Last?


Fitbits are worn around your wrist, tracking every movement and offering data on overall health. Fitbits can help track fitness goals and motivate users towards meeting them – not to mention they look cool!

As with all electronic devices, they are susceptible to wear and tear and must be regularly charged and updated.

Battery Life

Fitbit battery life varies based on model and usage; on average, fully charged Fitbits should last five to seven days with usage on average; however, certain factors could impact that lifecycle such as internal hardware failures, external factors and software issues that impede its longevity.

GPS usage is usually to blame for low batteries in Fitbits; its use quickly drains them, so when not tracking workouts it’s wise to switch it off when not tracking routes.

Setting too many alarms can also contribute to low batteries; each alarm reduces battery life by a small amount. To preserve battery life and ensure optimal use, only set those necessary for your daily schedule. In addition, to prevent your device from continually transmitting data over WiFi to smartphones or tablets, disable all-day sync by manually connecting with an app on demand and commanding it through Today screen of App or turn it off all together by disabling all day sync mode in device Settings > All Day Sync section > Switch Off or manually sync manually via Today screen of App settings screen / commanding it over WiFi connection / device or turning all day sync off completely in settings > General tab > All Day sync section = Turn Off/syncing data over WiFi connection from constantly uploading all day long or other sources can potentially deplete battery life significantly; moreover all-day sync can drain battery life quickly by sending off data transfers all day long while keeping all-day sync enabled which prevents your device transferring information constantly sending information out; with regular manually sync available through App or Today screen in App you can command your device to sync on demand or command it through Today page within App.

Hardware Failures

Fitbits are built to withstand wear and tear, yet their components may break down under certain circumstances. Some users have reported their devices ceasing to function after a certain time due to battery failure; this issue can usually be rectified by reaching out to the manufacturer for replacement options.

Some users have reported issues with their Fitbit’s buttons not responding to commands, which can often be due to dirt or grime obstructing its contact area, or they might simply be tapping too hard or softly.

Cracked or scratched screens of devices can reduce their aesthetic appeal and resale value as well as cause more serious problems later. To avoid this scenario, only official Fitbit bands should be used, along with protecting it with an official case from Fitbit; furthermore, the company offers one year limited warranties to original purchasers of its products.

Software Updates

Fitbit devices have earned themselves an impeccable reputation as reliable pieces of fitness technology, but even they may experience occasional glitches. If your Fitbit is experiencing issues due to software updates, it could be the cause.

If your tracker is misdisplaying the time, try changing its clock display. To do so, log into your Fitbit account and navigate to Gear > Settings. After clicking Clock Display Time select either 12-hour time or 24-hour time and make any necessary adjustments before syncing your device with Fitbit.

Alternately, you could reset your device back to factory settings – this should fix any bugs and restore its functionality like-new. Make sure the battery has plenty of juice before starting this process; keep it close by while the reset takes place; once finished it should be up and running as intended!


Your Fitbit can last much longer with proper care. Use a soft cloth and cleaning solution regularly to protect the hardware and battery, as well as take breaks every 30-60 minutes while sitting to give its band time to breathe and stretch out.

Finally, to protect its waterproof features, it’s wise to avoid wearing your Fitbit in the shower or pool. If your battery drains too quickly or keeps showing connection errors, try changing settings like brightness levels or disabling unique features. Use a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol to clean any sweat, oil or dirt from clogging your charger ports or causing skin irritation; and for any questions please reach out to Fitbit Support; we are more than happy to assist!

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.