Fitbit Watch Not Showing Correct Time – [How To Fix It]

Over the past few years, Fitbit watches have gained extensive popularity. Fitbit offers a wide range of health-tracking features. One of the main features of any watch is to tell time accurately. But if you encounter your “Fitbit watch not showing correct time”, it can be frustrating.

There are several reasons why your Fitbit displays the wrong time. Common causes for this problem might be time zone issues and syncing issues. This article explores the reasons why this issue occurs and what you can do to fix it. So, let’s discuss each of them in detail! 

Fitbit Watch Not Showing Correct Time – Reasons And Solutions

Fitbit Watch Not Showing Correct Time – Reasons And Solutions.
Fitbit Watch Not Showing Correct Time – Reasons And Solutions

Fitbit automatically corrects its time mainly, but sometimes you might go out of your time zone, or your Fitbit needs to sync appropriately to its servers which can cause an inappropriate time display. Below are some common reasons why your Fitbit Watch is not Showing the correct time.

Reasons Why Your Fitbit Watch Is Not Showing Correct Time:

Time Zone Changed

For instance, your Fitbit time zone is set to the United States, and you have recently traveled outside the United States. Fitbit has an in-built GPS, but it still uses the time zone on the Fitbit app. In such a case, this might be the cause of your Fitbit Watch not showing correct time.

Fitbit Not Synced

To display updated data, your Fitbit must sync with your mobile phone. Moreover, Syncing updates your Fitbit when anything changes online. Fitbit relies on frequent syncing to display the correct time. It may not display the correct time if it is not syncing properly.

How To Fix Fitbit Watch Not Showing Correct Time

Change Time Zone On Fitbit App

You can alter the time zone on the Fitbit app by following the steps below;

  • Go on to your Fitbit App.
  • On the top left corner, tap the icon and go to your profile.
  • Tap on App Settings.
  • From here, go to the time zone.
  • Make sure to activate the set automatically option.
  • Change your time Zone to the place where you are.
  • And you are done.

Sync Your Fitbit

Syncing is very crucial for your Fitbit to work correctly. You can follow these steps to Synchronize your Fitbit with your Mobile phone;

  • Open up your Fitbit app.
  • Swipe down the Fitbit App home screen.
  • Wait until the Syncing Complete option appears.

It will make your Fitbit synchronized. In case it didn’t, follow these steps.

  • Go to your Fitbit app.
  • Tap on the icon at the top left corner of the screen.
  • In Devices, tap on your device.
  • Tap on the Sync Now option.
  • Your Fitbit has now synced.

If these steps still don’t work out for you, check out my related blog post to look for different solutions to sync your device.

Reboot Your Fitbit

Rebooting works if no other solution comes to mind. Here is how you can reboot your Fitbit.

  • Press and hold the side button for 10 seconds.
  • Wait Until the Fitbit logo appears.
  • Remove your fingers from the button.

If your Fitbit still does not restart. There is another way.

  • Go to your Fitbit Settings.
  • Scroll to the about options.
  • Tap on About.
  • Scroll down until you see Reboot Device.
  • Tap on Reboot Device, and there you go.

Factory Data Reset

Suppose none of these solutions made your Fitbit display the correct time. The last option you can try is to Just Factory Reset your Fitbit. Here is how you perform a factory reset on your Fitbit:

  • Plug in your Fitbit to the charger. If you don’t do so, it will not reset.
  • Go to the settings screen of your Fitbit.
  • Scroll down to the About option.
  • Tap on Clear User data.
  • Hold on to the tick option, and you are done.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why is my Fitbit not showing the correct time?

The most common reason why your Fitbit is not showing the correct time is that you might have moved to a different time zone. Try changing your phone’s settings and enabling “automatic time zone.” You may also try restarting your Fitbit as it might be due to a glitch.

How can I correct my Fitbit time?

Go to the settings section of your phone and check the time zone. Enable “automatic time zone” so your phone may automatically update your watch whenever you move to a different time zone. If the issue persists, try restarting your Fitbit or resetting your Fitbit.

How can I manually change the time zone on my Fitbit?

To change the time zone manually, you need to disable the “automatic time zone” detection feature. Go to the “account” section on the Fitbit app and tap on “time zone.” Disable “automatic time zone. You can now change your time zone manually.


“Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing”Miles Davis. Although all Fitbits automatically updates the time, some issues like those listed above may display the wrong time on your Fitbit. But no worries—the solutions I listed can normalize your Fitbit time and resolve the issue.

The above methods will significantly help you to get updated time. In case none of them works, the factory data reset will surely correct the time. And if the issue still persists, there might be some hardware malfunctioning. In such a case, you can contact Fitbit customer support.

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