Why Does My Fitbit Keep Vibrating?

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Throughout the day, your Fitbit will send you notifications in the form of a slight vibration. This could happen when you set the alarm, hit your step goal, or fail to meet your hourly goal. However, when your device keeps vibrating non-stop, things can get annoying­­––fast.

If your Fitbit keeps vibrating, you may have alarms set that you did not know about. Sometimes, if you keep charging your Fitbit before it “dies,” the system might get confused and give you false alarms. Also, based on your activity goals, your Fitbit may go off to give you periodic reminders.

Many solutions could stop your Fitbit from vibrating unnecessarily. Read on to learn more about how you can reset your device and troubleshoot any problems.

Reasons Why Your Fitbit Keeps Vibrating and How You Can Stop it

As noted earlier, there are many reasons why your Fitbit may keep vibrating. Each of these reasons, however, come with a solution. Fitbit is committed to making products that are guaranteed for several years. Here are some of the ways that you can fix your smartwatch:

Reset the Device

While resetting the device may seem like it’s too easy to work, it’s definitely worth a try. You can reset your Fitbit by:

  1. Plug your Fitbit into a power source; this could be into your computer or the wall.
  2. Make sure that that the charger is firmly secured into the Fitbit.
  3. Press down on the button that is connected to the charging cable. Hold down on it for about 10 seconds. When it vibrates, and you see a smiley face icon appear on the screen, the device has successfully reset. 

For some devices, resetting is the same as refreshing a webpage; this could be the solution to your problem.

Check for Any Alarms

You probably know by now that your Fitbit connects with your smartphone. If you have any alarms set on your smartphone, it could be making your Fitbit vibrate seemingly out of nowhere.

If you have an iPhone, on the home screen, click on the app that says “Clock.” From here, you could check for any alarms and shut them off. You can do virtually the same thing if you have an Android device.

Change Your Activity Goal

Everyone has a different activity goal on their Fitbits. Throughout the day, your Fitbit might vibrate and tell you that you have reached your goal. Other times, it may tell you the complete opposite and might vibrate to remind you to be active.

You can change your activity goal by logging into the Fitbit app. From there, you should:

  1. Click on the “account” icon.
  2. Go to the “goals” section.
  3. Select the goal or activity that you want to adjust.
  4. Enter the information accordingly.

Check Any Fitbit-Compatible Apps

You’ll also want to check any apps you use with your Fitbit besides the Fitbit app.

For example, your Fitbit can sync with Apple Health if you use the Fitbit to Apple Health Sync app. But, if you have your phone with you, your Fitbit might say that you reached your activity goals even if you have not been wearing it all day. You can un-sync your device from your phone by changing the settings. 

Put Your Fitbit on Silent

You might be the type of person that is sensitive to vibrations and sudden movements. If so, that is not a problem; Fitbit strives to make its product convenient and accessible to everyone.

You can turn off Fitbit’s vibrations altogether. By putting your Fitbit on silent, you do not prevent notifications from going through but rather momentarily stop the smartwatch from sending you alerts.

You can enable silent alarms by:

  1. Go into the Fitbit app.
  2. Tap on the “account” icon.
  3. Select your device.
  4. Choose “silent alarm.”

From here, you should be able to choose times when your Fitbit will not vibrate, but instead, display an alarm notification on the screen.

Put Your Fitbit on Do Not Disturb Mode

Alternatively, you may not want to get alarms or notifications at all. In this instance, you can set the device to do not disturb mode.

To put your accessory on this setting, simply hold down on the button on the left-hand side of the device’s screen; this should allow you to switch your device between its regular mode and do not disturb.

Contact Customer Support

Finally, despite these measures, if your Fitbit keeps vibrating, you could always contact customer support. If you do not want to talk to a representative on the phone, that is not a problem. You can learn more about troubleshooting your device by clicking here. You can:

  • Talk with other Fitbit users by posting on Fitbit’s community pages
  • Tweet Fitbit’s Twitter account
  • Chat with a representative using the “live chat” option

All Fitbits come with a one-year limited warranty. If your device came with a manufacturer defect that keeps it from operating properly, Fitbit may replace your device at no charge to you.

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