13 Genius Uses for Your Fitbit Tracker’s Silent Alarms

Content of the material

  1. Best Fitbit Silent Alarm
  2. Video
  3. Compatibility
  4. Skin irritation and recall
  5. Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light No Sound Alarm Clock
  6. Walk through the Fitbit iOS application
  7. Initial setup and walk around the hardware
  8. How to Delete or Disable an Alarm 
  9. Fitbit app Account tips and tricks
  10. How to change your Fitbit profile picture
  11. How to change your Fitbit profile information
  12. How to manage privacy settings on Fitbit
  13. How to see your Fitbit badges
  14. How to see all your Fitbit badge and trophy collection 
  15. How to make your Fitbit more accurate 
  16. How to change your activity goals on Fitbit
  17. How to set an exercise goal on Fitbit 
  18. How to set a sleep goal on Fitbit 
  19. How to set a weight goal on Fitbit
  20. How to set a goal body fat percentage on Fitbit
  21. How to remove weight and body fat goals altogether from Fitbit
  22. How to set a custom heart rate zone on Fitbit
  23. How to setup High and Low Heart Rate notifications
  24. How to change the metric units your Fitbit registers your activity in
  25. How to change your Fitbit’s sleep tracking sensitivity
  26. How to change which day your Fitbit starts the week on
  27. Which apps are compatible with Fitbit?
  28. How to change your email or password on Fitbit
  29. How to manage the devices with Fitbit Account Access 
  30. Fitbit Inspire tips and tricks
  31. How to check notifications on Fitbit Inspire
  32. How to see different metrics on your Fitbit Inspire
  33. How to turn off notifications on the Inspire
  34. How to return to a previous screen on the Inspire
  35. How to send the Inspire display to sleep
  36. How to change the pool length for swim tracking on your Inspire HR
  37. How to set a specific goal for exercise on your Inspire HR
  38. How to change the clock on your Inspire

Best Fitbit Silent Alarm

We try to consider consumer reports and feedback to identify between the given spec of a Fitbit Silent Alarm vs the actual performance of the Fitbit Silent Alarm; which could vastly differ in the real world.

Compatibility

Burned by Nike’s refusal to make FuelBand Android compatible? Fitbit works with four Google-powered smartphones and tablets in addition to the Bluetooth 4.0-equipped iPhone 4S and iPad 3 and up.

Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Note 10.1 are all compatible with Fitbit’s line of wireless wristbands.

Everyone else has to sync the Fitbit Force with the Bluetooth USB dongle that comes in the box. It’s another thing that can be lost and it’s a little more cumbersome of an operation, but at least it does the job wirelessly.

For some reason, the Fitbit Force, like previous models won’t sync natively with a computer that already has Bluetooth built in. That would have been less obtrusive than a USB nub.

The Fitbit Force (bottom) comes out on top

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Skin irritation and recall

Fitbit Force was rushed to launch days before the Nike FuelBand SE and Jawbone Up 24 were announced, and the company seems to have gotten burned with a rash-resulting fitness band.

It said the allergic reactions were being experienced by a “small percentage” of users, which included the 10,000 who reported skin irritation and 250 more who received blistering. Rolling the dice with a small chance of itchy skin blemishes isn’t the most appealing way to stay healthy.

Fitbit offered a refund of US$140 for the wearable, which is slightly more than the US$129.95 device was worth on store shelves. The company told techradar that this is to cover the sales taxes in all but the most tax-heavy states.

Fitbit CEO James Park said that a the company is “working on [its] next-generation tracker and will announce news about it soon.” It remains to be seen whether or not this is a hypoallergenic version of the Fitbit Force or a completely new activity monitor with a host of additional features.

And now that we have the Fitbit Charge HR, we know exactly what he meant.

Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light No Sound Alarm Clock

If you need an entirely quiet alarm clock, then the Philips HF3520 (Amazon Link Ad) is the alarm clock for you. This is probably the coolest and most ingenious way to wake someone up.

Right before its time to wake up the “light alarm” turns on and slowly gets brighter until its time to fully wake up. What it does is simulate sunlight and slowly gets brighter.

Your body naturally loves this, and you don’t have that annoying jolt to wake up to a buzzing alarm. I find that you will wake up more rested because it slowly wakes you up instead of scaring you awake like other alarm clocks. It’s like being kissed by the sun, very peaceful.

Another cool feature is that you can also wake up to sounds of birds chirping, how cool is that?

Downside: It doesn’t have a battery backup, so if the power goes out the alarm will not work. This is why for important meetings I use the Fitbit and this combined. The Fitbit is the backup alarm.

Upside: You’re not jolted awake by annoying sounds or vibrations. It’s a nice and easy way to wake up, and it feels fantastic!

Walk through the Fitbit iOS application

There are official Fitbit applications for both iOS and Android at the moment, but the Android one does not yet sync directly to the Fitbit One and simply syncs and presents data stored on the server. You can enter things manually, such as meals eaten and water that you drink though. The iOS app is the premier app for the Fitbit One though and I absolutely love that the Fitbit One sits in my pocket and syncs to my iPhone 5 without me doing anything on the Fitbit itself. The Nike+ Fuelband syncs via Bluetooth to the iPhone too, but requires button pressing and it only captures minimal data.

You can sync and manage your Fitbit One all from within the iPhone application. The main display is called the Dashboard and shows you steps taken, floors climbed, calories burned, your weight, sleep data, food data, and water consumed. You can easily reorder the items on your Dashboard or remove them from view if you don’t care to view them. The other tabs along the bottom can all be customized to your liking. I personally have the Dashboard, Food, Water, and Activity tabs adjacent to the More tab. I drink LOTS of water and like how quick and easy it is to enter water data into the Fitbit application. Food is pretty easy and so far the database seems pretty extensive. The great thing about the Fitbit too is that it is open so you can use a number of specialized meal tracking apps that sync to the Fitbit. I am happy with the Fitbit app itself so far and am going to try to use just this application for my food tracking.

You can swipe across the data in your Dashboard and change the goal levels or share your progress via Twitter. I like to run three times a week and to more accurately track these types of intensive activities you can specifically log them in the activity tab. Again, there are 3rd party apps you can integrate your Fitbit One with as well. You can also view your Fitbit battery life, but this is hidden down in the More>Devices section. Another fun aspect to the Fitbit is connecting with friends and comparing your progress. I manually control when the Fitbit syncs (when I launch the app), but you can also setup background sync to periodically sync when the app is running in the background.

Initial setup and walk around the hardware

I took everything out of the package and then figured I would charge and sync up the Fitbit One. I set the One into the USB charging cord, it fits into a rubber opening with the two metal contact points on the back lining up with contacts inside the rubber opening. I plugged the cord into my MacBook Pro and went to the Fitbit setup site. I kept refreshing the page to try to make the connection between my Fitbit account and the One without success and even restarted my MBP to try to get the connection through the USB cable. I then read the startup wizard instructions again and realized that you have to plug in the small Bluetooth 4.0 dongle to sync to your computer. I thought this was simply a dongle for people without Bluetooth and left it in the package. After plugging this in, I was able to complete the setup wizard. So remember, the USB cable with opening is for CHARGING ONLY and does nothing to sync the Fitbit One.

The Fitbit One follows the same design principle as the Ultra with a single button and a small display that shows you various pieces of information. You can toggle what appears on the display through the web browser Device Settings area of your Fitbit.com account. The following is available for display on the small screen:

  • Flower (grows and shrinks based on your recent activity)
  • Distance
  • Calories burned
  • Floors climbed
  • Clock
  • Greeting (customized with a name you enter)
  • Chatter (Random messages that appear throughout the day)

Steps are always present as one of the views of the Fitbit One. Silent alarms also appear on the display, but are setup in the Dashboard settings or on the iPhone. You also select whether you are right-handed or left-handed. After you selected what you want to see displayed and have the Fitbit One charged then you are ready to place it in a pocket or clip it somewhere and let it capture data.

How to Delete or Disable an Alarm 

Using the Fitbit app, deleting or disabling an alarm is very similar to adding a new one.

On the Fitbit Blaze, Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Versa, you can do this by selecting Alarms, selecting the alarms you’d like to remove, then selecting Remove.

  1. Launch Fitbit from your phone’s home screen.

  2. Select Plus (+) at the bottom of the app screen.

  3. Select Set Alarm.

  4. Select the alarm, then select Delete Alarm.

Fitbit app Account tips and tricks

How to change your Fitbit profile picture

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Click on your name. From here, you can change profile picture and cover picture by tapping on the camera icon on either.

How to change your Fitbit profile information

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Click on your name > Tap on ‘Personal’. From here you can change your display name, birthday, height and weight, as well as add a location and add an about you section.

How to manage privacy settings on Fitbit

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Scroll down to Social & Sharing > Privacy. From here, you can close what personal information is available to your Fitbit friends, or publicly available.

You’ll also be able to change the privacy settings of various 30-day graphs including calorie intake, sleep graph, steps and distance graph and weight graph. 

How to see your Fitbit badges

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Tap on your name > Tap on ‘Badges and Trophies’. Clicking on each badge will show you when you last earned it and allow you to share it.

How to see all your Fitbit badge and trophy collection 

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Tap on your name > Tap on ‘Badges and Trophies’ > Select ‘Badge Collection’ or ‘Trophy Collection’. Tapping on either will show you all your achievements and again, you can click on each one to see when you earned it and share it.

How to make your Fitbit more accurate 

Make sure your profile information is accurate and that the app knows which wrist you’re wearing your Fitbit on. Tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Click on your activity tracker > Select which wrist you’re wearing your tracker on – Dominant or Non-Dominant.

How to change your activity goals on Fitbit

Tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Activity & Wellness > Daily Activity > Change your step goal, distance goal, calories burned goal, active minutes goal, floors climbed goal and hourly activity goal. Again, as we mentioned above, floors climbed will only be available on devices with an altimeter.

How to set an exercise goal on Fitbit 

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Activity & Wellness > Exercise > Choose the number of days a week you are aiming to exercise for.

How to set a sleep goal on Fitbit 

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Activity & Wellness > Sleep > Choose a ‘Time Asleep’ and a ‘Sleep Schedule’ goal. This can also be accessed through the sleep section of the Today tab, as we mentioned previously.

How to set a weight goal on Fitbit

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Activity & Wellness > Nutrition & Weight > Select your overall goal, such as lose weight or maintain weight, as well as your goal weight, start date and starting weight.

How to set a goal body fat percentage on Fitbit

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Activity & Wellness > Nutrition & Weight > Scroll down to ‘Goal Body Fat Percentage’ > Choose your goal. Fitbit offers you an indication of what a normal range would be based on your gender, but you can choose whatever you want to aim for.

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How to remove weight and body fat goals altogether from Fitbit

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Activity & Wellness > Nutrition & Weight > Tap the three dots in the top right hand corner > Choose to remove the weight goal or the body fat goal, or both.

How to set a custom heart rate zone on Fitbit

Not all Fitbit trackers have heart rate monitors, but for the ones that do, it is possible to set a custom zone. Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Activity & Wellness > Heart Health > Tap on ‘Heart Rate Zones’ > Toggle on the ‘Custom Zone’ > Set an upper limit and a lower limit.

You can also set a custom max heart rate here.

How to setup High and Low Heart Rate notifications

Some Fitbit devices will notify you if they detect a high or low heart rate that is outside of your normal threshold when you have been inactive for 10 minutes. You can use thresholds based on your age, or you can set a custom high or low heart rate. 

Click on the Account icon in the top left corner of the Today tab > Activity & Wellness > Heart Health > High & Low Heart Rate > Toggle on of off the High and low heart rate notifications > Choose custom under high or low to set a custom heart rate and override the default.  

How to change the metric units your Fitbit registers your activity in

Tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > App Settings > Units > Choose between centimetres and kilometres or feet and miles, kilograms, pounds or stone, ounces or millilitres and metres or yard for swimming. It’s worth noting that only the Flex 2, Inspire trackers, Charge 3, 4 and 5, Luxe, Versa trackers, Ionic and Sense are swim proof.

How to change your Fitbit’s sleep tracking sensitivity

Tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Activity & Wellness > Sleep > Select ‘Sleep Sensitivity’ > Choose between normal and sensitive.

How to change which day your Fitbit starts the week on

Tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > App Settings > Tap on the ‘Start Week On’ > Choose between Sunday or Monday.

Which apps are compatible with Fitbit?

There are several apps that will link up to Fitbit, including MyFitnessPal, Weight Watchers, Strava, MapMyRun and RunKeeper. To find out all the compatible apps, tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Third Party Apps > Compatible Apps. It will take you to the Fitbit website page that lists them all.

To manage the third party apps you’ve granted access to, tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Third Party Apps > Manage 3rd Party Apps.

How to change your email or password on Fitbit

Tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Account Settings > Change Email or Password.

How to manage the devices with Fitbit Account Access 

Tap on the Account icon in the top left of the Today tab > Account Settings > Authorized Devices > Click on device you want to revoke access for.

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Fitbit Inspire tips and tricks

How to check notifications on Fitbit Inspire

Swipe down from the top of the main display on the Fitbit Inspire and Inspire HR and you’ll find any new notifications.

How to see different metrics on your Fitbit Inspire

Swipe up from bottom of the main display on the Fitbit Inspire or Inspire HR and most metrics that appear in the Fitbit app will appear here. You can also tap the bottom of the main display and the metrics will appear under the clock.

How to turn off notifications on the Inspire

Press and hold the button on the left of the display > scroll down to Notifications and tap to turn on or off.

How to return to a previous screen on the Inspire

Tap the button on the left of the Inspire or Inspire HR and you will be taken back to the previous screen on the display.

How to send the Inspire display to sleep

Press the button on the left of the Inspire or Inspire HR when on the main home display and the screen will go to sleep.

How to change the pool length for swim tracking on your Inspire HR

Swipe from top to bottom from the home screen > select Exercise > swipe down to Swim > swipe down to access pool length before hitting Swim > change length. You can also change the unit between metres and yards. This feature is not available for the Inspire.

How to set a specific goal for exercise on your Inspire HR

Some exercises allow you to set a distance, calories or time goal. Swipe from top to bottom from the main home screen > select Exercise > swipe down to the exercise you want to do and tap on it. If the Set Goal feature is available it will be below the start option. Tap on Set Goal and select which goal you want. This feature is not available on the Inspire.

How to change the clock on your Inspire

Head into the Fitbit app > tap the Inspire or Inspire HR icon in the top left of the app > tap on Clock Faces > tap on the All Clocks tab at the top and select a new clock or select Pick a New Clock on the My Clocks tab.  

For more information on Fitbit and its devices, visit our Fitbit hub for all news and reviews.

Writing by Britta O’Boyle.

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