How to Use a Fitbit Charge 2 Fitness Band

Introduction

This guide will walk you though the basic usage of your Fitbit Charge 2.
Fitbit charge 2 tracker

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  1. Initial Setup
  2. Charging your device
  3. Track Activity, Exercise and Sleep
  4. Guided Breathing
  5. Customization
  6. Updating Firmware

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This guide will walk you though the basic usage of your Fitbit Charge 2.
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  1. To charge your Fitbit, plug your USB connector into either a PC or a charger adapter.
  2. Clip the other end of the charging cable to the port on the back of the tracker. The pins on the charging cable must lock securely with the port.
    Charging cable being held in person's fingers
  3. Make sure the button on your tracker is aligned with the button opening on the charging cable.
    picture of the charger connected to the watch
  4. You will know when the connection is secure when the tracker vibrates and you see a battery icon on your tracker's display. The battery icon will disappear after 3 seconds.

View All Day Stats:

  • Press the button to wake up your Charge 2 and see the time of day. Tap the screen to see each of these all-day stats.
    • Steps taken
    • Current heart rate
    • Distance covered
    • Calories burned
    • Floors climbed
    • Active minutes
    • Hourly activity
  • On your Fitbit dashboard you can find other information captured by your tracker, such as:
    • Your sleep history, including hours slept and sleep patterns
    • The hours of your day that you were stationary vs. active (walked at least 250 steps)
    • Your exercise history and progress towards a weekly exercise goal
    • Your beats per minute (BPM), average resting heart rate, and time spent in heart-rate zones

View Heart Rate:

To view your heart rate, press the button until you get to the Heart rate screen where you’ll see your current heart rate. Tap to see your resting heart rate.
Watch showing beats per minute

Heart Rate Zones:

  • Heart-rate zones help you target the training intensity of your choice. Default heart-rate zones are calculated using your estimated maximum heart rate.
  • Fitbit calculates your maximum heart rate with the common formula of 220 minus your age.
  • The heart icon you see above your current heart rate tells you your zone. Refer to the following table for an explanation of the different heart rate zones.Heart rate zones

Daily Activity Goals

Set Activity Goals: Android & iOS

  1. Tap on the Account icon.
  2. Under Goals, tap on Activity.
  3. Tap on the item you wish to modify and set a new goal.

Set Activity Goals: Fitbit Dashboard:

  1. Log in to your Fitbit account from a web browser.
  2. Click the Today frame and click the settings gear below.
  3. Adjust your activity goals and click Done to save them.

Monitor Activity:

You can view your progress on your tracker, your watch, or on your Fitbit Dashboard.

SmartTrack

  • The SmartTrack feature automatically recognizes select exercises to ensure you get credit for your most active moments of the day.
  • SmartTrack recognizes continuous, high-movement activities.
    • Walking
    • Running
    • Outdoor biking
    • Elliptical
    • Sports
    • Aerobic workouts

Exercise Menu

You can choose from over a dozen exercise types to customize the Exercise menu with your favorites. Some exercises, like running, biking, and hiking have a GPS option.

  1. On your tracker, press the button until you get to the Exercise screen and then tap to find the exercise of your choice.
  2. Press and hold the button to start the exercise. If you see a phone icon at the top, that exercise offers connected GPS and your device is connected to a GPS signal. If the phone icon is crossed out, a GPS connection isn’t available. An animated dashed line means your device is trying to find a GPS signal.
  3. During your workout, tap your tracker to scroll through your real-time stats or check the time of day.
  4. To pause your workout, press the button. Then press the button again to resume the exercise.
  5. When you’re done with your workout, press and hold the button to stop recording. You’ll see a flag icon and a congratulatory message.
  6. Press the button to see a summary of your results. With each button press you’ll cycle to a different set of stats. You can view your exercise summary one time.

You can wear your Charge 2 to bed and it will track your time spent asleep and your sleep quality.

View Sleep Data: Android & iOS

  1. In the morning, open the Fitbit app and wait a few moments for your device to send your sleep details to your dashboard.
  2. Tap the sleep tile (If it says "How did you sleep?", your device's data hasn't synced with your dashboard) and then tap Today or another day to see details.
  3. Swipe through the graphics at the top to see your sleep stats.
  4. Tap the expander icon in the top right to open and close more detailed views.

View Sleep Data: Windows 10

  1. In the morning, open the Fitbit app and wait a few moments for your device to send your sleep details to your dashboard.
  2. Tap the sleep tile (If it says "How did you sleep?", your device's data hasn't synced with your dashboard) and then tap Today or another day to see details.
  3. Swipe through the graphics at the top to see your sleep stats.

Change sleep goal: Android & iOS

  1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the sleep tile. This is the tile that says "How did you sleep?" or, if you tracked sleep the night before, shows how many hours and minutes you slept.
  2. Tap the gear in the top right.
  3. Adjust your sleep goal and save.

Change Sleep goal: Windows 10

  1. On the Fitbit app dashboard, tap or click the sleep tile. This is the tile that says "How did you sleep?" or, if you tracked sleep the night before, shows how many hours and minutes you slept.
  2. Tap or click the moon icon on the bottom.
  3. Adjust your sleep goal and save.

Set Bedtime Reminder: Android & IOS

  1. From the dashboard, tap the sleep tile. This is the tile that says "How did you sleep?" or, if you tracked sleep the night before, shows how many hours and minutes you slept.
  2. Tap the gear icon in the top right.
  3. Turn on the bedtime reminder and set the time and frequency.

Set Bedtime Reminder: Windows 10

  1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the sleep tile. This is the tile that says "How did you sleep?" or, if you tracked sleep the night before, shows how many hours and minutes you slept.
  2. Tap the moon icon on the bottom.
  3. Find the option to turn on the reminder and set the time and frequency.

Charge 2 provides personalized guided breathing sessions on your tracker to help you find moments of calm throughout the day. You can choose between two-minute and five-minute long sessions.

  1. On your tracker, press the button until you get to the Relax screen.
  2. The two-minute session is the first option. Tap to choose the five-minute session.
  3. Press and hold the button to start.
  4. Remain still and breathe deeply during the calibration period, which lasts 30-40 seconds. You’ll see the phrase “sensing your breathing” on your tracker’s screen.
  5. When prompted, inhale and exhale deeply.
    inhale showing on watch screenexhale showing on watch screen
  6. Sparkles will appear on your tracker’s screen to indicate how closely you’re following the guide. If you feel dizzy or uncomfortable, stop the guided breathing session.
  7. After you’ve completed the session, press the button to return to the clock.

Silent Alarms

Charge 2 can gently vibrate to wake or alert you with its silent alarm feature. You can set up to eight alarms to recur every day or on particular days of the week only.

Set an alarm

  1. From the Dashboard screen, tap on the + icon and click on Set Alarm
  2. Tap the + icon to add a new alarm

Enable/Disable Silent Alarms

  1. Press the button on your tracker until you find the Alarms screen.
  2. Tap your tracker until you find the alarm you’re looking for.
    Alarm showing on the clock
  3. Press and hold the button to disable or enable the alarm.

Notifications

Your tracker will show calendar events and any information sent from your calendar app to your mobile device.

Manage Notifications

  1. Tap on the Account icon on your Fitbit app.
  2. Tap on your tracker.
  3. Tap on Notifications.
  4. Here you can toggle notifications on/off.

View Notifications

If your tracker and mobile device are within 30 feet of each other, a call, text message, or calendar event causes the tracker to vibrate. Your screen will remain off until you wake it up to view the notification. To wake up your tracker and view the notification, turn your wrist towards you or press the button.

Changing the clock face

  1. Tap on the Account icon on your Fitbit app.
  2. Tap on your tracker.
  3. Tap on Clock Face (iOS) or Clock Display (Android).
  4. Select the Clock you want and sync your tracker.

Updating your Charge 2 takes several minutes and may be demanding on the battery. For this reason we recommend updating while your tracker is fully charged or plugged into the charging cable.

Keeping your device updated will bring you feature enhancements and product improvements available through firmware updates.
  1. Open the Fitbit app.
    Fitbit app icon
  2. Tap on the Account icon then tap on your tracker..
    Account icon and tracker is highlighted 
  3. Tap the pink Update button.
    Update tracker software is highlighted on tracker page

    The pink update button will only be visible when an update is available for your Charge.

  4. Tap Next to start the update.
    A few things to know before updating screen with next highlighted

    Updates can take several minutes to complete. During this time you want to make sure to keep your tracker near your phone.

  5. Once done you will get a notification that the update was completed. Tap on Done to finish.
    Udate complete notification with done highlighted
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