Get 11 New Tracker Functions With This Fitbit Charge 2 Update

Blonde woman pausing her exercise on Fitbit Charge 2.

Whether you’re working through the holidays or already on vacation, chances are your schedule is packed. And while your Fitbit Charge 2 won’t be able to help you wrap presents, avoid airport delays, or roast that turkey, there are now 11 new ways it can help keep you on track and relaxed.

Below, all the features you’ll be getting when you update your Charge 2 firmware. Think of it as a holiday gift from the Fitbit engineers to you.

6 Big Upgrades No Longer Under Wraps

Workout Pause Function: Stuck at a traffic light during your run? Just press the button on the side of your tracker to pause any multi-sport exercise mode. The screen will flash while your workout is on hold. When you’re ready to resume, simply press the button again.

Fitbit Charge Two Workout Pause Function

Guided Breathing Vibration Cues: While in Relax mode, you can now close your eyes or look away from your tracker; a light vibration will signal when you need to inhale and exhale during the stress-busting guided breathing sessions. Try it during one of these unnecessarily annoying situations.

Fitbit Charge 2 Guided Breathing
Do Not Disturb Option: You now have the ability to turn notifications (calls, text, calendar alerts, reminders to move) on or off directly from your Charge 2. There are two ways to do this. The first: While in the main clock face menu on your device, press and hold down the side button. The second: Click the side button until you come to the notification screen and then press and hold down that same button to turn notifications on or off.

Fitbit Charge 2 Do Not Disturb Function
Improved Heart Rate Zone Display: A new, more dynamic visualization makes it easier to identify which heart rate zone (fat burn, cardio, or peak) you’re in during an exercise session. This quick-glance gauge allows you to adjust your intensity on the fly so you can complete every workout with precision. New to heart rate training? Here’s a primer on how to work out with heart rate.

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate Zone Vizualization
On-Device Battery Life: You’re always on the go and Fitbit wants your tracker to be, too. That means no unexpectedly drained batteries. Now you can see the percentage of battery life you have left directly on your Charge 2 display. To add this screen to your device, go to the Fitbit app and select Account. Tap on Charge 2 and then Menu Items. You can then click the checkbox for Battery. You’ll need to sync your device before this change takes effect.

Fitbit Charge 2 Battery Life indicator
New Clock Face: If you want to make every second count, this new clock face—with the hour, minute, and seconds—will help. To add it to your device, open the account setting on your Fitbit app, select Charge 2, and then “Clock Face.” You’ll find the new Seconds Ring option there. Select it and then sync your device.

Fitbit Charge 2 Seconds Clock Face

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Intuitive Intervals: If you’ve set up and used your Charge 2 interval timer, you know that your devices vibrates when it’s time to transition between intervals. (If not, check out this interval timer primer.)  But now the dimmed display screen will also light up, making it even easier to follow along.

Workout Recaps That Last Longer. On-screen exercise summaries will now be available for one hour after your workout wraps up. You’ll still be able to view your complete exercise history on your dashboard whenever, wherever.

Smarter Notifications: To catch your eye when you’ve got more than one unread notification, you’ll now see a plus sign (+) indicator on your tracker display.

Unknown Caller ID: Callers are now identified as “unknown” if the number doesn’t match a name in your contact list.

Message Prioritization:  The sequence for text notifications has changed. Now the message scrolls first, then the sender’s name.

Have an idea for a new feature? Share your wishlist with the Fitbit Development Team via the Feature Suggestions Board.

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  • It’s great to see these improvements.
    For the heart rate zones, it would be good if the voice cues also mentioned when changing zones, like other exercise tracking apps.
    This is a useful feature for endurance training.

  • I CANNOT believe they just came out with changes to the Charge 2 display options WHILE CONTINUING TO HAVE AN UNREADABLY SMALL heart rate font if you are older and need reading glasses, but OF COURSE do not want to wear those glasses while you are running. Many people have asked for a larger font fitbit ignores us. The Charge HR was easier to read. How disappointing.

  • my fitbit app has not worked for more than 10 days, attempts to reboot have
    failed due to inadequate directions.

  • Excellent updates! I always felt the inability to track the battery level on the FitBit was a serious flaw and that is by far the most useful new feature for me. Workout pause, guided breathing vibration cues and DND are also changes what will improve the already great functionality of the device for me. Thanks for implementing changes that make sense and for making my Charge 2 close to perfect!

  • by the time I look at my tracker the message is gone….is there a way I can delay the appearance of the message so that it comes on when I press the button

    • Hi Ramesh! The WhatsApp app is currently compatible with Blaze. However, we don’t have anything to announce about WhatsApp compatibility with Charge 2. To receive updates when we release new features and for all Fitbit news, sign up here to get notified via email. Thanks!

  • “On-Device Battery Life” doesn’t work. I downloaded the update to my Charge 2 yesterday and the windows desktop fitbit applications (in windows app store) shows the new options that can be added to the menu, but when I click things on the settings never stick.

    I tried instead to use the website to configure it instead and the new options are not even shown in the list of possible items.

  • I’m really excited about these new upgrades!

    One future upgrade I’d like to suggest is having an option to set the hours of the day for the “Quick Look” to be on/off.
    Right now I have to turn it off manually every night and manually on again in the morning. It saves my battery and doesn’t wake my wife up in the middle of the night.
    Thanks! 🙂

  • I understand that your software can detect oxygen levels. I have afib and an oxy pulse meter that shows the wave shapes. Is it possible that you can develop software to show the wave shape real time. If you could you could sell a huge number of fitbits to people with afib.

    Is there a way to lock the display of daily pulse rate to show all the time without having to drill down

  • I have a Charge HR and I have been missing the battery indicator so that’s a good addition in my opinion. Right now I can only see it while charging which is not where I want to see it.

    • Choose account tab in the app, then choose menu items. Drag the heart rate line to the top line with your finger. Then synch your watch

  • Super! J’adore les nouveautés!
    I appreciate a lot!
    To see the seconds on the clock and the batterie etc!
    I like it!

  • I love my Fitbit and I am actually more dedicated since I got it. I really like the 250 steps per hour feature as I used to sit at my desk at work for 2-3 hours straight. Now I make it a point to get up every hour for at least the minimum steps. Which it would display how may are left in addition to the 10 min. warning!

  • I love my Fitbit and I am actually more dedicated since I got it. I really like the 250 steps per hour feature as I used to sit at my desk at work for 2-3 hours straight. Now I make it a point to get up every hour for at least the minimum steps. I wish it would display how may are left in addition to the 10 min. warning!

  • I have set my charge 2 to miles, yards, oz, etc. to no avail. it continues showing metric results. What am I doing wrong?

  • I’m still not happy with the FONT size for my step count. Please, please make it larger so I don’t have to wear reading glasses to see it. Talk about an annoying part of my workout!

  • I am very impressed with the fit bit. I have an iPhone and all my family have the I watch, but I like my fit bit better. I especially enjoyed the update about the battery!

  • Thx for the updates. Im happy Ill see battery life because when I just synced I found out it was it was on life support so good timing!
    I’m sure youve seen all the comments about allowing the display to stay on longer (Ive been sending a pic of my step total to my sister every night since Ive gone from an overweight couch potato to a stepper in training), but screen goes off before I can even focus camera or my old eyes. Many, incl me, would sacrifice a longer battery for a few more secs of screen time.
    But keep up the good work. My new FB is changing my old life for the better!

  • How about adding blood pressure reading to one of the Fitbit models. I love my Charger 2 and I am giving five Fitbits with different features to family members for Xmas.

  • Interesting comments. What I have found is the new update is a complete fail. I have both a Windows phone and Android tablet. Can’t save changes on the phone and the new dashboard crashes my Android app. Seems the release is premature and extremely buggy.

  • After installing the update my Fitbit charge 2 does not appear to have the updates. No battery indicator, no heart beat visual …

  • Great to hear of the new updates for my Charge 2…wish there was an update for my battery life. Sucks having to recharge every two-three days! I guess it’s good that I can at least see that it’s low on screen now. ?

  • I do not have a smart phone so I only use my Fitbit with my Windows 10 on my pc. While my Fitbit just synced with my pc & app, it did not trigger the update. Could someone offer any advice? Again, this is with the WIndows 10 app and not a smart phone app which I know most people use. Thank you.

  • In case it helps anyone else, I activated Battery on the menu and it still wouldn’t display after sync’ing three times. I had to exit the app and start it again, and then sync. Now it works.

  • Good updates thanks but the one I am waiting for is a much better messaging system with your friends … minimum, I want to see what I have written, not just what they sent to me. Ideally I want to attach an image too, plus more text available. Agree with What’s app comment too. Thanks

  • Good updates thanks but the one I am waiting for is a much better messaging system with your friends … minimum, I want to see what I have written, not just what they sent to me. Ideally I want to attach an image too, plus more text available. Thanks

  • Hi, I did an update last Saturday but none of these new features have appeared.

    Update icon has disappeared from my app screen….

  • Loving some of the updates. As someone who struggles with sleep & is careful about screen time in the evening I would love to be able to dim the light on the display at night.

  • I am unable to receive any notifications beyond calls on my Charge 2…I’ve worked through all of the troubleshooting options but nothing seems to work any tips?

    • Hi Sarah. All of our Fitbit trackers can be switched to 24H format. To change the time format on your Fitbit tracker, do the following:

      1. Sign into your account
      2. select the gear icon towards the top right corner
      3. select ‘Settings’
      4. scroll down until you see ‘Clock display time’
      5. change to ’24 Hour’ and hit ‘submit’
      6. sync your Fitbit tracker

  • Great updates, but still waiting for the sleep feature that shows the actual sleep times (minutes) from one peak to another in the sleep pattern to come back. Fitbit had this feature before and they removed it. it was great knowing exactly how many minutes a person slept during restful minutes and actual sleep minutes. That feature would be awesome for us with sleep problems.

  • Most of these updates are great! Thanks for the time and effort. As a real estate agent with my number on the internet I get a lot of spam calls despite the do not call list. It would be strange and annoying to add them to my contacts. I love being able to see the phone number in order to screen many of these calls out. I would love to see the option to turn this feature back on.

  • I am happy about the new updates, Especially turning on and off notifications and texts. Unfortunately, I got a charge to for my son and never hooked it up to his phone. It is now MIA. Is there anyway to track it even though it hasn’t been hooked up to his phone?

  • I’m having trouble trying to access my weight lifting screen for exercise….ever since the update I only run stop watch relax etc…. I can’t access elliptical or weight lifting activity…can someone help me? I liked it better before the update because i could easily access what workout I’m going to do for the day…

  • Calorie counter shows unusually large count. Nearly 6 times the actual calories burnt. For example, 6800 steps shows calories burnt as 1985. Is there something wrong !

  • Are the updates released? I thought I updated my tracker but it still all looks the same. I am looking forward to the battery level notification.

  • Is this latest update also being rolled out in stages to users? I do not see any update/pink icon on my IOS app despite restarting my Charge 2 and/or the app itself. Any color would be appreciated. Thanks

    • To the moderator: Never mind, I figured out that the update was already installed (not sure if that was by design or I had a setting that allowed it). Thanks but no need to post the previous message! Happy Holidays…..

  • 3 functions PLEASE:

    1. Control of sensitivity for twisting arm and looking at the time. (I find myself tapping it every single time to look at the hour)

    2. Weather. Just show the temp outside for where I live in the main screen. (In chicago this really helps during winter)

    3. A easy way to START sleep and Finish sleep nanually on the watch. I have crazy sleep hours and it never gets my getting up right.

  • Does anyone have issues with the sleep mode? I appear to never sleep but my being awake and restless is recorded for the duration of my set sleep period. I hope that makes sense.

  • Love this Fitbit charge 2, the wife and I both brought one each a couple of weeks ago, and wow,, absolutely stunning and genius piece of kit… and these new updates makes it ever more delicious.. thank you..

  • I just upgraded from the Charge Hr to the Charge 2 and the one thing I am noticing is that the mileage is wrong. For instance, last night, I was walking at an indoor track so I know I walked 4 miles but my charge 2 only showed that I walked 2 miles and it took 1 hr. That is not correct but I’m not sure how to fix it. Thanks

  • unfortunately I have trouble updating the firmware in my tracker and since yesterday the apps wont sync with my charge 2. it says that cannot reach to sync. anyone else is having this issues?

  • Hi, I have the Charge 2, and I have the firmware With that firmware can get calls and texts and calendar alerts or no. Because with that firmware I don’t even see the battery percentage on my Charge 2

  • Whether it is prepared an update for the surge? Almost one and a half years there is not a new update for the tracer… Especially the option of intervals will be very useful in this tracer for athletes. Specially that the surge is classified as the most developed product.

  • I’d really love to have a step number app in one of the Fitbit menu items, just because I’m really about the heartbeat with the main screen so I value using the one that blows that up big, but then it’s not possible to evaluate where I’m at with steps unless I enter my phone to check or switch the front screen on the Fitbit back and fourth from the heart focused one and the ones with as much general information as possible

  • Also it would be extremely simple to make a game on the fit bit. It too would just be one of the menu items similar style to the breathing exercise. Just have something glide side to side with the bottom pixels and at press of the button shoot some form of target/’s or even a rock band type style with the exception of no music. It’s just interesting to be able to say there’s a mini game in the watch aswell. If it’s not offensive pitching basic ideas at you guys when I have no knowledge of the difficulty or requirements necessary for additions such as this along with my prior comment, I’d love to generate more ideas. That is unless this is more of a case of relief to just have the product accessible and capable, in no need of expansions for some time. Because I also have some ideas involving dream recall, things I feel would be genius to jump on before competitors consider them. I personally have detached from connections to things such as Facebook and overall my phone in general. Having access to a simple form of recordable tech on my wrist would likely be used in my case but with any idea there’s a long process that follows, I understand that. So thank you for your time, I look forward to your future feature presentations.

  • Don’t hate me I have one last idea I have to get off my chest, although I’m unsure if my charge 2 is capable of the additition.
    I recently found my self very fascinated with the science behind heart rhythm and not just pace. But similarly to the tech used in the breathing exercise I was curious if a feature could be generated to monitor heart beat as well as breathing to predict heart beat rythym in a long period setting as to nudge a person when they stray from the synchronistic path. I understand it doesn’t have the greatest accuracy on the planet so the menu item or app or what ever may fail, I just feel that would be a beautiful path to take charge 3 down if capable. Now that I have a charge two I mean paying an extra hundred or so for a little bit of a better piece of technology wouldn’t be that terrible when it concludes me being able to train my own heart rythym on the spot at any point of the day or I suppose for long periods through out the day for example when I’m reading a book. Thanks again though sorry for filling the feed up ?

  • … if those are frustrating and complicated I could really settle for a menu item/ Fitbit app that tells me the current moon solitice in my area, obviously it would go off the phone, but flipping through the items on the watch that’s one I’d definitely like to be aware of. My reasoning is the months of the year are cool and all for busy work like and hours but my private life of pondering thoughts I love to be aware of the moon specially since the history of human kind followed the moon solictice long before any group of people ruled us. People used to be able to plead moon struck in courts which is funny and interesting but regardless its cycles psychologically set a great metephoric table for us to follow as we self reflect through out the transitioning or transformation. Like attracting better life decisions as the moon grows and discarding unbenificial life habits as it shrinks back down. Or reversed I’m not sure if there’s an actual format or basic understanding of this I’ve just sort of contemplated it to myself on a couple occasions. That’s my reasoning anyway, apologies for the access of information to a basic interest of request.. for the 4th impulsive comment of the night

  • Hey, just got my new Fitbit charge 2! Love it! You can check out all of your steps, heartbeats, stairs, everything! Get the new Fitbit charge 2 now for only $150!


  • Ummm………does anyone have problems with counting their steps?! Well I do! Sometimes when I take 10 steps it will only count like 3 of them!? Somebody help! Am I making sense?

  • hi!i dont see ondevice battery on my charge2-its paired with an iphoneSE. also i suggested on fitbit too and suggesting here also that there should be a sick day feature so that one’s average can be kept same despite unfortunate days of flu resting in bed

  • I would like to be able to change the notifications to walk more than (250) very hour. It would be nice to not have to add to make sure I’m doing 1,250 every hour to get 10,000.

  • Hi could the Fitbit Alta have more push notifications because I miss so many important emails and instagram messages thank you

  • Hi. Just got my Charge 2 as an upgrade from the HR. Lots of nice new features. But I miss the floors climbed on the tracker screen. Any way to add that to my screen in lieu of having to check the app on my phone?

  • On dashboard for sleep it used to say 12x restless/2x awake. Now is says 14x restless/awake and you have to go into the sleep on the dashboard to see how many times you were awake. I don’t care for this change.

  • These are great features
    I am very excited to add the relax activity to my day! I hope to see a tracking option for this on my dashboard to encourage me to practice daily.
    the notifications work great and have given me a sense of peace where I feel I don’t need phone in my hand now.
    thank you fitbit for this update! I recently got a charge2 and am excited to incorporate these into my dat

  • Fitbit has changed the way people workout. We can say that it has made working out more detailed through monitoring. Now, we can wear this cool gadget and plan our workouts accordingly.

  • A bunch of useless features, and still not the one everyone actually wants: the ability to leave the screen on longer. I’m tired of having to constantly twist my arm to bring the Charge 2 screen up, only to have it shut off in a ludicrously short few seconds. I’m returning this thing, and strongly recommending to everyone I talk to that they should buy a device from a company that actually cares about their freedom of choice.

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