How To Fix Fitbit Versa 4 Battery Drains Fast Issue

Fitbit is well recognized as a leading manufacturer of high-quality smartwatches for health and fitness monitoring. Although Fitbit’s devices are generally dependable and high quality, some customers have had problems with their Fitbit smartwatches. The battery drains fast is one of the issues some users of the Fitbit Versa 4 are complaining about. If you are also having this issue, several solutions are outlined below for you to use to resolve the problem.

How to fix Fitbit Versa 4 battery drains fast issue?

It is understandable when users get concerned when they have to charge the smartwatch more frequently than necessary. Especially when the expected battery life of Fitbit Versa 4 was supposed to get up to 6+ days when using the default mode and up to 3 days when the always-on mode is set. Here are some of the workarounds that you can try to keep the battery life longer.

Fix #1: Restart your Fitbit Versa 4 device.

This approach has been used effectively to resolve a variety of issues especially with software-related problems in smartwatches and other devices. It is worth a try to do a restart to fix the battery drain issue with the Fitbit Versa 4. Here’s how to restart :

  1. Press and hold the side button for at least 10 seconds.
  2. Release the button when the Fitbit logo appears.

Fix #2: Install updates on your Fitbit Versa 4 when available.

Like other electronic devices, Fitbit sends firmware updates to their smartwatches from time to time. It is important to install these updates when available  since they often include enhancements to previously existing features, patches for identified bugs and access to any newly added features. The Fitbit app will display a notice when a software update is released. Follow the guide provided on how to update your Fitbit device. To update your Fitbit, simply adhere to the instructions provided. Before you begin, make sure your smartwatch is charged and that you have the most recent version of the Fitbit app on your Android or iOS device.

  1.  Access your Fitbit app on your phone. Ensure that the smartwatch currently charged must be closed to your mobile device.
  2. Tap the Today tab located at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Tap your profile picture next.
  4. Click the Versa 4 image on the app.
  5. Tap the Update button reflected on your screen. Take note that this button will only be reflected on the screen when a software update is available. 

Fix #3: Charge your Fitbit correctly.

 One of the common culprits for Fitbit’s battery life draining issues is the smartwatch not properly charged. Unlike the old versions of Versa chargers, the Versa 3 and 4 has a slim charging cable that can be plugged to any USB ports. Ensure to connect the charger properly to the Fitbit Versa 4. Also, avoid charging your Fitbit in an extreme cold or heat environment.

Fix #4: Turn off the Always on display mode. 

In order to improve battery life of the Fitbit Versa 4, you need to adjust some features on your device and the Always-on mode should be one of them. This feature allows Fitbit Versa owners to see the time displayed even if you are not interacting with the screen. If enabled, expect to have the battery life to drain faster. To disable the feature, refer to these steps:

  1. Get your Fitbit Versa 4 watch.
  2. Swipe down on the screen.
  3. Tap the Settings icon.
  4. Select Display.
  5. Scroll down and turn off the feature.

Fix #5: Turn off Screen wake feature.

Enabling the Fitbit Versa 4’s Screen wake feature also has an effect on battery life. When engaged, the smartwatch’s display will light up automatically whenever the wearer turns their wrist. Check the steps given on how to turn off Screen wake to fix the battery draining issue of Fitbit Versa 4.

  1. Swipe down your Fitbit screen.
  2. Tap the Screen wake icon and select Button only instead of Button & motion option.

Fix #6: Adjust the screen brightness of your watch.

Selecting the Dim mode for the screen brightness will also help with the Fitbit battery draining issues. To make the changes, you just need to access the Settings icon on your Fitbit Versa 4 and go to Display. In the Brightness section, choose Dim from the options.

Fix #7: Turn off excessive notifications on your Fitbit Versa 4.

A significant contributor to your smartwatch’s battery quickly dying is the utilization of its notification system. Consequently, if you want to save battery life, you should disable notifications. You may choose to disable the alerts that aren’t relevant to you and keep the ones that are helpful. Go into the Fitbit app and make the required modifications to your notification settings.

Fix #8: Reduce the screen timeout.

Fitbit Versa 4 customers, like those of prior models, may customize the screen timeout. The minimum amount of time is 6 seconds and the most amount of time your screen will be on is 60 seconds. When setting the screen timeout, choose the shortest duration possible instead of the longest time to avoid significantly draining your battery.

Fix #9: Turn off the built-in GPS.

The built-in GPS in the Fitbit Versa 3 and 4 makes it possible to quickly keep track of your real-time pace, route, and other information without bringing your phone along. Your built-in GPS is more precise, and so is the data it provides. However, if you want to extend your Fitbit’s battery life a little longer, using the dynamic GPS is recommended. Using your phone’s GPS will help minimize the usage of your watch and will preserve your battery.

Fix #10: Manage unnecessary features on your Fitbit Versa 4.

You may avoid battery life problems with your Fitbit Versa 4 by turning off some of the watch’s unnecessary features. Some of the features that can take up  are as follows:

  • Don’t use any animated and third-party clock faces.
  • Uninstall SpO2 app Get rid of the SpO2 app if you’re having battery life issues; it constantly checks your SpO2 data in the background and may be draining your power.
  • Minimize listening to music or taking calls using your smartwatch to conserve the Fitbit’s battery life.

Fix #11: Turn off the Fitbit Versa 4 watch when not in use.

The Fitbit Versa 4 is a fitness-oriented wristwatch that provides customers with access to 40 unique exercises. If you want the battery to survive as long as possible, turn it off after you are done with your workout or any activity. 

Fix #12: Factory reset your Fitbit Versa.

If the Fitbit’s battery life still doesn’t improve after trying the aforementioned solutions, a factory reset may be in order. It’s possible that your smartwatch has a problem that can’t be fixed by restarting it. Please be aware that this will permanently delete all information from your Fitbit account. You may return your Fitbit Versa 4 to factory settings by following the steps outlined in this article.

  1. Swipe down the screen of Fitbit Versa 4.
  2. Tap the Settings icon.
  3. Scroll down and tap About Versa 4.
  4. Scroll down and select Factory reset. Wait momentarily until the process completes.
  5. Check whether the battery is draining any quicker.

FAQs

  1. Is Fitbit Versa 4 better than the Fitbit Versa 2?

    The new Fitbit Versa 4 is an improvement over its predecessor, the Versa 2, in terms of both functions and aesthetics. Newer models of the Versa include a better fitness tracker, a built-in GPS and has a wide selection of workouts to choose from.

  2. How can I prolong the life of the Fitbit's battery?

    The above post details many methods you may use to lengthen the battery life of your Fitbit Versa 4. Give any of the suggestions presented in the article a shot.

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