How to Set Up Notifications on the Fitbit Charge 6

The Fitbit Charge 6 allows you to receive notifications from your smartphone directly on your wrist, including calls, texts, calendar events, and app alerts.

Follow these steps to get notifications working on your Charge 6.

Set Up Bluetooth and Notifications on Your Phone

  1. Ensure Bluetooth is turned on for your phone. On an iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth. On Android, go to Settings > Connected Devices > Connection Preferences > Bluetooth.
  2. Check that your phone is able to receive notifications. On iPhone, go to Settings > Notifications. On Android, go to Settings > Apps & Notifications. Ensure notifications are turned on for your apps.
  3. On iPhone, go to Settings > Focus and ensure Do Not Disturb is turned off. This setting blocks notifications.
  4. Keep your phone nearby to your Charge 6, within 30 feet. Bluetooth range requirements apply.

Pair Your Charge 6 to the Fitbit App

  1. In the Fitbit app, tap the account icon in the top left and select your Charge 6.
  2. Tap Notifications.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to pair your Charge 6 to your phone if you haven’t already. Accept the pairing request on your phone if prompted.
  4. On the Notifications screen, call, text, and calendar notifications are turned on automatically. Leave these enabled.
  5. To enable notifications from installed apps, tap App Notifications and turn on the notifications you want to receive on your Charge 6.
  6. Sync your tracker to save the settings.

See Incoming Notifications

When you receive a phone notification, your Charge 6 will vibrate. Turn your wrist towards you or tap the screen to wake the tracker and view the notification.

Notifications will disappear after a short time if not viewed. To see past notifications later:

  • Swipe right or left on the Charge 6 screen to the Notifications app.
  • Swipe up to view your notifications.
  • Tap a notification to expand the message.

The Charge 6 stores up to 10 notifications before older ones are replaced.

Manage Notifications

In the Notifications app on your Charge 6:

  • Swipe up to scroll through notifications.
  • Tap a notification, then swipe up and tap Clear to delete it.
  • To clear all notifications, swipe to the end and tap Clear All.
  • Press the side button to exit the notifications.

You can also manage notifications in the Fitbit app. Turn off specific apps you no longer wish to receive.

Turn Off All Notifications

To turn off all notifications temporarily:

  1. Swipe down on the Charge 6 clock face to access Quick Settings.
  2. Tap the DND icon to enable Do Not Disturb Mode. This mutes all notifications.

Disable Do Not Disturb when you wish to receive notifications again.

Additionally, enabling Do Not Disturb or a similar Focus mode on your phone will block notifications from coming through to your Charge 6. Disable this when you want notifications to resume.

And that covers the key steps to setting up and managing notifications on the Fitbit Charge 6! Let your important calls, texts, events and app alerts come through from your wrist. Customize which notifications you receive based on what matters most.

Why Are Notifications Delayed or Missing?

If notifications on your Charge 6 are delayed, sporadic, or not showing up, some troubleshooting can help identify the issue:

  • Restart your phone and Charge 6 – Shut down and restart both devices, then set up notifications again.
  • Re-pair the Charge 6 – Unpair it from your phone’s Bluetooth settings, then pair again.
  • Update iOS/Android and the Fitbit app – Use the latest versions.
  • Toggle Bluetooth – Turn your phone’s Bluetooth off, wait 10 seconds, then turn it back on.
  • Check phone settings – Ensure notifications and previews are enabled system-wide and for each app.
  • Bring phone closer – Keep your phone within 30 feet of the tracker.
  • Check Do Not Disturb settings – On both devices, ensure this focus mode is disabled.
  • Open the sending app – You may not get notifications if the app is already open on your phone.
  • Background app refresh – Ensure the Fitbit app can run in the background on your phone.
  • Force quit the Fitbit app – Shut it down and relaunch to refresh the connection.
  • Set up notifications again – Delete the existing setup and re-do the process from scratch.
  • Contact Support – If no solutions work, contact Fitbit Support for troubleshooting help.

Following troubleshooting steps methodically can typically resolve many notification issues with the Charge 6 tracker.

Which Notifications Can I See on My Charge 6?

The Fitbit Charge 6 can display these notifications from your paired phone:

  • Phone Calls – See the name or number of the caller. Answer or reject calls (with iPhone or Android).
  • Text Messages – Sender name and full message appear on screen.
  • Calendar Events – Event name, time, and location are displayed.
  • Emails – Sender name, subject, and message content appears.
  • Apps – Notifications from installed apps chosen in the Fitbit app come through.

To set up app notifications, tap “App Notifications” when configuring notifications in the Fitbit app, and enable the desired apps you want alerts from on your tracker.

Certain apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and more are supported. You can receive notifications from all installed apps.

Note that for optimal functionality, keep your phone nearby your Charge 6 within 30 feet.

How Do I Turn My Charge 6’s Notification Setting On or Off?

There are a couple ways to turn notifications on or off from the Fitbit Charge 6 tracker:

In the Fitbit App

In the Fitbit app on your phone:

  1. Tap the account icon in the top left and select your Charge 6.
  2. Tap Notifications.
  3. Turn notifications on or off for specific apps, or toggle all notifications on or off.

On the Charge 6 Itself

  1. From the clock face, swipe down to access Quick Settings.
  2. Tap the DND icon to toggle Do Not Disturb mode on or off. This disables or enables all notifications.

When Do Not Disturb is enabled, your Charge 6 will not vibrate or display any notifications until it’s turned off.

You can also enable Do Not Disturb on your phone itself to mute notifications temporarily.

How Do Notifications Work on the Charge 6?

When you receive a notification on your phone, here is how it behaves on your paired Fitbit Charge 6:

  • The tracker vibrates subtly to alert you of the notification.
  • Turn your wrist towards you or tap the screen to wake the display.
  • The notification will display on screen, with the sender name and part of the message showing.
  • Tap the notification to expand it and read the full message.
  • For longer messages, swipe up to scroll through the entire alert.
  • The notification goes away after a short while if not viewed.
  • Up to 10 past notifications are stored and can be accessed in the Notifications app on the tracker by swiping left/right.
  • Clear individual notifications by tapping to expand them, then swiping up to Clear.
  • Delete all notifications by swiping up to the end of the list and tapping Clear All.
  • Phone calls can be accepted or rejected directly on the Charge 6 if paired to an iPhone or Android phone.

So in summary, notifications will trigger a vibration, can be viewed by waking the screen, and are stored temporarily in the Notifications app on the tracker for later viewing if missed.

Troubleshooting Quick Tips for iPhones

If your iPhone isn’t syncing notifications properly with the Fitbit Charge 6, check these troubleshooting steps:

  • Ensure the Fitbit app, iOS, and Charge 6 are updated to the latest versions.
  • Go to Settings > Bluetooth and tap the “i” next to your Charge 6. Turn “Share System Notifications” off and back on.
  • Check Settings > Notifications and set “Show Previews” to Always or When Unlocked for optimal alerts.
  • Under Settings > Focus, make sure Do Not Disturb is disabled, which can mute notifications.
  • In the Fitbit app, tap your account icon > Charge 6 > Notifications to verify they are enabled properly for calls, texts, calendar, and apps.
  • Toggle Bluetooth off, wait 10 seconds, then turn it back on to refresh the connection.
  • Force quit and relaunch the Fitbit app to reset it.

Following device best practices for iOS and resetting the Fitbit setup is recommended if notifications are inconsistent. Contact Support if issues persist.


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