There is often need to update the software of your Fitbit devices, including Fitbit charge 5, for latest feature enhancements and product updates. Before you would have to perform software update with optimized features, it is good to first check if your Fitbit charge 5 has a new firmware available for download or not. In this article, we are going to talk about checking Fitbit Charge 5 firmware and how to its update system software to latest version.
First Fitbit charge 5 – Affordable advanced fitness tracker
Predecessor : Fitbit charge 4
Navigation : Built-in GPS receiver + GLONASS
Health: Optical heart-rate, sleep, blood oxygen, stress, menstrual cycle,
Multipurpose electrical sensors ECG and EDA Scan app
Sensors : Ambient light sensor, vibration, skin temperature,
Casing : Anodized aluminum and surgical-grade stainless steel.
Connectivity : Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC
Support: alarms, goals, notifications, reminders, and apps.
Battery : Rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, with 6 days battery life
Water resistant : 50 meters (165 feet)
For more, Check Full Fitbit charge 5 review with full specs
Fitbit from time to time does release feature enhancements and bug fixes for their devices, including Fitbit charge 5. They do so by updating the device firmware and Fitbit OS platform.
If there are things that have a change in the latest Fitbit charge update, the update will be available for download and installation. If you can’t find it, you need to check the app later.
how to check Fitbit charge 5 firmware version number
How do I find the version number of firmware for Fitbit charge5? You can just do the Fitbit charge 5 firmware update without checking if there is a newer version available.
Here are few steps for checking firmware version in Fitbit charge 5 before you update your current version firmware to latest version.
- open the setting app
- Go to About or device info
- There you find the firmware number
If you don’t try these other ways.
how to check Fitbit charge 5 firmware on Fitbit app
- Open your Fitbit app in your phone
- Tap Today tab > profile picture
- Check under the device name and you find the firmware version number of your Fitbit charge 5
how to check Fitbit charge 5 firmware online
- Go to fitbit.com website
- Login to their dashboard
- Click on the gear icon
- Select your device (Fitbit charge 5 in this case) to see the firmware version number
what is the latest Fitbit charge 5 firmware version?
Latest Fitbit charge 5 firmware version number: Version 1.149.11. This firmware version updates how ECG assesses your heart for atrial fibrillation (AFib)—a heart rhythm irregularity—with the Fitbit ECG app (Source). This release also includes bug fixes and improvements.
Fitbit Firmware update for Fitbit charge 5 Tracker
When you have your firmware number, compare to see if it is more current. If it is current, you know you have the latest Fitbit charge 5 device update. If it is different, you need to update your Fitbit charge 5 to access the latest features and improvements.
Charge 5 Firmware Update Instructions
Before you run firmware update in Fitbit charge 5, not these Charge 5 Firmware Update Instructions
Before you update your tracker to receive the Latest Fitbit charge 5 firmware, please charge your Fitbit charge 5.
At least, you should have more than 25% of your battery before you begin the update, since the firm update process drains a lot of battery juice.
Check to make sure your Fitbit charge 5 has the latest Fitbit app installed on your smartphone or tablet.
Do your Fitbit charge firmware update at midnight when the step counter resets. If you failed to respect this time, you will end up with inaccurate step tracking information for another 24 hours.
Reserve enough time like 60-90 minute for the process. Also allow your Fitbit app I the phone to function in the background. This will download small portion of the firmware update when the device syncs. Check your Fitbit app in the phone settings so that it runs on the background.
how to update Fitbit charge 5 firmware via Fitbit app
Let us now see how to update Fitbit firmware. Again, the process is battery draining, so plug the charge 5 tracker into the power before starting an update. Here are steps for manually updating Fitbit Charge 5 firmware. Remember, you can only do this if an update is available.
- Open the Fitbit app on the paired phone
- Tap Today tab
- Click on your photo avatar or profile picture at top left sider
- Tap on device image
- If updates are available, you see a pink button. This is a way to check for charge 5 update.
- Tap on the pink Update button
- Follow on screen instructions, keep Fitbit charge 5 tracker and your phone closer
- You will see a progress bar in the device and Fitbit app. Wait until the progress is 100% complete.
- You will get a message “Charge 5 is up to date”
Video Instruction: How to update Fitbit firmware
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How long does Charge 5 take to update?
According to some users, 10 to 15 minutes is enough to download the device software to update download and install. It also depends if you have set the conditions that Charge 5 requires for update.
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Why can’t I update my Fitbit device?
It is possible that your charge 5 won’t update firmware when it encounters some issues. What can cause this premium fitness tracker software from updating?
- Poor Wi-Fi connectivity
- Phone and Fitbit charge are not close in the syncing Bluetooth range
- Battery runs out while the update is ongoing
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Restart Fitbit charge 5
You need to reboot device after firmware update is done successfully or when troubleshooting why it can’t update. May be the charge 5 can’t sync with the Fitbit app in the phone. In that case you have to restart the tracker on your wrists.
Turning off and on the Fitbit charge 5 can fix some software glitches hindering the updating from downloading and installing properly.
- Connect your Fitbit charge fitness tracker to power source
- Swipe down on Fitbit charge 5 clock screen
- Open the settings app
- Click on restate device > restart
If your Fitbit charge is not responsive during or after update
- Press the button located at flat end of the charger 3 times. Pause for a second each time you press it
- Wait for some seconds, so the Fitbit logo shows up
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Restart paired phone to Fitbit charge 5
Remember that the paired smartphone(where Fitbit app is installed) also needs to be rebooted. A software issue on the phone could prevent syncing and sabotage the firmware update in your Fitbit smart fitness tracker watch.
When your phone and charge 5 fitness tracker are restarted, try again if you can download and install the Fitbit firmware again using the steps above.