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Fitbit Symbols Meaning: What Do The Fitbit Icons Mean?

Fitbit is a wearable device that tracks your daily activity, including the number of steps you take, how many calories you burn, and how long you sleep.

Fitbit devices have many different symbols that represent many things. The icons are meant to make it quick and easy to understand, but that can be hard if you don’t know what they mean!

I’ve tried to compile a list as best as I can, but you know as well as I do that they are continuously getting updated. Also, symbols may differ depending on which Fitbit you have. If you can’t find the symbol in question, check out the user manual for your device on the Fitbit website. They are found here.

Here is a list of Fitbit symbols and their meaning:

Fitbit SymbolIcon MeaningMore Information
Today tabView all your data and active challenges in a single streamlined dashboard in the Fitbit app
Heart Rate
Heart Rate – In Fat Burn ZoneFat Burn zone, which means your heart rate is between 50% and 69% of your maximum, is the low-to-medium intensity exercise zone and may be a good place to start for those new to exercise. For more information, visit here.
Heart Rate – In Cardio ZoneCardio zone, which means your heart rate is between 70% and 84% of your maximum, is the medium-to-high intensity exercise zone. In this zone you’re pushing yourself but not straining. For more information, visit here.
Heart Rate – In Peak ZonePeak zone, which means your heart rate is 85% of your maximum or higher, is the high-intensity exercise zone. Peak zone is for short intense sessions that improve performance and speed. For more information, visit here.
Heart Rate – Out Of ZoneMeans you’re below 50% of your maximum heart rate, your heart rate may be elevated but not enough to be considered exercise.
Hourly Activity ReminderReminders nudge you to walk at least 250 steps each hour. For more information, see the related help article.
Always- On DisplayKeep the screen on, even when you’re not interacting with the watch. For more information, see How do I see the time on my Fitbit device?
Do Not Disturb (1)Notifications, goal celebrations, and reminders are muted.
Do Not Disturb (2)When the do not disturb setting is on, notifications, goal celebrations, heart zone alerts, and reminders to move don’t cause the tracker to vibrate or the screen to turn on.
Low Battery IndicatorYour Fitbit device’s battery is critically low. For more information, see How do I charge my Fitbit device?
GPS ConnectingIf the exercise uses GPS, “GPS connecting …” appears at the top of the screen. For more information, see the related help article.
GPS Connected
Music Volume
No Phone ConnectionYour Fitbit device isn’t connected to your phone. For troubleshooting tips, see Why won’t my Fitbit device sync?
On ClipWhen Inspire 2 is in the accessory clip, make sure it’s set to On Clip
On WristWhen Inspire 2 is on your wrist, make sure your tracker is set to On Wrist
Quick Reply with EmojiRespond to the message with an emoji.
Quick Reply with TextRespond to a message from a list of quick replies
Screen BrightnessAdjust the screen brightness.
Screen Wake – AutoWhen you set screen wake to Auto , the screen turns on each time you turn your wrist
Screen WakeWhen the screen wake setting is on, turn your wrist toward you to turn on the screen.
Sleep Mode (1)When sleep mode is on:Notifications, goal celebrations, and reminders are muted.The screen’s brightness is set to dim.The screen stays dark when you turn your wrist.
Sleep Mode (2)When the sleep mode setting is on:Notifications don’t cause the tracker to vibrate or the screen to turn on.The screen’s brightness is set to dim. Turning your wrist won’t cause the tracker’s screen to turn on.
Water Lock (1)Turn on the water lock setting when you’re in water.
Water Lock (2)Turn on the water lock setting when you’re in water.
Agenda (Calendar) AppConnect your phone’s calendar in the Fitbit app to see upcoming calendar events for today and tomorrow in the Agenda app  on your watch.For more information, see the related help article.
Alarms AppSet one-time or recurring alarms with the Alarms app. When an alarm goes off, your tracker vibrates.
Alexa AppCheck the weather, set timers and alarms, control your smart home devices, and more by speaking to your watch. For more information, see the related help article.
Google Assistant AppCheck the weather, set timers and alarms, control your smart home devices, and more by speaking to your watch. For more information, see the related help article.
Dismiss AlarmTo dismiss an alarm, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap the dismiss icon
Clocks AppTo see your saved clock faces from your watch. For more information, view How do I change the clock face on my Fitbit device?
Deezer AppFor more information, see Music.
EDA Scan AppDetects electrodermal activity which may indicate your body’s response to stress. For more information, see the related help article.
Exercise AppAutomatically track exercise or track activity with the Exercise app  to see real-time stats and a post-workout summary. For more information, see the related help article.
Exercise App
Find Phone AppUse the Find Phone app to locate your phone. For more information, visit here.
Fitbit Pay AppMake contactless payments from your wrist with Fitbit Pay. For more information, see What should I know about Fitbit Pay?
Health MetricsThe Health Metrics tile  in the Fitbit app includes: Breathing rate, Heart-rate variability (HRV), Skin temperature, Oxygen saturation (SpO2), Resting heart rate (RHR). For more information, see What should I know about health metrics in the Fitbit app?
Mindfulness TileMindfulness sessions and can help you track and understand the effects of your mindfulness practice. Visit here for more information.
Music ControlsControl music playing on your phone or watch. For more information, see How do I listen to music and podcasts on my Fitbit watch?
Notifications AppManage notifications. A notification causes your tracker to vibrate. Tap the notification to expand the message.
Pandora AppFor more information, see Music.
Relax AppHelps you find moments of calm throughout the day with personalized, deep breathing sessions. Visit here for more information.
Settings App (1)Tap to open the Settings app
Settings App (2)Tap to open the Settings app
Settings App (3)Open the Settings app
Quick SettingsAdjust certain settings such as screen brightness and screen wake. For more information, see Quick settings
Sleep Tile
Spotify App
Starbucks AppAdd your Starbucks card or Starbucks Rewards program number in the Fitbit Gallery in the Fitbit app, and then use the Starbucks app  to pay from your wrist. For more information, see the related help article.
Stress Management ScoreSee how your body responds to stress based on your heart rate, sleep, and activity level data. Visit here for more information.
Timers AppTime events with the stopwatch or set a countdown timer. You can run the stopwatch and countdown timer at the same time.
Weather AppTo check the weather, open the Weather app to see conditions in your current location. Swipe up to view the weather in other locations you added. For more information, see the related help article.
Active Zone MinutesEarn Active Zone Minutes for time spent in the fat burn, cardio, or peak heart-rate zones. For more information, see the related help article.
Active MinutesEarn active minutes through 10 minutes or more of continuous moderate-to-intense activity. For more information, see the related help article.
Distance
Floors climbedThis lets you track the floors you have climbed. Learn more about Fitbit Floors here.
ReadinessTo see your daily readiness score, wear your tracker to sleep, and open the Fitbit app on your phone the next morning. For more information, see the related help article.
Reminder To MoveStay active during the day with an hourly activity goal and reminders to move. For more information, see the related help article.
Steps TakenFitbit devices use a 3-axis accelerometer to count your steps. This sensor also allows your device to determine the frequency, duration, intensity, and patterns of your movement.
Exercises
Aerobic WorkoutFor more information, see How do I track my activity with my Fitbit device?
Eliptical
Run
Sports
Swimming
Walk
Exercise End
Workouts
BikeFor more information, see How do I track my workouts with my Fitbit device?
Bootcamp
Circuit Training
Eliptical
Golf
Hike
Interval Workout
Kickboxing
Martial Arts
Outdoor Workout
Pilates
Run
Spinning
Stair Climber
Swim
Tennis
Walk
Weight Lifting
Workout
Yoga

What does the flame symbol mean on Fitbit?

The flame or fire symbol on a Fitbit indicates Calories Burned, and the number below the flame symbol indicates the total number of calories burned today. Fitbits use basal metabolic rate (BMR), heart rate, and activity data to estimate your calories burned.

You can get a comprehensive health statistic report, including your estimated calorie expenditure, from the dashboard on your Fitbit app. From the Fitbit mobile app, you may keep track of how many calories you’ve burned as well as other information.

Fitbit Activity Zone Minute & Calories Burned
Fitbit Activity Zone Minute & Calories Burned

What do the 3 arrows mean on Fitbit?

The 3 arrows or chevrons symbol on a FitBit indicates Active Zone Minutes, and the number below the three arrows indicates the number of Active Zone minutes earned. Active Zone Minutes are earned based on the time your heart rate spends in the fat burn, cardio, or peak zones.

Fitbit Active Zones are a great tool to help you get the most out of your workouts. With their guidance and support, you’ll be able to improve your overall health and condition. Active Zone Minutes is a feature that allows users to optimize their physical activity so they can achieve their weekly fitness goals.

These devices track Active Zone Minutes :

  • Fitbit Charge 4
  • Fitbit Charge 5
  • Fitbit Inspire 2
  • Fitbit Ionic
  • Fitbit Luxe
  • Fitbit Sense
  • Fitbit Versa series

All other devices track active minutes. (See the next question for more about active minutes.)

What does the lightning bolt mean on Fitbit?

The lightning bolt symbol on a FitBit indicates Active Minutes, and the number below the lightning bolt shows the number of Active Minutes earned. Active Minutes are earned based on the time spent performing activities at or above 3 METs.

METs, short for metabolic equivalents, are a measurement of how much energy you are exerting compared to the amount of energy spent at rest. You can learn more about METs by reading this article from Healthline.

The difference between Active Minutes and Active Zone Minutes is that Active Zone Minutes use your heart rate information, and active Minutes do not.

Only the devices listed above in the previous question are capable of measuring heart rate. All other Fitbit devices cannot measure heart rate and, therefore, use Active Minutes.

More information about Active Minutes and Active Zone Minutes is found on the Fitbit help site, located here.

Conclusion

The symbols on a Fitbit can be confusing if you don’t know what they mean. This article has tried to provide a comprehensive list of the most common symbols and their meanings. 

If you still have questions, be sure to check out the user manual for your device or contact customer support. With a little knowledge about what the different symbols mean, you’ll be able to get the most out of your Fitbit.