You have a fitness tracker and want to upgrade to a better device. In that case, you have to wipe the gadget before disposing of it, either by selling it online or gifting it to a loved one. Why?
Resetting a fitness tracker is necessary in such instances because the device carries sensitive personal information, like your home address and workout routes. And protecting such data is vital because, in the wrong hands, it can expose you to many issues, including identity theft.
This article outlines steps for resetting popular products like Apple Watch and Fitbit Versa. Dig in and take notes.
How to Reset a Smart Bracelet
Smart bracelets or bands are simpler than smartwatches. As such, they are relatively easier to reset. If your smart band needs resetting, follow the steps below. The exact process might vary depending on your gadget, but only slightly. Check its manual for more information.
- Step 1: Go to the device’s main menu, which is the interface that lets you access different features and functions, including settings.
- Step 2: Find and select “Settings”. This feature may have a different name. For instance, in Mi Band, it’s named Band Settings. Other devices have the “More” option.
- Step 3: Scroll down or swipe until you see the “Factory Reset” option. Some simply call it “Reset.” Select it.
- Step 4: Most smart bands ask the user to confirm before resetting. Do it and wait for the bracelet to work its magic.
How to Reset Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa series
Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa, both the pride and joy of the infamous Fitbit, are relatively easy to wipe. If you have a Fitbit Sense:
- Step 1: Go to the apps on your smart band’s main menu. Simply swipe to the left to leave the clock screen
- Step 2: Open the “Settings” app
- Step 3: Scroll through the list of functions until you find “About Sense” and select it
- Step 4: Find the factory reset option and start resetting your smart band
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Supposing you have a Fitbit Sense smart bracelet, follow these steps:
- Step 1: Leave the clock screen and go to the main menu by swiping down.
- Step 2: Find the “Settings” app and open it. You’ll see various options, including Display, Goal Reminders, and Device Info.
- Step 3: Go to “Device Info.”
- Step 4: Find “Clear User Data” and select it.
- Step 5: Initiate the reset by confirming your request.
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If you don’t want to lose anything in your Fitbit smartwatch, like your activity history, export and download the data to your smartphone before wiping the bracelet.
How to Reset Google Pixel Watch
The Google Pixel Watch is a marvel. It was released by Google in 2022, boating a built-in Fitbit integration.
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You can reset a Google Pixel Watch directly or use a connected phone. This smartwatch is compatible with smartphones with Android 8.0 and above. It doesn’t support IOS phones. You may also wipe it from the internet using Find My Device.
Resetting Your Google Pixel Watch From the Watch
This is the easiest process. If your screen is dim, turn it on by tapping the watch’s face. Then swipe down to the main menu and navigate to “Settings”. Open Settings, go to “System”, and scroll down till you see “Disconnect & Reset.” Choose this option and click “Ok” when a confirmation prompt appears.
Resetting a Google Pixel Watch From Your Phone
Suppose you’ve connected your Google Pixel Watch to a supported Android phone. In that case, open the Google Pixel Watch app on your smartphone, navigate to “System”, and select it. Now click on “Reset and Unpair Watch”. A confirmation prompt will appear. Select “Reset” and wait for the process to start.
Resetting Your Google Pixel Watch Via Find My Device
Google Pixel Watch facilitates easy device tracking by allowing you to connect it to the Google Find My Device application. But besides finding your watch, you can use the app to perform a factory reset. Go to the Find My Device website, check the smartwatch you want to wipe, and click “Erase Device”. Finally, kickstart the reset process by clicking “Erase” on the confirmation page.
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How to Factory Reset Letscom Fitness Tracker
Letsfit is a simple fitness tracker that you can factory reset in a few steps. The best way to do it is via the VeryFitPro app (Android Google or Apple iOS). Connecting the Letsfit fitness tracker to VeryFitPro is the key to enjoying a wider range of features and functions.
To reset a Letscom fitness tracker via VeryFitPro, do the following:
- Step 1: Open VeryFitPro from your phone
- Step 2: Tap “User” and select your device
- Step 3: Find “System Setting” and click it
- Step 4: Initiate the reset process by tapping on “Restart Device”
Rebooting your fitness tracker from VeryFitPro will reset it. Alternatively, you can open the “Settings” feature on your gadget, navigate to an option with “Reset,” and wipe all data.
How to Reset Apple Watch
Apple products are renowned for making things simple, including navigation. And their wearables are no exception. If you have an Apple Watch and would like to reset it, follow these steps:
- Step 1: If your gadget is showing the time, press the round button with a red square to navigate to the home screen
- Step 2: Find the “Settings” app and open it
- Step 3: Go to the “General” option and Choose “Reset”
- Step 4: Select “Erase All Content and Settings”
- Step 5: Enter the right passcode
Depending on your preferences, and if you have a cellular plan, you can choose to either erase everything or keep your cellular plan by tapping on “Erase All & Keep Plan.”
How to Reset Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5
- Step 1: Swipe down on your watch face to access the main menu
- Step 2: Find the “Settings” app and launch it
- Step 3: Scroll down until you see “General” and select it
- Step 4: Tap “Reset”, located at the bottom of the page
- Step 5: Follow the prompts
You can also hard reset your Samsung Galaxy smartwatch while powered off. To do that, first, power off the device. Then, press and hold down the Power and Back keys (Galaxy Watch 5) or Power/Home key (Galaxy Watch 4) until you see “Rebooting” displayed at the bottom of the screen. When it pops up, press the Home button repeatedly to enter the recovery environment. From there, you can start the factory reset process.
Why Should You Reset Your Smartwatch
Numerous scenarios can make resetting your fitness tracker necessary. For instance, you may do it when you want to give the gadget to a friend or family member. A reset also lets you wipe sensitive data from your device before selling it. You can also wipe a lost smartwatch remotely and minimize the chances of malicious actors finding it and exploiting your data.
Note: before resetting a smartwatch or fitness tracker, ensure it has at least 50% battery power or is connected to a charger. Don’t try to reset a gadget with a low battery because it might die before the process is over, leading to various complications, including glitches and impaired functioning.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Should I Reset My Fitness Tracker to Factory Settings?
Resetting your fitness tracker can help resolve any software glitches or connectivity issues, and improve overall performance. It essentially gives the tracker a fresh start. This is recommended if you plan on giving the tracker to someone else.
How Do I Back Up My Data Before Resetting?
Most fitness trackers sync data to a companion smartphone app. Open the app and check for options to export or backup data, such as activity history, sleep logs, and custom settings. Some apps let you export to Apple Health or Google Fit.
What Data Will Be Deleted During a Reset?
A factory reset will wipe all activity data, customized settings, user accounts, and any stored apps on the tracker. Any data synced to your smartphone app or cloud will be intact. However, data that’s just on the tracker will be erased.
Will I Lose Access to Premium Features if I Reset?
For trackers with paid subscriptions, you may need to re-register the device to access premium features again after resetting. Check with the device company on how to restore those features post-reset.
How Long Does a Reset Take?
The reset process itself usually takes just a few minutes. You’ll have to spend some additional time setting up the tracker from scratch again post-reset. This includes the setup of user accounts, custom settings, app connectivity, etc.
In summary, resetting your fitness tracker to its factory settings can be a useful troubleshooting step if you’re experiencing technical issues or want to give the device to someone else. Before resetting, be sure to back up any data you want to keep, either to your synced smartphone app or cloud storage. The reset process will delete all data and customized settings stored locally on the tracker itself.