But it’s more than just a nice looking gadget, and there may be a few things you still don’t know about it that could make your life easier.
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From setting alarms to customizing the new step reminders and changing your Fitbit’s band from Classic to Luxe, here’s how to find the essential bits and pieces to get the most out of your Fitbit Alta.
Setting hourly step reminders
Step reminders are the latest feature added that’s come to the Alta first, and is now available on all the Fitbit devices except One and Zip. Rather than just standing for a bit, Alta’s reminders encourage you to walk 250 steps per hour – which is just a few minutes of walking.
The minimum steps can’t be changed but you can customize the default tracking that’s set to 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, seven days a week.
There’s two ways to change this. Open the Fitbit app and select Hourly Activity (the one with the red figure with its arms up). Then tap the settings gear in the top right corner.
Or once again in the app, go and tap on the Fitbit Alta icon twice to see “Reminders to move.” From there, you can also adjust the number of hours per day and set the days of the week where you’ll be reminded to reach your step goal.
Changing Fitbit bands
Fitbit straps haven’t been the easiest to wear with the clasp pinholes proving to be bothersome little things. However it’s designed somewhat better on the Alta and much easier to use. Also simpler: changing the Fitbit straps.
The Classic models are what you’ll get at the lower end of the price spectrum and look sporty in black, blue, plum and teal then you have the $59.95 Luxe models in blush pink leather, graphite leather and a $99.95 stainless steel option plus designer brands coming soon.
With so many options, you’ll likely want to experiment right? Doing so is simple. Just flip the Alta over, press on the latch and push out to release the tracker. Slide your choice of band into the same slot and it will snap into place.
For sensitive sleepers
Like with the other Fitbits, there’s a way on that Alta to make sure automated sleep tracking picks up more accurate data.
Head into the advanced settings inside the app which can be found under the Account tab. Here you’ll find the option to change sleep sensitivity to sensitive to improve the detection of your movements at night.
Maximize battery life
The Alta lasts a surprisingly long time – about five days according to Fitbit, but seven to eight by our testing. However there are still ways to prolong usage.
There’s a maximum of eight alarms you can set, and each one you add reduces battery life by a small percentage. So less alarms, longer battery life.
Turn off Quick View at night. Quick View lets you see the clock face when you turn your wrist. It’s a handy feature to have on in the day, but a pain when trying to sleep since the little screen can get really bright. When Quick View is off, double tap the screen to wake it up.
Lessen the amount of time that Alta reminds you to move – directions above on how to do this.
Turn off Always Connected on Android devices and All-Day sync on iOS so your Alta isn’t constantly syncing.
Lastly, though it’s a fitness tracker, Alta isn’t meant for extreme outdoor conditions. Charging it in severe heat or cold may likely reduce battery life.
Change the face
There are several clock faces to choose from – five vertical or five horizontal clock to be exact. Tap on the account tab again to find the various faces then pick whichever one you prefer.
If you wear the Alta with the display on top of your wrist, vertical is easier to read, while horizontal is better for the bottom of your wrist. Though, it’s completely up to you.