If you follow the tech world, you must already know that Fitbit is one of the pioneers in the world of fitness accessories. This company is known for making products that work accurate tracking, and the Fitbit Versa 2 is no different. Packed with advanced tracking, Alexa on the wrist, and advanced sleep tracking, Versa 2 not only looks sharp, but it also feels sleek and refined.
Overall, this smartwatch has proved to be a good deal, especially when you consider the price-to-feature ratio. Apart from the above, this fitness-oriented smartwatch packs plenty of customization features that you can tweak as per your preferences.
So, if you have bought the Fitbit Versa 2 recently or planning to get this fitness-oriented smartwatch, here are a few tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of this smartwatch.
Without further delay, let us get started.
1. Customize the Home Screen
One of the first things that you should do on your Versa 2 is arranging the icons as per your convenience. After all, you wouldn't want your favorite app on the fourth screen, right? Time is money, they say. The mantra is simple — keep your frequently accessed apps on the first screen, and so on.
The good news is that it's quite easy to tweak the home screen icons. Similar to smartphones, long-press on the icons and drag them to the screen of your choice. So, if you want Spotify, Alarm, Exercise, and Timer on the first screen followed by Deezer, Settings, Weather, and Music, it's completely doable.
2. Tweak the Always-On Display Screen
Thanks to the AMOLED screen, the Versa 2 also packs a neat Always-On Display screen. It's a stripped-down version of the watch face that comes into play when the watch is inactive.
For now, the watch lets you choose between two styles — Analog and Digital. And the good news is that you can add a couple of stats to this screen. For example, if you want some of your walking stats or the battery percentage on this screen, you can do so. You can also specify the active hour for the watch.
Other than that, you can also have one of the core stats like steps or Floors on this Always-On Display screen.
To tweak the Always-On Display, head over to Settings > Always-On Display and tap on Customize.
In my case, I have chosen to go with an Analog Clock Style followed by the steps & calorie count.
Note: The watch-faces you use should also support Always-On Display. If it doesn't support, you would just up with a generic screen.
3. Customize the Left Button
Another cool trick is to customize the Back button to an action of your choice. Unlike its predecessors, the Versa 2 bundles just a single button instead of three.
This button not only acts as the Back button, but it also acts as the trigger for Alexa. All you need to do is long-press on it. However, if you are not a fan of this voice assistant, it can be easily changed. For now, you can switch between the following shortcuts,
To change it, head over to Settings and scroll down until you see the option for Left Button.
Next, pick the action of your choice, and that's about it.
In my case, I chose Stopwatch, since I often use it for HIIT exercises.
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4. Calibrate the Fitbit Versa
Among all the settings and features, it's vital that your Fitbit smartwatch correctly estimates your steps, calorie count, sleep data, and heart data.
The Fitbit Versa 2 lets you define the heart rate zones. Plus, you can also set the maximum heart rate. To do so, open the Fitbit app on your smartphone, tap on the little profile icon at the top left corner, and select Heart Rate Zones.
Plus, if you walk or jog frequently, it's also important to add a custom stride length so that your smartwatch can pick up accurate readings.
To change this setting, go to Advanced Settings (under your profile) and tap on Stride Length.
5. Add Offline Music and Pair Your Earphones
The Versa 2 has plenty of onboard memory to store offline music song tracks. That way, you can listen to your favorite songs minus your phone when you are out running or jogging.
The only issue is that you will have to take the aid of your PC for that, and the process is not a straightforward one. That is dissimilar to other smartwatches, which let you download songs right from your smartwatch.
You have to connect the watch to the same Wi-Fi network to which your phone is connected. Next, you will have to transfer the songs from your PC to the watch.
For that, open the Music app on your watch and tap on Transfer Music.
At the same time, open the app on your PC. Once the app is discovered, click on the little Music icon at the top and tap on Music Storage > Personal Music > Create New Playlist and add the songs which you want on your watch.
Once done, tap on the little Done icon at the top to complete the transfer.
But truth be told, music on your smartwatch will be of little help if you do not have your wireless headphones paired to it. Luckily for us, it's equally easy to pair your audio accessories to this watch.
All you need to do is go to Settings > Bluetooth > +Audio Device to start the scan. Once you have located the device of your choice, tap on it to select, and pair it.
Now, you can go out, listen to your favorite songs without the hassle of carrying your phone with you.
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6. Switch Watch Faces
What makes smartwatches so cool is that you can change its look every time you feel like it. You can either choose to go with a cool colorful digital display or pick a classic analog look — whichever look suits your requirements.
With Versa 2, it's quite easy to switch between several watch faces, the only thing you need is a working internet connection and the Fitbit app on your phone.
To change the watch face, jump on your profile on the Fitbit app, and tap on the Versa 2 card.
Next, tap on Watch Face > All Clock, and tap on one that you like. Tap on Select, and that's about it. The selected watch face will take only a few seconds to be synced with the watch.
My recommendation is to go with a cool Always-On Display watch face. That way, you'd get a cool AoD and a regular watch face.
7. Edit Message Replies
One of the coolest Fitbit Versa 2 tricks is that you can send speech-to-text replies. Yep, you read that right.
And the best part is that it can translate most of the speech seamlessly. However, for that, you must enable the Voice Replies option under Profile > Versa 2 > Notifications.
After that, tap on the notification and select Reply and then record your message. Cool, I'd say.
Apart from that, you can also keep a bunch of Quick Replies for emails, calendar, and messages. So, if you often reply, "I'll look into it" to your emails, you can set it up so that you save time in the long run.
To set up Quick Replies, go to Notifications > Quick Replies > Messages and then add the text.
Did You Know: You can access the Quick Settings menu by swiping inward from the top.
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Bonus: Change Bands
If you own a smartwatch that you wear 24x7, it makes sense to customize its looks as per your attire. A band made with breathable material makes sense when you are exercising.
All you need to do is head out to an online store like Amazon and search for a band that should look good and should be equally durable in the long run.
The DYKEISS slim silicone band makes for a good buy if you are looking for a sleek and breathable band to wear in the gym.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a more formal look, you can check out the Mosstek Leather Bands.
Taller, Stronger, Fitter
Aside from the above, the Fitbit Versa 2 comes with a nifty Alexa integration, which brings voice commands to the table. Whether it's asking Alexa to start your run or asking your watch to keep a reminder, you can do a lot.
Here's a video tutorial to use the 7 best Fitbit Version 2 tips and tricks from our Guiding Tech YouTube (English) Channel:
So, what is your favorite Fitbit Versa 2 feature?
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