Replace Broken Band on your Fitbit Charge or Charge HR

Replace Broken Band on your Fitbit Charge or Charge HR


So here’s a situation that I’ve seen many times online. The FitBit Charge or Charge HR, the band beaks. So what do you do? Well, first thing I can tell you is contact FitBit. They will replace it for you. If it’s still under warranty. I believe it’s about a year after purchase. Now if you’re outside of that time, or you’re in my situation where I had bought this for my wife – my wife had been wearing it and the band started to break. So we contacted FitBit and got it replaced. But I started wearing this one because, y’know, the band hadn’t given out completely and it still worked! So I was using it for several months, but then the band finally did give out. And the problem with it is that the hard plastic shell that goes around the electronics kind of continues right into the band and if that breaks, then it’s really only the silicone band that’s holding it together and it doesn’t last long. So it completely broke on me. What I did here is I peeled off the rest of the band. So one part gave out completely, the other part I just peeled off. All this here – all the part of the band that was on here just peel it right off. It’s just glued there. It comes off. Don’t undo the screws on the back because that’ll expose the electronics You don’t want to do that. So I have this. It’s the brains of the operation. I just need to strap it to my wrist for it to be of any use to me. So I started looking around online at different options and I found one. I kind of took a chance and bought a replacement band for a Garmin Vivofit. I’ll post a link in the description for where I got it. Basically it’s just on eBay. It was $1 from China. Or if you want it faster, you can go to Amazon. But they’re about $10 there. But you get it a whole lot quicker. Now it kind of looked like a similar design. The clasp works exactly the same as the FitBit does. And the size of where the device actually goes in kind of looked similar. So I figured I’d give it a try. And, you know, 6 weeks later it finally arrived and I can give it a try. So it has a couple tabs on either side that keeps the device in. So you have to put the one end in there and then, for the other side, just pull it, and wrap it around and done! So it doesn’t look exactly the same as it did before but it keeps it on your wrist. Now if you want it a little bit more secure you can get one of these. Now I had bought this before the band gave out hoping that it would help the band stay together. This is specifically designed for the Charge and Charge HR. See there’s the big gap there for the heart rate monitor for the HR. And this is just a sleeve that goes right over it. This was about a dollar too, I think, on eBay. But you can slide this on. It takes a little bit of effort to get it over everything. Just keep sliding it on until the hole for the screen is over the screen, and the hole for the charging port is over the charging port. And there we go! So you see it kind of bulges on the side. It’s not a perfect fit. But, hey, like I said, it keeps it on your wrist and it still works. There’s my steps for the day today. Almost there. So I hope you like it. I hope this works out for you if you’re in the same situation. If you like what you see, make sure you subscribe to see my next videos coming up.

25 comments on “Replace Broken Band on your Fitbit Charge or Charge HR

  1. lifecloud2 Post author

    Looks like the review for the Garmin Vivofit band says the clasp doesn't fit snugly. Is this your experience too? Does it fasten OK?

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  2. Corain Wade Post author

    if your fitbit charge HR band is broken , replace your strap: http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/DIY-Repair-Replacement-Silicone-Wrist-Band-Strap-Case-Fix-For-Fitbit-Charge-HR-Smart-Wireless-Watch/1245466_32760136549.html
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  3. Michaelo Rocha Post author

    Very good thinking and innovation! Thanks. I have an old FitBit Charge I can now repair and wear again.

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  4. scottykitty5 Post author

    My band is just coming apart a little on the side do you think the sleeve will help I saw them on eBay

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  5. Brad Bross Post author

    Do you think you have to have the sleeve too, or will it stay on if it is just the vivo fit band?

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  6. Soft Paws Post author

    Hey Gabe. I had the same problem with my Fitbit Charge HR and I made a shell to go around the Fitbit. You can then attach any watch strap you like to the shell. You can check it out here https://goo.gl/9JC5dI (it comes in many colors).

    I bought a few of these "broken" Fitbits of craigslist for $20 a pop and put them in these shells and now everyone in my family has a Fitbit.

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  7. Allison Blain Post author

    I do have to give you credit for finding a solution even if it a Second Hand Store fix. My Fitbit HR broke after over a year and I contacted Fitbit being very complimentary of their product and they sent me a new one for free. I told the customer service rep that I've praised their product to friends, family and work associates who now all wear Fitbits because of me and they were awesome to work with.

    if they wouldn't have replaced it then I would have either bought a new one or shopped around for another product.

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  8. Debbie Baker Post author

    I need to change the band on my fitbit charge so I will do this, thank you, but I was wondering if there was a buckle fastener I could use instead. I can't see any vivofit buckle fastners. Thank you

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  9. Jeff Hurd Post author

    Absolutely brilliant! My Fitbit Charge 1 band has been coming part for a few weeks and finally broke all the way just like yours did. It was driving me crazy to think of spending $150 to buy a new Fitbit to replace a device that works perfectly. I just needed to find a way to strap it to my wrist — your $2 hack is awesome and saved me a bunch of money…. Thank you!

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  10. Racquel Barrett Post author

    This is awesome! I have 3 Fitbit Charges laying around. I got tired of going through the whole process because the band kept peeling off so I quit telling them about it 😑😡 This gives me hope that I'll get my Fitbit back, lol. I'm glad I found this! Thanks for sharing 😄

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  11. RAUNAK KAPOOR Post author

    I like this "This helps me justify to my wife spending time on these videos. Thank you! :)"

    Thanks for sharing the video.

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  12. icetony14 Post author

    I have a charge (not hr) and the only bands i see inline are for the cherge hr, some say that they fit just fine, mine didn't. Does anybody kniw where can i get bands for the fitbit charge non hr?

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  13. Elaine MacLean Post author

    I notice on ebay that there are a number of Garmin Vivofit versions – no number and also #1 thru #3 and a JR version. Do all of these work with the Fitbit HR?

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  14. Infowonk1 Post author

    This worked great!  I'd recommend the sleeve, as I was not confident the generic Vivofit band alone would hold the Fitbit, and the different manufacturers on eBay may not have the exact same product dimensions.  One person I met said my Fitbit looked really cool.  I question his taste, but I had not told him it was a repair job.  Nevertheless, thanks for the video, Gabe!

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