Fitbit is rolling out a new update to its Versa 3 and Sense smartwatches. It’s a minor Fitbit OS 5.3 update that brings a bunch of new status indicators and a few outdoor activities. This comes after a major update in June that added audible responses from Google Assistant, easier access to SpO2 data, heart rate notifications, and more.
According to the official release notes, the Fitbit Versa 3 and Fitbit Sense are now picking up status indicators for do not disturb (DND), sleep mode, low battery, and disconnected status. The indicator icons appear at the top of the screen so you quickly know whether you have DND turned on or your device is in sleep mode. This will ensure that you aren’t missing out on notifications unknowingly.
Likewise, a bold red battery icon will let you know that your smartwatch is running out of power so you put it on charge. Lastly, the disconnected status is indicated by a struck-through phone icon. This will appear whenever your Fitbit Versa 3 or Fitbit Sense loses connection to your smartphone.
Note that these status indicators aren’t persistent. They will appear for three seconds upon the screen turning on. You can swipe right to see the icons at the top of quick settings. Fitbit also lets you permanently disable the status indicators from the Settings app, under Display >> Status indicators.
In addition to the new status indicators, the two Fitbit wearables are also picking up the ability to track a few new outdoor activities like kayaking, skiing, and more. You can use the outdoor exercise mode in the Exercise app to access these activities.
The latest update for the Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 is now rolling out
The Fitbit Sense is picking up the latest update with software build number 22.214.171.124, while that for the Fitbit Versa 3 is 126.96.36.199 (via). The company says the rollout has already begun, so you can be on the lookout for it in the coming days if you haven’t received it yet.
You can check for updates from the Fitbit app on your connected smartphone. Tap the Today tab and select your profile in the top-left corner. Now, select your device from the list to see if an OTA (over the air) update is available. You’ll find a pink-colored “Update” button.
If there’s no update available for your Fitbit Sense or Versa 3, check back again later. Fitbit says the new OTA software package will reach all eligible users in the coming weeks.