Fitbit upgrades Charge 5 with “Find Phone” app and a patch for GPS battery depletion {U}

Today, Fitbit is releasing an update for the Charge 5 that includes a feature that was previously available only on its line of smartwatches: Find Phone.

Update 7/20: Although the Charge 5 update was widely released on Monday, Fitbit didn’t release release notes for 1.171.50 until today. Along with Find Phone, the Google-owned business corrected a problem with power drain that some users might have had with GPS-enabled workouts. There are further enhancements and bug fixes.

According to the changelog, the Fitbit app’s Fitbit Gallery contains new clock faces. It’s unclear whether Fitbit is stating that new watch faces are available or only instructing users on how to select a different watch face from the available options.

The Fitbit Luxe is receiving update 1.171.50 at the same time, with the same message regarding clock faces, the Find Phone feature, and bug fixes.

Original 7/18: Version 1.171.50 (from 1.149.11) is rolling out this afternoon, and the only change we’ve noticed is the presence of Find Phone while swiping down from the clock face, between Screen Wake and Water Lock.

With just a Find Phone button to play a loud tone on your paired device, tapping launches an app. You can stop it by pressing Cancel on the Charge 5 after pushing. It is highly practical and was previously only offered on Fitbit’s Sense, Versa 3, and other smartwatches. Sense requirements include the following:

The phone you want to locate must be synced with your watch. Bluetooth must be enabled on your phone and your Fitbit device must be within 30 feet (10 meters) of your phone. Your phone must have the Fitbit app open in the background. You must have your phone on. The fitness tracker, which was released last September, just appears to have undergone that change today. There are no new clock faces, and the guided breathing Relax app is still unavailable. Despite the fact that there is EDA Scan, this exclusion is still puzzling.

Bug fixes are likely included in this Charge 5 version as well, although the release notes hasn’t yet been released. As a result, it’s unclear whether Fitbit fixed the wearable’s phone communication problem that certain users were having.

This afternoon, it appears that the Fitbit Charge 5 update will be widely released.
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