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How to reply to text messages from your Fitbit

Fitbit's own emojis are wearing headbands. Is that a thing now?

One of the benefits of using an Android device with a Fitbit is the ability to reply to text messages directly from your wrist. Quick Reply is easy to use, but you should take a takes a few minutes to get everything the way you want.

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Currently, the ability to reply to messages from your Fitbit is only available on the Charge 3 ($159 at Amazon), Versa ($220 at Amazon) and Ionic ($189 at Amazon).

The Android device you have paired to your Fitbit needs to be running Android 7.0 or newer. 

Set custom replies

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Quick Reply comes with five default replies supplied by Fitbit, but don't worry, you can customize them to better fit your personality.

Open the Fitbit app and navigate to your device's settings page and select Notifications > Quick Replies. A list of compatible apps will be on display. Select one to overwrite any of the default replies with your own text and back out of the settings page when you're done.


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When you receive a compatible message, you will have a couple new options: Reply or Mark as read. Tap on Reply to view your quick replies, or swipe to the left to view a set list of Fitbit emojis. Even though the emojis on your Fitbit have headbands, the emoji that's sent to a recipient is more traditional looking.

Tap on your reply, and the Fitbit app will take care of the rest.

Originally published May 10, 2018. 
Update, Dec. 18:  Updated with current information. 

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