Fitbit Versa 3 is one of the most popular smart watches. The latest firmware update for the Versa 3 has been released on 30th July, 2021. The firmware update series number is VERSION 220.127.116.11. The firmware update will also update the Fitbit OS to 5.2.1. The current set of update is a release that aims to resolve bugs and integrate product improvements.
How would you update the Fitbit Versa 3 firmware on your Versa 3 smart watch?
Before you update the Fitbit Versa 3 smart watch to the latest firmware, it would be prudent to check the current version of firmware that is installed on the Versa 3 watch. To know the current version of the Fitbit firmware on your Versa 3 watch, follow the instructions below:
Option 1 – to know the firmware version from the Fitbit app:
In the Fitbit app, tap the Today tab your profile picture your device image. The firmware version number appears under your device’s name.
Option 2 – to know the firmware version from the fitbit.com website dashboard:
On the fitbit.com dashboard, click the gear icon and select your device to find the firmware version.
Option 3 – from the Fitbit device
On certain Fitbit devices, find the firmware version in the Settings app About or Device Info.
Now that you know the firmware running on your Fitbit Versa 3 smart watch, we need to perform a few pre-requisite steps so that the update process completes without any hindrance.
Step 1 – Ensure that the Fitbit Versa 3 smart watch is fully charged. The update process may take an hour, and it is not advisable to update the smart watch with inadequate battery charge. A failed update could pose unnecessary problems with unwarranted impacts.
Step 2 – ensure that the phone on which Fitbit app runs is in close proximity of the Fitbit Versa 3 smartwatch. The Fitbit app will update along with the Versa 3 smart watch. Good connection between the Fitbit Versa 3 and your smart phone that hosts the Fitbit app is a crucial requirement for a successful update.
Now, that we know the firmware version running on the Versa 3 smartwatch and we have ensured adequate charge on the Versa 3 smartwatch and the smartphone hosting the Fitbit app, we are ready to update the Versa 3 smart watch. We have two different methods to push updates to the Versa 3 smart watch.
Option 1 – update the firmware using the Fitbit app
The first option allows us to use the Fitbit app to update the firmware and Fitbit operating system on the Versa 3 smart watch. To update using the Fitbit app, follow the instructions below:
- Firmware updates only become available if you allow the Fitbit app to run in the background. You may need to adjust your phone’s settings to allow the Fitbit app to run in the background.
- With your charged Fitbit device nearby, open the Fitbit app.
- Tap the Today tab your profile picture your device image.
- Tap the pink Update button. This option only appears if an update is available.
- Follow the on-screen instructions and keep the device close to your phone, tablet, or computer during the update. After you start the update, a progress bar appears on your device and in the Fitbit app until the update is complete.
If the update is successful, your Versa 3 smart watch and the Fitbit app will show the latest firmware on the smart watch and the latest OS on the Fitbit OS.
Option 2 – update the firmware on the Versa 3 smart watch using the fitbit.com dashboard. You could follow the instructions to update using the fitbit.com dashboard:
- Confirm you have the latest version of Fitbit Connect:
- Click the Fitbit Connect icon located near the date and time on your computer.
- Click Open Main Menu.
- Click Troubleshooting.
- Below the Fitbit Connect number, click Check for updates.
- Go back to the main menu and click Check for device update.
- When prompted, log in to your Fitbit account.
- If an update is available, follow the on-screen instructions and keep your device close to your computer during the update. After you start the updates, a progress bar appears on your device and in Fitbit Connect until the update is complete.
These instructions have been pulled in from the Fitbit website. You could visit the Fitbit site to learn more about the update options available for the Versa smart watch by clicking the link – https://help.fitbit.com/articles/en_US/Help_article/1871.htm
The next question is to ask whether you should be updating the firmware on your Fitbit Versa 3 smart watch?
The Versa 3 smart watch’s firmware update is a new update. It has been less than a week that the firmware was released for the Versa 3 smart watch. The firmware update was launched on 30th July, 2021. Given the recent launch, it may be a wise idea to wait a few weeks to hear about any issues or problems arising out of the latest update. The firmware update for the Versa, Versa lite and Versa 2 was released on 21st July, 2021. Users have complained about a wide range of issues they are experiencing post updates. To know more details about the problems affecting the Versa, Versa lite and Versa 2, you may visit this link.
A cursory glance on the customer forums will reveal that some users of Versa 3 smart watch are reporting failed updates and an inability to use the Versa 3 smart watch after updating the firmware on the Versa 3 smart watch. A variety of issues have been reported. Some users have complained that the Versa 3 became unusable after updating the latest firmware. Others have complained about losing the ability to make calls through the Versa 3 smart watch. Still others have issues with unpredictable SpO2 monitoring. The long standing issue of the coach app remains unresolved in the latest firmware update. The good thing is that only a miniscule percentage of users seem to have been affected. Remember, that before you begin the update process, you need to make sure that the phone and the device are having a good connection and there is adequate charge on both – your Versa 3 smart watch and your smart phone that hosts the Fitbit app.
For risk averse Fitbit Versa 3 users, there is no harm in waiting a couple of weeks to see that the issues arising out of the Versa 3 firmware update are manageable. Wait for a couple of weeks and check user feedback on the Versa forums before initiating the update of firmware and Fitbit OS on your Fitbit Versa 3 smart watch and the Fitbit app.
Helen is a geeky nerd who seeks to find and fix tech gaps in the latest gadgets. She is always on the lookout for resolving technical queries of users, and is an avid writer on technical subjects.