Garmin Vivofit Jr. Common Problems

The Garmin Vivofit Jr. is a great smartwatch for kids. No Smartwatch is without its faults and sometimes its not always obvious how to fix common problems.

In this article I cover some common problems with the Garmin Vivofit Jr. and how to easily overcome them.

Can I Replace The Band On My Garmin Vivofir Jr.?

Yes the bands are easily replaceable. Garmin have designed this smartwatch well and have considered all the knocks scrapes and eventualitys the watch will encounter.

Here is how to replace the band.

  1. Simply pop the smartwach out of the band by pushing it out from behind.
  2. With the new band simply line up the arrow on the watchface with the arrow on the band

Where Can I Purchase Replacement Bands For My Garmin Vivofit Jr?

The choice is literally huge, not only are there original replacements from Garmin but there are a number of compatible bands. Here are just some examples.

Garmin Camo Band

Moko Compatible Silicone Bands

Chofit Replacement Bands

How To Reset Garmin Vivofit Jr Smartwatch?

Resetting the device for any reason is very easy. Hold the device key for 10 seconds until the screen goes off. Then let go of the button.

Garmin Vivofit Jr. Will Not Switch On?

The device not switching on is a common problem. Although the battery lasts up to 1 year it can die sooner. Try replacing the battery.

How To Replace The Battery In Garmin Vivofit Jr.?

The Garmin Vivofit Jr uses a CR1632 battery. These can be purchased from many stores and also available on Amazon. I also have a detailed guide on how to replace the battery in a Garmin Vivofit Jr.

  1. Remove the Watch Face from the Watch band by simply pushing it out from behind.
  2. Use a screwdriver to undo the 4 screws on the back of the watch face
  3. User a flat head screwdriver to remove the back panel of the watch
  4. Insert a new CR1632 Battery making note of the correct way. Flat side facing outwards
  5. Check the rubber seal on the back of the watchface
  6. Replace the back panel of the watch
  7. Using a screwdriver tighten the 4 screws
  8. Push the watch face back into the silicone band

How To Pair the Garmin Vivofit Jr. To A Smartphone

The garmin connect app support iphone and android smartphones. Connecting your smartphone to your Vivofit Jr. is easy.

  1. Parents need to signup with a garmin connect account
  2. Install the vívofit jr. app from the app or play store
  3. Login to the app using your garmin account you created in step 1.
  4. Follow in the in app instructions
  5. On your vivofit Jr Device hold the button until you get the wifi icon.

Replacement Options

If your device is out of warranty you can pick up a new Garmin Vivofit Jr, or you could consider the newer Garmin Vivofit Jr 2!

Other Problems

I enjoy technology and helping people so if you have a different problem please contact me and I will do what I can to help. I will update this article if I find any further common problems.

8 thoughts on “Garmin Vivofit Jr. Common Problems”

  1. My sons played with his Vivofit jr and pressed the middle button and some how it has wiped everything except for showing the steps and active minutes on the screen.
    I’ve reset it, I’ve unpaired it, ive emailed Garmin with no response.
    When I hold the middle button down it shows the wifi signal but won’t stay on it long enough for the vivifit to pair.

    • I would try hard reset again and restart the phone you are pairing with. Also worth trying a new battery. Not seen this before please let me know the results

  2. Somehow my daughter’s profile has a WiFi symbol next to her picture but my son’s does not. Do you know what this symbol means & why one is showing it but the other isn’t? Thanks!

  3. Hi, I am trying to factory reset my daughter’s vivofit jr in order to sell it, however, everytime I hold down the devise button for more than a 10 seconds it shows the WiFi symbol and then a triangle before going back to the WiFi symbol. It is a new battery. Do you have any suggestions on how to reset the watch to erase all the data? Many thanks

  4. My sons Vivofit jr. 2 just stays on the time and name screen and will not cycle through the steps, calendar and amount of activity screens? We’ve replaced the battery, updated and resynced the watch to the app, and reset the watch many times with no luck?

  5. I could not get Vivofit Jr 2 to sync with my phone (Android) after battery replacement. What worked for me was unpairing / forgetting the device from the phone’s Bluetooth menu and then pairing again through the Garmin Jr app.


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