UPDATED: August 2020. I will update if this method no longer works for me. Dexcom often changes certain things to make methods no longer effective.
The Dexcom G6 CAN be restarted! There was a lot of hype when the G6 came out because Dexcom claimed that it was not able to be used beyond the initial 10 day wear. Thankfully, this is not true.
I want to mention a few things before sharing how I restart my sensors. Please do this at your own discretion. The G6 is FDA approved for 10 day wear only and it is possible that the sensor isn’t as accurate the longer you wear it. I extend my sensors at my own risk, and so should you. Additionally, I’ve extended mine successfully, but of course cannot guarantee that yours will.
Here’s how I restart my sensors (using the Dexcom app with an iPhone):
- Let your sensor expire, or plan ahead and end the session early.
- Use a test strip to pop the transmitter out of the sensor. Put the test strip between the shell of the sensor and the transmitter and work around the area that naturally bends when the sensor is removed.
- Wait about 20-30 minutes before reattaching the transmitter. Do not get the exposed sensor wet!
- After 20-30 minutes, reattach the transmitter.
- Start a new sensor and chose “with code”. (Choose this only if you have the code for the sensor you are wearing. Do not enter a code from another sensor or make one up. If you do not have the code, choose “no code”. You will need to calibrate with this option, but the sensor will still restart.)
- The sensor will warm-up for two hours and start giving readings again.
Have you used another method to restart your G6? I’d love to hear how.