Extending a Dexcom G6 Sensor

*If you have a NEW Dexcom G6 transmitter, follow these directions. The “old” way below will not work for transmitters with serial number 81****.

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.

Second, this method will not deliver blood glucose readings during the restart and warm-up period.  You do not need to worry about the sensor expiring before you start the process (other methods require this).

Here’s how I restart my sensors (using the Dexcom app with an iPhone):

  1. Let your sensor expire. 
  2. Start a new sensor session and chose “no code”. You do not need to remove the transmitter.
  3. Let the warm-up session start and run for about 15 minutes. I set a timer on my phone.
  4. After 15 minutes, STOP sensor. It will warn that you cannot start a stopped sensor, but this is not true. 
  5. Start another 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.)
  6. The sensor will warm-up for two hours and start giving readings after

That’s it. Literally. It’s super easy. 

Have you used another method to restart your G6? I’d love to hear how. There are lots of ways to do it, but I’ve found this to be the easiest.

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  1. I’m trying this today w T slim pump. Almost had this one year. Dex com sends me new sensors for any problems I have with insert. Waiting for new sensors.
    So I used same code and it stopped. So now I am using skip code I do hope this works.

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    1. Extending the G6 sensor seems to have stopped for me as well using the above method.
      I would love to hear of methods that are working currently
      to extend the G6.
      COMMUNITY PLEASE SHARE ANY METHODS

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      1. I am not using my I phone and restarted my g6 using the Dexcom receiver. I am wondering if the receiver is more forgiving that cell phones for restarting. So far it is working. I am new to the g 6. On my second sensor. I changed the first one after 10 days. The one in now Is # 2, second use. Does anyone find the first 24hrs aren’t very accurate?

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      2. The first day is usually really jumpy for most people. Inserting the sensor 12+ hours before starting it can help, referred to as “soaking”. You just have to be careful not to get the sensor wet if the transmitter isn’t attached.

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      3. I have tried on three different sensors to use this method to extend the sensor life with failed attempts. When I start the session using the code of the original sensor after restarting the session the warmup runs for about fifteen mins. and then says the old sensor can’t be restarted. Am I doing something wrong?

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  2. What do you use to keep the sensor on for the extended period? Mine barely last me the 10 days without added”tape” to keep it in place. I use overlay patches directly from Dexcom and they help me keep them on for the 10 days. I don’t think they would last much longer than that though. Any suggestions?

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    1. I always apply skintac first, then the sensor. When the sensor patch starts to peel away I apply a Skin Grip patch! They work so well for me! Usually have to replace the skin grip patch after 5/7 days. I’ve been getting up to 28 days out of my G5 sensor following this (I don’t have sensitive skin) and I work out daily and shower twice a day. Fingers crossed it’s the same with the G6, getting a starter kit this week.

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    2. I solved this problem by putting it in a non-approved location that reduces the friction on the sticky stuff. I install the sensor bed on my breast, well inside the cup, but not close to the nipple. I set it up so that it points “in” so that the pressure from bringing my bra strap up to my shoulder pushes it in and down, not out. Then I just use a fragrance free moisturizer around it when the skin starts itching at about 8 to 10 days, so I don’t scratch. Putting it in your “breast pocket” works really well. No extra adhesive needed, and no tape overs or medical shield covers either. The readings are just as accurate, and I don’t even have to think about not bumping it on anything, because I automatically and subconsciously protect my ‘girls’ whenever I navigate through a small space. After a sensor reset at 20 days, switch breasts to give the skin on the other one time to breathe and recover.

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  3. We’ve had difficulty restarting for the past couple of months. Has Dex upgraded and installed some bug that is catching restarts?

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    1. I just attempted to restart mine tonight and mine failed as well. I tried 4 different times. And kept getting start a new sensor. So I’m now down to 1 more to last me till August

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  4. Sorry for all the messages so I wanted to update. After deleting dexcom off Bluetooth and uninstalling dexcom app and re-installing it I have successfully restarted my expired sensor. So good to know what to do when I get my next box of sensors.

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    1. What’s the exact steps you took? Do you wait until your current sensor expires or before hand? Has this worked a few times now?

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      1. restarted yet another G6 sensor today using my Samsung Galaxy S8 and my x2 Tandem pump. The same instructions should work with an iphone.

        I still find it perplexing that so many people keep having issues doing this.

        In this post I will attempt to simplify the directions in an effort to help more people who are struggling.

        1. Phone and pump alarmed for 6 hours left on the sensor.

        2. Go to the picture folder I keep on my phone for the current sensor code or wherever you have yours written down.

        3. Turn phone side ways/landscape view of the graph to wait for a brand new b.g. reading. If you hold finger on current dot/bg reading it will tell you the time it received the reading.

        4. Wait one minute.

        5. Press stop sensor on phone ONLY! Do not do anything to the x2 pump. It will just join the new session all on its own.

        6. Still on your phone press new sensor, enter code, press start.

        7. Watch for blue circle start up graph to appear then quickly shut off blue tooth and leave it OFF. You MUST do this in the time frame between when your transmitter is NOT giving data to your phone and pump.  If you mess this up the sensor session on your pump will stop because your phone app told the transmitter you hit stop sensor, the transmitter talks to the phone and pump which it what keeps your phone app and pump or receiver synced. So move through these steps quickly!  Then go into settings and be sure it shows your insertion time.  If it doesn’t show anything you shut your blue tooth off too quickly.  Turn it back on and wait for the blue circle for the countdown to show up again.  Then check settings and see if it now shows insertion time.  Then shut blue tooth off again.  Be sure to keep doing these steps as quickly as you can. 

        8. Set timer on phone for 2 hrs 10 mins.

        9. Enjoy still seeing your blood sugars on your x2 pump or Dexcom receiver if you do not use the x2 pump.

        10. Timer goes off on your phone.  Take the x2 pump off and out of range before you turn b.t. back on.

        11. Turn on blue tooth on your phone.

        12. Open Dexcom app.  Watch phone say it has lost signal, then go to 5 min remaining and thennnnn…..

        13. Your bg readings reappear on your Dexcom app and it should say set up complete.

        14. Go get pump that you placed out of range and put it back on. Pump will join new session and aligns with what your phone says for the current sensor session. In cgm history it will say session joined.

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  5. OK so my g6 expires today and I decided to end it before the expiration. I followed the steps you provided to extend it and I got an error message that said you can only use one sensor per session you need to replace the current sensor. Is this normal and what do you do?

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