How to track heart rate on Apple Watch and set it up to warn you of an irregular heart rate or rhythm. The Apple Watch makes it easy to monitor heart rate right from the wrist.
You can track your heart rate on an Apple Watch using the Heart app. Your heart rate is automatically shown as a metric when you use the Training app. You can set up notifications for high heart rate, low heart rate, or irregular heart rhythm.
Apple Watches have a built-in heart rate monitor that measures your heart rate during the day and even more when you work out. The optical heart sensor uses green LED lights along with light-sensitive photodiodes to detect the amount of blood flowing through the wrist at any given time.
You can view heart rate information at any time on an Apple Watch, whether you are exercising or not. Here's how to do it.
For best results and the most accurate reading, make sure the back of the Apple Watch touches your skin. Apple recommends wearing the watch not too tight or loose and having room for the skin to breathe and for the sensors to work.
How to check heart rate on Apple Watch
You can instantly see your heart rate at any time by opening the Heart Rate app.
- Press the digital Crown and open theHeart Rate app, which looks like a heart on a red background.
- When starting the app, you can see the most recent heart rate reading, which should have been taken in the last 10 minutes.
- Wait for a new reading to be performed and displayed.
- Use the Digital Crown or your finger to scroll through three different heart rate values: your current heart rate, resting heart rate, and average while walking.
You can also quickly open the Heart Rate app by tapping the Heart Rate complication on any watch face where the complication is configured.
How to view heart rate data on Apple Watch
- Open theHealth app on your iPhone. Tap the tab Shop by Department.
- To touch Heart to view heart rate data for the last day, week, month, or year.
- Toccata Show more data on heart rate to view your heart rate range during a selected time period, resting rate, walking average, and more.
How to track heart rate on Apple Watch during a workout
When you start a workout on your Apple Watch via the Workout app, your current heart rate will be displayed along with other metrics such as calories burned, distance (if applicable), and how long you train.
To start a workout on Apple Watch:
- Touch theapp icon Training on your Apple Watch.
- Scroll through the list and select the type of activity that best suits your training. Touch to select a type of training.
- To end a workout, swipe right on the watch face and tap Fine (X).
To customize training metrics:
If you don't see your heart rate or want to further customize the metrics you see, follow these steps:
- Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Tap the The tab my watch.
- Scroll down to find theWorkout app. Touch Training, Then View workout.
- Tap the workout you want to edit, then tap Modification.
- Touch the sign "-" for the metrics you want to remove and the "+" sign for the metrics you want to add.
- When done, tap end.
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How to get heart rate notifications
You can turn on notifications for high heart rate, low heart rate, or irregular heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation). Here's how it's done:
- Open theSettings app on your Apple Watch. Scroll down and tap Heart.
- To turn on notifications for high heart rate, tap Heart rate notifications high. Set the heart rate threshold for the alert, choosing a value between 100 and 150 BPM. It is set to 120 by default.
- To turn on notifications for a low heart rate, tap Notifications for a heart rate low. Set the heart rate threshold for the alert, choosing a value between 40 and 50 BPM. It is set to 40 by default.
- To turn on notifications for an irregular heart rhythm similar to atrial fibrillation, tap Irregular rhythm notifications. Note that you must have watchOS 5.1.2 to use this feature.
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