How to Use and Personalize Your Apple Watch

How to Check Your Heart Rate on Your Apple Watch

Apple Watch Series 3 combined with the watchOS 4 update turns Apple's smartwatch into a more powerful fitness tracker. You can do more than just count steps and calories — the watch can detect elevation changes to measure stairs climbed and has a slew of built-in workouts for accurate exercise-tracking.

But where the device really shines is its heart rate sensor, and in watchOS 4, the watch can actually send you an alert when your heart rate is dangerously elevated and you’re not working out. Here’s how to access the heart rate app’s new features without hunting them down.—Caitlin McGarry

1. Open the Heart Rate app, an icon with a red heart inside a grey circle, on your watch face.

2. Press the side button to open your Dock.

3. Tap the option to Keep in Dock at the bottom of the heart rate app screen.

You can view your current, resting and walking heart rates in the app, and see historical graphs of that data that will help you detect trends over time.

To see your heart rate even more quickly, select a watch face that has a heart rate complication.

1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone and select Face Gallery.

2. Tap on Featured Complications, then scroll down to Heart Rate to see every watch face that offers heart rate as a complication option.

3. Pick a complication, then tap Add at the top right to add it to your gallery.

4. Go back to My Watch, and at the top under My Faces, pick the watch face you just added. Then you’ll have your heart rate on your watch display at all times.

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  • USteele
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  • Nunya2
    WAAAAAYYYY too many taps and defeats the whole purpose of the watch.

    Instead, rotate the Apple Watch up to activate it and use Siri and say:

    "Hey Siri. Send a text message to John Doe that says see how easy this is exclamation point you don't even have to touch the Apple Watch period cool comma huh question mark."

    Siri will launch the Message app, create a text to John Doe that reads "See how easy this is! You don't even have to touch the Apple Watch. Cool, huh?" The message will stay on the screen for about 30 seconds with the option to cancel. After that time, if you haven't canceled, the text message is sent.

    THAT'S the power of the Apple Watch!
  • angelsaysno
    THANK YOU this was very helpful!