No connected watch? Google can check your heart rate on a phone


Keeping track of your heart rate is one of the best reasons to own a smartwatch. However, Google Fit is getting a new feature that will let you check your heart rate on iPhone without a smartwatch (it was already available on Android).

While not as fast and efficient as using a smartwatch or fitness tracker, Google Fit is a great alternative if you’re willing to wait a bit for your results. You can check your heart and breathing rate using your iPhone camera and Google Fit.

If you want to try and get your heart rate, you need to use the Google Fit app and lightly place your finger on your phone’s camera to get a heart rate reading. The app will take about 30 seconds to monitor “subtle changes in the color of your fingers” to estimate how fast your blood is pumping.

It’s not as useful as a watch or fitness accessory, which monitors your heart rate at all times and can alert you if something is wrong. It’s always beneficial if you feel something is wrong and want to check it out.

To check your breathing rate, you will use the front camera. The app will ask you to sit still for 30 seconds while monitoring your subtle chest movements to determine how many breaths per minute you are taking, which can be valuable health information.

The feature rolled out for Android in early 2021, but now iPhone users can have fun with health tracking with the latest Google Fit update.

As is always the case with these kinds of medical readings, Google says, “these results are not intended for medical purposes and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition.”

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