What's New in HeartWatch 3.1?
First of all, a huge thanks to all of our HeartWatch customers! You are awesome. We love getting feedback, and have addressed some of the more popular requests in this update. If your request didn't make this update, don't worry, it's on the list and there'll be another one very soon with more improvements. As always, please email us to let us to let us know what you'd like to see and if you need any help.
NOTE: If you are reading this in the HeartWatch app and want to read these tips on a larger screen and use the app at the same time, you can press the share button on the bottom tool bar. If it appears hidden, then scroll up and it will re-appear.
This will let you AirDrop, message, email the link to one of your other devices.
There's a new complication for the modular face.
This shows your last heart rate reading with an indicator as to whether is was lower or higher than the previous one. It also shows the average, minimum and maximum heart rates in regular time for the current day.
Launching HeartWatch from the complication is now much faster and it now goes directly to the last HeartWatch face that you selected. For example, if you were previously viewing the "Pulse" face, then the complication will take you directly into this face.
We have re-engineered the Watch app for better performance. Instead of loading all HeartWatch faces when you select one from the menu, it only loads one at a time. This speeds things up by reducing how much memory is used and also lets you choose your default HeartWatch face when launching from the complication.
To choose the HeartWatch face, you now simply turn the crown. This displays the new Crown Navigator and lets you quickly select which face you want to use. You'll feel a bump as each icon is highlighted. Once you've made your selection, stay in that position for at least 0.5s and the new face will be set.
To get back to the main menu, turn the crown downwards until there are no highlighted icons.
You can also swipe from the centre of a HeartWatch face. Swipe your finger to the right to get back to the menu and up or down to cycle through the faces.
There's now more control over alerts. You can enable and disable the alerts in the HeartWatch iPhone app, by pressing the red settings cog in the top right corner and selecting "Notifications". We've added a new option for workouts. If you are using a workout app on the watch other than the inbuilt HeartWatch workout face, then the alerts will automatically switch to use this value as your high alert instead of the regular one.
There's also a new settings view available from the Watch app main menu. This lets you turn alerts on and off directly from the watch. It also lets you review your alert settings.
It's important to remember that alerts rely on background time granted by the Watch OS. This means that to get more frequent updates you need to have the HeartWatch complication on your Watch face and preferably also keep HeartWatch in your Dock. HeartWatch 3.1 has also improved reliability of alerts over the previous version.
These monitors record samples at one reading per second and measure your heart's electrical activity rather than measuring the result optically per your Apple Watch's inbuilt sensor. When your workout isn't rhythmic like walking and running, such as weights workouts or is very high intensity, the optical sensor will sometimes skip recording heart rate readings when it doesn't have complete confidence in the result. In these sort of cases, external monitors are not affected, and will continue to deliver constant readings.
There's a one time setup, then it is all automatic.
Firstly, in HeartWatch iPhone app:
Note: You can also set this to 1 minute samples. This is useful if you want to wear the external monitor for all day use or very long periods of exercise.
To connect the external monitor to your Apple Watch:
* If it doesn't appear, just exit the settings and go back in. It usually shows up the next time.
Now, in the future whenever you click the press studs into the chest strep your Apple Watch will use the external monitor in place of the inbuilt optical sensor.
The built in HeartWatch workout face will now update the workout gauge at one second intervals when the external HR monitor is connected.
There were many requests for a single heart rate badge for sleep tracking. HeartWatch now creates the badge for time in bed rather than multiple badges for each "Asleep" entry.
Some customers like to use multiple apps for tracking sleep. Previously, this could corrupt the sleep tracking in the HeartWatch app. Therefore, HeartWatch will now automatically choose a single app as the source for its sleep tracking data. It will first check for AutoSleep, then HeartWatch, then whichever app it finds first. For non HeartWatch sleep tracking it will display the name of the app that it is using in the Sleeping Heartbeat section.
If you don't wear your watch to bed, yet still want to see sleep recharge in the calendar and the sleep gauge in the dashboard, you can now do this by using the Apple Bedtime feature or by using our new AutoSleep companion app.
We've created a new companion app for fully automatic sleep tracking. It's entirely optional, and, for people that would rather continue to track sleep using the precision of a start and stop button, this option is still a part of HeartWatch.
We created this as a separate app as
a). It's seriously tricky stuff under the covers and, for technical reasons needed to be a separate app.
b). We wanted to keep things simple!
So, if you are interested in tracking sleep without needing to press any buttons at all and without having to load a new Watch app, read on.
You can learn all about AutoSleep here. There's really nothing else like it. We've done a huge amount of testing with lots of different people and the results have exceeded expectations. Best of all, for a limited time, it's currently 33% off normal price.
HeartWatch has full, automatic support for the AutoSleep app. Other than for initial setup, you don't even need to open the AutoSleep app to have it work with HeartWatch.
If you wear your Watch whilst sleeping and use AutoSleep (no buttons to press), the sleep recharge section has some changes.
Note, for the first week of use, the trailing week figures will be a mix and match until a full week of AutoSleep data is available.
The calendar recharge view and the dashboard sleep gauge will also automatically use AutoSleep data.
For people that don't wear their watch to bed, the good news is that AutoSleep is still able to track your time in bed and include this in the recharge and dashboard sections.
If you need to share your heart rate & vitals, activity or workout data with a family member or medical professional, or simply to analyse in more detail yourself, then there's a new add on export feature to HeartWatch. Best of all, this new add on feature is a free trial with unlimited use until Jan 31.
Export plugs into your Dashboard. To use it is a simple 1, 2, 3:
Depending on the gauge pressed, a different set of data is produced. Each will create an email with summary text, gauge representation and one or two spreadsheets containing the results.
When pressing the AVG. BPM gauge, data reported includes:
When pressing the Workout gauge, data reported includes: