Using Settings

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HeartWatch Settings is the control centre behind the app. Like any good control centre, there are a number of items that are good to know to ensure your HeartWatch app is in tip top shape, such as setting up themes, exporting your data and configuring your goals.

Opening Settings

A little Settings cog can be seen in the top right corner on the HeartWatch when you are on the main screen. Tap this to open Settings.

Once in Settings, you will see a list of options that assist with the smooth running of your HeartWatch app. Each item will be explained below.

Tips & Help

Quick Start Guide - new to HeartWatch or just want a good recap to make sure you understand some of the basics, then this is the place to start. It also contains some helpful tips for making sure your Apple Watch is best setup to help with alerts and notifications.

User Guide - an index with links to all the different parts of HeartWatch. The User Guide is like the table of contents to easily access all the information. Once you have finished the Quick Start Guide, we recommend the User Guide for future reference.

Tips & Help - this directs you to our Frequently Asked Questions page, which is full of commonly asked questions and answers

Whats New? - lists any new features and fixes for new HeartWatch releases

Support, Love & Feedback

We have so many great users on HeartWatch and love hearing from you all. We also realise that technology is sometimes a tricky business and things don't go to plan, so feel free to drop a message to our support if you get stuck. We have been in this business for some time now and have seen most things over the years!

This lets you Contact Us, share HeartWatch with others, rate us on the app store and contains a link to our privacy policy.


Like a change of clothes, HeartWatch gives you the ability to update your theme with a choice of black, white or automatic. Its really your preference on what you prefer, or take our lead and change back and forth whenever you feel like a change. Automatic will replicate whichever display mode you are using in iOS13.

Tip - if you do spend more time looking at HeartWatch under direct sunlight, the white theme does help with iPhone visibility

HeartWatch Tiles

By default on the Today view, all tiles will appear for Wellness and Activity except for Blood Pressure PM. However this setting allows you to customise which tiles you would like to show on the Today page. So let's say you did not have a need for seeing Body Temperature, you can open this setting and toggle off the Body Temperature tile. Note that all dashboards will still be available.


HeartWatch will automatically setup your heart rate zones based on your age which is input in your iPhone. However, you can still update any zones if you prefer. The maximum heart rate is particularly important, as this is used with a lot of the heart rate tracking. We use the method in this link to estimate maximum heart rate.

If you wish to set custom zones for Workouts only, update the zones under the Workouts% section.


You can set the number of hours of sleep you ideally require per night to feel well rested. This is used as part of your Sleep and Recharge tiles in the Wellness section of the app. If you like 7 and a half hours per night, enter 7.5 in the sleep setting


If you wear your Apple Watch to bed you can ignore this setting, but HeartWatch also allows users not wearing their Watch to bed to try and measure a Waking pulse once the Watch is put on. You can elect an hour for the Watch to take a pulse reading, so if you normally wakeup at 6am, you may like to input '4' which means the first reading after 4am will be used as your waking pulse. You can also disable this completely by toggling off the 'show waking' option.

Units of Measure

HeartWatch will apply default measure units when you first install the app, but feel free to change to miles instead of kms, use lbs instead of kgs, stone instead of kg or use KJ instead of calories. This will apply across all metrics used in the app.

Set Your Goals

This is particularly important for the Activity part of the app. This is where you can setup smart goals based on your habits and trends where HeartWatch will guide you to improve each day, even providing daily forecasts and alerts! You can set goals for move, steps and distance. Refer to the Activity section for more information on this.


A very handy reminder in HeartWatch allows a notification to be sent to you daily to review your HeartWatch information. This is recommended at the end of the day when you may have time to reflect and inspect your data before going to bed.

*Note - Watch alerts and notifications on low or high heart rates are setup in the Watch app. Refer to Watch Use for more information

Advanced Settings

We wanted to make HeartWatch as flexible as possible, so as the name suggests, this opens some options for users to perform more advanced tasks.

Enable cooldown window

Your heart rate generally gies higher when working out, so as not to skew all your other heart rate readings and averages during the day, this option sets HeartWatch to ignore the readings for 10mins after you stop the workout.

Enable samples

If you use an external heart rate monitor, like a heart rate chest strap, you can enable a different sample rate of 5 seconds, 15 seconds or 1 minute compared to all readings.

Bar chart

When looking at some graphs in HeartWatch, such as your heart rate chart after completing a workout, the default will show a line chart. Use this option to change the view to a bar chart.

Auto recovery

Provided you are on WatchOS4 or greater, this will automatically take a recovery estimate if the first reading is greater than the above % of your maximum heart rate (this % is setup in the field directly below). This option is particularly handy for workouts where you would like HeartWatch to automatically take your 2min recovery in the background. Remember to try stay still after workouts if this is on to ensure a good measurement.

If > % max bpm

Linked to the above auto recovery option if enabled

Rebuild history

With so many different users changing iPhones, software versions and Watches, we recognise that sometimes users may need a manual rebuild history option just for safe keeping. This setting asks HeartWatch to go into your HealthKit data and run the import/rebuild process again for the past 12 months.

Note - the rebuild history process takes about 3mins and we require your iPhone to remain unlocked, its also performed when you install HeartWatch for the very first time. The time is due to HeartWatch having to compile 12 months of your data, its a lot! So please be patient, its generally a one-off exercise and worth the wait, as things fly from here on in. Short pain - long term gain.

Rebuild activity

HeartWatch keeps a cache of your activity data on your iPhone so it can run super fast when loading. As with the above rebuild history, this allows a manual rebuild of that cache just for your activities. This is generally a very quick process.

Restore Notes

If you ever need to restore your Daily Journal notes, then this option will do that for you.

Device Settings

HeartWatch requires device permissions in order to function correctly.

*Note - health permissions are found in Settings / Privacy / Health / HeatWatch. We recommend all categories be turned on to get the most from your Apple Watch and HeartWatch app


Refer to the Exports page for detailed information on exporting your data from HeartWatch, as we understand that providing options to export your health data is critical for any serious health app.


HeartWatch wasn't built in a day! Its a big piece of work under the rig so we like to show some love for all those great people who helped us out.

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