Activity + Heart sensor not working as expected

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  1. daveak macrumors regular

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    So my heart rate has been getting taken all morning and walking around the house has been appearing in activity. I go for a quick 30 minutes bike ride and what happens? It doesn't monitor my heart rate at all, nor count the ride as activity. I did kick off Runkeeper from the watch so don't know if that had anything to do with it. Anyone experienced anything similar?
     
  2. MrLoL macrumors 6502

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    Well it takes heartrate every 10 minutes, if you want constant heartrate check, use Workout app.
     
  3. jsmith189 macrumors 65816

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    Yep. I walked for an hour today and it only registered seven minutes as exercise. I thought maybe since I was just sort of slumping around and not "briskly" walking that it wasn't counting as exercise, someone else suggested maybe it wasn't tight enough and wasn't registering my HR properly.

    Not sure. I'll be monitoring it for a few days.
     
  4. daveak thread starter macrumors regular

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    So it should have recorded it 3 times over my ride, but nothing at all was.
     
  5. Colonel Badger macrumors 6502

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    My understanding is that unless you select a workout activity (such as outside running etc.) the heart rate is only sampled every 10min. You need an activity to get realtime readings.
     
  6. jsmith189 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I used the "outside walk" activity on the Workout app. That's why I was confused.
     
  7. daveak thread starter macrumors regular

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    I had considered the tightness, but I hadn't changed that at all. I have a sport band due next week so I'm currently using the Milanese strap which is nice and secure around my wrist so I'm not sure if that is the answer.
     
  8. cai4651 macrumors newbie

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    But the activity tracker should monitor your ride or am i wrong?
    I mean not the workout app, the activity one

    It should keep track of all your moves..or i miss something? hehe

    PD: Sorry my english...i am from Argentina. :)
     
  9. daveak thread starter macrumors regular

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    I expected so yes, but it is only showing 3 minutes rather than the 30 (or 33 more accurately)
     
  10. Stayfly2407 macrumors 6502

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    Try enabling the HR monitor and workout apps on your iPhones Health app. The data will be transferred there & it's easier to read. You do have to turn the switch on though within that iphone app if u haven't already, see if it shows up there.
     
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  12. daveak thread starter macrumors regular

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    Was already enabled.
     
  13. jsmith189 macrumors 65816

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    I just checked through "all recorded data" on the Health app and it was taking my heart rate 12 times a minute for the whole walk. So I'm confused.
     
  14. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    Call Apple? I think they're going to know. Not people on the forums here with a June ship date of their apple watch because Apple made 40 of them.

     
  15. mrl72 macrumors regular

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    I wonder if since you didn't tell the watch you were cycling, the activity uses the pedometer not the heart rate monitor, in which case it wouldn't have picked up anything.

    If that's the case seems like an oversight to me.
     
  16. daveak thread starter macrumors regular

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    That could very well be the case for the lack of exercise activity appearing. Would be nice if other apps could pass this data on, especially as the activity does appear in the Health app on the phone. Doesn't quite explain the lack of 3 expected heart rate readings though. Is the monitor turned off when third party apps are open perhaps?
     
  17. jsmith189 macrumors 65816

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    On your phone open Health > Health Data > All > Heart Rate > Show All Data. Check around the time you were exercising how often it was pulling it.
     
  18. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    AFAIK, Third party Watch app can't use Heart Rate Monitor.
     
  19. daveak thread starter macrumors regular

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    It didn't.

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    I expect that, however the watch itself should be able to keep the normal 10 minute check going shouldn't it?

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    The answer to that is no, at least not with Twitter

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    Oh and before someone asks, my iPhone was with me attached to the bike via a quadlock.
     
  20. peteo macrumors regular

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    In the wsj review Joanna stern said that she could not get an accurate heart rate most of the time with the Milanese loop, but with the sports band it was very accurate
     
  21. mrl72 macrumors regular

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    Sounds to me like a combination of using the pedometer for activity tracking rather than it being intelligent enough to know your elevated heartbeat during your bike ride, and the strap not being tight enough. Only thing I can think of that would cause the readings not to show up.
     
  22. activeuk macrumors member

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    Any one have the problem of it reading low heart rate of 40 to 50
     
  23. macguy360 macrumors 6502a

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    You have to wear the watch upside down to register heart rate. The actual watch has to be against your vein on the bottom side of your wrist.
     
  24. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    That is so not true. Think you just made that up.
     
  25. activeuk macrumors member

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    no still no good show's low heart rate you should not have to wear upside down any way!
     

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