Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 ECG Feature Launches in India

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Apple added an ECG app to the Apple Watch Series 4 last year, providing users in select territories the ability to measure the electrical activity of their heart. This ECG feature is now live for users in India as of the launch of watchOS 6 (via Business Today).

Regulatory clearance is required for the ECG feature, so it's only launched so far in the United States, Hong Kong, Canada, Singapore, and most countries in Europe, including the United Kingdom.


The feature is said to already be live for users in India today if they own the Apple Watch Series 4 and upgrade to watchOS 6. It will also be available for Indian users who purchase the Apple Watch Series 5, available in the country from September 27.

ECGs are captured by holding a finger on the Digital Crown of the Apple Watch, which will detect a sinus rhythm (normal), an abnormal result, or, sometimes, test results will be inconclusive.

The idea is that you can take this information to your doctor, if the results are abnormal, and use it as a basis to discover if you have any larger issues at hand. In total, it takes about 30 seconds for the Apple Watch's ECG functionality to complete.

Article Link: Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 ECG Feature Launches in India
 

Mactendo

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Anyone knows if there any way to enable ECG in unsupported countries? How does Apple Watch detects if it should be enabled? Changing region in settings doesn’t help, it seems.
 

Lionel Messi

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Anyone knows if there any way to enable ECG in unsupported countries? How does Apple Watch detects if it should be enabled? Changing region in settings doesn’t help, it seems.
It's device locked. Each country has its unique manufacturing code and so it is locked for all devices in that unsupported country no matter the connection location.
 

Mactendo

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It's device locked. Each country has its unique manufacturing code and so it is locked for all devices in that unsupported country no matter the connection location.
Can you elaborate on that a bit more? Where’s this code is stored? What happens if someone buys a Watch in one country but activates in another? What country will it be ‘tied’ to?
 

Lionel Messi

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Can you elaborate on that a bit more? Where’s this code is stored? What happens if someone buys a Watch in one country but activates in another? What country will it be ‘tied’ to?
See here. Tied to the country you bought the watch from. Import from US or ECG-supported country is the only solution if you really want to use ECG but if you're getting cellular, make sure the cellular bands are supported in your country.
 
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That's up to India's govt and banking industry.... You can bet Apple has been trying to be in there for years with Apple Pay.
I don't understand what is stopping Apple. Every major international company has their wallet/payment system launched here years ago.
 

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Per previous threads here on MR, in addition to buying a Watch from a supported region (identified by the serial #) it also has to be paired in a supported region (geographical).

If you're in an unsupported region, you can buy a Watch from a supported region and pair it in a supported region, then it will work anywhere. If you unpair it and re-pair it in an unsupported region, ECG will be absent.