Have to take my Series 3 back. Damn tattoo

Retroglide08

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Had forgotten about the issues the sensor has with tattoos. Every time I raise my left wrist I have to input the unlock code. Can’t even contemplate using my right wrist.
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Relentless Power

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Had forgotten about the issues the sensor has with tattoos. Every time I raise my left wrist I have to input the unlock code. Can’t even contemplate using my right wrist.
Disappointed
That's the downside for those who have tattoos, is the sensors can't penetrate pass the ink for a heart rate reading and passcode options for unlocking.
 

Zxxv

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Had forgotten about the issues the sensor has with tattoos. Every time I raise my left wrist I have to input the unlock code. Can’t even contemplate using my right wrist.
Disappointed
Turn the passcode off. You dont have to have one. Just an option.
 
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Retroglide08

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I understand. Just seems a pain not having the HR monitor work too. I’ll see how I get on. Thanks
 

Peanut207

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Had forgotten about the issues the sensor has with tattoos. Every time I raise my left wrist I have to input the unlock code. Can’t even contemplate using my right wrist.
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Yea that sucks. The only option you have is to turn wrist detection off but with that you lose ability to use Apple Pay and the heart rate monitor doesn’t check periodically. You can always just check it manually if you want.

I have a tattoo also but fortunately it’s not affecting the watches sensors. I guess it’s hit or miss. If it was me I would just turn off wrist detection as losing Apple Pay and periodic hr check isn’t a deal breaker for me. The only thing you need to be careful of is taking it off without wrist detection enabled someone can have access to your watch.
 
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jhfenton

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I'm a left wrist watch wearer too--and I know you said you couldn't contemplate wearing it on your right wrist--but I'd give my right wrist a try in your situation. I bet that you'd get used to it in a few weeks.
 
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debsagos

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Nov 18, 2012
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I’m a right wrist wearer due to tattoo coverage......its just fine after the initial weirdness period.
 

mat_wood

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Oct 31, 2017
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Have disabled the Passcode and so far so good. Even the heart monitor seems to be working
How much usability are you having with the series 3? I mainly want one for heart rate stuff but have a solid black section where the watch would sit :/
 

HeadphoneAddict

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Sure, there’s quite a dense area of ink which I know doesn’t help.
If you go for a different strap (a loop strap like the new stretchy sport loop or milanese loop) then you might be able to wear the watch lower on the your arm (closer to hand) and get it to work.

Also, can you wear the watch "driver" style with it on the underside of your wrist?

And, you should try it on the right wrist if it's more free from tattoos, and see if 3-4 days of wearing it on the other side will let you get used to that. I did and now I can wear watches on either side no problem.