Google Fit now allows you to measure your heart rate using your iPhone’s camera
Earlier this year, Google introduced the ability to measure your respiratory and heart rates on some Android phones. The feature allows users to take advantage of their phone’s cameras to make the measurements — without needing a smartwatch. These very welcome additions have finally made it to the Google Fit app on iOS. iPhone users can now measure their respiratory and heart rates without needing an Apple Watch.
As per a 9to5Google report, Google has rolled out these new features to iPhone users. On the main Home tab of the Fit app, you will find two new buttons to initiate either of the processes. The company warns you, though, that you shouldn’t use these readings for medical purposes. If you believe you might have a heart condition, you must consult a medical doctor immediately.
To measure your heart rate, the app prompts you to place your finger on the rear camera of your iPhone and apply some pressure. You must sit in a well-lit area for more accurate readings. Alternatively, you can use the flashlight toggle included on that screen. The process takes about half a minute, and you should remain still during it. It’s worth noting that this feature works even if you’re offline.
For a respiratory rate measurement, the Google Fit app asks you to place your phone on a stable surface and sit in front of it. It will then use your front camera to detect movements of your face and chest. You must remain still and breathe as you would normally do for a more accurate result.
Both of these features can be used if your app is up to date. If you don’t see the new buttons in the Home section, try force quitting the app. If you still don’t see them, you could try reinstalling the Google Fit app. It’s available for free on the App Store, and it supports Apple’s HealthKit to sync data between the two services.
Do you track your respiratory and/or heart rates? Let us know in the comments section below.