It goes without saying that your heart rate data will be more insightful with some context behind it. HeartWatch Notes gives you the ability to record notes anytime during the day or night, tagging it with actual heart rate readings and displaying in a dedicated Notes feature.
Notes can be found at the bottom of the main Today view (see below). This will show all notes entered from the Watch or those entered directly into the iPhone using HeartWatch.
Entering New Notes
There are 2 main options for entering notes:
- Watch Notes - these are notes recorded with your Apple Watch using HeartWatch. You can speak notes, scribble the notes, or even use emojis. Its setup specially for easy Watch based note taking. Refer to Watch Use for entering notes from your Apple Watch
- Daily Journal - this is entered from your iPhone, using all the common features available in your iPhone
New Note - Daily Journal
A Daily Journal feature is available to capture any ad-hoc notes for any day on your iPhone. Simply select the day you wish to record the journal for and tap on the notepad icon in the top right corner, the Daily Journal will appear (see below). Feel free to record as many notes as you like during the day. You can edit the journal by tapping on the yellow notepad in the middle of the screen.
Tip - when in the Daily Journal, use the in-built time shortcut to stamp the time to the note. The microphone icon is also very handy for speaking notes into the phone. Remember to hit 'Save' to record your notes.
New Note - Using the Watch
Refer to the Watch Use section for instructions on recording notes using your Apple Watch. We highly recommend learning how to take notes and measurements from the Watch app, as seen in images below, you can press and hold from anywhere in the Watch app and easily record a note by speaking, scribbling text or using emojis. No need to grab your phone!
Notes List View
Once you have some notes starting to be recorded in HeartWatch, you can easily start to view them. From the main Today menu, tap on Notes to drill into a list view of all your previous notes in chronological order. A one line summary will display for each note, which can be tapped for more information or to edit.
The list view allows you too easily scroll through all your notes, as it will categorise notes with an icon to identify if it was taken during workouts, heart/pulse readings or journal entries (see below the different icons). You then tap a note to view more detail or edit, with extra links to follow to the actual record. For example, I can easily follow my workout note below on the 2 January all the way to the actual workout.
Notes Search & Filter
Within the list view is also the ability to search and filter the notes on key words. At the top simply type in the words to filter by and the list will filter to those matches. For example below, I like to see my heart rate whenever I do some key exercises, so I record the keyword "bench" on my Watch and now I can easily see all my bench notes.
Notes Graph View
For a detailed view of your notes during the day, they will also be shown in the Daily, Sedentary and Sleep views when looking at the graphs. See below the example where all notes are tagged with a box outline in the graph, with the text seen next to the actual time and heart rate reading.
Try the following video which shows the basics for using the Notes functionality on the iPhone: