HeartWatch Settings is the control centre behind the app. Like any good control centre, there are a number of items that are good to know to ensure your HeartWatch app is in tip top shape, such as setting up themes, exporting your data and configuring your goals.

Opening Settings

A little Settings cog can be seen in the top right corner on the HeartWatch when you are on the main screen. Tap this to open Settings.

Once in Settings, you will see a list of options that assist with the smooth running of your HeartWatch app. Each item will be explained below.

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Tips & Help

This links you to all the great resources we have setup to help you make the most of HeartWatch, including the content you are currently reading. We are constantly updating the Tips & Help site to keep to keep you in the loop all the time.

Support, Love & Feedback

We have so many great users on HeartWatch and love hearing from you all. We also realise that technology is sometimes a tricky business and things don't go to plan, so feel free to drop a message to our support if you get stuck. We have been in this business for some time now and have seen most things over the years!


Like a change of clothes, HeartWatch gives you the ability to update your theme with a choice of black, white or automatic. Its really your preference on what you prefer, or take our lead and change back and forth whenever you feel like a change. Automatic will replicate whichever display mode you are using in iOS13.

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Tip - if you do spend more time looking at HeartWatch under direct sunlight, the white theme does help with iPhone visibility

HeartWatch Tiles

By default on the Today view, all tiles will appear for Wellness and Activity except for Blood Pressure PM. However this setting allows you to customise which tiles you would like to show on the Today page. So let's say you did not have a need for seeing Body Temperature, you can open this setting and toggle off the Body Temperature tile. Note that all dashboards will still be available.


HeartWatch will automatically setup your heart rate zones based on your age which is input in your iPhone. However, you can still update any zones if you prefer. The maximum heart rate is particularly important, as this is used with a lot of the heart rate tracking. We use the method in this link to estimate maximum heart rate.


You can set the number of hours of sleep you ideally require per night to feel well rested. This is used as part of your Sleep and Recharge tiles in the Wellness section of the app. If you like 7 and a half hours per night, enter 7.5 in the sleep setting


If you wear your Apple Watch to bed you can ignore this setting, but HeartWatch also allows users not wearing their Watch to bed to try and measure a Waking pulse once the Watch is put on. You can elect an hour for the Watch to take a pulse reading, so if you normally wakeup at 6am, you may like to input '4' which means the first reading after 4am will be used as your waking pulse. You can also disable this completely by toggling off the 'show waking' option.

Units of Measure

HeartWatch will apply default measure units when you first install the app, but feel free to change to miles instead of kms, use lbs instead of kgs, or use KJ instead of calories. This will apply across all metrics used in the app.

Set Your Goals

This is particularly important for the Activity part of the app. This is where you can setup smart goals based on your habits and trends where HeartWatch will guide you to improve each day, even providing daily forecasts and alerts! You can set goals for move, steps and distance. Refer to the Activity section for more information on this.


A very handy reminder in HeartWatch allows a notification to be sent to you daily to review your HeartWatch information. This is recommended at the end of the day when you may have time to reflect and inspect your data before going to bed.

*Note - Watch alerts and notifications on low or high heart rates are setup in the Watch app. Refer to Watch Use for more information

Advanced Settings

We wanted to make HeartWatch as flexible as possible, so as the name suggests, this opens some options for users to perform more advanced tasks.

Enable cooldown window

Your heart rate generally gies higher when working out, so as not to skew all your other heart rate readings and averages during the day, this option sets HeartWatch to ignore the readings for 10mins after you stop the workout.

Enable samples

If you use an external heart rate monitor, like a heart rate chest strap, you can enable a different sample rate of 5 seconds, 15 seconds or 1 minute compared to all readings.

Bar chart

When looking at some graphs in HeartWatch, such as your heart rate chart after completing a workout, the default will show a line chart. Use this option to change the view to a bar chart.

Auto recovery

Provided you are on WatchOS4 or greater, this will automatically take a recovery estimate if the first reading is greater than the above % of your maximum heart rate (this % is setup in the field directly below). This option is particularly handy for workouts where you would like HeartWatch to automatically take your 2min recovery in the background. Remember to try stay still after workouts if this is on to ensure a good measurement.

If > % max bpm

Linked to the above auto recovery option if enabled

Rebuild history

With so many different users changing iPhones, software versions and Watches, we recognise that sometimes users may need a manual rebuild history option just for safe keeping. This setting asks HeartWatch to go into your HealthKit data and run the import/rebuild process again for the past 12 months.

Note - the rebuild history process takes about 3mins and we require your iPhone to remain unlocked, its also performed when you install HeartWatch for the very first time. The time is due to HeartWatch having to compile 12 months of your data, its a lot! So please be patient, its generally a one-off exercise and worth the wait, as things fly from here on in. Short pain - long term gain.

Rebuild activity

HeartWatch keeps a cache of your activity data on your iPhone so it can run super fast when loading. As with the above rebuild history, this allows a manual rebuild of that cache just for your activities. This is generally a very quick process.

Restore Notes

If you ever need to restore your Daily Journal notes, then this option will do that for you.

Device Settings

HeartWatch requires device permissions in order to function correctly.

*Note - health permissions are found in Settings / Privacy / Health / HeatWatch. We recommend all categories be turned on to get the most from your Apple Watch and HeartWatch app


Up to 4 different export options are available to cater for different needs. All exports are produced as a CSV file, which can easily be opened with a program like Excel.

Summary & Workouts Export

An amazing export of your data to a csv file type. Users can input a date range and the export will summarise and extract all your key data, such as sleep, steps, distance, HR low/high, waking pulse, it even adds any notes and journal entries! All easily viewed in a line by day view. A very handy feature for those users who also like to work more closely with their data in other tools.

Detail Exports

Similar to the above but this is focused on additional information, providing a deeper detail in your heart rate for workouts or just a specific day. The Detail export with the heart icon is focused on an extract of your daily heart rate measurements. The Detail view with the green person icon, is focused on a detailed extract of your heart during a workout for that day. It will also combine multiple workouts for the same day in the one export.

Using Exports

A step by step process is detailed below for using the Exports.

1. Go into Settings (little cog top right on the Today view)

2. Under the Export menu, select Summary or Workouts depending on the data your looking to extract

3. Select a date range for the export by tapping the available date fields. By default the last month will pre-fill. The maximum time period available for export is one years worth of data from todays date

4. If you would like to include any recorded HeartWatch Notes, tap on the notes toggle

5. Tap on the Export button at the bottom of the screen to produce the comma separated values (csv) file

6. Once the csv file is produced, you will some options for transferring the file. See below I can use AirDrop to send directly to Mac, I can email the csv or save the file to my iPhone. Your options will depend of course on your iPhone setup and iOS version available

7. Locate the transferred file and the csv export will open in your compatible software, such as MS Excel. You will see one row per day, as viewed in the below sample. The column names are abbreviated but self-explanatory, eg. "Sleep-lo-bpm" is the lowest beats per minute you recorded while sleeping.

As some measures may be recorded multiple times in a day, some rules are enforced for the following:

  • HRV - it uses the best resting reading
  • Blood Pressure - it uses the best reading for AM or PM
  • Temperature - it uses the latest reading

As always, any questions feel free to contact us

Exports Video

Try the following video which shows the basics for using the Summary & Workout Exports on the iPhone:


HeartWatch wasn't built in a day! Its a big piece of work under the rig so we like to show some love for all those great people who helped us out.

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