On iOS, Google Fit can now take your heart rate

On iOS, Google Fit can now take your heart rate

Google Fit on iOS now allows you to take your heart rate, a feature that can come in handy in certain situations

Today, connected objects dedicated to monitoring physical activity and more generally health are so affordable and the offer is so varied that it is really difficult not to find any tracker or smartwatch that is not unable to take your heart rate.

That being said, if you don’t plan on purchasing such a device, don’t panic. There are indeed mobile applications that allow you to do this. This has recently been the case with Google Fit on iOS.

Google Fit on iOS now allows you to take your heart rate

Indeed, Google recently updated its Google Fit app for iOS. This is now able to measure the user’s heart rate, using the iPhone’s camera. All the user has to do is place their finger on the iPhone’s camera sensor and lightly press it. The application will then analyze very finely the color variations in the finger to calculate the heart rate.

A feature that can come in handy in certain situations

The entire process takes about 30 seconds, after which the result is displayed at the bottom of the screen. Google introduced this same feature some time ago in its Android app. It is therefore quite logical that it arrives on iPhone, and a little later insofar as Android belongs to the Mountain View firm.

That being said, this feature makes it possible to capture the heartbeat at any time, unlike a wearable, activity tracker or smartwatch, which can do this continuously.

Still, this feature can come in handy if you feel like something is wrong with your body. Google says, however, that the feature is by no means designed to serve as a diagnostic tool, but as said above, it could be handy if you feel bad. You can then take these results to your doctor for further examination.

Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.