Apple Watch heart rate history: how to check, track, more

The Apple Watch may be a great tool for health and fitness, but do you benefit from the useful data it records? Read on to see how you can view your Apple Watch heart rate history across a range of categories such as rest, walks, workouts and variation across days, months and years.

Even when you are not tracking a workout with the Apple Watch, it takes heart rate measurements in the background to measure your resting and walking heart rate. Apple describes how it works in a support document:

The Apple Watch measures your heart rate during the day when you are quiet, and at regular intervals when you walk (Apple Watch Series 1 or later). Because Apple Watch takes these background measurements based on your activity, the time between these measurements will vary. The Apple Watch also calculates a daily resting frequency and walking average by correlating background heart rate measurements with accelerometer data when adequate background measurements are available.

So with all your amazing heart rate data already stored, let’s look at how you can see it all. Whether you want to share it with your doctor or just want to see it for yourself, we start by looking at heart rate data on the Apple Watch and then look at how you can see even more heart rate data on the iPhone.

How to view your Apple Watch heart rate history

On the Apple Watch

  1. Go to the Heart Rate app on your Apple Watch to see daily data (heart icon app)
  2. You can see your current heart rate. Iron or roll down with Digital Crown
  3. Now you can see your resting frequency, walking average, training heart rate and heart rate recovery data (if you have trained recently)
How to view Apple Watch heart rate history - Apple Watch

On iPhone

If you check your heart rate history, which is recorded by Apple Watch on iPhone, you get the most data, here is where you can find them:

  1. open Health app on your iPhone
  2. Press Browse tab in the lower right corner then Heart
  3. On the main page you can see the different heart rate categories. Tap one to see your story
  4. At the top you can change the data window between hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly (H, D, W, M, Y)
  5. At the bottom you will see heart rate highlights and more information about each type of heart rate data

Further down in the main section Heart you can see more data such as Cardio Fitness, ECG results, blood pressure readings and notifications of low / high / irregular heart rate.

This is what all this looks like on the iPhone:


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