How to view your heart rate history on your Apple Watch

Apple Watch can be an incredible resource for health and fitness, are you viewing the useful heart rate data it records?

Even when you’re not tracking your exercises or workouts with your Apple Watch, it’s still recording your heart rate readings in the background to calculate resting, walking, and sleeping heart rates.

Here is what Apple says:

Apple Watch measures your heart rate throughout the day when you’re still, and periodically when you’re walking (Apple Watch Series 1 or later). Since Apple Watch takes these background readings based on your activity, the time between these measurements will vary. Apple Watch also calculates a daily resting rate and walking average by correlating background heart rate readings with accelerometer data when sufficient background readings are available.

So with heart rate data saved, let’s look at how to see view it. You can even share it with your doctor or just see it for yourself, we’ll start with checking your heart rate data on the Apple Watch, then look at even more detailed data on iPhone.

How to see view Apple Watch heart rate history

On Your Apple Watch

  1. Head to the Heart Rate app on your Apple Watch to see daily data (app with heart icon)
  2. You’ll see your current heart rate, swipe or scroll down with the Digital Crown
  3. Now you can see your resting rate, walking average, workout heart rate, and heart rate recovery data (if you’ve done a workout recently)
How to see view Apple Watch heart rate history

Heart rate history on Your iPhone

Checking your heart rate history captured by Apple Watch on iPhone gives you the most data, here’s where to find it:

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

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

Here’s how all this looks on iPhone:

How to see view Apple Watch heart rate history on your iPhone

In each of the heart rate categories, go between the H, D, W, M, 6M, Y at the top to see heart rate data over time. Using a 6-month, or yearly view it easy to see your longer trends.

If you swipe down from the main Heart screen in the Health app, you can see highlights at the bottom including ECG, blood pressure data, heart rate notifications, and Cardio Recovery numbers.