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How to check your heart rate and breathing with your Android phone



google fit heart rate and breathing icons
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Smartphones can be great tools for tracking health and fitness data. Google Fit on Android devices makes it easy to track not only your exercises, but also your heart and breathing rate, without the need for any special equipment.

All you need is the Google Fit app and an Android phone to use these features. They were first introduced on Google Pixel phones so they may not be available on every Android device right now.

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First, open the Google Fit app on your Android device and sign in with your Google account.

log into Google Fit

If this is your first time signing up, you will be asked to enter some information about yourself, including your gender, date of birth, weight and height. Tap “Next” when you’re done.

enter personal information

If you prefer, you can also enable automatic activity tracking, although it is not required.

track activities

With the initial setup out of the way, we can now use the heart rate and breathing features.

Check your heart rate with Google Fit

Open Google Fit and look for the “Check your heart rate” introduction card or the “Heart rate” card. If you don’t see either, the feature is not available on your Android device.

heart rate maps

The screen then explains that you are using the phone’s camera to measure your heart rate. Tap “Next” to continue.

tap next to to use the camera

On the next screen, you will be asked to place your finger on the primary rear camera lens. Tap “Next” again.

tap next to use finger

Since this uses the camera, you need to give Google Fit permission to take photos and record video. Give it permission to continue.

give camera permission

Now you can place your finger on the lens and tap ‘Start measurement’.

put your finger on the lens and measure

A viewfinder appears. You must position your finger so that it completely covers the camera. You can turn on your phone’s flashlight when you are in a dark room. Make sure to stay as still as possible during the measurement.

put your finger on the lens

Once that’s done you will see your results and can ‘Save Measurement’ to your account.

save measurement

Check your breathing with Google Fit

Open Google Fit and search for the “Track your respiration rate” introduction card or the “Respiration rate” card. If you don’t see either, the feature isn’t available on your Android phone or tablet.

monitor respiration rate

First, the screen will explain that it will use your camera to measure your breathing. Tap “Next” to continue.

tap next

The on-screen interface explains how to position yourself and instructs you to remove any items that are in the way. Tap “Next” again.

tap next again

When done, support your phone and select ‘Start Measurement’.

start the measurement

Since this uses the camera, you need to give Google Fit permission to take photos and record video. Give it permission to continue.

give camera permission

The viewfinder opens and you can move it into position. Once your head and chest have been detected, the measurement will start. Try to stay as still as possible.

Once the recording is complete, you will see your results and can ‘Save Measurement’.

save measurement


How accurate are these measurements? Google says they are not intended to be used for a medical diagnosis or to evaluate medical conditions. You will not get the same accuracy as with real medical equipment. Still, it’s neat for casual health and fitness tracking.




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