If you're like me, you probably just got a new Apple Watch and are still trying to figure out all of its features. One thing that might be confusing is the green light that sometimes appears on the watch face.
If you've ever used an Apple Watch, you're probably familiar with the green light that appears on the watch face when it's charging. But what does that light mean, and how can you turn it off? This blog post will answer those questions and more. Keep reading to learn more!
You're out for a run and you see the green light on your Apple Watch screen. What does that mean? It means that your watch has detected that your heart rate is elevated, so it's sending you a notification to tell you to slow down. The green light can also mean that your watch is charging, or that it's in airplane mode. So whatever the reason for the green light, now you know what it means!
The rear green lights on your Apple Watch shine when it’s measuring how fast you're beating, or trying to find them at night. But don't worry! These Flashing LED's just mean that the watch has something important calculating so keep looking towards this screen for more information about what exactly is going down with those numbers."
Use of green light on Apple watch.
The Apple Watch has an optical heart sensor that measures your pulse. It shines green lights on to you and tracks how many times per second blood flows through each artery while illuminating the skin at this same time, detecting numbers from 60-100 BPM or beats per minute for adults normal resting rate is between those ranges but everyone’s unique so find out what's best suited just by feel!
When does my Apple Watch measure the heart rate?
- Your Apple Watch automatically measures your heart rate periodically when you are wearing it.
- During workouts like outdoor runs, dance, cycling, etc., your Apple Watch constantly measures the heart rate and shows it on screen.
- In addition to workouts, your Apple Watch also measures your heart rate during Breath and Reflect sessions.
- Finally, you can manually check your heart rate anytime by opening the Heart app on your Apple Watch.
Why you may want to turn off the Apple Watch heart rate and green light?
To be straightforward, if you’re an everyday Apple Watch user, there’s no need to turn it off. You bought an expensive wearable, and you must make full use of it.
Heart rate is a helpful (even life-saving) metric, and your Apple Watch measures it as long as you’re wearing it, during workouts, or when you check heart rate from the Heart app. It stores your heart rate data in the iPhone Health app > Browse > Heart > Heart Rate. This may be used by your doctor to know more about your overall health.
But there have been mixed accuracy reports of heart rate reading by Apple Watch. So, if you’re hesitant or don’t believe these readings and wish to rely on professional medical equipment in labs/doctor’s offices for heart rate, you can turn this feature off on Apple Watch.
The Apple Watch should flash green when you wear it. I have noticed that sometimes even though my watch is on a table or running workout sessions; there's still constant flashing from behind towards myself and if this upsets me then simply turn off (and back)the light outside of your wrist safely within yourself!
Turn off Apple Watch green light temporarily
Let it finish taking your heart rate: When your Apple Watch is measuring your heart rate, it constantly shines the green light. Just ignore it, and the green light will eventually turn off automatically.
End the workout: During a workout, swipe right on the Apple Watch screen and tap End. This will stop the ongoing workout and stop measuring your heart rate, which turns off the green light.
End Breath or Reflect session: Swipe right during Breath or Reflect session and tap End. This stops the session and turns off heart rate, disabling the green light.
How to permanently turn off the green light on Apple Watch
- Press the Digital Crown to see all your apps and tap Settings.
- Scroll down and tap Privacy.
- Tap Health.
- Tap Heart Rate.
- Turn off the switch for Heart Rate.
From your iPhone
If you have trouble navigating and finding options on the tiny watch screen, you can turn off heart rate and the green Apple Watch light using your iPhone:
- Open the Watch app on paired iPhone.
- From the My Watch section, tap Privacy.
- Switch off Heart Rate.
What happens after you disable Heart Rate on your Apple Watch?
Why would you want to permanently disable heart rate on your Apple Watch? To ensure that it doesn't measure when not wearing the watch, during workouts and other times where we're sweating or breathing heavily. And if you open the Heart app to take a reading of your heart rate manually, it will ask you to enable it first from the privacy section of the Settings app. If you decide to re-enable it, follow the same steps as above and turn on the Heart Rate toggle.
Is there any other use of this green light on the Apple Watch?
Yes! Suppose you’re unable to find your Apple Watch at night. In this situation, open the Find My app on your iPhone, tap Devices, select your Apple Watch and tap Play Sound. Now, your Apple Watch will play a tone, and its green light will flash, making it easier to locate.
Please note that it flashes the green light even if you have turned off the heart rate option.
You might also notice a red light if you have a new Apple Watch model. This measures your Blood Oxygen. You can turn off the red light from Apple Watch Settings > Blood Oxygen and disable Blood Oxygen Measurements.
In this post, we’ve answered some of the most common questions about the green light on your Apple Watch. We hope that this information has been helpful and that you now feel more confident in understanding what the light means and how to turn it off when necessary. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance.
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