How to Send Your Heartbeat on Apple Watch

Show someone you care with a digital touch message

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Through your Apple Watch, you can send your heartbeat to a family member or loved one via the Watch's Digital Touch feature. It's a little gimmicky but it's a cute way to show how you feel without resorting to text or GIF reactions; your Apple Watch heartbeat is a distinctive looking pattern on screen. Here's how to send it to someone, and how to make and send a heart on your iPhone, too. 

You can only send heartbeats to Apple Watch and iPhone/iPad owners. It won't work for Android owners. 

How to Send a Heartbeat on Apple Watch

  1. Tap the digital crown on the side of your Apple Watch to unlock it.

    If you're not currently wearing your Apple Watch, you'll need to enter your pin to unlock it.

  2. Tap Messages on the home screen of your Apple Watch.

  3. Tap the conversation or person you wish to send the heartbeat to.

    Don't see their name listed? Use Force Touch by holding your finger down to the screen to bring up the New Message option, then look up your contact.

  4. Tap the Digital Touch icon.

    Apple Watch screenshots highlighting how to complete the written steps
  5. Tap and hold two fingers to the screen until the heart appears and starts to beat.

    Want to send a broken heart instead? Drag your fingers down the screen before releasing.

  6. Take your fingers off the screen to instantly send the message.

    If you've started a new conversation with someone, you need to tap Send.

  7. You're done! The recipient will see a beating heart in their messages. 

How to Send a Heartbeat on iPhone

The iPhone doesn't have a heart rate monitor, but you can still send your heartbeat through iMessage.

  1. Open Messages.

  2. Tap the Digital Touch icon.

  3. Tap and hold two fingers to the canvas displayed at the bottom of the screen.

    iPhone screenshots highlighting how to send a heartbeat from your iPhone
  4. Release your fingers to send the message.

  5. Congrats — you're done!