How to Use Google Fit to Measure Your Heart and Respiratory Rates

The feature is available on Pixels first, then other Androids

What to Know

  • Measure your heart rate by placing your finger on the rear-facing camera lens. 
  • Measure your respiratory rate with your Pixel’s front-facing camera: Make sure your head and upper torso are in view, and breathe normally. 
  • The measurements will save to your Google Fit account so you can monitor them over time.

This article explains how to use a Google Pixel smartphone to measure your respiratory and heart rate from the comfort of your home.

Google states these measurements don’t equal and medical diagnosis or evaluation. Contact your physician if you have any concerns with the results.

How to Measure Your Heart Rate With Google Fit

Google Fit measures your heart rate using the rear-facing camera lens. It’s tricky at first if you use the fingerprint sensor on the back of your smartphone.

  1. Scroll down the Google Fit app’s main page.

  2. Under Check your heart rate tap Get started.

  3. Tap Next.

    Using Google Fit to measure heartrate.
  4. Read the info about taking the reading, then tap Next.

  5. You might need to allow Fit to access your camera. Select While using the app or Only this time.

  6. Follow the on-screen instructions and use your finger to move the dot into the circle.

    Using Google Fit to measure heartrate.
  7. Place your fingertip on the camera lens and hold still.

  8. Google Fit will reveal your beats per minute. Tap Save measurement to log it.

  9. Once you take a few measurements, you can view the history in a chart by week, month, and year.

    Using Google Fit to measure heartrate.

How to Measure Your Respiratory Rate With Google Fit

Google Fit uses the front-facing camera to measure your respiratory rate. 

  1. Scroll down the Google Fit app’s homepage.

  2. Under Track your respiratory rate, tap Get started.

  3. Read the info on the screen and tap Next.

  4. Read the additional info on the next screen, tap Next.

    Using Google Fit to measure respiratory rate.
  5. Lean your phone vertically on a stable surface and frame your head
    and torso.

  6. Tap Start measurement and breath normally.

  7. Google Fit will reveal your respirations per minute. Tap Save measurement to log it.

  8. Once you take a few measurements, you can track your history weekly, monthly, and yearly in a chart.

    Using Google Fit to measure respiratory rate.
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