Certain tattoos can interfere with the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor

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Rafagon

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Certain tattoos can prevent the heart rate sensor in the Apple Watch from obtaining accurate readings.

Apple's exact wording: "Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings."

If you're about to get a tattoo and are also about to get an Apple Watch, you may want to get the latter first, then plan the former around it.

It's too late for this guy:

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Ledsteplin

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Certain tattoos can prevent the heart rate sensor in the Apple Watch from obtaining accurate readings.

Apple's exact wording: "Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings."

If you're about to get a tattoo and are also about to get an Apple Watch, you may want to get the latter first, then plan the former around it.

It's too late for this guy:

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LOL, but there's some with lots of tats on their arms/wrists reporting no issues. None actually that I've heard about.


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No Apple Watch for me then. I'm not really sure how I will go on in life knowing I can't get my heart rate to work on the Apple Watch. I may have to opt for laser removal :eek:. It only took the guy on Prison Break one episode to get his sleeves, back and chest lasered off ;). It might take me about 137 sessions. I can change my name to Formerly Tattooed Alex.
 

Ledsteplin

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No Apple Watch for me then. I'm not really sure how I will go on in life knowing I can't get my heart rate to work on the Apple Watch. I may have to opt for laser removal :eek:. It only took the guy on Prison Break one episode to get his sleeves, back and chest lasered off ;). It might take me about 137 sessions. I can change my name to Formerly Tattooed Alex.
This friend of mine had no issues at all.
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Also, the Watch is capable of Bluetooth pairing to chest strap heart rate monitors via Bluetooth for those who have issues using the Watch's built-in sensor... https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204666



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This friend of mine had no issues at all.
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Also, the Watch is capable of Bluetooth pairing to chest strap heart rate monitors via Bluetooth for those who have issues using the Watch's built-in sensor... https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204666



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Great news, so now you're telling me it will work so I have to buy the Apple Watch ;). Well that will save a ton of $ for laser removal. I'm still not quite convinced that I need one yet.