The Pixel Watch can record an ECG thanks to Fitbit integration, but it might not be ready to go out of the box. Here’s how to get started.
Google‘s first-generation Pixel Watch boasts features that can rival the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch, and among them is the ability to record an electrocardiogram (EGG) on the device. Fans of the Pixel product line have been waiting for Google’s first smartwatch, and anticipation only grew stronger when the company acquired Fitbit. Now the Pixel Watch is here, and it boasts advanced health tracking features thanks to its deep Fitbit integration.
Since the Pixel Watch uses both Fitbit and Google Fit, it can be unclear which app is primarily used for fitness and health tracking. On the Pixel Watch, there are two main apps for fitness monitoring. The first is called Fitbit Today, and it shows a quick summary of the wearer’s fitness and health data for the current day. There’s a separate app called Fitbit Exercise which is used for tracking specific and intentional workouts on the smartwatch. But to take an ECG, a third app is required, and it might not automatically show up on a user’s Pixel Watch.
To get started, open the Google Play Store on the Pixel Watch and search for the Fitbit ECG app. It should be noted that the Pixel Watch needs to be paired with the Fitbit app on a connected smartphone before users can download the app. After it is installed, open the Fitbit ECG app on the Pixel Watch. A prompt will ask users who have never recorded a Fitbit ECG before to set up the app on their smartphones. For previous Fitbit users, no further setup is required, and they can start recording ECGs immediately on their Pixel Watch.
Record An ECG On The Pixel Watch
To begin, press the blue ‘Open‘ button to finish setup on a connected Android smartphone. A prompt will appear on the Fitbit app that explains the Pixel Watch’s ECG functionality, which is designed to detect atrial fibrillation (AFib) — a type of irregular heart beat. It also cautions that only a doctor can diagnose AFib, and reminds users that they can export a PDF of their results to share with a healthcare professional. Tap the ‘Get Started‘ button, and confirm that you understand the function of the Pixel Watch’s ECG. Results are only verified for users who are 22 years old or older. Follow the on-screen prompts and return to the Pixel Watch.
Make sure the Fitbit ECG app is open, and click the ‘Ready‘ button to start recording an ECG. Then, tell the Pixel Watch whether it is being worn on the left or right wrist. The app will instruct users to sit down and remain still for an accurate reading, and the wearer can tap ‘I’m sitting‘ to get started. The Fitbit ECG app will need permission to access sensor data about vital signs, so press ‘Allow‘ to agree to this. Press a finger on the tactile crown to complete the electrical circuit and record the ECG. It’s worth noting that some Pixel Watch users have reported issues recording an ECG using the Fitbit app, but this is likely to be resolved with a future update.
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