Pairing your Bluetooth Low Energy Heart Rate Monitor – iOS

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Fitdigits is compatible with the Polar H7 and a bevy of other Bluetooth Low Energy (aka BLE / Bluetooth 4.0) sensors, including the Zephyr HXM and Wahoo Blue HRM and hundreds more.

When it comes to Heart Rate Monitors (HRMs), it is essential to make a gentle first contact; do not make any sudden movements as to scare it. There are many different types, they all react a little differently. There is the chest strap, and electrode-based type, which is a great, accurate solution that can last for a long, long time but also has it’s comfort and use drawbacks. That is the traditional HRM.

There are optical solutions such as the Scosche Rhythm + which sits on the arm, the Mio line of wrist based, or the new opticals now coming out in earbuds, bike helmets and sweatbands. Seems if you can see blood, there will be a way to get heart rate from it!

That said, many of the cheap daily activity monitors that claim also to have Heart Rate support, are not compatible because they are not to BLE/Bluetooth Smart specifications or, like Fitbit, decided to keep the HR proprietary thus they did not build the ability for others to pair for HR.

Pairing is very easy. Deleting a current pairing is also super easy. I would recommend, just to get comfortable with the process, the first time you pair your HRM you delete it and then repair just again. Practice makes perfect Mom always said.

If you haven’t already, download the Fitdigits app, and upgrade in-app to support the heart rate monitor functionality and more. All apps have the same functionality but different messaging and graphics in areas.

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Pairing Your Heart Rate Monitor

  1. Make sure the heart rate monitor is on and turned on with heart rate
    1. Optical HRMs: Typically there are green flashing lights from most optical HRMs as they try and read your heart rate (check the back of your Mio or Apple Watch, etc).
    2. Chest Straps: Dab water, saliva, or gel onto the underside of the electrode receivers on the strap to strengthen the electrode connection (it conducts when wet, sometimes initially there isn’t enough sweat to get it to pick up). You want to create real chemistry between you and the belt. Next, put the strap on, placing it on your bare skin on the top of your ribcage right below your chest. Make sure it is snug enough not to bounce around much during exercise. Check that the peanut (the plastic monitor part) is right-side up and properly snapped into the belt.
    3. Open your Fitdigits app. Tap Menu > Sensors.
    4. Turn ON the option next to Bluetooth Smart in the Heart Rate Monitors section
    5. Once it has connected with the heart rate monitor you are ready to workout with your Bluetooth Heart rate monitor!

After pairing, the sensor will show in the Paired Sensors section below the Add a Sensor section. You can use the on-off switch anytime you want to not use the HRM, but you don’t want to delete the pairing (like if you forget your HRM).

Tapping on the name of the sensor will bring you to the Sensor detail page, where you can see more information on the sensor or tap Delete to delete it from there.

Start a workout wearing your HRM and you are ready to finally realize your health and fitness destiny! When you are ready, read more on doing custom Fitness Assessments to get your custom heart rate zones, and why that is so important and effective in your own personal journey to health and fitness.

Deleting a Paired Sensor

  1. Tap Menu > Sensors
  2. Tap the name of the paired HRM
  3. Tap Delete

 

Pairing a BLE heart rate monitor with Fitdigits apps

Pairing a BLE heart rate monitor with Fitdigits apps

 

Troubleshooting

Try these initial steps if you are experiencing difficulties pairing, or these other articles for issues such as heart rate spikes or dropouts or general compatibility.

  • Chest Straps: Wet the electrodes on the belt part (which touches your skin) with water or saliva on the chest strap heart rate monitor to increase connectivity.
  • Optical HRMs: Make sure the green lights / receptors are pulsing in the part next to your skin.
  • Reset Bluetooth: Go to the Android Settings and turn off Bluetooth. Wait a few seconds then turn it back on.
  • Manually Close Your App: Exit the app and then double tap the iPhone home button. Look for the multitasking window to appear at the bottom of your screen. Tap and hold the Fitdigits icon to make a little red circle (minus sign) appear on all the apps. Then tap the little red circle for Fitdigits. Your app has now been manually closed. Relaunch the app and try pairing again.
  • Reboot: When in doubt, never hurts to reboot your phone/tablet.
If you still cannot pair with your Bluetooth HRM, check out the complete 

HRM pairing troubleshooting tips

Fitdigits Helped Me Transform My Life

Last year I made the decision to finally do something about the weight that I’d slowly gained over the last ten years. I’d gone from finishing triathlons to finishing donuts in record time and knew it was time to change.

I started my journey by teaming up with a co-worker to follow a popular diet program our employer sponsored. This took me down about twenty pounds where I determined it was time to really get serious. Another good friend challenged me to compete with him in a small sprint distance triathlon in four months. This was the catalyst that brought me to Fitdigits.

I had purchased a Wahoo Blue HR heart rate monitor to get more from my workouts but was unimpressed with their app and after much research found Fitdigits. Using the customization available with Fitdigits I’ve been able to tailor my workouts and reach a new level of fitness.

Since the beginning of my journey I’ve lost 50 pounds and completed not only the sprint triathlon but also my first half and full marathon! I fit in clothes I haven’t seen in over a decade and feel fantastic. I can now go out on a ride, run or even snowshoe straight up a mountain and not get winded or be holding the group back. I’ve reached a level I thought was years behind me, never to be attained again. The Fitdigits app also has allowed me to not only record and track my progress but to share it as well and challenge others through partner tracking sites like Strava® and RunKeeper®.

My heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone that helps bring this awesome product to users like me and the transformative power it can have on our lives.

Troubleshoot Your Bluetooth Low Energy Heart Rate Monitor (BLE HRM)

Fitdigits is compatible with Bluetooth Compatible sensors as long as your device is compatible. If you are having issues pairing or are getting inaccurate readings, try the following troubleshooting steps:

        • Is Your Device Compatible: View our Compatible Devices for more details.
        • Have you upgraded your app: You must have upgraded your app in order to use heart rate training and tracking features.
        • Wet the Electrodes: Make sure the contact strips (electrodes) on either side of the heartbeat pod / transmitter are wet with water, saliva, or gel to increase connectivity.
        • Clean your HRM: It is recommended to clean your HRM strap after every use. Rinse the strap under running water after every use and hang to dry. Clean the strap gently with a mild soap and water solution when needed. Do not use moisturizing soaps, because they can leave residue on the strap. Failure to do so will resort in inaccurate readings.
        • Reset Bluetooth: Try going to your Settings->Bluetooth, turn Bluetooth OFF, wait for about 30 seconds, and turn it back on.
        • Trash and Re-Pair SensorIf the app cannot acquire your sensor when beginning a workout, Trash and Re-Pair the Sensor
        • Manually Close Your App: Exit the app and then double tap the iPhone home button. Look for the Fitdigits app and swipe up. Your app has now been manually closed. Relaunch the app and try pairing again.
        • Discharge Your Sensor If you cannot pair the sensor, try discharging the sensor
        • Change Batteries: Make sure your belt’s battery level is not low. If in doubt, try changing the battery to see if it fixes the problem.
        • Is Your HRM Paired With Another Device : Make sure no other Device is currently connected and communicating with your BLE heart rate monitor. If your heart rate monitor is paired with another device, you may not be able to use the HRM.
        • Check on if your device is Auto-Pairing with your HRM: Sometimes in the device Bluetooth settings, the Polar HRM will get auto paired every time, and you can’t delete it from the list by the normal methods of tapping the (i) then Remove.If you can’t see (i) after Connected/Not connected on your HRM:
          • Close your Fitdigits app
          • Disable Bluetooth on your device
          • Reboot your device (press the home and power buttons until the Apple logo appears)
          • Enable Bluetooth and try again, you should be able to remove the HRM from the bluetooth section on the device now, and re-open your Fitdigits app
        • Close All Other Apps Paired With Your HRM: If there are any other apps on your device that is communicating with your BLE heart rate monitor, terminate them. The HRM may only be able to pair with one fitness app at a time.
        • Power Down Your Device: If none of the above steps resolve your issue, power down your device and then turn it back on.

If you still cannot pair with your Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE) HRM, contact Fitdigits Customer Support.