Beat Watcher: Stress Monitor 4+

Background Heart Rate Alerts

Ganotis Holdings, Inc.

    • $6.99


This simple app is designed to do one thing well: alert you when your heart rate goes above and back below a BPM threshold you set.

Beat Watcher integrates with the Health app to read your heart rate.

Use this app as a way to listen to your body.

It can be great for:
• recognizing and managing stress
• breathing exercises
• meditation
• working out

Some users with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) have found this app helpful for monitoring and managing symptoms.

Turn the Digital Crown on Apple Watch to set the desired BPM threshold. Then, you'll hear a sound and feel a vibration when your heart rate goes above the threshold, and a different sound and vibration when your heart rate goes back below the level you set.

Optionally turn on Background Mode to continue getting haptic and audible feedback in response to your heart rate after you drop your wrist or leave the app.

Enable the Persistent Alerts setting to continue getting haptic and audible feedback every two seconds while your heart rate remains above the set threshold. Or, if you just want constant heart rate monitoring without the haptic and audible feedback, you can turn Alerts off entirely.

This app also works with a Bluetooth chest strap heart rate monitor, like the Polar H10, paired with your Apple Watch. Using it this way can improve battery life of the Apple Watch when you leave Background Mode running for a long time, since your Apple Watch heart rate sensor is not running constantly. Also, this lets you continue getting audio feedback from your Apple Watch or see your heart rate on the Apple Watch screen even when you aren't wearing it, like when it's on the charger.

Note: Background Mode will not work at the same time as a Workout started in another app. For example, if you start Background Mode in Beat Watcher and then start an Outdoor Run Workout in the built-in Workouts app, Beat Watcher will not continue to run in the background.

This app requires watchOS 8 or newer, which requires Apple Watch Series 3 or newer.

What’s New

Version 2024.2

• Increased threshold range: You can now set the threshold as high as 250 BPM.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

casn637 ,

Perfect app for my needs

Keeping track of my heart rate continuously throughout the day is critical for addressing my health issues. This is the only app I could find that allows me to see my real time heart rate as a complication (with updates every five seconds like you are in “workout mode”). The ability to run the app in background mode with heart rate alerts is a huge plus.

I don’t find it to be a big battery drain, but that would be an acceptable trade off for me personally. I am disappointed that Apple does not allow the user to determine how frequently they want/need heart rate data.

* I believe that the description for this app indicated a one time fee of $1.99. This price is well worth it, but I was not charged. Just wanted to let the developer know in case this was an error. Please continue to update the app!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the nice review! I’m glad you find the app valuable. The app is usually $1.99, but some days I offer it for free to attract new users in hopes that they will tell other people about it.

daveonbass11 ,

Only app that I could find for heart rate workouts

I was looking for an app that I could set to a specific heart rate and it would alert me when I went over that rate as well as under so I could run and keep a “fat burn” heart rate (much lower than heart rate on a traditional run). That’s exactly what this app does with haptics on an Apple Watch. Works great. Now today I’m going to try using Runkeeper on my phone with Beat Watcher on my watch. I think they’ll work in tandem as long as I don’t use either the Runkeeper or Workout apps on my watch. Only one tracking app allowed at a time on the watch. But for $1.99 this app does exactly what I wanted it to do :)

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for the nice review! I'm glad you find it helpful!

Riverrunner50 ,

Amazing Solution!

I needed an app to continually monitor my heart rate, not one that kept switching back to my watch face like the standard Apple watch monitor (another example of Apple deciding it knows what its users want better than the user does). After all, it’s not easy to start pressing tiny icons while riding mountain bike trails or even road riding. I also need to set a specific alert for 130 bpm, the max my doc says is safe since I am on beta blockers after an October heart attack. This amazing app solves both issues providing a customizable alert and a constant at-a-glance reading. Thank you!!

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much for the nice review! I’m glad it’s helpful to you!

App Privacy

The developer, Ganotis Holdings, Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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