Best apps for tracking your Heart Rate Variability (HRV) on iPhone

Are you looking for the best app on iPhone for tracking your heart health variability (HRV)? It will help you know everything about the sympathetic nervous system-your heart bit, stress levels, how you are recovering from injury or improvement from exercise, and general heart health conditions. Apple now tracks HRV in the app along with other heart-related statistics.

You may track heart rate variability (HRV) on your iPhone by applying various apps. They take several times and offer frequency-based reading to help you get all your heart health information. Here we will review the top 4 apps that work almost 100% accurately in your iPhone.

  • Apple health
  • Welltory
  • HRV4Training
  • Elite HRV
  • Other apps we tried

 

Apple Health

Dissimilar to many of the above list options, Apple’s Health app can’t track HRV readings, but it can gather the SDNN reading from the apple watch and third party HRV apps that reveal SDNN data.

As Apple Health only gathers one of the HRV metrics available to users, it’s naturally limited to analyze the nervous system. You may get some basic info, such as “high”- you are rested and able to go; “low”- You need to rest, and your nervous system is the frazzled mode. Therefore, it isn’t the right app for those who want to get more information about HRV such as pulse rate, stress level, and recovery info from injury and exercise.

Welltory

The most user-friendly and accurate app out there for tracking HRV that I have found Welltory. It divides your HRV results into three easy -readable categories such as Performance (Show up your HRV in total), Stress (Stress condition on your body) Energy (How works your parasympathetic nervous system).

For getting the necessary measurement, you may use the iPhone’s rear camera (though this may show rare errors). You may get an accurate measurement by signing an external heart rate monitor.

This app is free to use for measuring the basics of heart health. By upgrading to be a paid subscriber, you can get detailed measurements about your HRV, such as LF/HF, SDNN, VLF, and more. You may use this both android and iPhone. This is the latest and best app to check your heart rate on iphone.

HRV4Training

HRV4Training is another excellent app for tracking HRV. You can use either your iPhone’s rear camera or an external heart monitor to calculate your HRV. However, it is designed mainly for athletic persons. This app isn’t free, and only you need $ 9.99 to upgrade.

It tracks similar metrics like Welltory but includes a 30days rolling scale to offer suggestions regarding your baseline and how you need your train daily. Moreover, you will get suggestions regarding your training loads, preparation to perform, fitness, injury risk, and many more. By linking it to Strava, even you may attain a lactate threshold estimator. 

Elite HRV

Elite HRV app offers you a ton of scientific data regarding heart health and has many happy users. But the fact is you will need an external heart rate monitor, unlike Welltory and HRVTraining. Like HRVTraining, you need to purchase this app for $4.99 only to get full advantages. Besides, you have to sign up with Elite HRV to get an online account.

The app offers you an easy and straightforward way to explain your HRV together with guided breathing practice, live biofeedback and give a coaching platform for connecting multiple users. Unlikely, its UI didn’t design for iPhone X, but it’s not a big issue.

Other apps we tried

There are several more apps for measuring HRV, but they aren’t suitable as those mentioned above due to several issues.

  • SweetBeat HRV: This app is designed with few different formulas than Elite HRV but holds similar advantages (massive data, happy users) and disadvantages (Older, need a chest strap & out of date). We identified few tricky matters to use and explain than Elite HRV; this is why it is here. You will need $13.99 to purchase it.
  • Gyroscope: This app got a good mark from my colleagues, but it can’t track HRV in its way. It just displays your SDNN reports from any Apple Watch data. However, this is a free app to use.
  • HRV Score: we tried but didn’t get enough results by this $3.99 HRV score. It uses Apple Watch sensors to measure HRV, unlikely I couldn’t find a clean result to take a reading without issue.