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Question: Apple Watch tattoogate

Is Apple ever planning on fixing the issue where the sensor doesn’t work with tattoos? Of course the techs at the store won’t tell you that it doesn’t work with tattoos, now since my most recent addition my wrists are completely covered and the watch doesn’t work on either one. This is the 3rd generation, you would think they have resolved it by now. I miss my watch 😕

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Feb 27, 2018 3:16 PM in response to SGJAX1 In response to SGJAX1

The technology used to track your heart rate really hasn't changed much. This article will explain how the Heart Rate sensor works: Your heart rate. What it means, and where on Apple Watch you’ll find it. - Apple Support

Essentially, the Heart Rate sensor uses green light to read your heart rate. Tattoos distort that green light and therefore prevent your heart rate from being read accurately.

This article says the following:

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.

Feb 27, 2018 3:16 PM

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Feb 27, 2018 3:22 PM in response to zfJames In response to zfJames

Thanks, I’ve read this information already, of course it was after I got my newest tattoo because I couldn’t figure out why it kept locking. I guess I was hoping there would be an advancement in the tech used. At the very least there should be more of a warning that the watch has “limitations”

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Feb 27, 2018 4:03 PM in response to SGJAX1 In response to SGJAX1

There is no such thing as "tattoogate" and I long for the day that adding gate to everything completely fades away.

ANY technology that uses light sensors has had and will continue to have trouble with tattoos and other items as described above. Until someone invents a sensor that does not use visible light for heart rate, etc. on a wearable your will have trouble using them.

Feb 27, 2018 4:03 PM

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