How to Send Your Heartbeat from the Apple Watch

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How to Send Your Heartbeat from the Apple Watch

This wikiHow teaches you how to send a beating heart Digital Touch message from your Apple Watch’s Messages app. To receive this message, your recipient must have an iPhone or iPad with at least iOS 10 installed.

10 Second Summary

1. Open Messages on the watch.
2. Tap a conversation.
3. Tap the heart icon.
4. Tap and hold the screen with two fingers.
5. Wait for a beating heart to appear.
6. Release your fingers to send.

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  1. 1
    Unlock your Apple Watch. Press the Digital Crown—which is the dial on the right side of the Apple Watch’s housing—then enter your passcode and press the Digital Crown again. This should bring up a group of your current apps’ icons.

    • If doing this opens an app instead of the app group, press the Digital Crown one more time.
    • If you’re currently wearing your Apple Watch, you won’t need to enter your passcode.
    • If your Apple Watch is already unlocked but the screen is off, raising your wrist will prompt the display to open.
  2. 2
    Open Messages

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    . Find the Messages app icon, which resembles a white speech bubble on a green background, and tap it.

  3. 3
    Select a conversation. Scroll through the available conversations until you find one to which you want to send your heartbeat, then tap the conversation. It will open.

    • If Messages opens to a conversation, first tap the “Back” button in the upper-left corner of your Apple Watch’s screen.
    • To start a new message, press down on the screen, tap New Message, tap Add Contact, select a contact, and tap Create Message before proceeding.
  4. 4
    Tap the “Digital Touch” button. It’s the heart-shaped icon with two fingers on it. You’ll find this in the bottom-right corner of the Apple Watch’s screen.
  5. 5
    Use two fingers to tap and hold the screen. This will create a beating heart after a second or two.
  6. 6
    Send the message. You can send your beating heart message by removing your fingers from the screen.

    • If you created a new message rather than selecting a conversation, you may have to tap Send in order to send the message.

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    • You can also send Digital Touch messages from the Messages app on an iPhone or an iPad.


    • Non-iPhone users cannot receive Digital Touch messages.

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