Use the Breathe app

You can use the Breathe app to help you relax and focus on your breathing. 

Breathe app icon

The Breathe app guides you through a series of deep breaths, and it reminds you to take time to breathe every day. Choose how long you want to breathe, then let the animation and gentle taps help you focus. 


Shrinking and expanding animation to guide breath.

Start a session

  1. Press the Digital Crown to go to the Home screen, then open the Breathe app.
  2. Turn the Digital Crown to set the session's length. 
  3. Tap Start when you're ready. Remember to stay still while you breathe. 
  4. Inhale as the animation grows and your watch taps your wrist. Then exhale as the animation shrinks and the taps stop. 
  5. Breathe until the session ends and your watch taps you twice and chimes.* When you're done, you can see your heart rate.

When you use the Breathe app, your watch mutes some notifications, so you can focus. If you answer a call or move too much during a session, the session ends automatically, and you won’t get credit.

* If your watch doesn't chime, then Silent Mode is on.

Breathe settings on iPhone in Apple Watch app.

Set the length of your session

When you open the Breathe app to start a new session, you can turn the Digital Crown to set the session's duration.

When you find a duration that you like, you can make it the default from your iPhone:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab.
  2. Tap Breathe, then scroll down.
  3. Tap Use Previous Duration. 

You can also change the length of each breath: 

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab.
  2. Tap Breathe, then tap Breath Rate.
  3. Tap to change the number of breaths per minute. 

Adjust or turn off reminders

Your Apple Watch reminds you throughout the day to breathe. You can adjust or turn off these reminders: 

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab.
  2. Tap Breathe. 
  3. To choose how often your get reminders, tap Breathe Reminders.
  4. To choose how you get notifications, tap Allow Notifications, Send to Notification Center, or Notifications Off. Learn about notification options

If you're moving or exercising, or if you start a session on your own, your Apple Watch reschedules your reminder. You’ll get the reminder a short time after you stop moving.

Your mindful minutes in the Health app.

Check how often you take time to use the Breathe app

You can track your sessions with the Health app:

  1. Open the Health app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the Health Data tab.
  3. Tap Mindfulness, then tap the graph to see more. 

At the end of each session, you can also see how many times you've used the Breathe app that day. Breathe sessions don't show up in the Activity app on your Apple Watch or iPhone. 

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