Using a Scosche Rhythm+ with Walkmeter on iOS

As a bit of a follow-up on my previous article about using the Scosche Rhythm+ with iOS I wanted to do a quick write-up about using the Rhythm+ with my GPS/workout app of choice: Walkmeter by Abvio.

Walkmeter directly supports a list of devices that unfortunately doesn’t include the Rhythm+. This wasn’t an issue for me before because I was using the Rhythm+ via the Apple Watch (which is supported directly in Walkmeter). Now, since I’m not using the Apple Watch, I thought I was out of luck but there is a way to get it to work (and this method might work for other devices as well since it uses Apple Health as an intermediary). It turns out that you can use the Scosche Rhythm Connect app to connect to the Rhythm+ which starts saving data to Apple Health. Walkmeter will then read that data and populate it’s heart rate displays.

Here is how you get it to work…

Scosche Rhythm Connect

  1. Launch the Scosche Rhythm Connect app on your phone.
  2. We need to make sure that the Rhythm Connect app is connected to Apple Health so that data coming off of the Rhythm+ is saved to Health.
    1. Tap on the “hamburger menu” in the upper left corner of the screen (highlighted in orange below).
    2. Tap on “Configure Sharing”.
    3. Connect to Apple Health if it’s not already connected. When you connect it will pop up a permissions screen asking what data to share to/from Rhythm Connect. In the screenshot below I’ve already connected to Apple Health.
  3. Now go back to the main screen by tapping the hamburger menu and then tapping “Home”.
  4. Now power on your Rhythm+ and it should show on upon the screen like this:
  5. Tap on your device in the list and you should then see this (it might take a second or two for the heart rate to show up):

Now we need to head over to Walkmeter to finish the setup…

Walkmeter

  1. Launch Walkmeter then head over to Settings by first tapping “More” in the bottom menu then tap “Devices”.
  2. On the Devices screen make sure that “iOS Paired Heart Rate Monitor” is enabled.

Now you’re ready to go. If you tap on “Stopwatch” in the bottom menu your heart rate should show up on the main Walkmeter screen (again it might take a bit because the app is reading data from iOS Health and not from the device directly).

This is a bit more cumbersome than having direct support in the application but it works. Walkmeter is a tinkerer’s dream, it’s ridiculous how much data it shows and how configurable it is. I have not found anything like it on the App Store.

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