Damian Ugalde Damian Ugalde - 6 months ago 44
Android Question

How to read Heart rate from Android Wear

I need to read the heart rate of the user at that instant. I tried using this code located in my main activity in the Wear project.

public class MainActivity extends WearableActivity implements SensorEventListener {

private static final String TAG = "MainActivity";
private TextView mTextViewHeart;
SensorManager mSensorManager;
Sensor mHeartRateSensor;
SensorEventListener sensorEventListener;

protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

mTextViewHeart = (TextView) findViewById(R.id.heart);
mSensorManager = ((SensorManager) getSystemService(SENSOR_SERVICE));
mHeartRateSensor = mSensorManager.getDefaultSensor(Sensor.TYPE_HEART_RATE);
mSensorManager.registerListener(this, mHeartRateSensor, SensorManager.SENSOR_DELAY_NORMAL);
mTextViewHeart.setText("Something here");

mSensorManager.registerListener(sensorEventListener, mHeartRateSensor, mSensorManager.SENSOR_DELAY_FASTEST);

public void onResume(){

public void onAccuracyChanged(Sensor sensor, int accuracy) {
Log.d(TAG, "onAccuracyChanged - accuracy: " + accuracy);

public void onSensorChanged(SensorEvent event) {
if (event.sensor.getType() == Sensor.TYPE_HEART_RATE) {
String msg = "" + (int)event.values[0];
Log.d(TAG, msg);
Log.d(TAG, "Unknown sensor type");


This code is simply not working, giving me an error saying:

E/SensorManager´╣Ľ sensor or listener is null

It works fine if I use anything else but the heart rate sensor.

I am using:

  • LG G4 with android API level 23

  • LG Urbane watch (Which I know has a heart rate sensor) with Wear API level 23

Thank you for your help.


I faced the same problem as you can see in this question. We have the same wear devices, so I'm almost sure that you have missed this on your wear AndroidManifest.xml:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.BODY_SENSORS" />

Also, your should go to Permissions in Settings in order to check if that permission is enabled.

You can check my project on GitHub, which is working for now.