Want to Use the ECG Feature on Apple Watch in Canada and Outside the US? It’s Hardware Limited

Apple has just released watchOS 5.1.2 ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.ca/watch/watchos-5-1-2-download/), which brings the ECG app for Apple Watch Series 4 users in the United States ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.ca/news/apple-watch-ecg/).

For Canadians, we don’t have the app locally yet, but many were wondering if it was possible to access the ECG feature with the ‘Apple News’ region workaround ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.ca/how-to/how-to-get-apple-news-canada-ios-12/). Well it turns out you can’t, as the ECG app is limited based on hardware.

ECG will only be available if both iPhone and Apple Watch have been purchased in the US. Changing the region doesn’t work.

— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) December 6, 2018

According to developer Guilherme Rambo, Apple limited the ECG app feature to Apple Watch Series 4 models purchased in the United States. Even if you try the region trick workaround or try using a VPN, it won’t work, as Apple is limiting the ECG app by device identifier.

Rambo says the limitation also comes down to iPhone models as well, as they need to have been purchased in the USA as well.

In a nutshell, three requirements are needed to use the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4:

  • iPhone running the public release of iOS 12.1.1 (not developer or public beta builds)
  • Apple Watch Series 4 running public release of watchOS 5.1.2
  • Apple Watch Series 4 purchased in the USA

So if you were thinking of using the ECG app feature in Canada, you’re out of luck (for now).


Author: Marshmallow

Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).