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java – How to read Heart rate from Android Wear

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


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﹕ 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.

How to&Answers:

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.


Actually you are implementing the SensorEventListener interface and created an instance of SensorEventListener without initializing it.

Either initialize the sensor:

SensorEventListener sensorEventListener = new SensorEventListener(){ ... };

or remove it and use “this”:

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

change it to:

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


Don’t forget, from SDK 23 onwards you have to ask for permissions separately on the wear device and the phone. The Wear app no longer inherits permissions from the phone app.



The permissions thing has caught me out a few times now. While I’m yet to implement code to request permission to use the sensors, a simple workaround is to go into settings on the wearable, then select permissions and locate your application. When you click on your application you’ll notice sensors is disabled, so just click on it to enable them. Should work then!