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Apple Watch Blood Oxygen level availability in Australia

One of the most significant new features of Apple Watch Series 6 is the ability to take an Blood Oxygen level. An important measurement of your overall health and wellness. But many of us in Australia have been wondering “does it work in Australia”? A fair question because another significant feature of Apple Watch, taking an ECG, still remains unavailable here.

In this guide, you can learn what the Blood Oxygen level is all about. Including what it does, how can we use it, and if it is available in Australia.

Blood Oxygen Level

Oxygen in your blood helps provide oxygen to important cells around your body, if it didn’t happen you wouldn’t be reading this. With Apple Watch Series 6 you can get an understanding of how well your body is observing oxygen. And the amount being delivered to your body. Providing an important measurement and picture of our overall health and wellness.

To enable the feature, Apple Watch Series 6 has a new sensor that is made up of four LED clusters and four photodiodes. All of which are incorporated into a redesigned back crystal of the watch. These sensors allow the determination of your blood oxygen level, along with other information such as heart rate.

How to use the Blood Oxygen app

  1. On your iPhone, open the Health app.
  2. Follow the onscreen steps. If you don’t see a prompt to set up, tap the Browse tab, then tap Respiratory > Blood Oxygen > Set up Blood Oxygen.
  3. After you complete set up, open the Blood Oxygen app on your Apple Watch to measure your blood oxygen levels.


While all Apple Watch Series 6 models have the hardware capability to take a Blood Oxygen level reading, it only works in certain countries. The good news is Australia is one of the countries that will have the feature be available in. And will be available from day 1 when Apple Watch Series 6 launches on Friday, September 18th.

In Australia, Apple Watch Series 6 is priced starting at A$599 inc. GST (GPS) and A$749 inc. GST(GPS+Cellular models. For more information, or to make a purchase, head over to Apple’s online store.

  1. Hi Ben,

    Afraid not. Picked up my new series 6 yesterday and it does not have the blood oxygen sensor available. Slightly disappointed, but it’s such a small disappointment I’ve already moved on…

  2. No point upgrading, I moved from 3 to the 5 for the a fib monitor and it’s still not allowed in Australia. I’ve now just had surgery for my a fib and still hoping the monitor will be available soon to reassure me that I’m cured and hopefully to prevent others going through what I have in the last year.

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