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Smart Notifications (iOS)

The smart notifications feature allows you to get alerts about incoming calls, messages and notifications from apps onto your Polar device. You’ll get the same notifications on your Polar device that you get on your phone screen.

Please note that when smart notifications are set on the battery of your Polar device and phone will run out faster because Bluetooth is continuously on.

Settings

Your Polar device needs to be paired with Flow app to receive alerts and notifications, and you also need to have the correct settings on your Polar device and phone.

After updating the firmware of your Polar device, you need to pair it with Flow app again in order for the smart notifications settings to appear. If you do not pair them again, the setting will not become visible.

V800

Notifications are off by default. Set them on in Menu > Settings > General settings > Smart notifications.

  • Choose On to receive notifications, and have the contents of the notifications shown the display.
  • Choose On (no preview) if you don’t want to see the contents of the notifications on the display. You’ll just be informed that you’ve received a notification.
  • Notif. do not disturb: If you want to disable notifications and call alerts for a certain period of time, choose Do not disturb on. Then set the time period when  Do not disturb is on (default 10 pm - 7 am). When Do not disturb is on, you will not receive any notifications or call alerts during the time period you have set.

M400

Notifications are off by default. Set them on in Menu > Settings > General settings > Smart notifications.

  • Notifications: Choose On to receive notifications, and have the contents of the notifications shown the display. Choose On (no preview) if you don’t want to see the contents of the notifications on the display. You’ll just be informed that you’ve received a notification.
  • Sounds: Set the notification sound On or Off.
  • Notif. do not disturb: If you want to disable notifications and call alerts for a certain period of time, choose Do not disturb on. Then set the time period when  Do not disturb is on (default 10 pm - 7 am). When Do not disturb is on, you will not receive any notifications or call alerts during the time period you have set.

M430

Notifications are off by default. Set them on in Menu > Settings > General settings > Smart notifications.

  • Notifications: Choose On to receive notifications, and have the contents of the notifications shown the display. Choose On (no preview) if you don’t want to see the contents of the notifications on the display. You’ll just be informed that you’ve received a notification.
  • Vibration feedback: Set the vibration feedback On or Off.
  • Notif. do not disturb: If you want to disable notifications and call alerts for a certain period of time, choose Do not disturb on. Then set the time period when  Do not disturb is on (default 10 pm - 7 am). When Do not disturb is on, you will not receive any notifications or call alerts during the time period you have set.

Sync your M430 with the mobile app by pressing and holding the BACK button of your M430.

M200

Notifications are off by default. Set them on in Settings > Smart notificat.

  • Notifications: Choose On to receive notifications, and have the contents of the notifications shown the display.

A300

Please note that the Smart notifications feature doesn’t support Chinese and Japanese languages.

Notifications are off by default. Set them on in Menu > Settings > General settings > Smart notif. Choose On to receive notifications, and have the contents of the notifications shown the display. Choose On (no preview) if you don’t want to see the contents of the notifications on the display. You’ll just be informed that you’ve received a notification.

Sync your A300 with the mobile app by pressing and holding the BACK button in time view.

Phone

The notification settings on your phone determine what notifications you receive on your Polar device. To edit the notification settings on your iOS phone:

  1. Go to Settings > Notifications and choose the app.
  2. Make sure that Allow Notifications is on and the ALERT STYLE WHEN UNLOCKED is Banners or Alerts.

Use

When getting an alert, your Polar device will discreetly notify you by vibrating (V800, M430, A300, M200) or with a sound (M400). When receiving a call, you can choose to answer, silence or decline it (only with iOS 8). Silencing just silences your Polar device, it won’t silence your phone. If a noti­fication arrives during a call alert, it will not be shown.

During a training session you can receive calls, if you have Flow app running on your phone. You will not receive any notifications (email, calendar, apps etc.) during training sessions.

Dismiss Notifications

Notifications can be dismissed manually or by timeout. Manually dismissing the notification also dismisses it from your phone screen, but timeout just removes it from your Polar device, and it will still be visible on your phone.

To dismiss notifications from the display:

  • Manually: Press the BACK button
  • Timeout: The notification will disappear after 30 seconds if you do not dismiss it manually

Do Not Disturb (V800, M430, M400)

If you want to disable notifications and call alerts for a certain period of time, set do not disturb on. When it is on, you will not receive any notifications or call alerts during the time period you have set.

Do not disturb is set on by default, and the time period is 10 pm – 7 am. You can change the time period from the General Settings on your Polar device.

When do not disturb is on, you’ll see an icon (a crescent moon) in the upper left corner of the display to indicate that you cannot receive notifications.

Do Not Disturb (A300, M200)

If you want to disable notification alerts for certain hours of the day, set Do not disturb on in the Polar Flow mobile app. When it's on, you won't receive any notification alerts during the time period you've set. Do not disturb is set on by default, and the time period is 10 pm – 7 am. Change the Do not disturb setting as follows:

  1. Open the Polar Flow mobile app. 
  2. Go to More > Devices
  3. Under Smart notifications you can set Do not disturb on or off, and set the start and end time for Do not disturb.

Sync your A300 with the mobile app by pressing and holding the BACK button of your A300.

Troubleshooting

If the smart notifications stop working, try the following:

  • Turn Bluetooth off, then and back on again on your phone.

If this doesn’t help, perform a soft reset on your Polar device:

  • Press and hold UP, DOWN, BACK and LIGHT simultaneously for five seconds until the Polar animation is shown on the display.
  • It takes about 30 seconds for Bluetooth to start working again.

If the notifications still do not work:

  • Remove the phone from the paired devices list on your Polar device, and pair it again by pressing and holding the BACK button.
  • Manually clear notifications in Notification Center on your iPhone.

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