How to use Samsung Health on the Galaxy Watch

Last modified : Oct 11. 2018
Samsung Health App

The Galaxy Watch auto-detects and tracks over 39 exercises, sleep and heart rate*. The Samsung Health app logs your wellness goals and helps you keep track of your progress.

 

Choose from a range of workout programs and a guided breathing exercise to help reduce stress levels with heart rate reading, and more.*

 

See the sections below for information on each tracker available in the Samsung Health app:

CaloriesClick to Expand

You can check your calories burned by day or week.

Tap Samsung Health on the Apps screen and it will open to the calories screen. Alternatively, rotate the bezel clockwise on the Watch screen, select the Health summary widget, and then tap the calories menu. To view records by day, tap View each date.

 

The calories you burn includes your basal metabolism calculated based on the profile you registered. When you launch the Samsung Health app for the first time, the basal metabolism you expend until the time you launch the app will be displayed as the calories you burn.

 

Activate the weight management feature in the Samsung Health app on your mobile device to check your weight on the calorie balance screen. You can manage your daily and weekly calories burned and calorie intake based on the target weight you set.

StepsClick to Expand

The Galaxy Watch counts the number of steps you have taken and measures the distance travelled.

 

Measuring your step count and distance you walk

Tap Samsung Health on the Apps screen and rotate the bezel clockwise to open the steps tracker screen. Alternatively, rotate the bezel clockwise on the Watch screen, select the Health summary widget, and then tap the steps tracker menu. 

 

 

To view weekly records with a graph, swipe upwards or downwards on the screen. To view records by day, tap View each date.

  • When you start to measure your step, the step tracker monitors your steps and displays your step account after a brief delay because your Galaxy Watch accurately recognises your movement after you walk for a while. Also, for an accurate step count, you may experience a brief delay before the pop-up window indicates that a certain goal has been reached.
  • If you use the steps tracker while travelling by car or train, vibration may affect your step count.

 

Setting the step target

1 Tap → Settings
2 Tap Step target
3 Rotate the bezel to set the target and tap DONE

Setting the alarm

To receive an alarm for reaching a target, tap → Settings and tap the Notifications switch to activate it.

FloorsClick to Expand

Record and track how many floors you climb.

 

Measuring the floors you climb

Tap Samsung Health on the Apps screen and rotate the bezel clockwise to open the floors tracker screen. Alternatively, rotate the bezel clockwise on the Watch screen, select the Health summary widget, and then tap the floors tracker menu.

 

 

To view weekly records with a graph, swipe upwards or downwards on the screen. To view records by day, tap View each date.

  • One floor is calculated as approximately 3 metres. The floors measured may not match the actual floors you climb.
  • The floors measured may not be accurate depending on the environment, the user’s movements, and the conditions of buildings.
  • The floors measured may not be accurate if water (shower and water activity) or foreign materials enter the atmospheric pressure sensor. If there is any detergent,sweat, or raindrops on the Galaxy Watch, rinse it with clean water and dry the atmospheric pressure sensor thoroughly before use.

 

Setting the target for climbing floors

Tap  → Settings, select Floor Target and rotate the bezel to set the target. Tap DONE to set.

 

 

Setting the alarm

To receive an alarm for reaching a target, tap → Settings and tap the Notifications switch to activate it.

ExerciseClick to Expand

Record your exercise information and calories burned using Samsung Health’s exercise feature.

  • Before using this feature, pregnant women, the elderly, and young children, users suffering from conditions, such as chronic heart disease or high blood pressure, are recommended to seek the advice of a licensed medical professional.
  • If you feel dizzy, experience pain, or have difficulty breathing during exercise, stop using this feature and seek the advice of a licensed medical professional.
  • If you have just purchased or have reset the Galaxy Watch, create your profile.

Be aware of following conditions before exercising in cold weather conditions:

  • Avoid using the device in cold weather. If possible, use the device indoors.
  • If you use the device outside in cold weather, cover the Galaxy Watch with your sleeves before using it.

 

 

Starting the exercises

1 Tap Samsung Health on the Apps screen.
2 Rotate the bezel clockwise to open the exercise tracker screen.
3 Tap WORK OUT and select the type of exercise. To add another exercise type, tap +

Rotate the bezel clockwise on the Watch screen and you can start to work out directly on the Multi-workouts widget. Tap Add workout shortcuts to add up to 4 different exercise types.

4 Tap Target to select a target type and set a target

If you select Basic workout as the target, you can work out as much as you want without a limit on time or distance.

5 Tap Workout screen to customise the exercise information screen

The exercise information screen cannot be changed during work-out.

6 Set the various options for each exercise type:
  • Location: Set the Galaxy Watch’s GPS antenna to track your current location when you work out outside.
  • Auto pause: Set the Galaxy Watch’s exercise feature to pause automatically when you stop working out.
  • Guide frequency: Set to receive the guide whenever you reach the distance or time you set.
  • Pool length: Set the pool length.
7 Tap the green Play icon to start exercising
  • Set whether to use your location information when you use your Galaxy Watch for the first time after purchasing or resetting it. Enabling the location information is set as the default.
  • Your heart rate is measured in seconds when you start exercising. 
  • To measure your heart rate more accurately with the Galaxy Watch, wear the Galaxy Watch firmly around your lower arm just above your wrist.
  • Do not move until your heart rate displays on the screen so it can be measured more accurately.
  • Your heart rate may not be visible temporarily due to various conditions such as the environment, your physical state, or how the Galaxy Watch is worn.
  • When you select Swimming, water lock mode will be activated automatically.
8 View exercise information, such as your heart rate, distance, or time, on the exercise information screen when you rotate the bezel or swipe left or right on the screen.
When you are swimming, you can check additional exercise information, such as your previous stroke and pace.
To listen to music, rotate the bezel anti-clockwise.

When you select Swimming, water lock mode will be automatically activated and the touchscreen will be disabled. The screen will change automatically and you can check your exercise information.

When you select Swimming, the recorded value may not be accurate in following cases:

  • If you stop swimming before reaching the end of the lane
  • If you change your swimming stroke midstream
  • If you stop moving your arms before reaching the end of the lane
  • If you kick with your legs on a kickboard or swim without moving your arms
  •  If you do not pause or restart the exercise by pressing the Back key, but finish the exercise by pressing the Back key and tapping FINISH
9 To pause or restart the exercise, press the Back key.
To finish exercising, tap FINISH → ✔ after pausing the exercise.
To finish swimming, tap and hold the Power key to deactivate water lock mode first and tap FINISH → ✔.
10 To view your exercise information, swipe upwards or downwards on the screen after finishing the exercise.
  • Music will continue to play even if you finish exercising. To stop playing music, stop music before finishing exercising or launch Music to stop playing music.
  • If your Galaxy Watch does not emit sound well, you can remove the water inside of the speaker with a loud sound. On the Apps screen, tap Settings → Advanced → Water lock mode → Eject water → Play sound.

Doing multiple exercises

You can log various exercises and go straight through an entire routine by starting another exercise right after finishing the current exercise.

Press the Back key to pause the current exercise. Tap FINISH → NEXT WORKOUT, then select the exercise and start the next exercise.

 

Starting repetitive exercises

You can perform repetitive exercises such as the squat or dead lift. Your Galaxy Watch will count how many times you repeat the motion with beeps.

1 Open Samsung Health from the Apps screen.
2 Rotate the bezel clockwise to open the exercise tracker screen.
3 Tap WORK OUT and select the type of repetitive exercise.
4 Tap OK when the guide for the selected exercise appears.

Please Note: Some exercises may not have guides.

5 Tap Target to select a target type and set a target.
  • If you select Basic workout as the target, you can work out as much as you want without a limit on time or repetitions.
  • The number of repetition should be set at least five to count for some exercise.
6 Set the various options for each exercise type.
  • Rep counter: Count the number of repetitions with beeps.
  • Wrist worn on: Select the wrist that you wear your Galaxy Watch to improve the counting accuracy.
7 Tap to start exercising.
The exercise will begin after you get into the proper position to start it by following the pose on the screen.
8 Counting will begin with the beep.
Take a rest after completing a set. Or, tap SKIP if you want to skip to the next set. The exercise will begin after you get into the proper position to start it by following the pose on the screen.
9 To pause or restart the exercise, press the Back key.
To finish exercising, tap FINISH → ✔ after pausing the exercise.
10 To view your exercise information, swipe upwards or downwards on the screen after finishing the exercise.

Automatic exercise recognition

Once you have engaged in an activity for more than ten minutes while wearing the Galaxy Watch, it automatically recognises that you are exercising and records exercise information such as the exercise type, duration and calories burned. When you stop exercising for more than one minute, the Galaxy Watch automatically recognises that you have stopped exercising and this feature is deactivated.

  • You can check the list of exercises which are supported by the automatic exercise recognition feature by tapping Samsung Health → Settings → Workout detection → Activities to detect.
  • The automatic exercise recognition feature measures the distance travelled andcalories burnt using the acceleration sensor. The measurements may not be accurate depending on your manner of walking, exercise routines, and lifestyle.
SleepClick to Expand

Analyse your sleep pattern and record it by measuring your heart rate while you are sleeping.

  • The sleep pattern will have its four states (Awake, REM, Light, Deep) analysed by using your movement and changes in your heart rate while sleeping. However, Auto HR settings should be set to Always to measure your heart rate continuously while sleeping.
  • If your heart rate is irregular, your Galaxy Watch cannot recognise your heart rate properly, or you do not set Auto HR settings to Always, the sleep pattern will be analysed into three states (Restless, Light, Motionless).
  • To measure your heart rate more accurately with the Galaxy Watch, wear the Galaxy Watch firmly around your lower arm just above the wrist.

 

Measuring your sleep pattern

1 Sleep while wearing the Galaxy Watch.
The Galaxy Watch will start to measure your sleep pattern.
2 Tap Samsung Health on the Apps screen after you wake up.
3 Rotate the bezel clockwise to open the sleep tracker screen.
4 View your sleep pattern and information.
Sleep Measurement

Setting the sleep report notification

Tap → Notifications and tap the Sleep report notifications switch to activate it. The notification will appear after your sleep pattern has been analysed.

Heart RateClick to Expand

Measure and record your heart rate.

  • The Galaxy Watch’s heart rate tracker is intended for fitness and informational purposes only and is not intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.
  • To measure your heart rate more accurately with the Galaxy Watch, wear the Galaxy Watch firmly around your lower arm just above the wrist.
  • If you have just purchased or have reset the Galaxy Watch, read the on-screen information about the app and create your profile.

 

Be aware of following conditions before measuring your heart rate:

  • Rest for 5 minutes before taking measurements.
  • If the measurement is very different from the expected heart rate, rest for 30 minutes andthen measure it again.
  • During winter or in cold weather, keep yourself warm when measuring your heart rate.
  • Smoking or consuming alcohol before taking measurements may cause your heart rate to be different from your normal heart rate.
  • Do not talk, yawn, or breathe deeply while taking heart rate measurements. Doing so may cause your heart rate to be recorded inaccurately.
  • Heart rate measurements may vary depending on the measurement method and the environment they are taken in.
  • If the heart rate sensor is not working, check the Galaxy Watch’s position on your wrist and make sure nothing is obstructing the sensor. 

 

 

Measuring your heart rate

1 Open Samsung Health from the Apps screen.
2 Rotate the bezel clockwise to open the heart rate tracker screen.
3 Tap MEASURE to begin measuring your heart rate.
After a moment, your current heart rate will be displayed on the screen.
The Galaxy Watch displays information about your heart rate. The heart rate is measured based on your age and gender you entered in your profile and show whether your heart rate is within or out of the average heart rate.
Display HR information and Measure

To view weekly records with a graph, swipe upwards or downwards on the screen. To view records by day, tap View each date.

 

 

Tracking your heart rate

The Galaxy Watch can automatically measure and record your heart rate at regular intervals inyour daily life when you are not using exercise trackers. Tap on the heart rate tracker screen, rotate the bezel to select Auto HR settings, and then select the option you want.

  • Always: Your heart rate will be automatically measured continuously, regardless of your movement.
  • Frequent: The Galaxy Watch will attempt to measure your heart rate at an interval of 10 minutes when you do not move.
  • Never: Your heart rate will not be measured automatically.

 

Please Note: Your heart rate will be measured regardless of the Auto HR settings while working out.

StressClick to Expand

Calculate and record your stress level by using changes in your heart rate and reduce your stress by following the breathing instructions that Galaxy Watch provides.

  • Repeated measurement will deliver more accurate results.
  • Your personal emotions are not calculated when measuring your stress level.
  • To measure your heart rate more accurately with the Galaxy Watch, wear the Galaxy Watch firmly around your lower arm just above the wrist.

 

Measuring your stress level

1 Open Samsung Health from the Apps screen.
2 Rotate the bezel clockwise to open the stress tracker screen.
3 Tap MEASURE to begin measuring your stress level.
After a moment, your current stress level will be displayed on the screen.
Display and Measure Stress levels

To view weekly records with a graph, swipe upwards or downwards on the screen. To view records by day, tap View each date.

 

Alleviating the stress

You can reduce stress by following the Galaxy watch in a deep and slow breathing exercise.

1 After measuring your stress level, tap BREATHE >
2 Tap Target , rotate bezel to set the target, and then tap SET.
3 Tap Inhale/Exhale to set how long you want the breathing exercise to last
4 Tap the Play button and start to breathe following the sound.
5 Follow the breathing exercise to the end or tap the Stop button to finish early.

Tracking your stress level

The Galaxy Watch can automatically measure and record your stress level at regular intervals in your daily life. Tap on the stress tracker screen, rotate the bezel to select Auto stress settings, and then select the Always switch to activate it.

 

Please Note: The stress level is not measured automatically while you are sleeping or moving a lot.

FoodClick to Expand

Record the calories you eat in a day and compare with your target or the daily recommended calories to get help to manage your weight. If you have just purchased or have reset the Galaxy Watch, create your profile. The Galaxy Watch will let you know your daily recommended calories based on the age, gender, and the physical conditions you entered in your profile.

 

Recording the calories

1 Tap Samsung Health on the Apps screen.
2 Rotate the bezel clockwise to open the food screen.
3 Tap ADD, rotate the bezel to enter the calories, and then tap DONE.

To change the meal type, tap the meal type on the top of the screen and select an option.

Calorie Tracker

To remove the record, tap on the food screen, rotate the bezel to select Delete today’s log, select the data, and then tap DELETE. To view weekly records with a graph, swipe upwards or downwards on the screen. To view records by day, tap View each date.

 

Setting your target calories

1 Tap on the food screen and rotate the bezel to select Set target.
2 Set the daily target calories and tap DONE.

You can change the daily target calories from the Samsung Health app on the connected mobile device.

WaterClick to Expand

Record and track how many glasses of water you drink.

 

Recording water consumption

1 Tap Samsung Health on the Apps screen.
2 Rotate the bezel clockwise to open the water tracker screen.
3 Use the + and - buttons to adjust how many glasses of water you've had to drink.
Water tracking

To view weekly records with a graph, swipe upwards or downwards on the screen. To view records by day, tap View each date.

 

Setting your target consumption

Tap and rotate the bezel to select Set target.Tap the Set target switch to activate the feature. Tap Daily target. Rotate the bezel to set the target and tap DONE.

CaffeineClick to Expand

Record and track how many cups of coffee you drink. You can also see this information combined with your Sleep tracker in the Samsung Health mobile app.

 

Recording your coffee consumption

1 Tap Samsung Health on the Apps screen.
2 Rotate the bezel clockwise to open the caffeine tracker screen.
3 Use the + and - buttons to adjust how many cups of coffee you've had to drink.
Caffeine Tracking

To view weekly records with a graph, swipe upwards or downwards on the screen. To view records by day, tap View each date.

 

Setting your caffeine consumption limit

Tap and rotate the bezel to select Set target. Tap the Set target switch to activate the feature. Tap Daily target. Rotate the bezel to set the target and tap DONE.

TogetherClick to Expand

Compare your weekly step count records with other Samsung Health users. You can set a goal, compete with your friends, and view the challenge status.

  • Activate the together feature in the Samsung Health app on your mobile device to check information on your Galaxy Watch.
  • This feature is not available when you use the Galaxy Watch without connecting to a mobile device.

 

Tap Samsung Health on the Apps screen and rotate the bezel clockwise to open the together screen.

 

 

Tap the screen to view detailed information such as your or your friends’ challenges status oryour or your friends’ weekly step count ranking.

*Galaxy Watch is not a medical/therapeutic device. Fitness and health functions (including sleep tracking and heart rate monitoring) are for informational purposes only. Using Samsung Health app with Galaxy Watch requires signup and pairing with your compatible smartphone.

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