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Use your Samsung smart watch as a step counter

Step counter showing 95 steps on someones arm

Your watch isn't just an ordinary watch - it also doubles as a step counter. Whenever you go for a walk or run, the watch will monitor and track your step count. It can even track other types of exercises. But first, you should set up the Steps widget and the Multi-exercise widget.

Set up and view steps

Once you set up the Steps widget on your watch, you can see your current step count whenever you want.

From the watch's Home screen, swipe left until you reach Add widget. Tap it, and then swipe to and tap Steps. Now you can view your step count by simply looking at the Step widget. Tap the widget for more details.

Steps counter widget screen

Set up and view multiple exercises

It doesn't stop with your steps. You do all kinds of other workouts too! No worries, you can view other types of exercise on your watch's Widget screen.

From the watch's Home screen, swipe left until you reach Add widget. Tap it, and then swipe to and tap Multi-workouts. Tap Add, and then select the exercises you want displayed on the widget. When you're done, tap DONE. You can now touch the exercise you want to view and track.

The Multiple exercise widget displayed on the Galaxy Watch Active 2

Frequently asked questions about the step count

Why is my step count increase delayed?

    It’s normal for there to be a slight delay before your latest step count is displayed. However, if there is a very long delay, your watch may have low GPS signals or may not have a good network connection.

Why is my step count inaccurate?

    The steps recorded by your watch are an estimate and may vary from the actual step count. This is because certain factors can affect how steps are recorded. For example, on some watches, steps are only counted when there is hand movement. So, if you push a lawnmower or do an exercise with no hand movement, steps may not be recorded. Other factors, such as environmental conditions or skin conditions, may also affect how well steps are recorded.

Why are the steps on my Galaxy Watch different from the steps on my phone?

    Your watch and phone record steps separately. However, you can sync the watch and phone through Samsung Health, so all of your steps will be added together in one step count.

    Using the connected phone, open the Galaxy Wearable app, and then swipe to and tap Samsung Health. Tap the Step Tracker, tap More Options, and then tap View your step count data. Choose All steps as your step count source. Now both your watch and phone will be synced, and their total will appear in Samsung Health.

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