How to Measure Your Heart Rate Using a Samsung Galaxy Watch

Samsung Galaxy smartwatches are great productivity companions, but they are also good for fitness tracking. Heart rate monitoring is a useful feature. We’ll show you how to measure your heart rate manually or automatically with a Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Heart rate sensors have been part of Samsung smartwatches since the Gear 2, which was launched in 2014. Every modern Samsung Gear or Galaxy Smartwatch can measure your heart rate. It is important to note, however, that smartwatches are not medical instruments and should not be used for diagnosis.

There are two methods that you can use to measure your heart rate with a Samsung Galaxy Watch. You can check manually at any time or have the clock measure automatically all day. The watch also measures your heart rate more frequently during exercise.

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Check your heart rate manually

To check your current heart rate manually with your Galaxy Watch, we first press the physical power button on the watch to open the apps panel. Select “Samsung Health” from the list.

In the Health app, scroll down and select the Heart Rate section.

Select heart rate

Simply tap the “Measure” button to start measuring your heart rate now.

Tap the button

A circle around the edge of the screen shows the progress.

Heart rate measurement is in progress

Once it’s complete, you’ll see a small report of how this measurement compares to the previous ones. You can tap Tag to add a note.

Heart rate report

Automatic heart rate tracking

The automatic heart rate measurement on your Samsung Galaxy Watch is very useful because you never have to think about it.

To get started, press the physical power button on the watch to open the apps list and select Samsung Health.

Select Samsung Health from the list of apps

Scroll down to the Heart Rate section and tap on it.

Select heart rate

Scroll down the heart rate screen and select the gear icon to open Settings.

open the heart rate settings

There are three options on this screen:

  • Measure continuously: Continually measures your heart rate.
  • Every 10 minutes as long as: Measures your heart rate every 10 minutes when you are not exercising.
  • Manual measurement only: Will never measure your heart rate automatically.

Choose one of the options to continue. Remember that continuous heart rate measurement has a greater impact on battery life than the option every 10 minutes.

choose an automatic option

That’s it! You can check your heart rate history by visiting the Samsung Health app. The app shows your heart rate measurements in a graph for the week.

Heart rate charts

Again, smartwatches are not medical instruments and should not be used for diagnosis. That being said, it’s a cool tool, especially if you’re into fitness tracking.

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