How to check your heart rate on a Samsung Galaxy smartwatch

Galaxy Watch Active 2 Heart Rate Hero
Galaxy Watch Active 2 Heart Rate Hero (Image credit: Chris Wedel / Android Central)

Samsung Galaxy watches have an outstanding suite of fitness-focused features that use heart rate tracking as part of the evaluation process. These watches can track sleep, stress, and the Galaxy Active 2 will even do ECG and blood pressure monitoring in a future update. So, let's look at what steps can be taken to ensure your watch is keeping track of your ticker.

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How to check your heart rate on a Samsung Galaxy smartwatch

Regardless of how you have customized your Galaxy smartwatch, Samsung Health is there and is a consistent way of checking your heart rate.

  1. Press the apps button on your watch to show all of the available apps.
  2. Scroll to the Samsung Health app and tap it.
  3. Find the heart rate in the list, then select it. Source: Chris Wedel/Android Central

  1. Once open, tap on the word measure to take a current heart rate measurement.
  2. Hold still for a moment while the sensors measure your heart rate.

After the measurement is complete, you can see your weekly trend on the watch or open the Samsung Health app on your phone to see your monthly, weekly, or daily trends.

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Samsung Health is a robust system that helps you keep tabs on all of your health metrics, from how much water you drink to the trends of your heart rate and what those trends can mean. Having that much data available can help in making better-informed decisions on your health.

The fact that so much of it can be done directly from your wrist is impressive. To able see the details in the app on your phone's larger screen for more in-depth analysis is the future right in your hands — or wrist.

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Samsung has been making smartwatches for a long time, from its latest Galaxy Watch Active 2, the Galaxy Watch, or any other one of Samsung's recent smartwatch offerings, all of them use the Samsung Health app both on the watch and your phone. The Samsung Health app is used for all of your health trackings. From entering your food for caloric intake analysis to monitoring your heart rate, it's all there, so getting familiar with it is important.

Chris Wedel
Senior Editor - Smart Home
Chris Wedel is a fan of all things tech and gadgets. Living in rural Kansas with his wife and two young boys makes finding ways to get and stay online tricky. By utilizing his years of experience with the tech and mobile communications industries — success is assured. When not conquering connectivity challenges and testing new gadgets, he enjoys cruising a gravel road in his UTV with some good tunes.