How to disable activity reminders on the Gear S3 + S2

The Samsung Gear S3 — and, when updated to the latest software, the smaller Gear S2 — have a bunch of useful health-related features in Samsung's S Health app. Among these is a feature which buzzes your watch if you've been stationary for an hour or more, as well as pinging you once you've hit a healthy walking pace for 10 minutes or more.

That's fine if you're after that kind of functionality. But if not, they can be annoying. (And let's face it, the last thing many of us want to do in the lull between holidays is "get moving.") Fortunately, it's easy to disable these nudges and notifications.

Here's what to do:

S Health notifications

  1. At your watch face, press the Home button (the lower physical button) to open the app drawer.
  2. Find the S Health icon in the app deck, and tap it.
  3. By scrolling the bezel or swiping the screen, go to the Settings card (all the way to the right) and tap on it.
  4. In the menu that appears, disable the nudges or notifications you don't want to see.
  5. Once you're done, hit the home button to return to your watch face.

It's as simple as that. If you still want to receive watch-based activity reminders at some point in the future — for example, once the post-Christmas food coma has subsided — you can simply re-enable them from the same menu.

Alex Dobie
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Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • One of the main things I prefer with the S3 over regular Android Wear. Definitely like having it on, but nice to know you can turn it off. I'd be very interested in ACs experiences if any with the T-Mobile Digits program with the S3 Frontier. I'm having some issues.
  • I'd start by asking around the forums, if you haven't already
  • I'm about ready to return my T Mobile S3 LTE. Thing constantly disconnects from Bluetooth. Hit and miss notifications. For $400 plus, I expect a bit more.
  • Make sure the Samsung accessory service doesn't have battery optimizations turned on. That will cause Bluetooth issues. I experienced it briefly when I turned it on and it was fixed as soon as I turned it off.
  • Thank you. I'll check that.
  • This tip will definitely be popular with Americans. 😎
  • The instructions leave out an important step. After selecting the S Health app, you must tap "Start". Only then can you scroll to the settings and proceed.