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Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro now feature skin temperature measurement

The infrared temperature sensor measures skin temperature for more accurate menstrual cycle tracking.

Published onApril 19, 2023

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Watch face
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  • Skin-temperature-based cycle tracking is now rolling out for the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro.
  • The feature will be available within the Samsung Health app in the US, UK, Korea, and other European markets.
  • The tech makes use of the infrared temperature sensor within the watch to provide better forecasts for menstrual cycles.

There are plenty of good smartwatches around for Android users, but two of the better options are the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. Now, Samsung is making them even more useful by enabling skin temperature measurement for menstruators.

Samsung has just announced that the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro can now measure skin temperature, which then feeds into the Cycle Tracking feature. The company had previously announced that the feature would be coming soon, and now, roll out has finally begun for the US, Korea, UK, and 29 European markets.

Cycle Tracking on the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro will now make better use of the infrared temperature sensor within the watches. Measurements from the temperature sensor will track skin temperature changes to better forecast things like ovulation and menstrual cycles as a whole. Since the sensor makes use of infrared tech, it can obtain accurate readings even if there is a temperature change in the user’s surroundings or if the user moves while sleeping.

All of the data from the temperature sensor (and other sensors) is encrypted and stored on the device itself, giving users control over their data. The watches make use of Natural Cycles‘ algorithm to then forecast menstrual cycles and track ovulation with a greater degree of accuracy and insight.

A Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 displays the apps list.
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Samsung says that the Cycle Tracking feature has been registered with the FDA and other relevant market authorities.

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Skin-temperature-based cycle tracking is progressively rolling out within the Samsung Health app for Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro users in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the US.

Note that Samsung does not mention if the temperature data itself will be available. Other smartwatches like the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra do not give you access to the raw readings. Instead, they provide you with fluctuation graphs from your regular baseline temperature.

This is because these infrared-sensor-based raw temperature readings are not complete alternatives to clinical thermometer readings and should not be relied on for medical needs. They are best used to track bodily changes over a longer period of time when read with all the other data that the watches collect over time.

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