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What is Samsung Health? Everything you need to know
Samsung Health gives users the full picture. The fitness app lets you set goals, see stats, track steps, and so much more. Plus, it’s accessible across screens of every size, from your wrist to your phone to your smart TV. Find out everything available in the app and see what sets it apart in our Samsung Health guide.
What is Samsung Health?
Samsung Health is a health and fitness app that encourages users to stay active. Available on Android and iOS phones, the app tracks activity data with significant health impacts, helping you gain insight into your well-being. It is also the go-to fitness app for Samsung wearables.
The Samsung Health app isn’t necessarily the most complex or data-heavy app available, but it’s a solid platform for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It offers plenty of tools to help you manage everything from stress and sleep to food and fitness, and organizes all of your data on an intuitive interface. It also offers a well of resources, including fitness coaches, mindfulness exercises, and a community of like-minded users.
What does Samsung Health track?
Samsung Health tracks a lot of the basics. It is really a catch-all for users’ most important data and a great tool for managing your overall health. Users can record workouts, plus track steps, active minutes, heart rate, and sleep. Depending on your device, Samsung Health can automatically track your sleep or you can manually add sleep data. Some compatible fitness trackers and other devices can even track SpO2 levels, snoring, and ambient noise levels while you sleep.
If you own a Galaxy Watch 4 or Galaxy Watch 5 series smartwatch, Samsung also offers Sleep Coaching. Within the Samsung Health app, the company analyzes your sleep patterns using data recorded by your compatible watch. After about a week, you will be assigned a sleep animal that represents your habits. Based on your results, the app then provides a multi-week coaching program to help you optimize your shut-eye.
The app can also help you track weight, water intake, and calories. It won’t be the most advanced calorie tracking you can find, but it can certainly function as a food diary if you want to keep everything in one place. Additionally, the Samsung Health app helps users keep tabs on their ticker with heart rate tracking, stress data, and, depending on the device, blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and blood oxygen. Last but not least, the app will also track women’s health data, including cycles and symptoms.
To disable Samsung Health on your smartphone, find the app in the Google Play or App Store. Tap Uninstall, then tap to confirm. If you don’t want to uninstall the app and simply want to turn off auto-detect for workouts, you can do so in the settings menu within the Samsung Health app itself.
Samsung Health profile and navigating the app
You can sign in to Samsung Health with your Samsung account. If you don’t yet have a Samsung account, you will need to create one to use the app. Downloaded Samsung Health, tap Create account, and fill out the necessary details.
Once you’re signed in, there are four main tabs to navigate: Home, Together, Fitness, and My Page.
- Home: As the name implies, this tab is your home base within the Samsung Health app. It is where you can set and track goals and view all of your current health metrics. Scroll the Home tab to review your stats or to manually add data, including weight, periods, or food and water intake. If you scroll down to the bottom of this tab, you can tap Manage items to add or remove specific measurables from your home screen.
- Together: The Together tab is where you can enter challenges and compare your data to other Samsung Health users. You can also invite and connect with others to keep friends motivated on their own health journeys.
- Fitness: Tap on the Fitness tab to jump into a 15 min workout video, listen to a sleep story, or read up on PMS. This tab houses an extensive library of exercise and wellness resources, including workout programs, videos, content from Samsung Health TV partners, and tools for mindfulness and women’s health.
- My page: This tab is where users can edit their Samsung Health app profile. Add your gender, height, weight, and birth date to calculate important values like calories burned and heart rate ranges. You can also set your typical daily activity level on a scale of one to four. Beyond your basic profile, the My page tab provides big-picture data like weekly summaries, personal bests, and earned badges.
You can access the app’s overflow menu from any of the tabs above by tapping the three horizontal dots in the top right corner of your screen. This menu includes four options additional options:
- For you: For you is where you will find weekly summaries of your tracked results including activity and sleep data.
- Promotions: Under Promotions, you will find marketing plugs and current deals for other Samsung products.
- Notices: Here you will find updates from the Samsung team including changes within the app and information about Samsung Health content.
- Settings: Like a typical settings menu, here you can access account details, manage notifications, review your privacy settings, and more.
Setting and tracking goals
Users are encouraged to pursue a variety of wellness goals in the Samsung Health app. The most prominent goal is a target for active minutes per day. Every minute of light, moderate, or vigorous activity counts towards this goal, including tracked steps, sports, and workouts. Additionally, users can also choose a target for daily calorie intake, steps, body composition, water intake, and sleep tracking targets.
One strength of the Samsung Health app is the variety of options users can access for viewing their tracked data. From the Home tab, tap on any of the categories (exercise, sleep, heart rate, etc.) to open a new screen with a more extensive breakdown of your results. Then in the top right-hand corner, tap the calendar or bar graph icon to see your results over the past week, month, or year at a glance.
Apps compatible with Samsung Health
Unlike other fitness apps like Google Fit or Apple Health, Samsung Health doesn’t offer integration with many third-party apps, which Samsung refers to as “connected services.” The exceptions are the popular running and cycling app Strava and the wellness platform Technogym.
Devices compatible with Samsung Health
Many fitness and health devices are compatible with Samsung Health, including a number of Samsung smartwatches. To view the complete list of compatible devices within the app, tap More (the three vertical dots in the top right corner of your app screen), then tap Settings. Scroll down to and tap Accessories and browse the devices listed in each category.
Here are the trackers, smartwatches, and accessories compatible with Samsung Health:
- Samsung Galaxy Fit
- Samsung Galaxy Fit 2
- Samsung Galaxy Fit e
- Samsung Gear Icon X (2018)
- Samsung Gear Fit
- Samsung Gear Fit 2
- Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
- Partron Urban-HR
- Partron Urban-S Plus
- Partron Urban-Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Watch
- Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
- Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
- Samsung Gear S
- Samsung Gear S2
- Samsung Gear S3
- Samsung Gear
- Samsung Gear 2
- Samsung Gear 2 Neo
- Samsung Gear Sport
- Garmin Bike Speed Sensor and Cadence Sensor
- Garmin Cadence Sensor
- Garmin Speed Sensor
- Gpulse Cycling Speed/Cadence Sensor
- Polar Cadence Sensor
- Polar Speed Sensor
- Wahoo BLUe SC
- Wahoo RPM Cadence
- Wahoo RPM Speed
- Trek Bontrager DuoTrap Digital Speed/Cadence Sensor
- Trek Bontrager DuoTrap S Digital Sensor
Blood pressure monitors
- Transtek Blood Pressure Monitor
- A&D Medical UA-651 BLE
- Omron BP7000
- Omron HEM-9200T
Blood glucose meters
- Accu-Chek Aviva Connect
- Accu-Chek Guide
- i-Sens CareSens N NFC
- i-Sens CareSens NM Premier BLE
- SD Biosensor GlucoNavii Link 0.3 NFC
- SD Biosensor GlucoNavii Mentor BLE
- SD Biosensor GlucoNavii Mentor NFC
- SD Biosensor GlucoNavii NFC
- Osang Healthcare GluNEO M3
Heart rate monitors
- Garmin Heart Rate Monitor
- Garmin HRM-Run
- Garmin HRM-Tri
- Garmin Soft Strap Premium Heart Rate Monitor
- Gpulse Heart Rate Chest Belt
- Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless
- Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor
- Suunto Smart Sensor (Heart Rate for Multisport)
- Suunto Sports Tracker by Suunto (Heart Rate Monitor)
- Scosche Rhythm Plus
- Timex Digital 2.4 Heart Rate Sensor
- Wahoo Soft ANT Heart Rate Monitor
- Wahoo Tickr
- Wahoo Tickr Run
- A&D Medical UC-352 BLE
- InBody H20 (B,N)
- Lefu Smart Scale CF376
- Omron Viva (HBF-222T)
- Polar Balance
- Shinil SHM-D200AK
- Tanita BC-1000 (BK/-WH) ANT+
- Tanita BC-1000PLUS ANT+
- Tanita BC-1100F ANT+
- Tanita BC-1500
- Tanita BF-2000
- Tanita HD-351 ANT
- Yunmai Color
- Yunmai Mini
- Yunmai Mini 2
- Yunmai Premium
- Xiaomi Mi Smart Scale
You can also access Samsung Health on your compatible TV to see data and workouts on the big screen. This is a favorite feature for at-home workouts. Log in to your TV with the same Samsung account as used for the Samsung Health mobile app, and link the two together on the Samsung Health TV app.
The Samsung Health app on your smartphone
Installing the Samsung Health app on your phone will offer the best user experience. It’s easiest to view detailed information on a bigger screen than that of a smartwatch. In addition to Samsung phones, you can add the app to an Android 8.0 or later phone or an iPhone 5 or above with iOS 9 or above. Apple iPads and the Apple iPod Touch are not supported.
The Samsung Health app is completely free. However, some of the resources available through partner services, such as Calm, may require subscriptions or fees.
What’s missing from Samsung Health?
Based on users’ reviews, the biggest shortcomings of Samsung Health are the removal or downgrading of existing features. For example, Samsung redesigned the heart rate data display, removing the continuous heart rate line graph that many users preferred. In 2018, Samsung removed integration with third-party apps as well as temperature and humidity tracking.
Additionally, as mentioned above, the Samsung Health app no longer syncs with many third-party services. Compared to fully integrated competitors like Google Fit or Apple Health, this is one of the app’s biggest shortcomings. Athletes looking to link their Samsung Health account to more powerful or niche apps, like Runkeeper or Headspace, will be disappointed.
Some of the specific tracking categories in Samsung Health also have a few shortcomings. When adding food to calorie tracking, there is no option for scanning barcodes or for inputting personal recipes. Sleep tracking doesn’t allow users to add in split sleep times or naps. When tracking runs, the app doesn’t provide a number of miles per week. These are all minor critiques, however, as overall the tracking is fairly robust.
To see if your Samsung Health app needs to be updated, find the app in Google Play Store or App Store. If the options listed below the app name are Uninstall and Open, you are already running the latest version of Samsung Health. If instead of Open, the second option is Update, tap to begin updating your app to the newest version.
Overall, Samsung Health is a solid fitness app and a good option for Samsung wearables. It tracks and organizes plenty of data to help users build healthy habits and get a handle on their fitness. The frankly absurd number of workouts and the community-building challenges are both aspects of the app that make it stand out. However, the market for fitness apps is competitive, and the app’s lack of third-party integration might be enough to steer some users elsewhere.