Samsung introduced the Galaxy Watch 3 at its Unpacked event in August. With the launch of this new generation of smartwatches, the company has also included direct ECG measurements from their wrists. Notably, Samsung recently got FDA clearance to bring this feature to its Galaxy smartwatch. Moreover, previously it was only limited to the country of origin of South Korea. However, after FDA approval, Samsung brought this EKG (electrocardiogram monitoring app) for the Galaxy Watch 3 and Watch Active 2 as well.
The new ECG measurement feature is now available on the Galaxy Watch 3 and Watch Active 2 via a software update. So, if you own one of those watches, you are in luck because you can take the ECG test right from your wrist. The new ECG measurement feature is active in the Samsung Health app.
If you haven’t received the update, then it’s time for you to check Google Play Store for Health app updates. In this post, we will give you a step-by-step guide on how you can check the ECG using your Galaxy Watch. So, without further ado, let’s get straight to it:
ECG stands for electrocardiogram. It is a biological measurement that tracks your heart rhythm and looks for irregularities. A new update to the Samsung Health and Galaxy Watches app lets you measure your heart rate directly from your device without the need for any additional equipment. This will help you to not only monitor your heart but will also help you identify the early signs of Atrial Fibrillation.
Atrial fibrillation is a medical condition in which your heartbeat is irregular due to the malfunctioning of the upper two chambers of the heart. This dysfunctional behavior is usually caused by intermittent electrical signals being sent to the heart. This condition is a sign of a serious health problem pending. ECG support on Galaxy Watches can help you identify these symptoms and contact your doctor as early as possible.
Moreover, having the ability to perform an EKG directly from the comfort of your home during this pandemic is a welcome addition. This way you can monitor your health without harming you and your family.
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To make sure you get the ECG functionality on your Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 or lower, you have to make sure that you have installed the update on your device. This update is currently being pushed globally in several groups.
If you don’t have a prompt to update your watch yet, you can wait a day or two and the update will arrive for you. Otherwise, you can change your region to US to get the latest updates. Now let’s see how you can take the ECG rating after you update your Galaxy Watch 3.
The first thing you need to do is to pair your Galaxy Watch with the new Samsung Health App so that your ECG readings can be saved on your Galaxy smartphone. This will allow you to get comprehensive reports and track your readings over time with detailed charts. Here’s how to check the ECG on the Samsung Galaxy Watch:
1. Visit the Galaxy Apps Store and search for ‘Samsung Health Monitor‘.
2. Tap ‘Install‘ at the bottom and the app will now be automatically installed on your Galaxy smartphone.
3. Once the download is complete, tap ‘Open‘ at the bottom of the app store page. Alternatively, you can also launch it from your app drawer using the app icon.
4. Now the Samsung Health Monitor app will automatically detect your paired Galaxy Watch 3. The app will then ask your permission to ‘Use this watch to measure your blood pressure and ECG‘. Tap ‘Accept‘ to start.
5. You will now be asked to create your profile and enter your health details so that the app can read properly.
6. Fill in all the required details, and you will be taken to the introduction screen.
7. Swipe up to get started.
8. Tap the ‘tab’ECG‘ to take an ECG reading.
9. Tap ‘Get Started‘ at the bottom of your screen.
10. Now you will be shown a guide on the Samsung recommended way to do an ECG reading. I suggest that you read these instructions as it will help you maximize your device in terms of taking accurate ECG readings. Tap ‘Next‘ after you finish reading.
11. You will now be explained the different results that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 will display once your reading is complete. Make sure you read all of them to identify your pattern accurately. Once you are done, tap on ‘Next‘ at the bottom of your screen.
12. Read the security warning on the next page and tap ‘Next‘ again after you finish reading.
13. A set of guidelines will appear to ensure that you have read all the recommendations and disclaimers. Tap ‘Next‘ again after you read them all.
14. Now you will be asked to identify the wrist you are using for Galaxy Watch 3. Tap on the option you want to get started.
15. Tap ‘Next‘ after you make your choice.
16. You are now ready to take the ECG reading. Tap ‘Done‘ to complete the process. Now you can follow the guide below to perform an ECG reading through your Galaxy Watch.
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1. Open your Galaxy Watch and open the Samsung Health Monitor app. Now scroll down a bit and tap on ECG. You can also rotate your watch dial to access the widgets in which the new ECG widget should be available to you. Samsung will now display a disclaimer regarding watch pairing.
2. Scroll down and tap ‘Ok‘.
Notes: Samsung advises you to sit with a normal breathing pattern to get the best reading.
3. The watch will now ask you to place your finger on the top right button of your watch. The watch will automatically start taking ECG readings once you do it. There will be a timer at the top of your watch showing how long you have to wait before the test is finished.
4. Once the reading is done, your result will be shown on the watch screen. You can then access the report from within the Samsung Health app on your mobile device and even share it with your doctor if needed.
Notes: You don’t need to press/activate the button, just place your finger on it gently.
According to initial reports, the following devices are compatible and receive the latest update that introduces ECG functionality to Galaxy Watches. I mentioned the update version too so that you can determine in advance if you get the ECG compatibility update or not.
- Galaxy Watch 3 45mm: Manufacturing Number R840XXU1BTHA / R840OXA1BTHA
- Galaxy Watch 3 41mm: Manufacturing Number R850XXU1BTHA / R850OXA1BTHA
- Galaxy Watch Active 2: Manufacturing Number R820XXU1CTH8
- Galaxy Watch Active 2 (Verizon): Manufacturing Number R825USQU1BTH9
Notes: Galaxy Watch 2018 doesn’t support ECG functionality as it doesn’t have built-in hardware that allows accurate ECG readings.
I hope this guide helped you learn everything you need to know about the new ECG update on Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and lower.