Samsung brings ECG and blood pressure checks to thousands of Galaxy Watch users

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
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Samsung has announced that its Health Monitor app is coming to owners of the latest Samsung Galaxy Watch devices in 31 new countries, including the UK. 

Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2 users will be able to access features including ECG (electrocardiogram) and blood pressure tracking, which have previously only been available on models purchased in South Korea and the US. 

The Samsung Health Monitor app is intended to help users monitor their health and wellness goals, with new features able to detect irregularities in heart rhythm and sense when body tension is too high. 

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3’s ECG functionality brings the device in line with many high-end fitness watches, including the Apple Watch 6 and Fitbit Sense, but the device’s blood pressure monitoring capabilities means it arguably offers more health functionality than many of its wearable competitors – especially as it's now a feature more widely available across the globe. 

How to get the update

To take blood pressure and ECG measurements, you must have the Samsung Health Monitor app installed on both the Galaxy Watch 3 or Galaxy Watch Active 2 and their Galaxy smartphone.

The Samsung Health Monitor app is automatically installed when you update your Galaxy smartwatch to the latest version via the Galaxy Wearable app. The smartwatch app will then open a link, which will direct users to the smartphone app download page in the Galaxy Store app.

Axel Metz
Phones Editor

Axel is TechRadar's UK-based Phones Editor, reporting on everything from the latest Apple developments to newest AI breakthroughs as part of the site's Mobile Computing vertical. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion.  Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned an NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme.