ECG and blood pressure monitoring finally live for Galaxy Watch Active2 and Galaxy Watch3February 23, 2021
Back in January, Samsung announced that its Galaxy Watch Active2 and Galaxy Watch3 would finally receive support for ECG and blood pressure monitoring in 31 markets across the world. Although that announcement made it seem like the rollout was imminent, it actually took until today for these features to finally become available.
Better late than never, then. Here’s the full list of places where you can now take advantage of the new functionality: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UAE, and the United Kingdom.
The Samsung Health Monitor app is what you need, and if you’re in one of the aforementioned countries, it’s now available to download from the Galaxy Store. You will also need to install a new software update for your watch before you can start using the app. That update is currently rolling out, but if you’re impatient you can manually check for it from the Galaxy Wearable app.
Note that blood pressure monitoring requires calibration before use. To do that, you’ll measure your blood pressure with both the watch and a dedicated blood pressure monitor three times, then input the values you get from the standalone monitor into the app. After that, you can simply use the app itself with your watch.
ECG and blood pressure monitoring have both been “coming soon” ever since these two wearables launched last year, so it’s good to finally see these arrive. They are quite the differentiating features for Samsung’s watches, as most wearables out there can’t do either.