How to Use ECG & Fall Detection on Galaxy Watch 3 & Active 2

In the latest firmware update, some of the major functions like ECG & fall detection are now part of Galaxy Watch Active 2. Electrocardiogram may be the most loved health tool by Active 2 users. Since the launch date is August 2019, almost all the customers requested Samsung to drop the feature as soon as possible. Now, not only the ECG but the company has introduced Detect Fall, Blood Oxygen, VO2 Max & advanced running analysis.

These health features are essential for various customers. These features make Samsung watches a complete fitness-centric watch like an Apple Watch Series 5. Sadly, the older Watch Active & Galaxy Watch might not get ECG but there’s a chance for fall detection.

The main work of fall detection or detecting fall is to identify the accident and call or message your emergency number via SOS calling. It will automatically detect a hard fall and dial the number. You have to manually add your emergency numbers to the tool. The Electrocardiogram or simply ECG is helpful to track your heart’s rhythm and electrical activities.

It captures the signals of your heart when it beats and using a sensor it detects any irregular action. We have heard many life-saving stories of Apple Watch users who are regularly using ECG & fall detection. Now, it is time for Galaxy Watch 3 & Active 2 users to share the same stories. Today, I will cover how to use ECG & detect falls on Galaxy Watch Active 2 & Watch 3.

ECG & Detect Fall on Galaxy Watch

ECG on Galaxy Watch 3

1. Download the Health Monitor app

To start, the first step is, you have to download and install the Samsung Health Monitor app on both your smartwatch & smartphone. The app is available in Galaxy Store.

2. Set up the app

Once download the app, now you have to complete the necessary steps and set up the app.

3. Open the app on the smartwatch

When you set up the Health Monitor app on the smartphone, then automatically it gets ready to use on the watch.

4. Allow app to access sensor permission

On the smartwatch, it will ask you for permission. Give access to the Health Monitor app sensor permission to track your AFib.

5. Now, come back on the phone app

Again you have to set up some settings, so open the phone version of the app.

6. You will see two options, tap on ECG

After successful installation, you will see BP or blood pressure and ECG tabs. Here, tap on the ECG tab to move ahead.

7. Hit Get Started

On the next screen, it shows you the benefits of the ECG function. Read it, or just hit on getting Started. On the next screen again click on the Next button.

8. Select in which hand you have worn the watch

Further, you have to select, on which hand you have worn the Galaxy Watch 3 or Galaxy Watch Active 2 watches. Most people wear it on their left hand, but still, you can choose on whatever hand you have worn it.

9. Now hit Done and wear the watch in a perfect manner

When you complete all the steps, finally, hit on the Done button, and come back to the smartwatch. Wear the watch perfectly, not too loose and not too tight.

10. Now, tap on ECG to start the tracking

After all the completion of these above steps, open the Samsung Health Monitor app. In the app, tap on the ECG icon. Now, it will start to measure the chances of atrial fibrillation. It takes 60 seconds to record the data, so don’t move your hands.

Detect Fall on Galaxy Watch

1. Open the Galaxy Wearable app

2. Select SOS

3. Turn on Detect Falls

4. Add the emergency contacts

5. You can add up to 4 contacts

When you activate the Detect fall option, then the sensor will recognize staying still or falling hard. If you are found in a hard falling situation, then the watch will call your beloved one, and send the current location using GPS technology. It is not the check and tell option, so we have to wait for a real-time experience to get its final results.

Samsung has already mentioned that the app doesn’t provide heart attack data, so don’t look for it here. Further, the company has warned, that the users don’t take any medicine or other treatments based on the watch results. It is advisable to meet your doctor if you find any chances of atrial fibrillation. For further assistance, drop your words in the comment box.

11 thoughts on “How to Use ECG & Fall Detection on Galaxy Watch 3 & Active 2

  1. I purchased a Galaxy Active 2 a year ago being told that the fall detection would be working by 1st quarter of 2020. I still have to get it set up now but have a MotoG7 smart phone and am wondering if it will work? No one said you have to have a Samsung phone to use the fall detection capability last year. It was the reason I bought the watch.

  2. Has anyone else had the issue of the fall detection NOT detecting a fall? I have tried to get it to work and no luck. Manually pushing the home button 3 times works like a charm but not the automatic way. Just checking if it HAS or HAS NOT been working for them. Please reply here or to my email and if you found a fix for it not working let me know. Thank You.

  3. Samsung got FDA permission to active ECG funtion on galaxy active 2..
    Q. If I buy an active 2 watch in United States and enabkenECG function there.. can it work if I travel to central America or any other country in Latin America

    1. The LTE version in India & South Korea is getting a new update, so it will soon reach the European countries.

  4. But, this functionality only works if you also have a Samsung phone, not another Android device.

    Is that going to change?

  5. sadly, none of this works if you bought a samsung phone in the U.S. that was made for another market, the function is blocked

  6. Just realized that I had to click on the heart rate icon, not the samsung health icon. It works now. Thanks

  7. I just updated both my phone and watch and the ECG function is till not showing in the Samsung Heath App on my S8 phone or Active 2 watch yet.

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