Samsung Health: How It Works

A phone sits on gravel, the Samsung Health app is pen and displaying recent activity.

When trying to get fit, lose weight, or just build healthier habits, having a health tracker app help you out removes a lot of the stress. Samsung was definitely aware of this when they released Samsung Health. You may recognize its former name, S Health, as the Samsung hub for healthy living.

Samsung Health Wants to Be Your Health Habit Hub

Samsung Health works as your hub for all things health. Workouts, water intake, even hooking up with your running app to have all the information you want in a single place. There's a lot going on in this app, but the aim is to put you in control of your health.

A pale hand holds the phone, displaying the main page of the Samsung Health app.

When you go out to walk the dog or take a run, your phone will detect the motion and track it for you. The main page of the app has the different activities you want to track, including daily steps, heart rate, and stress, but you can personalize it to your liking to even track things like water intake, caffeine, sleep, and weight management. There are also specific activity trackers for a variety of different exercises including running, cycling, and hiking.

Set up and Complete Your Profile

Your user profile in Samsung Health is how you keep track of your activities within the app. You can add your photo, nickname, and email for aesthetic purposes, but it's the other information that really helps you out. Add height, weight, gender, age, and your activity level to really make Samsung Health your own.

The profile page within the Samsung Health app is displayed on a phone screen.

Your profile includes rewards for continued activity, personal bests during workouts, weekly summaries of your activity routine, and a history of any programs you've decided to take part in. Essentially, your profile lets you take a long-form look at your progress, and you get small rewards for taking steps towards a healthier lifestyle.

Set Achievable Goals

Once you've decided what habits you want to change or track, the next thing on your mind should be setting goals. There are weight management goals, fitness goals, and more.

Note: Your profile needs to be set up beforehand since these goals are based on changing current habits.

Once you've set a goal, you'll see an indicator at the top of the main page inside the Samsung Health app, which tells you how much progress you've made towards that goal. If you tap the indicator, there's a dedicated breakdown of your daily activity, calories burned, and more information directly related to your goal. There's also a page showing long-term trends for tracking your progress, and rewards for hitting your goals.

Workout With Friends

Not everybody likes to work out alone; having someone to compete against and cheer for can help you stay focused on your fitness goals. While Samsung Health is primarily concerned with your progress, the Together tab within the app is all about community.

A pale hand holds the phone, displaying the Together tab of the Samsung Health app.

There are monthly community challenges you can participate in just by being active, as well as the ability to find and add friends. There are also challenges for you and your friends so you can work towards bigger and bigger goals.

Connect and Sync Data With Other Apps

It seems like there are dozens of apps dedicated to your health and fitness. From specific apps for tracking blood pressure or weight to calorie counters, you probably have at least one other health app installed. Thankfully, Samsung Health partners with dozens of different apps, allowing you to connect them and have all of the information from those apps synced with Samsung Health.

With this, you can keep tracking your meals with, say, My Fitness Pal, then see that information displayed within the hub of Samsung Health.

Which Phones Are Compatible With Samsung Health?

You might think Samsung Health would be exclusive to Samsung phones, but that's not the case. The app supports all Samsung smartphones going back to the Galaxy S3, as well as non-Samsung Android phones; Android 4.4 KitKat or later and a minimum of 1.5GB of storage are required for the app to function properly. The app is also available on iPhones, and requires iOS 9.0 or later.

This app is typically pre-installed on new Samsung phones, but it can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.