Back in January Samsung announced that it is Galaxy Watch Active2 and Galaxy Watch3 would finally get support for EKG and blood pressure monitoring in 31 markets around the world. While that announcement made it seem like the rollout was imminent, it wasn’t until today that these features were finally available.
Better late than never. Here is the full list of places where you can take advantage of the new functionality right now: 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 United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
The Samsung Health Monitor app is exactly what you need. If you are in any of the countries mentioned above, you can download them now from the Galaxy Store. You will also need to install a new software update for your watch before you can use the app. This update is currently being rolled out. However, if you are impatient, you can check it manually in the Galaxy Wearable app.
Note that the blood pressure monitor must be calibrated before use. To do this, measure your blood pressure three times with the watch and a special blood pressure monitor and then enter the values you receive from the standalone monitor into the app. After that, you can simply use the app itself with your watch.
EKG and blood pressure monitoring have been “coming soon” since these two wearables launched last year. So it’s good to finally see these. They are the differentiators for Samsung watches in a way that most wearables cannot either.