How to Use the Galaxy S5 Heart Rate Monitor

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The new Galaxy S5 is a health nut’s dream device thanks to its built-in heart rate monitor. With Samsung’s updated S Health app, you can monitor your cardiovascular health over time, or before, during and after a workout. Here’s how to get started. 

1. Open the S Health app.

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2. Select Heart Rate from the home screen.

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3. Place your finger on the sensor below the camera on the back of your phone.

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The sensor glows red when it is trying to read your pulse. You won’t have to apply too much pressure, just press your finger lightly on the sensor and try to remain still. Also, remember to breathe.

4.  Hold your finger in place and remain still for about 10 seconds.

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If you move during this time, the colors of the heart and text on the screen turn orange. 

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When the app is done, you’ll see your heart rate displayed on the screen. According to Mayo Clinic, a normal resting heart rate for adults lies between 60 and 100 beats per minute, and a lower number at rest shows more efficient function and better cardio fitness.

5.  Tap the charts symbol at the bottom right of the screen. 

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You’ll see a chart displaying your recorded data so you can understand your cardio patterns.  If you’re looking for real time performance and instructions during your workout, you’ll have to use an external monitor such as the one on the Gear Fit.

Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn joined the Laptopmag team in June 2013 and has since been writing about all things tech and digital with a focus on mobile and Internet software development. She also edits and reports occasionally on video. She graduated with a M.S. in Journalism (Broadcast) from Columbia University in May 2013 and has been designing personal websites since 2001.
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