The Apple Watch dominates the wearable device industry in terms of popularity and features. However, the biggest drawback is that the Apple Watch only works with an iPhone. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is a solid option for Android users.
It is the only smartwatch on Android that runs the latest version of Wear OS with Samsung’s One UI Watch. While it has many health tracking capabilities, it loses some important features depending on its region. For example, blood pressure monitoring is not available on the Galaxy Watch 4 in the US region at the time of this writing in April 2022.
Fortunately, there is a workaround for this problem. If you have a Galaxy Watch 4 or Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, here’s how you can enable the blood pressure feature (and also ECG if it’s not available in your region).
Why is blood pressure monitoring not available in some regions?
All companies’ products need government approval to include specific health-related features in their devices. That is to ensure that the data derived from the feature is accurate and that the claims are legitimate. The ECG feature was approved by the FDA in the U.S., but approval is still pending for blood pressure monitoring.
Both ECG and blood pressure are not available on the Galaxy Watch 4 in several regions. That’s a drawback as both are useful features. However, if you want to try those features on your Galaxy Watch 4, there are ways to test them.
Samsung claims that Blood pressure monitoring will be officially available for the Galaxy Watch 4 in the near future. It has been 6 months since the release of the smartwatch and the update has not yet arrived.
Supported regions and devices
Even if BP and ECG are officially supported in your region, there is another caveat to using them. You must have a Samsung smartphone to use with the Galaxy Watch 4. Otherwise, ECG and BP will not work. This guide will also allow you to use these features on non-Samsung phones. Of course, we do not guarantee that these features will work perfectly on all phone models.
As far as regions are concerned, you can use this guide to get ECG and BP monitoring on your Galaxy Watch 4.
How to enable blood pressure monitoring on Galaxy Watch 4
In addition to your Galaxy Watch 4, you need a smartphone and a PC or Mac to download the app on the smartwatch. Once you have them all ready, you can proceed with the steps.
Note that this will also enable ECG in your region if it is not officially supported.
ADB setup and watch connection
We will use ADB (Android Debug Bridge) to install an app on Galaxy Watch 4. If you haven’t done it before, you can refer to our guide on how to install APK on Wear OS smartwatches.
Step 1: Download the relevant ADB files according to the operating system you use on your computer.
Step 2: Extract the ZIP file to the location of your choice. On Windows, hold down the Shift key and right-click on the extracted file and select “Open command window here”. On Mac and Linux, open Terminal, type cd and press Enter to change the active directory. Then drag the folder you unzipped and drop it into the Terminal window. You will now get a path to that folder in the Terminal. Press Enter.
Step 3: To enable ADB debugging on the watch, open the Settings application.
Step 4: Scroll down to the System section and tap it.
Step 6: Scroll down to find the build number. Tap it 7 times repeatedly to unlock Developer Options on your watch.
APK for your phone directly on your own smartphone. He APK for watch can be downloaded on your computer. Please note that these are links to the third-party APKMirror website. While these packages are tested to be free of any malicious code, proceed to install them at your own risk.Step 2: Install the downloaded APK on your smartphone by tapping it in your file manager.
Step 3: Move the Watch APK to the folder where ADB is installed on your computer. In our case, it is the platform tools folder.
Installing the application via ADB
Step 1: In the Terminal window opened earlier, type./adb connect. The IP address here is what you wrote down earlier. The command would look like./adb connect 192.168.1.325:5555.
Step 2: Now launch the Samsung Health Monitor app on your Galaxy Watch 4 and perform the initial setup.
Step 3: Select the Blood Pressure option and follow the on-screen instructions to calibrate the watch.
You can also use the ECG function from here if it is not available in your region.
Measure your blood pressure on the Galaxy Watch 4
By using a modified version of the app and following a few simple steps, you can monitor your blood pressure directly from the Galaxy Watch 4. You can also use the ECG function if it is not officially available in your region. Please note that the watch readings are indicative and for reference purposes only. They are not medical grade.