The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 comes with a lot of health features and one of them enables you to measure your body composition.
Samsung’s flagship smartwatch comes with Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA) technology. This technology can be found on the best scales and it uses a weak electric current to determine the body composition of a person. The Galaxy Watch 4 gathers body composition data which includes body mass index (BMI), bone mass, body fat percentage, muscle mass, body water percentage, and many other data.
Samsung has made it easy and fast to take a BIA reading on the Samsung Galaxy Watch. This takes much less time and effort than it would take if you wanted to get your physical markup tested by visiting a doctor’s office. Of course, visiting a professional would help you get a better understanding of your health and as such, you should not use the body composition feature on the Galaxy Watch 4 in place of regular checkups.
Before we get on with the guide, we should let you know a few more things. One of these things is whether the feature is fit for your use in the first place. Below, we let you know the things you should know beforehand as well as how you can use the body composition feature on the Galaxy watch in a way that is safe and also presents you with the most accurate results.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Body Composition Feature: Is it safe? Is it accurate?
Using BIA is not recommended for people with pacemakers or pregnant women. Some research has shown that those with pacemakers aren’t likely to experience any adverse effects after using BIA, but then it is better if you consult your electrophysiologist or heart specialist before you proceed to use it.
According to some experts, using BIA is safe during pregnancy, but we still advise that you seek professional advice from your doctor before you proceed to use it. It is also advisable to use the body composition feature under professional supervision too. Many smart scales come with a “pregnancy mode.” When this mode is activated, BIA is disabled. The Galaxy Watch 4, however, comes with no such mode and as such, we advise that you take proper precautions.
Another thing to add is that Samsung has stated that the measurements may not be accurate for users that are under the age of 20. However, this does not seem to put a true age restriction on the feature.
In terms of how accurate the Galaxy Watch 4 is, we as well as other reviewers, have gotten results that are pretty similar to other smart scales in terms of body composition. If your goal is to track how your body composition stats change over time, we recommend that you take readings at the exact same time every day (preferably in the morning). You may also want to follow the steps we have listed below on how you can use the body composition feature on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 for the best outcome.
How to use Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 to measure body composition
Before you proceed to use the body composition feature on your Galaxy Watch 4, you first need to find out your weight. You can do this using a scale, and it doesn’t even need to be a smart one.
- Once you have your weight, proceed to launch the body composition app on your Galaxy watch 4. the app comes preinstalled on your watch, and you should find it in your tiles.
- Once in the app, enter your weight. Entering an accurate figure for your weight enables your watch to give you more accurate results in return. Once again, you must stay consistent. It is best to take body composition readings on your watch at the same time of the day that you would measure your weight on a scale, most preferably first thing in the morning.
- Next up, move your watch higher on your wrist. You want the watch to be placed more on your forearm than on your wrist bones.
- Now, place your middle and ring fingers on the set of crown keys. You also want to do this with your palm facing up. Now, make sure not to press down on either button. Doing this will cause the body composition app to close.
- Raise the back on your other hand to ensure that the watch is not resting on your other hand. You should make sure that your hands do not touch.
- Now, raise both your arms away from your body. What to make sure of is that your hands are not touching any part of your body. Of course, the position looks awkward, but don’t worry, you are close to getting your results.
- Once you have assumed the position, press the Start button and then return to your position.
- Hold the position for 15 seconds while your watch does the body composition reading.
Once it is done, you will see a summary of your body composition reading displayed on your watch’s screen. You can view them on your watch or go over to the Health app on your Samsung smartphone to get a more in-depth analysis.