Update 1: FAQs were added at the bottom of this page. PDF version of all these FAQs can be downloaded from this post.
S Health made its first appearance in Galaxy S3 lasy year. It is a simple, yet useful, app. If you are Galaxy S3 owner, you probably have been used it for some time already.
In Galaxy S4, Samsung revamped the S Health app with tons of new features thanks to new sensors in the Galaxy S4. For example, the built-in accelerometer can track the distance you walk or run. The barometer reports the air pressure of the environment. The temperature/humidity sensor checks temperature and humidity levels.
Some accessories are available now as well. For example, S Band can measure activities and sleep efficiency through the 3D sensor without using S4. The saved data can be transferred to S4 via Bluetooth later. The HRM monitors your heart rate so that you can control exercise intensity. The body scale measure weight and send to S4 through Bluetooth. It should be noted S Health can also sync with third-party blood pressure monitors and glucose meters.
S Health probably is the most valuable app in S4.
To use this S Health, you need set your profile first after opening the app. Based on your physical statistics, the device calculates your basal metabolic rate (BMR) and recommends a daily caloric intake. Of course, this may be not always accurate, but it does provide a rough guidance. For your diet, the app can pull caloric information from a database of common food items.
Any questions or tips on this feature? Post them in the comments section below, or discuss them in Galaxy S4 forum.
FAQs on S Health
Q1 :When I tap on the start icon in the S Health app it doesn’t activate.
A : Only after you fill in all the information required marked by an asterisk will the start button be “enabled”.
Q2 : The Temperature measured by the S Health app is different to the temperature measured by the thermometer in my house.
A : The measured values may be differ by the surrounding environment, physical contact with your body, the heat generated by the devices itself in normal operation .
For accurate measurements, use a thermo-hygrometer.
Q3 : The pedometer count is different from the number of actual steps.
A : When using the ‘Walking mate’ pedometer feature , it begins to count after about 3 seconds from being first activated.
Q4 : How much error can there be in the measurement of temperature and humidity in the S Health app?
A : It is not possible to determine the measurement error. This is because the measured value varies depending on the state of the device and the surrounding environment.
Q5 : What advice can you give to improvement the accuracy of measurements in the S Health app?
A : Measure the temperature and humidity in a stable indoor environment. Avoid drafts of air & wind, direct sunlight and physical contact. Measurements may take some time if there are sudden changes in temperature or humidity.
Q6 : The Humidity of S health is shown as being at 100%.
A : If there is moisture present near the sensor for humidity measurements (located in the device near the side of the microphone hole), the humidity measurements may be affected. Please any trace of moisture from the surface of the device by wiping it first with a dry cloth.
Q7 : What should I do if the value of temperature and humidity are constantly changing?
A : First, please eliminate any factors that can vary the temperature and humidity. Measurements may take some time if there are sudden changes in temperature or humidity.
Measure the temperature and humidity in a stable indoor environment and allow time for the measurement to stabilise.
Q8 : Can I backup and restore the information gathered through S Health?
A : Yes, It’s possible through using the Kies tool available from www.samsung.com.
Q9 : Can I measure the blood pressure in S Health?
A : No, Blood pressure can not be measured.
Q10 : I want to hide my personal information such as height and weight.
A : Please lock the S Health app to protect your privacy via Security function.
Path : S Health → Health board → Settings → Security → Set PIN
Q11 : Do I need to have my Galaxy S4 device with me whenever I exercise, if I use an S Band accessory and later connect to S-Band to my Galaxy S4 device via Bluetooth?
A : It is possible to store data in the S-band itself and later transmit the stored data to Galaxy S4 device.
Q12 : When I select “Update S Health” to download new features in S Health, the pop-up “Product does not exist in this store” is displayed. What is the problem?
A : Sorry for your inconvenience.
The software updates for the Galaxy S4 that include the S Health update feature will be released in the near future. When the new software is released, if you perform a software upgrade to your device via Kies or FOTA, you will be able to use “Update S Health” feature.