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Is Samsung Health Accurate

Is Samsung Health Accurate

Samsung Health (review) is one of the great health apps I have used. From step to sleep tracking, it’s a complete package.

However, it’s just a digital app, so the accuracy is questionable. This is why I did tests and compared it with others to get the answer to the “Is Samsung Health accurate” question.

Note: I’m not a health expert. I compared the app with other apps and online tools.

Tracking difference

Samsung Health and Google Fit Calories Difference
Samsung Health and Google Fit Calories Difference

One of the differences we find is that different health apps calculate calories differently.

For example, Samsung Health only covers your steps and workouts, whereas Google Fit also counts your resting calories, also called your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) calories.

So, if you use multiple apps, you might see some differences.

Step tracking test

I walked for half an hour to see how both calculated the calories. I did the same test while checking Google Fit’s accuracy, but I went for another talk this time. I also used Apple Health for reference.

Samsung Health

Samsung Health Step Data
Samsung Health Step Data

Samsung Health recorded 162 Kcal with 3,169 steps and 27 minutes of workout time. The app measures more details than any other app. We can see speed, elevation, and ascent/descent data.

A comparison: Samsung Health versus Google Fit

Google Fit

Google Fit Step and Calorie Data
Google Fit Step and Calorie Data

Google Fit recorded 3,160 steps in the same 27 minutes, but the Cal burned data was 147. This is a difference of 15 calories.

Please note that both use different measuring units (Kcal and Cal); however, according to Philips, both have the same meaning regarding fitness.

Apple Health

Apple Health Step Data
Apple Health Step Data

Apple Health does not track calories (the app), so I could not compare the calorie data. However, the step count was 3,166, close to both apps. The app shows 3,193, but it already had 27 recorded when I started.

Online tools

To compare both apps, I put the exact details in an online tool. The Omni Calculator showed that a person would burn 144 calories by walking at an average speed.

The time it would take to walk is 29 minutes. The difference between Samsung Health and Omni is 18 calories.

The difference is not a lot, and we must consider that online tools estimate the number. The health apps calculate more data as you have them while walking.

Activity workout

Is Samsung Health Accurate
Workout details in Google Fit and Samsung Health

Samsung Health supports tracking and adding over 100 activities. It automatically calculates your calories.

To test the app, I started the badminton activity for half an hour in Samsung Health and Google Fit. Even though the phone was on a table, Samsung Health displayed 21 more calories burned.

So, in terms of workouts, both calculate the data differently. However, which is more accurate is challenging as everyone has their style and workout speed.

Is Samsung Health accurate

From tests, the Samsung Health app is accurate, as its calculations weren’t that different from other apps. The step counter was spot on. There was a difference of only a few steps.

The calorie data was slightly higher, but I believe that because it counts many details (more than almost all health apps).

Another comparison: Samsung Health or Fitbit

Samsung Health’s other features

Samsung Health is not just for steps. It has tracking features that we don’t see elsewhere. Along with workouts and steps, you can calculate your food and water intake.

The app is a great sleep tracker as well. You can ask it to remind you to sleep and record your sleep when you wake up.

It uses your device’s rest and pick-up times to calculate sleeping time. All you have to do is tap on the save button.

The app reminds me to check my weight every second day to reach my goals. When you do an activity, the app lets you set a target, updating and motivating you as you go.


Samsung Health is accurate, and even if it wasn’t, it offers features that are hard to miss.

Samsung Health is a must-have app for anyone wanting to track workouts, reduce weight, or measure their food or water intake.


Friday 21st of July 2023

You said that Samsung Health only covers your steps and workouts, whereas Google Fit also counts your resting calories (i.e., BMR calories). I don't believe the first part is true. I use Samsung Health, and it tells me how many calories I burned even while sleeping/being sedentary. This being the case, doesn't that mean that Samsung Health does indeed account for BMR?

Madhsudhan Khemchandani

Saturday 22nd of July 2023

Samsung Health counts calories for sleeping and other things, but all that is separate. You must go to the sleep data to see your calories. Those are not included in the daily activity section. Google Fit combines your step and BMR and shows the total calorie count on the dashboard.