Health is now digital, and it has become easier to track your activities with your phone. Two apps, Samsung Health and Google Fit, are available on Android and iOS, but you don’t need to use both because the article goes through an in-depth comparison. This is the ultimate Samsung Health vs. Google Fit comparison (2021).
In short, Samsung Health offers more features and challenges, but Google Fit brings Google’s simplicity of a quick and easy to use step and exercise tracking app.
Like to watch than read? The video covers Samsung Health vs. Google Fit. The video was published in March 2021, so some info might be outdated.
Both apps count steps in the background, but algorithms to count steps, including the active time, are different. Samsung Health calculates all the walking time, fast or slow.
Google Fit contrarily counts the fast-paced steps and adds to the active time. So, the steps you take are very close in both, but the active time is always higher in Samsung Health.
To test both, I went for a walk (above video). I tested both apps on the same device. The starting step count in Google Fit was 470, while it was 461 in Samsung Health. The final step count in both was 1047. That means Samsung Health recorded 9 steps more than Google Fit.
How do the exercises compare in Samsung Health vs. Google Fit? Samsung Health comes with 84 (manually counted) activities in total.
Google Fit, on the other hand, comes with 104 (manually counted) exercises.
Both apps allow tracking activities, while you also get an option to add data manually. Moreover, while doing many activities, you don’t need to take your phone. The apps count data based on time.
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One thing I like about Samsung Health is that you can search for workouts. Google Fit shows exercises in alphabetical order, but a search option would have been nice.
Other than workouts, both allow adding different health-related data. Samsung Health gets this round because it offers more features than Google Fit. The app comes with:
- Weight (manual)
- Stress (watch required)
- Heart rate (watch required)
- Blood glucose (watch required)
- Blood oxygen (watch required)
- Blood pressure (watch required)
- Women’s health
Google Fit, on the contrary, comes with:
- Heart rate (device required)
- Weight (manual)
- Blood pressure (manual)
Regarding sleep tracking, Samsung Health gets the round. Once you have activated this feature, the app automatically tracks your time by monitoring the device screen off timing. It sends you a notification with the recorded time when you wake up. All you have to do is tap on the button to save the data.
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Google Fit does not send any notification, but you can add data manually. The sleep tracking feature can be improved, as it does not limit the recording of data. For example, you can record a sleep of 22 hours, which is not ideal.
Other data tracking
Food data is specific to Samsung Health. The app offers hundreds of food items to add while it counts and adjusts calories data automatically.
As you start adding, the app suggests those items in history, while meals and foods can be saved in the favourite section to add them quickly on a later date.
The Samsung Health app also shows a nutrient intake summary to help you understand the food you eat.
Finally, you can track your water intake in Samsung Health. The app does not send any notification, but the option is right there on the main interface. You can also set a target and track your intake.
The challenges topic is a part of the Samsung Health vs Google Fit comparison. Both indeed encourage you to push yourself, but both apps take a different approach.
Samsung Health has a together section to connect your app with your friends. This allows you to challenge your friends. You can also join a world program to find thousands of users, step data, and your current position.
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Against Samsung Health’s challenge option, Google Fit offers points. You get points by doing an activity. The more you walk or run, the more points you get. The points are designed with the World Health Organisation’s help to make it easier to complete the required exercise every day.
Third party support
Both apps support quite many fitness and health-related apps and devices. Samsung Health comes with an option called accessories, where you will find all the supported devices, but the supported apps list could not be found on the website.
As of writing this article, Google Fit supports:
You can also go to the specific Google Play Store page to see what apps are supported.
- Fitness: Samsung Health comes with an additional tab called the fitness, where you find programs to join and listen to music for mindfulness. The app also comes with a women’s health option.
- Achievements: You can see your achievements and rewards such as your number of times target achieved, most steps, longest duration, fastest speed, most floors climbed etc., in the app’s left menu.
Journal: The journal is the record of your activities. From heart points to weight to exercises, it shows your activity sorted by time.
Which one is for you?
I believe that Samsung Health offers more features than Google Fit, and it can be connected to third-party apps/devices. If you don’t have a specific device that Samsung Health does not support, I recommend checking the app out.
If you like a quick sign up process and a simple health app, go with Google Fit.
Samsung Health vs. Google Fit article explored the essential features of both. Overall, both do the job; that’s what I like about both.
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