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Samsung Health vs. Google Fit

Samsung Health vs. Google Fit

Health is now digital, and it has become easier to track your activities with your phone. Samsung Health and Google Fit are available on Android and iOS, but you won’t be using both.

So, which one is for you? Let’s find out in the ultimate Samsung Health vs. Google Fit comparison.

Short comparison

Samsung Health offers more features and challenges, whereas Google Fit brings Google’s simplicity of a quick and easy-to-use step and exercise tracking app.

Step tracking

Google Fit and Samsung Health Step Comparison

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, but the active time is always higher in Samsung Health.

To test both, I went for a walk (see the above video). I tried 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 nine steps more than Google Fit.

Samsung Health vs. Google Fit: Exercises

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Exercises

How do the exercises compare in Samsung Health vs. Google Fit? Samsung Health comes with 98 activities in total.

Google Fit, on the other hand, comes with 104 exercises.

Both apps allow tracking activities, while you also can add data manually. Moreover, while doing many activities, you don’t need to take your phone. The apps count data based on time.

One thing I like about Samsung Health is that you can search for workouts. Google Fit shows exercises alphabetically, but a search option would have been excellent.

Related: Google Fit vs. Fitbit

Data tracking

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 the following:

  • Food
  • Sleep
  • Weight (manual)
  • Water
  • Stress *
  • Heart rate *
  • Blood glucose *
  • Blood oxygen *
  • Blood pressure *
  • Women’s Health

The star (*) sign indicates that a Samsung fitness watch is required to collect the data.

Google Fit, on the contrary, comes with the following:

  • Sleep
  • Heart rate (device required)
  • Weight (manual)
  • Blood pressure (manual)

Sleep tracking

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Google Fit Sleep Tracking

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.

Google Fit does not send notifications, but you can add data manually. The sleep tracking feature can be improved as it does not limit data recording. For example, you can record a sleep of 22 hours, which is not ideal.

Related: Samsung Health vs. Apple Health

Other data tracking

Food data is specific to Samsung Health. The app offers hundreds of food items to add while it counts and adjusts calorie data automatically.

As you start adding, the app suggests those items in history, while meals and foods can be saved in the favorite section to add them later.

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 notifications, but the option is on the main interface. You can also set a target and track your intake.

Challenges

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Samsung Health Challenges Feature

The challenges topic is a part of the Samsung Health vs. Google Fit comparison. Both 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.

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 has an option called accessories, where you will find all the supported devices, but the supported apps list cannot be found on the website.

As of writing this article, Google Fit supports the following:

Google-Fit-Supported-Apps
Google Fit Supported Apps

You can also go to the specific Google Play Store page to see what apps are supported.

Additional features

Samsung Health

Fitness: Samsung Health comes with an additional tab called 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 the number of times the target was achieved, most steps, longest duration, fastest speed, most floors climbed, etc., in the app’s left menu.

Google Fit

Journal: The journal is the record of your activities. From heart points to weight to exercises, it shows your activity sorted by time. You can share each activity with your friends.

Which one is for you?

Samsung Health offers more features than Google Fit and can be connected to third-party apps/devices. If you don’t have a specific device that Samsung Health does not support, I recommend trying the app.

If you like a quick sign-up process and a simple health app, go with Google Fit.

Samsung Health vs. Google Fit: Links

Summary

Samsung Health vs. Google Fit article explored the essential features of both. Overall, both do the job; that’s what I like about both.

Thanks for reading the post. I hope the information was helpful. Please share your thoughts in the comments below so we can discuss more.

Stephen B

Wednesday 29th of September 2021

Very good comparison of the two apps! I appreciate you taking the time you compare the two. One thing, I would appreciate more details into the 3rd party integrations as this is key for those that choose to live in multiple ecosystems when it comes to electronics.

Madhsudhan

Wednesday 29th of September 2021

Thanks, Stephen, for the feedback. I'll look into this section and add more information.

Chrystal

Friday 10th of September 2021

Excellent Article! Thank you!

Madhsudhan

Friday 10th of September 2021

Glad you liked it, Chrystal.

Z

Monday 24th of May 2021

Great comparison! Just wanted to point out that third party support is very important. Samsung for example supports third party but doesn't allow steps which might be a deal breaker for some

Aries Villanite

Sunday 2nd of May 2021

This is great! Exactly how product comparisons and reviews should be written. Thank you!

Madhsudhan

Sunday 2nd of May 2021

Thank you so much for the kind words.