Use Samsung Galaxy S5 As a Pedometer to Count Your Number of Steps Using the Pedometer App vs Video Guide vs Pause the Pedometer ... and 1 more
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Are looking for a way to use your Galaxy S5 to keep track of the number of steps you take when going for long walks, or out jogging? Well - you're in luck, as the built-in S Health app provides you with a pedometer to do exactly that - count your steps! But what is so important about doing this you ask? Well, let us here at VisiHow tell you.
It is recommended that you take 10,000 steps a day, as part of your daily physical regime. And, with devices that can be used to measure the number of steps that you take, which are called pedometers - as mentioned before, a feature that is incorporated into the S Health application on your Galaxy S5, you can make sure to hit that goal of 10,000 steps. Not only that, but the S Health application will also allow you to, Use Samsung Galaxy S5 to Keep Track of Exercises and Workouts and Use Samsung Galaxy S5 to Measure Heart Rate
Here's how you can set up the S Health App to begin using your Samsung Galaxy S5's built-in pedometer feature to count your number of steps during your daily routines.
Method 1: Using the Pedometer App
To get started with using the pedometer on your Galaxy S5 to count the number of steps you take, simply follow the step-by-step instructions below. The 2nd method is an older YouTube video that will also guide you through the steps (if you prefer watching the video to reading).
- 4We have an article on Set Up S Health on Samsung Galaxy S5.You may need to set up S Health if this is the first time you'll be using it.
- 10By default, the step counter should say how many steps you have taken out of 6000, but you can change this very easily.
- 13Swipe your finger across the numbers to the right to lower the targeted steps for the day or swipe your finger to the left to increase the number of steps.
- Alternatively, you can tap on the number inside the colored box.
- This brings up the on-screen keypad where you can type in the number of steps you want to set for your daily target.
- Once you have done so, tap the "Done" button on the on-screen keyboard.
- 15You have just learned how to use your Galaxy S5 as a pedometer to keep track of your daily step-count.
Method 2: Video Guide
- 1 Video: Use Samsung Galaxy S5 As a Pedometer to Count Your Number of Steps Video
- 2 Things to Note
- 3 Questions and Answers
- 3.1 How accurate is the counter and where should it be placed?
- 3.2 Can you set the length of each step?
- 3.3 How to adjust S Health pedometer for accuracy?
- 3.4 Can I calibrate Galaxy S5 pedometer?
- 3.5 How do you log off the S Health feature?
- 3.6 My S Health has counted my steps today but appears to stop doing it?
- 3.7 The pedometer seems to work pretty well, but my running is mostly ignored?
- 3.8 Can I use it on my cross trainer?
- 3.9 Any way to get it to register better?
- 4 Comments
Video: Use Samsung Galaxy S5 As a Pedometer to Count Your Number of Steps Video
Method 3: Pause the Pedometer
If you no longer want the Pedometer feature to count your steps (whatever the reason may be), you will first have to follow the steps in this section to pause the pedometer from counting your steps. To do this, simply:
- 1If you are not in the S Health app already, you will need to go to your Samsung Galaxy S5's Home screen.
- You can press the Home button once or tap on the Back key a few times to get to the Home screen.
Method 4: Disable Pedometer on Lock Screen
You've paused the pedometer feature but you are still seeing the pedometer notification on your Galaxy S5's lock screen? Not to worry, there is a way to disable/remove that. Just follow these steps below. At any point, should you want to reactive this feature or resume it from pausing, follow the steps below and in the method above to enable/turn on the pedometer function.
- 8Simply repeat the process to enable this feature.
Things to Note
- The pedometer consumes your battery. You may notice a slight increase in battery usage while pedometer is activated. This is normal and the usage is only minimum.
- You can keep track of your recorded data by tapping on the graph icon located on the extreme lower-right corner of your phone's screen.
- When you have reached 50% and 100% of your goal (5,000 steps and 10,000 steps respectively) your phone will vibrate and notify you.
- The computed distance and kcal burnt are only estimations based on standard length per step and the standard kcal burnt per step. Other factors such as length of steps, pace, and weight of baggage (if there is any), are not considered.
- Getting to 10,000 steps daily does not guarantee total fitness. You need to eat the right foods, drinks and rest to get better results.
- Never check your phone while crossing the street or on uneven surfaces, for safety reasons.
Questions and Answers
How accurate is the counter and where should it be placed?
Yesterday, I walked a measured 2.5-mile trail in 5,000 steps. Today, the same trail, about the same number of steps measured it at 3.1 miles. The phone was in my hand during both workouts.
The Galaxy S5's pedometer is very accurate. However, if your phone was in your hand, the excess shaking as you walked could have tampered with your results. Your pocket is the best place to keep your phone when you're using the pedometer feature. However there is one caveat, the S5's pedometer can be fooled by driving in the car or other bumpy scenarios. I also have a Fitbit and I watched while the pedometer on the S5 registered every bump while driving, as a step, while the Fitbit didn't falsely register steps during the same ride.
Can you set the length of each step?
My wife uses it to monitor steps and miles. However, the mileage it shows is too high so the length of the step is obviously too large. Can it be reset?
Under Settings and then Profile in the S Health you can set weight and height. It may actually have more to do with where she carries her phone when she is walking. This might be the cause of the inaccuracy. The best place for this app to function properly is if the phone is placed on the hip using something like a belt clip.
How to adjust S Health pedometer for accuracy?
I set up my profile on an older Galaxy S5 phone, I now have a new Galaxy S5 phone and the steps in S Health pedometer are not accurate (off by almost 600 a day). How do I adjust this?
Make sure the profile is accurate for your height and weight on the new phone. Consider whether you have changed where you are carrying your phone. This would change the outcomes.
Can I calibrate Galaxy S5 pedometer?
With the Galaxy placed in my pocket I walked approximately 200 steps, the pedometer shows 526, and it's worse when I climb stairs
I tried everything, and I could not find a way to calibrate the S5. It's sad really because it registers false steps during many activities including riding in a car. I switched to the Fitbit. It cost me 0 but its far more accurate. I used to use the BodyMedia armband, but I found it too much of a pain and a little embarrassing to wear the armband. The Fitbit is small and fits into my pocket, and I don't think about it all day. And it has a great app for Android or iPhone which connects via Bluetooth. You can watch your results real time.
How do you log off the S Health feature?
My S Health seems to operate continuously and I don't see a log off option."
To remove the application permanently, go into your phone's settings and select applications, then application manager. From the top, scroll over to "All" and select S health from the list. You'll see an option to force stop or turn off. Select turn off and accept the warning pop up that will come up. S Health will no longer show up on your apps menu or collect data.
To turn S Health back on, follow the same instructions, but scroll over to "Turned Off" instead of all, and select S Health. Select turn on. Your apps menu will now contain S Health again.
My S Health has counted my steps today but appears to stop doing it?
My phone has counted steps consistently since I set it up. However, today it has stopped doing that even while I was walking. I looked up the FAQ and I have not paused my steps. Why has it stopped recording my steps? I did check if the app was up to date and it said that it was.
To correct this, actually go back into settings and pause the app. Restart the phone and unpause the pedometer. Place the phone on your hip and start walking again. Make sure GPS is enabled as well. This should solve your issue.
The pedometer seems to work pretty well, but my running is mostly ignored?
To test this, I started the morning by running about 700 meters, but it just reported that as walking, even though I turned on the exercise option. It did record the distance, route, and time.
It has been reported that Running is very inaccurate with the S Health App. Even after choosing Running as an exercise, you need to position the phone on your hip or arm if you move your arms while you run.
Can I use it on my cross trainer?
Will it still give accurate results if I carry it in a pack I wear around my waist whilst using my cross trainer? I have tried: Just walking pathways and it works fine when carried in my pocket
Your waist is the most optimal location to place the phone when using the pedometer. It will work well there.
Any way to get it to register better?
I walked 4 miles today. When I was done, my pedometer on my S5 on S health said 1000 steps. I did not have it on pause. It was just in my pocket.
Keep it in your pants pocket or on your hip with a belt clip. You also want to check your profile settings to make sure that your height and weight are correct. Check the app after you have taken several steps and the phone lock screen becomes enabled. Make sure that the app is not pausing or being interfered with from another battery optimization app if the lock screen is enabled.