I have been using Samsung smartwatches starting from the Galaxy Watch up to the latest Galaxy Watch 4, and from my experience, I’ll say the company makes some of the best smartwatches. Galaxy Watch 4 has lots of features that will take a decent amount of time to master. Although, when you setup the Galaxy Watch 4 for the first time, the system walks you through the basics and that’s it. This simple guide will show you how to use the Galaxy Watch 4 and by extension, you will also learn more about what the watch is capable of.
I assume you have already finished setting up the Galaxy Watch 4, if you haven’t, learn how to setup Galaxy Watch 4. Once you finish setting up the watch, it’ll walk you through the basics.
Before you learn about how to use the Galaxy Watch 4, you should know that you’ll require the Galaxy Wearable and the Samsung Health apps to get the best experience from the watch. While the Galaxy Wearable app is the companion app of the watch, Samsung Health will allow you to see full details of tracked data such as sleep, heart rate, outdoor running metrics, and more. And if you have ECG and Blood Pressure on the Galaxy Watch 4, you’ll need the Samsung Health Monitor app to see full details of tracked ECG and BP data.
How to Use Galaxy Watch 4
So with that out of the way, let’s dive into how to use the Galaxy Watch 4. The watch has two physical buttons, the upper one with red markings is the home key while the lower button is the back key. These keys are customizable by going to settings>>advanced features>>customize keys.
You can setup the home key to wake Bixby or power off the watch when you long-press it. You can also setup the home key to go to a specific app when you double press it. Meanwhile, the back key can be set to go back to a previous menu or show recent apps.
How to Navigate Galaxy Watch 4
- When you swipe down, you will see the quick panel section. This contains a list of apps. A total of 24 apps can be added. Just scroll to the end and tap on the plus icon to add or remove an app. You can also reorder apps by tapping and holding on to the app you wish to reorder, then move to your preferred location.
- Swipe up to access the list of all apps on the watch. You can also reorder apps by tapping and holding, then move to the preferred position. Recent apps can be accessed by tapping on the circle symbol at top of the list of apps.
- Swipe right to access your notifications. Once notification is enabled, you can access them by swiping right or turning the bezel anticlockwise.
- Swipe left to access your list of widgets/tiles. Scroll to the end to add new tiles. A total of 15 tiles can be added. To edit or remove a tile, tap and hold on the tile. In the same vein, you can also reorder tiles by tapping and holding on a tile then move to a preferred position.
Managing Notification on Galaxy Watch 4
To get notified on the Galaxy Watch 4 when you receive a notification like Calls, WhatsApp or SMS messages, you’ll need to enable notifications for your preferred apps.
To enable notifications, open the Galaxy Wearable and go to watch settings >>notifications and toggle on notifications for your preferred apps. Once notification is enabled and your phone is nearby, you will get notified on the watch which can be accessed by swiping right. If you own the LTE model of the Galaxy Watch 4, you will get notifications from apps even when your phone is not nearby.
You can add more configurations like reading notifications aloud and more by going to settings app>>notifications menu on the watch.
Replying to Notifications
The Galaxy Watch 4 allows you to reply to notifications with your voice, texts, emojis or quick replies. You can modify or add more quick replies by opening the Galaxy Wearable app and going to watch settings >>general >>quick responses.
Downloading and Changing Watch Face on Galaxy Watch 4
- To change a watch face on the Galaxy Watch 4, simply press and hold on to the homescreen. This will highlight the watch face, you can then scroll right OR use the bezel to scroll through the available watch faces. The watch comes with a few preloaded watch face.
- To download a new watch face scroll up from the home screen, find the Google Playstore app and search for any watch face of choice, then tap on it to install.
- To adjust brightness and save battery life, scroll down from the homescreen to access the quick panel, find the brightness icon and turn the bezel to adjust brightness. You can set auto-brightness by going to settings>>display and toggle on auto-brightness.
- Turn on the always-on display by going to the quick panel section, find the always-on icon, and tap on it.
Note that some watch faces are premium, you need to pay to use it. Also note that for you to access the Google Playstore app, you must have a Google account on the watch. You will be required to add a Google account to Galaxy Watch 4 when you setup for the first time. However, if you skipped that process, you can add the account from the watch by going to the settings app >>accounts and backups.
Adding Apps on Galaxy Watch 4
To add apps to the Galaxy Watch 4, go to the Google Playstore app, tap to open, and find the app you wish to install. Again, some apps are premium and you will also need to have a Google account logged in to access the Playstore app.
To uninstall an app, just scroll up from the homescreen to access your apps. Find the app you wish to install, long press on it to highlight the app, you should see the option to uninstall.
Adding and Playing Music on Galaxy Watch 4
- To add music to the Galaxy Watch 4, open the Galaxy Wearable app and go to watch settings >>manage contents>>add tracks. Select the tracks you wish to add and tap on done at the top right corner to add the tracks to the watch. You can also add images by following the same process used in adding music.
- Once tracks have been added, you can access them by going to the music player app on the watch. You can use the rotating bezel to adjust volume, and you can also delete tracks by following system prompts.
Making and Receiving Calls on Galaxy Watch 4
- To make calls on the watch, just find the phone app and choose the number you wish to call. You can also make a call by going to the contact app.
- When there’s an incoming call, the Watch will ring or vibrate depending on settings. Turn the bezel clockwise to end the call, turn the bezel anticlockwise to answer the call.
Note that if you own the Bluetooth model, your phone must be nearby to be able to make and receive calls on the Galaxy Watch 4.
Tracking Sleep on Galaxy Watch 4
- The Galaxy Watch 4 will track your sleep when you wear it to bed. According to Samsung, the watch should be worn at least 1 inch from your wrist ankle. The watch will track your sleep in four stages; deep, REM, awake and light sleep.
- On the watch, you can view how long you slept from the Samsung Health app or through the sleep widget. To see full details, go to the Samsung Health app on your phone.
- The Galaxy Watch 4 can detect snoring. To enable this go to the Samsung Health app on your phone, find the sleep section, and tap to open. Scroll down to see snoring detection, choose to measure always or once. Note that for this to work, your phone must be placed near your bedside while wearing the watch. Also, go to settings>>privacy>>permission manager on your phone and grant microphone access to the Samsung Health app.
Tracking Blood oxygen on Galaxy Watch
- To measure blood oxygen with Galaxy Watch 4, simply wear the watch properly and it will automatically measure your blood oxygen level. You can see your blood oxygen levels over time from the Samsung Health app.
Starting a Workout on Galaxy Watch 4
- To start a workout, open the Samsung Health App on the watch and go-to exercises >>choose a workout. This will show you recommended workouts, scroll to the end, and tap on the plus icon to add more workouts.
- You can configure any of the workouts by tapping on the settings icon at bottom of the app.
Measuring Heart Rate on Galaxy Watch 4
- To measure Heart rate on the Galaxy Watch 4, wear it properly and it will track your heart rate. It will show your average and maximum heart rate. When you train with the watch, it will show your heart rate in different zones which includes maximum, anaerobic, aerobic, weight control and low-intensity zones.
- To configure how the watch tracks your heart rate, go to the Samsung Health app on the watch, scroll down to settings and find heart rate.
How to Measure Stress With Galaxy Watch 4
The Galaxy Watch 4 will measure your stress level when you’re wearing it. It tracks both low and high stress levels. You have the options to choose to measure stress continuously so that you can see trends over time or measure stress manually.
When you’re stressed, there’s a breathing app just below the stress feature, tap on it to guide you through a breathing session which can help reduce stress. You can also configure breathing duration. And when you go to the Samsung Health app>>stress section, you’ll get access to soothing music that can help return calm.
How to Measure Body Composition with Galaxy Watch 4
Body composition is one of the new features added to the Galaxy Watch 4. This feature will measure your body water, skeletal muscle, fat mass, body fat, and BMI.
- To measure body composition on the Galaxy Watch, simply add the body composition tile so that you can easily reach it. Access the widget and tap on measure, it’ll prompt you to enter your weight, then place your middle and ring fingers on the homekey and back key respectively. The watch will now measure your body composition, keep holding until the process is complete.
How to Measure ECG and Blood Pressure on Galaxy Watch 4
ECG and blood pressure measurement features are not supported in every country. Go and read how to enable ECG and blood pressure measurement on Galaxy Watch 4 to get these features irrespective of your country.
If you have ECG and BP on the Galaxy Watch 4, you can easily access these features via the tiles.
- To measure ECG, while wearing the Watch, go to the ECG tile and tap on record, then place your finger on the homekey. The watch will now record your ECG. You can view more details in the Samsung Health Monitor app.
- To measure blood pressure, you must first calibrate the watch using the Samsung Health Monitor and normal digital blood pressure monitor. After calibration, you can measure BP by accessing its tile, tap on measure to record your blood pressure.
Managing Battery Life on Galaxy Watch 4
On average, the Galaxy Watch 4 has about 2 days with the bigger models. The smaller 40mm and 42mm models have about a day battery life. This means you will most like have to charge the watch daily if you wish to wear it daily.
To elongate battery life, turn off the always-on display, reduce brightness, measure heart rate manually and reduce the number of notifications.
There is a power-saving option that will get you a longer battery life when activated. There is also the watch-only battery saver mode which when activated can get you up to 2 weeks of battery life but this will disable all smart features on the watch except telling the time and date.
How to Charge Galaxy Watch 4
To charge Galaxy Watch 4, simply plug the USB end of the charger to a power source rated 110-220V or to your laptop USB port. Then sit the back of the watch on the charger. It takes almost two hours to fully charge a fully depeleted Galaxy Watch 4.
These are basically everything you need to know about using the Galaxy Watch 4. If you have any questions, kindly drop them in the comment section.