The Galaxy Watch 4 has tons of health tracking features, including blood pressure tracking. Unfortunately, U.S. users still can’t access it.
One of the biggest health features of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is its ability to track users’ blood pressure, but unfortunately, it’s something shoppers in the U.S. don’t have access to. At least, not right now. Released in August 2021, the Galaxy Watch 4 remains one of the best smartwatches currently available. It’s available in two distinct styles, touts reliable battery life, and uses Google’s Wear OS 3 operating system for improved app availability. Compared to past Galaxy Watches, it’s a pretty solid upgrade.
Also present on the Galaxy Watch 4 are ample health-tracking features. It supports all-day activity tracking, monitors users’ sleep, has a 24/7 heart-rate monitor, and there’s even an ECG sensor for detecting irregular heart rhythms. Another big selling point of the Galaxy Watch 4 is blood pressure tracking. Galaxy Watch 4 users can quickly check their blood pressure at any time with the Samsung Health Monitor app — something the Apple Watch isn’t even capable of.
Unfortunately, that blood pressure tracking is only available in select markets — and the United States isn’t one of them. Samsung says as much in a press release, noting that, “The blood pressure feature is only available in select markets, not available in the U.S.,” with no further explanation given. This is also an issue with the Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2. Both smartwatches support blood pressure tracking in other countries, but in the United States, it doesn’t work.
Why Blood Pressure Tracking Doesn’t Work In The U.S.
The reason for the missing functionality? U.S. government regulations. In order for a smartwatch to offer blood tracking in the United States, it must first be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (better known as the FDA). That FDA approval wasn’t ready when the Galaxy Watch 4 launched, and as such, it doesn’t have the blood pressure feature in the U.S. even though it’s present in other countries. It’s undoubtedly frustrating, but it’s something every smartwatch has to go through.
That then begs an important question: When will the Galaxy Watch 4 be able to offer blood pressure tracking in the U.S.? That’s honestly difficult to say. Galaxy Watches have technically been capable of it for a couple of years now. Even so, the FDA doesn’t seem in a rush to approve it any time soon. And it may remain that way for a while to come. There’s already concern over how accurate smartwatches are for heart rate and ECG tracking. Trying to accurately measure blood pressure is even more difficult, and as such, it’s something the FDA is taking its time with. Because of all this, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 owners can only sit around and wait for the FDA to (eventually) make a decision about the blood pressure feature.
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