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Connecting a heart rate monitor belt to Galaxy Watch5 Pro

(Topic created on: 2 weeks ago)
BalazsK
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Hi All,
I am hoping somebody has information about it: I would like to connect a heart rate monitor belt (chest-strap) to the watch. This would allow me to monitor heart rate when I can't wear my watch (such as when working with kettlebells).

Samsung customer service suggested to try to connect the belt to my watch using bluetooth. This doesn't work because the watch doesn't recognize the Suunto Smart Sensor bluetooth belt.

However, I did manage to connect the same belt to Samsung Health on my Galaxy S21 Ultra.

I have two questions I hope to get some help on:

- Anyone knows if Watch5 can connect via bluetooth to Suunto Smart Sensor bluetooth heart rate monitor belt? If so, how?

- If not, is there any heart rate chest strap by any other manufacturer that can work with Watch 5 Pro?

(Samsung unfortunately doesn't manufacture this accessory, but I hope its watch can still connect to one.)

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smg1
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I use the same watch and have a Polar chest strap. Aa far as I know, the watch is just designed to use its own heart rate monitor, not a third party one aswell.
BalazsK
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Thanks for the note!

It means that you couldn't connect your polar chest strap to your Galaxy Watch5 either - is that correct?

smg1
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Yes, definitely. I tried a few times. The galaxy watch5 Pro just uses its own heart monitor.

I also trued to connect the Polar chest strap to the Galaxy Health App and this didn't work either.
BalazsK
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Sorry to hear that.

I find it sad that such an expensive high-end watch with sports and health features can't connect to any heart rate monitor belt. 

There must be many customers before you and me who tried this. Strange that it's so hard to find info about it. We are only two people, not really a representative sample... or did hear about anyone else in the same shoes? 🙂

smg1
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I tried to surch on Google for any information and found nothing, therefore I gave up and just accepted the watch5 data
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BalazsK
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I see... thanks for the info!

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Catelp
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Google Fit (Google's version of Samsung Health) connects to any Bluetooth heart rate monitor that exists. :smiling-face:

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BalazsK
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That's a good thing, thanks for the tip!

Did you actually connect your BT heart rate monitor to the watch using Google Fit?

my problem is that the watch itself doesn't recognize the Suunto Smart Belt as a bluetooth device. When I am searching for BT devices, it just doesn't show up on the watch. So I am afraid even if I download Google Fit, there was no way to connect it to the chest strap if the watch doesn't recognize that.

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