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Watch 3 can't track heart rate

(Topic created on: 10-09-2020 11:55 PM)
h3x3d
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GW 3 can't handle heart rate above 100bpm

Hi, I've had the Galaxy Watch 3 45mm LTE which I've been using without a mobile connection for several weeks and love it.

However, I'm finding the heart rate to be completely useless when doing physical activities.

I've tried wrist placement etc. It's not related to sweat or position. Once my heart rate drops back below 100bpm, it tracks fine.

Yesterday, I did a test. I did some reps at the gym and saw that the watch once again got stuck on a lower bpm than I felt it should be. I used my S8+ to manually check my heart rate and it accurately picked it up straight away.

There's a BIG difference here. I took some photos to illustrate this.

Measured using S8+:
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Galaxy watch 3 at same time:
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This happens for weight training, spin class, tennis, fast walking. My conclusion is that anything over 100bpm isn't going to be tracked, which isn't acceptable given the way this watch is marketed - ie it's not fit for it's intended purpose.

It's as if the sensor loses the ability to cope with anything over around 100bpm and gets stuck. 


Anyone else seeing this?



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Kornholio
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kinda similar to the GW 46mm it has trouble tracking my hr even when im sitting still my hr is consistent???
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h3x3d
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Interesting. Mine has no problem with sub 100bpm. Even at the gym once my heart rate has dropped.

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MikeLT
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Hi... I have exactly the same experience.  The one thing I'd add is that the watch 3 seems to stop being able to do accurate BPM monitoring when being "slightly active with BPM approaching or just exceeding 100".  I noticed that my Watch 3 will in these circumstances be unable to provide BPM NOW but reports the BPM of 'x' minutes ago. It takes a few minutes when stopping the exercise for the BPM function to again start providing the BPM NOW.

Fairly useless for BPM under many exercise conditions therefore.

For information, I have also posted about issues I have noticed with: Sleep data failing to sync to the mobile phone S Health app (fails frequently and app needs to be reset), and "hard to achieve", "irratic" and "unlikely" blood oxygen levels.

It's very good at telling the time though.

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h3x3d
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Yeah that's exactly what mine does. so even at about 98bpm, it will flash indicating it hasn't locked on a reading. I'll then click through for more info and the 'now's could be 2 or when 8 minutes ago.

If it's between a set at the gym, I'll cross check with my S8+ and it's not even in the same ball park.

Glad I'm not alone. I actually factory reset yesterday. No difference.

I've had the sleep sync issue twice, in a month, so thankfully it doesn't fail often. How is your deep sleep rating? I'm suspicious. Mine is rarely longer than a few minutes and sleep scores are usually 30-40.
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MikeLT
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Similar on the deep sleep time to you. Mine is usually just a few minutes.  5 minutes last night for example, and none the night before. Overall sleep scores are usually 30.  I had one night when  deep sleep was recorded as 1Hr 10min and overall sleep score was 55.   Screen image attached (I hope).  Looking at it now though, the timings are rather unlikely as total of awake + REM + Light + Deep is 2Hr 16m + 2Hr 26m + 11Hr 18 + 1Hr 10 = 17 Hr 10m which apparantly was achieved between 22:41 on Thursday and 07:16 on Friday.... just 8hr 35 minutes. 😅

 

I now have my doubts on the accuracy of the sleep recording too... thanks for pointing that one out!  Perhaps I won't bother with restting teh app next time the sync fails. It seems hardly worth the effort for results like this.

 

Do let me know if I am misreading the report I have taken a screen shot of (thanks). 

 

Screenshot_20200922-104139_Samsung Health.jpg

 

h3x3d
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Those figures don't even add up correctly! I'll have to check mine.

I did have an epiphany at the gym today. I used the workout tracker. I was doing weights so used the Weight Machine option.

It successfully tracked my heart rate even up to 180bpm, and it accurate reflected my tests with my S8+ heart rate.

Have you tried this? Maybe using the standard heart rate app is only accurate for non active things.
h3x3d
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MikeLT
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I have noticed that the total  for the sleep are exactly double the total. 17Hr 10m = 2 x 8hr 35, and so maybe a bug caused it to record it twice. No way to correct this of course🤔

 

I had a similar moment of inspiration recently and I decided to place it into "walking" mode. Like you, I noticed that the pulse rate was more reliably tracked and it captured instances above 100.

 

Strange that the auto detected "walking" and the manually instated "walking" should have different bpm capability(?).    

 

We'll have to see if we can work out "why"?     

Purloiner
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my GW3 Lte HR is way out. ive tested it against my Garmin HR strap and it is way out, I've averaged 155bpm yet the GW3 only recorded at 134bmp.
I've also been on a brisk walk with both GWA which was reading 120bpm yet the GW3 was only reading 95bpm.
The GW3 as serious HR problems!
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