How To Turn On/Off Auto Detect Workout In Galaxy Watch

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Have you brought a new Galaxy Watch but do not know how to turn on/off the auto-detection of workout on it?

In this article, I will tell you step-by-step instructions to turn on as well as to turn off the automatic workout detection of the Samsung Galaxy Watch. And I am also going to tell you what to do if Samsung Health’s automatic detection of exercises is not working even after turning it on. So relax, do not worry, and keep reading!

Note: The method is almost the same for all Galaxy Watches be it Galaxy Watch 3 or 4. The images that you see to demonstrate the steps are of my Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2.

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How To Turn On Auto Detect Workout In Samsung Galaxy Watch?

I know how it feels when you think you have given your best and you know that this is going to be your best workout till now. And I also know the feeling when you check your smartwatch to see your best ever activity stats only to find out it did not record anything.

To never get that heartbreaking feeling ever again, you should enable the auto-detect workout on your Galaxy Watch. But the question is how to enable it? You can either turn it on via your smartwatch or through the Samsung Health app on your smartphone.

Note: Your Galaxy Watch will start tracking exercises automatically only if you perform the exercise for at least 10 minutes.

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How To Turn On Automatic Workout Detection Through Galaxy Watch?

Step 1: Go to the app drawer on your Galaxy smartwatch and open the Samsung Health app.

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Step 2: Scroll down and tap on the Settings.

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Step 3: Open Workout Detection.

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Step 4: Go to Activities To Detect.

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Step 5: Toggle on the buttons for the activities you want to get tracked automatically.

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How To Turn On Automatic Workout Detection Through Samsung Health App?

Step 1: Open the Samsung Health app on your phone.

Step 2: Tap on the three dots present at the top right corner.

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Step 3: Select Settings.

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Step 4: Toggle on the Auto Detect Workouts button.

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What To Do If Samsung Health’s Auto Detect Workout Is Not Working?

If your Galaxy Watch is not able to automatically detect your workouts even after turning on the automatic workout detection then you need to do the following:

1) Clean The Sensors At The Back Of The Watch

Some dirt may get accumulated around the sensors at the back of the watch. This can prevent the sensors to work properly and your watch may not be able to record your exercises accurately. Or it may also happen that your watch is unable to track your workouts at all. So clean the back of your watch.

2) Soft Reset Your Samsung Galaxy Watch

If the dirt formation was the main culprit then your Galaxy Watch will be able to track your workouts. But if the problem is not solved then you need to soft reset or restart your watch.

To soft reset your Samsung Galaxy Watch, follow the below-mentioned steps:

Step 1: Press and hold the lower button for 3 seconds.

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Step 2: Tap on the Power Off icon. This will turn off your Galaxy Watch.

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Step 3: Press and hold the lower button to turn on the watch.

3) Hard Reset Your Samsung Galaxy Watch

After restarting the watch, the problem should get solved. But if the problem still persists then you need to do a hard reset on your Samsung Galaxy Watch. To hard reset your smartwatch, follow the below steps:

Note: Doing a factory reset will delete all your personal data from the watch, this includes all the watch faces and apps that you have installed.

Step 1: Go to the Settings of your Galaxy Watch.

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Step 2: Open the General settings.

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Step 3: Find Reset and tap on it.

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Step 4: Tap on the Backup Data to create a backup of your personal data on Samsung Cloud. You will be able to restore this data after resetting the watch. If you do not wish to back up your data then skip this step.

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Step 5: Scroll down and tap on Reset. It will not ask you to confirm the resetting so tap on it only if you are sure.

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4) Take Your Watch To A Repair Center

If the problem is related to any software glitch then performing a hard reset will solve it. However, if the problem is related to the hardware of the watch then you will have to take your Galaxy Watch to a Samsung service center.

How To Turn Off Automatic Detection Of Exercise In Galaxy Watch?

Did it ever happen to you that your Galaxy Watch detected a workout that you were not even doing? Let me tell you it happened to me a lot of times when I purchased my Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. I used to ride my motorcycle which does not burn any calories whatsoever, but my Watch Active 2 used to treat it as cycling. And at the end of my motorcycle ride, I used to get notifications for the end of cycling.

It really becomes frustrating at times. And if a similar thing happened to you as well then you must be wondering how can you disable the automatic detection of exercises in Galaxy Watch, right?

How To Turn Off Auto Workout Detect Through Galaxy Watch

Step 1: Open the Samsung Health app on your smartwatch.

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Step2: Tap on Settings.

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Step 3: Go to Workout Detection.

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Step 4: Open Activities To Detect option.

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Step 5: Toggle off the buttons for activities you do not want to get automatically tracked.

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How To Turn Off Auto Detect Workout Through Galaxy Watch

Step 1: Open the Samsung Health app on the smartphone.

Step 2: Tap on three dots in the top right corner.

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Step 3: Go to Settings.

Step 2 - Turn Off Through Smartphone

Step 4: Toggle off the Auto Detect Workouts.

Step 3 - Turn Off Through Smartphone

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Is The Automatic Detection On Galaxy Watch Useful?

Yes, it is very useful, especially for a person like me who does not stick to a particular workout or exercise. I like to do cycling, weight lifting, and running as well. And I do not like to turn on and off a particular workout mode again and again. Sometimes it even happens with me that I forget to put my watch in workout mode. So it is very much useful for a person like me. I just keep doing my workouts and my watch automatically keeps switching between them.

Tom Nielson

Tom's love for watches started when his grandfather gifted him his Rolex watch when he turned 18! Being a teenager it was a big deal for him. Later when he got his first job he bought Fossil Palm Pilot back in 2003 which was a smartwatch. Since then smartwatches have come a long way and so is Tom's love for them. His experience with watches inspired him to start Wearholic and share his knowledge of wearables including watches, smartwatches, smart glasses, & smart clothing.

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