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Is My Samsung Galaxy S8 Tracking My Steps?

Android phones generally come configured to track your movement using GPS, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus does the same. Google Maps uses GPS tracking to retrieve directions from where you are at to your destination. GPS tracking also helps first responders locate where you are in the event you are involved in an accident or are injured while hiking. There are many other apps that use GPS tracking to provide you with weather information, your exact location, and other location-related information.

 

Samsung S Health App

Samsung’s S Health app provides a number of tools and settings to help you stay fit and healthy. This app also had a built-in pedometer that will track how many steps you take on your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus. It will also allow you to set a goal for the number of steps you want to take. The S Health app uses a tiny device called an accelerometer to detect your footsteps. When your phone is on your body, the accelerometer detects the motion caused by every step you take and records it.

What the pedometer app on S health does is help track and reach your goal of daily steps walked. The way that the pedometer works is that it uses a motion sensor that is integrated in the smartphone. The sensor counts the steps without great energy consumption. If you don’t want to use the pedometer and save battery, we’ll explain how to disable the S health pedometer on your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus.

 

 

How to create a Lock Screen shortcut for your S Health app:

  1. Select Settings
  2. Select Lock Screen and Security
  3. Tap “Info an app shortcuts”
  4. Tap “App shortcuts”
  5. Select either the “Left shortcut” or the “Right shortcut”
  6. Select the S Health app
  7. Press your Home key to return to Home screen
  8. Lock device by pressing the Power button

 

You will now see the S Health app at the bottom of your Lock Screen.

 

How to setup and use the S Health pedometer:

  1. Open your S Health Fitness app
  2. Select the “Steps” card (immediately below the three horizontal dots)
  3. Tap “More” in upper right-hand corner of screen
  4. Select “Set target”
  5. Tap the “6000” in bold and enter the number of steps for your goal
  6. In the lower right hand corner, tap “Done”

 

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will now track your steps and notify you when you hit your goal. To turn off the pedometer, follow these steps below:

 

How to turn off the S Health pedometer:

  1. Open your S Health Fitness app
  2. Select the “Steps” card (immediately below the three horizontal dots)
  3. Tap “More” in upper right-hand corner of screen
  4. Select “Pause counting steps”
  5. Press Home key to exit S Health app settings

 

The pedometer is now turned off; it won’t continue to count your steps.

 

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