How to get Polar H10 Chest Strap (or other external Bluetooth HRM sensors) data into Samsung Health for Workouts

Strava workout imported into Samsung Health

Due to my Samsung Galaxy Watch starting to become very erratic with accurate tracking of my heart rate during exercises (I get bonus rewards from my medical insurance that depend on that data) I opted to buy a Polar H10 Chest Strap this last week (if a chest strap is a bit cumbersome, the Polar Verity Sense optical sensor armband is another excellent option, and should work exactly the same as described below).

But although the chest strap data is super accurate, it was only registering with the Polar Beat app through to my medical insurance. I could not get it to show inside Samsung Health at all, where all my consolidated health data sits currently. There are quite a few videos and articles on how to connect an external Bluetooth sensor, such as a chest strap, to Samsung Health but that in no way does what you expect it to do (it does nothing).

The reason is Samsung Health defaults to using only the Galaxy Watch for heart rate monitoring (HRM) if it is connected, even if the chest strap is registered in Samsung Health as an accessory. The app has no way at all to switch between the Watch and any external device (why not Samsung?).

So, there are actually TWO different ways of getting your chest strap data into Samsung Health. Just very important to note that the single Bluetooth channel between the phone and the chest strap, can only be managed by ONE app at a time, so you must choose to either use Samsung Health, Strava or the Polar Beat app. BONUS TIP: If you wanted to, the second Bluetooth channel could be used by the Watch using an app called Sporty Go! (see to view the real-time chest strap readings, live from the Watch (as the Watch is a second Bluetooth device that connects directly to the chest strap). For example, if you started an exercise with the Polar Beat app on the phone, you could put the phone in your pocket, and then view the chest strap readings at any time via the Sporty Go! app on your watch.

Samsung Health App with Polar H10 Chest Strap

  • Make sure the Polar Beat app, or other app, is not using the chest strap.
  • Go to the Galaxy Wearable app and disconnect the Watch. No need to unpair the Bluetooth.
  • Make sure you have added the chest strap as an external accessory inside Samsung Heath app -> three dots menu / Settings / Accessories / Scan for Accessories (if it does not pick up the H10, scroll down and click on the H7, and then the H10 appeared for me).
  • You must start an exercise from the Samsung Health app, and not from the Watch itself. If you start it from the Watch, it will record using the Watch HRM sensor.
  • In the Samsung Health app, tap on the exercise symbol you want to use to open the start exercise screen. Look at the two images below, and the small green symbol at the top left indicates what HRM sensor is going to be used. If the one for the external device is shown (cross-link chain), you can go ahead and start your exercise by tapping on the start button.
  • Remember EACH time to disconnect the Watch BEFORE starting any exercise, and to reconnect it after you have finished.
  • FYI: For Strava users you could use the above capture within Samsung Health and if it is a GPS related workout, that would be synced across to Strava, if you have set up an integration inside Samsung Health app to Strava.
Symbol indicates watch as primary HRM device
Watch is primary HRM device
Symbol indicated external HRM device is active
External HRM device is primary HRM device

Using Strava or Polar Beat app with Polar H10 Chest Strap

You could either just use the Strava app as your primary exercise app (with the chest strap linked to that app directly), OR like I’m doing, I’m using the Polar Beat app with the chest strap and the Polar app is configured to push the exercise data to Strava, which pushes through to Samsung Health.

The important thing that must be done though, is inside the Samsung Health app, you need to connect it to the Strava service.

  • First ensure you do have the Strava app installed, and you have linked it / created your Strava account.
  • To link the Samsung Health app to Strava: Click on the three dot menu to go to Settings / Services / Toggle on Strava connection.

Now you can use either the Strava app or the Polar Beat app. Inside Samsung Health you should then see the exercise appear with the Strava tag on it like the image below shows. In my case it still showed the Watch exercise too, as I had recorded with both. But I deleted the Watch exercise and Samsung Health still counts in the Strava exercise in its stats and shows the HR graph etc if you open it.

Samsung Health Exercise Sources
Samsung Health showing Strava workout imported

With the Strava option it is better NOT to start any exercise on the Watch, nor inside the Samsung Health app, just so you don’t end up with duplicate workouts shown inside Samsung Health. You may also want to disable auto-recognition of exercises in the Galaxy Wearable app for the Watch as well.

In summary it connects like this: Polar Beat app -> Strava -> Samsung Health. And if you update the Strava workout with a photo, I saw that photo appeared in Samsung Health too!

I had two workouts sync fine from Strava to Samsung Health but noticed a third one had not synced after about 2 hours. I had to disconnect and reconnect to Strava, and it came through immediately after that. So, keep an eye on whether the workouts are syncing across to Samsung Health properly. This sync would also sync any GPS related activity from Samsung Health across to Strava.

EDIT May 2023: Seems that it does take a good 3 hours for data to sync through to Samsung Health. So, you just need to leave it a while until the exercise shows up. There is no need to reconnect it.

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