Samsung’s Galaxy Watch3 and Watch Active2 both have hardware support for ECG monitoring, but it is taking a long time to show up for everyone, since the feature has to be approved by each country’s health agencies. It was exclusive to South Korea until September of last year, when it was enabled for use in the United States, and now it’s coming to 32 more countries.

SamMobile reports that the Samsung Health Monitor app, which is required for blood pressure and ECG measurement monitoring, is now officially available from the Galaxy Store in 32 more regions. Most of the additions are in Europe, with a few others in the Middle East and Asia:


  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom

Unfortunately, you still need a Samsung phone paired to the watch for ECG monitoring, even though all of the required hardware and software is contained in the watch. Maybe one day Samsung will remove that strange requirement.