Samsung Galaxy Ring FAQ: All Your Questions Answered

Smart rings are on the rise as the health trackers with the smallest form factor and Samsung wants to be one of the few to enter the market early with the Galaxy Ring. We finally have an official look at the Samsung Galaxy Ring and what it offers besides its extremely small, “wear and forget” form facto. Buckle up as we answer all your potential questions about the Samsung Galaxy Ring, its functionality, availability, and pricing in this FAQ.

Q. What Does the Galaxy Ring Do?

The Galaxy Ring is a wearable device from Samsung that can help track various health metrics such as steps, heart rate, sleep, blood oxygen, etc. It does it via an array of sensors tucked in the inner band of the smart ring. These sensors are in close contact with your skin and the snug fit allows for quick and accurate health tracking.

Q. What Are the Specifications of Galaxy Ring?

The Galaxy Ring features a Titanium build, weighs around 3 grams, and connects to your Android device with Bluetooth 5.4. It has an array of sensors like heart rate, blood oxygen, sleep, etc., combined with Samsung Health’s comprehensive and personalized health tracking shows all your health info at a glance. The largest-size Ring comes with a 22.5 mAh battery and it takes around an hour to charge.

Q. How Many Sizes Does the Galaxy Ring Come In?

The Galaxy Ring comes in nine sizes, i.e., from US sizes 5 to 13. Different sizes bear different SKU numbers due to the weight and battery difference.

Q. How Much Does the Galaxy Ring Weigh?

The Galaxy Ring weighs around 2.3 and 3.0 grams, depending on the size you choose. Bigger size translates to more weight due to a larger form factor and battery than other sizes.

Q. What Is the Galaxy Ring Made Of?

The outer shell of the Samsung Galaxy Ring is made of Titanium. Manufacturers have only recently started using the metal on premium smartphones, some examples being the iPhone 15 Pro series and the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra.

Q. How Durable Is the Galaxy Ring?

On paper, the Galaxy Ring should be extremely durable since its outer shell is made of Titanium. Titanium is above Platinum on Moh’s scale of hardness and is only below Diamond and Ceramic. The Galaxy Ring should be able to withstand even the toughest of blows. The Galaxy Ring comes with 10ATM water resistance and Titanium Grade 5 finish.

Samsung Galaxy Ring FAQ: All Your Questions Answered
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Q. What Are the Health Features of Galaxy Ring?

Some of the key Galaxy Ring health features are heart rate detection, SpO2, stress detection, skin temperature, steps, sleep tracking, activity tracking, snore detection, irregular heartbeat, ECG and Blood Pressure, body composition, and menstrual cycle tracking.

Q. What Sensors Are in the Galaxy Ring?

The Samsung Galaxy Ring has an array of sensors such as heart rate, SpO2, ECG, BIA, skin temperature, accelerometer, gyroscope, and sleep tracking sensors.

Q. How Much Does the Galaxy Ring Cost and Is There a Subscription?

The Samsung Galaxy Ring costs $399 in the US. Unlike the other smart rings, the Samsung Galaxy Ring doesn’t come with a subscription.

Q. Will Samsung Ring Work With iOS?

Unfortunately, the Samsung Ring does not work with iOS. As of now, it only works with Samsung and other Android devices. There’s no information about if Samsung plans to add iOS support in the future.

Q. How Many Galaxy Ring Colors Are Available For Purchase?

The Galaxy Ring comes in three colors – Silver, Dark Gray, and Gold. Samsung usually comes up with more colors after the launch of its devices, so we’re hopeful that the Galaxy Ring will get more color options in the future.

Q. Will Galaxy Ring Need a Samsung Health App?

Yes, the Galaxy Ring will require you to have the Samsung Health app installed on your Android smartphone. The Ring will sync the stats with Samsung Health and display all the key information in the app.

Q. On Which Finger Should You Wear the Galaxy Ring?

Samsung recommends wearing the Galaxy Ring on the index finger. The general consensus is that the middle and index fingers provide more accurate data due to the blood flow and because the skin is usually thin around those fingers. Studies also suggest that the index finger has the highest and most accurate SpO2 values due to the presence of more nerve endings.

Q. Does Galaxy Ring Come with Galaxy AI?

AI technically isn’t built into the Galaxy Ring but the Samsung Health app. The data it feeds and syncs with the app is then algorithmically processed and is then shown to the users in the most personalized way. The Galaxy Ring does use sensor algorithms in case of irregular heartbeat tracking but the overall computing majorly takes place in the Samsung Health app.

Samsung Health and Galaxy Ring

Q. What Is the Battery Life of the Galaxy Ring?

Samsung claims the 21.5 mAh battery on the largest size Galaxy Ring could last for 7 days on a single charge. Battery life depends majorly on how you use the Ring.

Q. How Does the Galaxy Ring Charge?

The Galaxy Ring comes with its own case that you can use to store and charge the ring. The Ring charges wirelessly and as mentioned earlier, will last for 7 days on a single charge. Samsung has not mentioned the time it will take to charge the ring.

Q. Do You Get a Charger in the Galaxy Ring Box?

Yes, the box contents of the Galaxy Ring contain a charging case that doubles as a storage case to keep your Galaxy Ring safe when you’re not wearing it. The charging case is compact and has a 361 mAh cell to charge the Ring. It means the charging is capable of charging the ring 1.5 times.

Q. How Long Will It Take to Charge the Galaxy Ring Fully?

Samsung has not mentioned the time it will take to charge the ring.

Q. Does the Galaxy Ring Have a Screen?

The Galaxy Ring does not come with a screen. The form factor is too small to fit a screen, and besides that would defeat the whole purpose of the Ring when people can go for Smartwatches if they need a display.

Q. Is the Galaxy Ring Waterproof?

Yes, the Galaxy Ring is IP68-rated and can withstand depths of up to 10 meters. It’s also dustproof hence you don’t have to worry about wearing it when playing intense sports.

Q. Galaxy Ring vs Galaxy Watch: Which Is Better?

Although the form factors are different, both serve the purpose of health tracking. A Galaxy Watch is great if you need a companion device with your smartphone to get every notification at a glance, take calls, or just have something fancy on your wrist. The Galaxy Ring is for those who want to avoid the bulk of smartwatches and fitness trackers while retaining the ability to track their health closely via a “Wear it and forget it” form factor.

Q. Can the Galaxy Ring Be Used for Contactless Payments?

The Galaxy Ring does not support contactless payments via NFC.

Samsung Galaxy Ring FAQ: All Your Questions Answered

Q. Is the Galaxy Ring More Accurate than Smartwatches?

Human fingers have lots of nerve endings and blood flow which makes it easier for the sensors on the Galaxy Ring to capture accurate readings. Still, Smartwatches these days are extremely good at capturing accurate health data so while it may look like the Ring has an edge, it’s hard to say if it captures data more accurately than Smartwatches.

Q. Is the Galaxy Ring Better than Fitness Trackers?

The Galaxy Ring could be a great replacement for Fitness Trackers and is certainly better when it comes to the form factor and tracking (due to the same reason mentioned above).

Q. Which Is Better: Galaxy Ring or Oura Ring?

The Oura ring is a direct contender to the Galaxy Ring and has been one of the best premium Smart Ring brands for years. Both the Galaxy Ring and Oura Ring get many things right but the end decision depends on which ecosystem you’re in. If you own an iPhone, the Galaxy Ring won’t work and you will have to go for the Oura Ring. For Android users and those who don’t want to pay a monthly subscription, the Galaxy Ring could be a great fitness tracker. If you’re still confused, have a look at our Galaxy Ring vs Oura Ring comparison.

Q. Does the Galaxy Ring Vibrate?

Unfortunately, the Galaxy Ring does not have a vibration motor and as a result, misses out on vibration function. The form factor is just too small to make room for a vibration motor.

Q. Can the Galaxy Ring Measure Heart Rate?

Yes, the Galaxy Ring can measure Heart Rate continuously. Besides, it can also measure irregular heart rate using the PPG sensor and various AI algorithms.

Q. Can the Galaxy Ring Measure Temperature?

The Galaxy Ring is equipped with a Skin Temperature sensor that can measure your skin temperature over night.

Q. Does the Galaxy Ring Measure ECG and Blood Pressure?

Yes, among other things, the Galaxy Ring can measure ECG and Blood Pressure. Although, the functions, like with the Galaxy Watches, are available only on Samsung smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Ring Design, Specs, Pricing and More

Q. Does the Galaxy Ring Have GPS?

Unfortunately, the Galaxy Ring misses out on GPS. However, this shouldn’t be a big deal since your smartphone will work in tandem with the Ring to track your workouts, combine the location data on the phone with health data from the ring, and save it on the phone.

Q. How Accurate Is the Sleep Tracking on the Galaxy Ring?

Samsung’s smartwatches are known for displaying accurate sleep readings and the Galaxy Ring should be no exception. The Galaxy Ring also features a few other sleep features such as sleep latency, sleep apnea detection, respiratory rate, and movement rate.

Q. Does the Galaxy Ring Have a Blood Oxygen Sensor?

The Samsung Galaxy Ring does come with a Blood Oxygen sensor to track your oxygen levels. SpO2 levels from the Ring could be pretty accurate since the Ring sits on your fingers.

Q. Can the Galaxy Ring Be Used for Swimming?

The Galaxy Ring is water resistant up to 10 meters hence it can be used for swimming. Although, we wouldn’t recommend it as it may slip out of your finger due to the pressure.

Q. Does the Galaxy Ring Have Health Features for Women?

Features such as menstrual cycle tracking are present in the Galaxy Ring. The device runs an algorithm based on the skin temperature and the time since the last cycle to determine when a user could get their next period.

Q. How Does the Galaxy Ring Handle Firmware Updates?

Just like the Galaxy Watches, the Galaxy Ring handles firmware updates via the SmartThings app which can be downloaded from the Play Store.

Q. Can the Galaxy Ring Be Used During Intense Physical Activities?

You should be fine using the Galaxy Ring during intense physical workouts. While the Ring’s build quality is great, it’s a good idea to remove it if you’re engaging in a sport that requires using your hands and exerts a lot of pressure on your fingers.

Q. Can the Galaxy Ring Detect Snoring and Breathing Irregularities?

Yes, the Galaxy Ring can detect snoring and breathing irregularities. The data pertaining to the same is collected and sent to the Samsung Health app with suggestions on how to improve and personalized recommendations.

Galaxy Ring Sleep Tracking

Q. Can the Galaxy Ring Store Music or Other Media?

The Galaxy Ring cannot store music and other media due to its extremely small form factor, nor can it control the media from your phone. However, it supports gestures for dismissing alarms and snapping photos from a supported Samsung smartphone.

Q. Can the Galaxy Ring Be Used Without a Smartphone?

The Galaxy Ring heavily relies on your smartphone to sync data and keep personalized results up to date. Hence, it is not possible to use the Ring without a smartphone.

And these were some of the most common questions about the Galaxy Ring answered. Since it’s a new product category, there might be a few questions that may have slipped our minds; If you have questions that are not on this list let us know in the comments and we’ll try to answer them.

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