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New to Android Wear FAQs

For other questions about using your watch, see the FAQs below. To learn about the hardware features of your watch, visit the manufacturer's website.

Requirements

What phones work with Android Wear?

You'll need one of the following devices: 

  • An Android phone running Android 4.3 or higher that supports Bluetooth
  • An iPhone running iOS 8.2 or higher

To find out whether your phone supports Android Wear, visit g.co/WearCheck from your phone.

What version of Android do I need?

Your device must have the following version of Android or iOS: 

  • Android 4.3 or higher 
  • An iPhone running iOS 8.2 or higher

To find out whether your phone supports Android Wear, visit g.co/WearCheck from your phone.

How far can my watch be from my phone?

If your watch is connected to Wi-Fi, and your phone has a Wi-Fi or cellular network connection, your watch can be as far away as you like. 

Otherwise, keep your watch within a few feet of your phone. The exact distance will vary by phone and watch.

Learn how to connect your watch to Wi-Fi.

Do I always need my phone to use my watch?

Some Android Wear features only work if your watch is connected with your phone. 

If your watch is connected to  an Android phone, they can stay connected at any distance if they're both connected to the Internet. Your watch needs to be Wi-Fi-capable and connected to a Wi-Fi network, and your phone needs a network or Wi-Fi connection.

If you have a cellular watch, you can connect to your phone as long as your phone is connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile network. To check if you have a cellular watch: Swipe from right to left ← until you see Settings Settings then touch it.
If you see the  Cellular option, your watch is cellular enabled. 

Otherwise, your watch pairs and connects to the Internet through your phone or tablet’s Bluetooth.

It’s also easier to manage many settings for your watch on your phone.

Can I make and receive phone calls on my watch?

If you have a non-cellular watch
If your watch has a speaker and is within Bluetooth range of your phone, you can use your watch as a Bluetooth speaker for making and receiving calls for your phone.

If you have a cellular watch
If your watch is out of Bluetooth range of your phone, you can make and receive phone calls directly on your watch using your watch’s phone number and SIM card.

If your watch is within Bluetooth range of your phone, you can make calls from your watch either from your watch’s number or your phone’s number.
 
If you’ve set up call forwarding, you can receive calls made to your phone’s number whether your watch is in Bluetooth range or not.

Learn more about making and receiving calls on your cellular watch.

Tip: To check if you have a cellular watch:

  1. Swipe from right to left ← until you see Settings Settings, then touch it.
  2. If you see the  Cellular option, your watch is cellular enabled. 
Can I send and receive texts on my watch?

If you have a non-cellular watch
You can send and receive text on your watch through your phone’s number if the following applies:

  • Your watch is connected to WiFi 
  • The phone your watch is paired with is connected to the Internet (either by Wi-Fi or your mobile data network)

If you have a cellular watch
You can also send and receive text messages directly on your watch using your watch’s phone number and SIM card.

Learn more about sending and receiving texts on your cellular watch.

Tip: To check if you have a cellular watch:

  1. Swipe from right to left until you see Settings Settings, then touch it.
  2. If you see the  Cellular option, your watch is cellular enabled. 
Can I use my watch with a tablet?

Yes, you can pair your watch with an Android tablet, but phones are recommended.

Note: Pairing with iPads is not supported.

Apps

Do I need to download apps on my watch?

No, your favorite apps on your phone will work with Android Wear automatically. You do not need to download a whole new set of apps.

Do I need to install new apps on my phone for it to work with my watch?

You'll just install the Android Wear app on your phone to connect it to your watch and manage your watch's settings. Your watch's manufacturer may also have an optional app that adds extra features.

Using your watch

Can my watch connect to Wi-Fi

Note: The information below applies only to watches paired with Android devices.

Not all watches can connect to Wi-Fi. If you don’t see Wi-Fi settings in the settings list on your watch, your watch can’t use Wi-Fi.

If your watch is connected to WiFi, and your phone has a network or Wi-Fi connection, your watch can be as far away as you like.

Learn how to connect your watch to Wi-Fi.

Does the watch make any sounds? Will the watch speak back to me?

Your watch won’t make any sounds or speak back to you.

Your watch may vibrate for notifications, and it uses the notification settings you have for each app on your phone. If your phone vibrates or makes a sound for a notification, your watch will vibrate. If your phone doesn't make a sound or vibrate, you'll still see a card on your watch, without a vibration.

You can always mute your watch to turn off vibrations for all notifications. Learn more about managing your notifications.

How do I control the cards that show up on my watch?

You can choose which cards and notifications show up on your watch by changing your notification settings and Google app settings.

What can my watch do if I'm not near my phone?

If your watch is Wi-Fi-capable and it's paired with an Android phone, you’ll be able to connect to the Internet and do all of the same things as if your phone was close by.

Your watch needs to be Wi-Fi-capable and connected to a Wi-Fi network, and your Android phone needs a network or Wi-Fi connection.

Otherwise, there are still some features you can use if you aren't close to your phone. Learn about what works when your watch isn’t paired.

What happens when I remove a notification or card on my watch? Will it still show up on my phone?

If you remove a card on your watch, the same card or notification will be dismissed on your phone.

If you remove a notification from your phone, it will be dismissed on your watch.

Can I visit websites on the watch?

You won’t be able to visit websites on your watch. Instead, you’ll see an option to open on your phone.

Can I type on the watch?

No. You’ll use your voice to reply, search, or do tasks.

Andrea is an Android expert and author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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