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What's different for Android Wear 2.0

Whether you are new to Android Wear or have just updated your watch to Android Wear 2.0, read the article below to learn how to get around your watch.

 

How do I see a list of my apps?

Use the power button on the side of your watch to navigate to your apps and to the home screen.

How do I ask questions or get help from my watch?

To get helpful information from Google, you will ask your iGoogle Assistant. To start your Google Assistant, press and hold the power button until you see "how may I help you?" appear on your watch.

Learn more about how to use the Google Assistant

How do I change display and notification settings?

To see settings you can change from the home screen, swipe down from the top of your watch’s screen. From the pull-down menu you can change:

To turn on Theater mode: When your watch is on, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Theater Mode . To wake your watch up, press the button on the side of your watch.

To stop your watch from vibrating when you get a notification:

  1. If the screen is dim, press the power button to wake up your watch.
  2. While using your watch, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Do Not DisturbAlarms or Priority only.
  4. (Optional) To choose which notifications to get when you have DND turned on, swipe down from the top of the screen and then SettingsSettings  and then Notifications and then Do not disturb unless … .

Learn more about notifications on your watch.

How do I know if I have notifications waiting?

When you first get a notification, your watch will vibrate (unless it is in DND) and you’ll see a notification show up and then then hide.

To read more information or open a notification, tap it.

Tip: Some watch faces also allow you to enable or disable an unread notification indicator.

Use Google Accounts, apps and your Google Assistant on your watch

When you sign in to the Play Store on your watch, you decide which apps to download right on your watch.

How do I choose apps for my watch?

Instead of apps automatically syncing to your watch, you can now download apps from the Play Store like you would from your phone.

To choose apps to download, open the Play Store on your watch. Learn more about how to get apps on your watch.

How do I get helpful info from my Google Assistant? 

To start your Google Assistant, press and hold the power button until you see "how may I help you?" appear on your watch. Learn more about how to use the Google Assistant on Android Wear.

Can I say "OK Google" to start using my Google Assistant?

Depending on your watch, "OK Google" may or may not open the Google Assistant automatically. To turn on hands-free access to your Google Assistant:

  1. If your watch screen is dim, tap to wake up the watch.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Tap SettingsSettings .
  4. Then tap Personalization.
  5. Turn on "Ok Google" detection.

Note: The "OK Google" detection uses a small amount of battery power. To save a little more battery, turn the detection setting to Off. Learn more about how to improve your battery life.

Handwrite on or use your watch’s virtual keyboard

Along with using your voice, you can also type messages directly on your watch’s screen if it works with the app. To reply or search the Play Store by using watch’s keyboard when you have the option, tap Keyboard Input.

For example, you’ll see the option to use the keyboard when replying to messages in apps like Hangouts.

Customize watch faces with helpful info

Along with being able to change your watch’s background, you can also customize watch faces with information from apps, such as steps from Fit or number of notifications. From the home screen, swipe right or left to choose a new watch face. Learn how to change and customize different watch face.

Set goals with Fit

You can sync your pace, distance, calories and heart rate as you exercise. Set goals for indoor workouts like treadmill, indoor cycling and stair climbing. Google Fit also includes strength training challenges such as sit-ups, push-ups, squats, and weightlifting.

To get started using Fit on your watch, open the Fit app. Learn how to use Google Fit on your watch.

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

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