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Read and reply to messages & texts

If your watch is paired with an Android device, you can use your favorite messaging apps with Android Wear. 

  • Android Wear 2.0 and up: To see if the messaging app you want to use is on your watch, check your apps menu. If it's not, go to the Play Store app on your watch and download the messaging app you want.
  • Android Wear 1.5 and below: Your watch will automatically download the same messaging apps that are on your phone when you connect your devices. 
Language availability for voice tips

Most of the tips below work if your language is set to English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, or Brazilian Portuguese. Some voice actions are not available in all languages and countries.

Read and reply to a text or message

Your new texts or messages will show up as notifications on your watch if you get message notifications on your phone. If you only want message notifications on your phone, you can stop specific apps from sending notifications to your watch.

  1. To read the full text or message, tap the notification.
  2. To reply to the text or message:
    • Android Wear 2.0 and up: Swipe up from the bottom.
    • Android Wear 1.5 and below: Swipe left.
  3. Tap Reply Reply.
  4. To write your message:
    • Android Wear 2.0 and up: Choose to speak, type, send an emoji, or scroll down for pre-written messages.
    • Android Wear 1.5 and below: Speak the message you'd like to text.

You’ll see a checkmark when your message was sent. 

Send an instant message

You can send instant messages using the following apps:

Speak to send an instant message

Android Wear 2.0 and up

  1. Press the button on the side of your watch and say the name of the person your want to message and the app you want to use. For example, you can say something like:
    • "Send Kirsten a WhatsApp message saying 'I'm running 5 minutes late'".
    • "Tell Kirsten I'm on my way using WhatsApp".

Android Wear 1.5 and below

  1. If your watch is dim, tap your watch face to wake it up.
  2. Say “Ok Google.” You’ll see a white screen with a microphone .
  3. Say the name of the person you want to message and the app you want to use. For example, you can say something like:
  • "Send Kirsten a WhatsApp message saying  'I'm running 5 minutes late'".
  • "Tell Kirsten I'm on my way using WhatsApp".

Note: If you do not mention the name of one of the apps listed above, your message will be sent as a text (SMS) message.

Send an instant message from a contact

  1. From your app menu, tap Contacts People
  2. Tap the contact’s name.
  3. Tap the messaging app to send the message from.
  4. Speak your message.

You’ll see a checkmark when your message was sent. 

 

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

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