Read & reply to messages

You can read and reply to texts and emails, see who’s calling, and more. Check out the examples below to learn about some of the things Android Wear can do for you.

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 & reply to emails

You can use your favorite email apps with Android Wear, including Gmail. Learn more about how to use Gmail with Android Wear.

Read email

Your new email will show up as a card. You’ll get email cards if you get email notifications on your phone.

When you swipe from ← right to left you can take different actions such as archive or reply.

If you’d like to get email notifications on your phone, but not your watch, you can stop your email app from sending notifications to your watch.

If you are using Gmail, you can learn more about how Gmail works with Android Wear.

Send an email

You can speak to your watch to send an email to a contact, or say the email address.

Speak to send an email
  1. Make sure the watch is awake.
  2. Say “Ok Google.” You’ll see a white screen with a red “g.”
  3. Say the following: “Send email to Alex Jones that I’m looking forward to dinner tomorrow.”

If you are using Gmail, you can learn more about how Gmail works with Android Wear.

Reply to an email

Your email will show up as a card.

When you swipe from ← right to left you can take different actions such as archive or reply.

If you are using Gmail, you can learn more about how Gmail works with Android Wear.

Read and reply to texts & messages

You can use your favorite messaging apps with Android Wear, including Hangouts. Learn more about how to use Hangouts with Android Wear.

Read a text or message

Your new texts or messages will show up as a card. You’ll see cards if you get message notifications on your phone.

When you swipe from ← right to left you can take different actions such as reply.

If you’d like to get notifications on your phone, but not your watch, you can stop specific apps from sending notifications to your watch.

If you are using Hangouts, learn how Hangouts works with Android Wear.

Text a friend

You can speak to your watch to text your contacts by saying a name. This sends an SMS message.

Speak to send a text

  1. Make sure the watch is awake.
  2. Say “Ok Google.” You’ll see a white screen with a red “g.”
  3. Say the following:
    • "Text Steve I'm running 5 minutes late."
    • “Send Kirsten a message that I’m going to pick up dinner.”

Keep in mind that when you say “send a message,” you’ll send a text message.

If you are using Hangouts, learn how Hangouts works with Android Wear.

Reply to a text

Your text will show up as a card.

When you swipe from ← right to left you’ll see an option to reply. Touch reply, then say your message.

If you are using Hangouts, learn how Hangouts works with Android Wear.

See calls

See incoming calls

Incoming calls will show up on your watch.

To answer:

  1. Swipe the green button from ← right to left, towards the center of the screen.
  2. Use your phone to speak with the caller.

To send the caller to voicemail: Swipe the red button from → left to right, towards the center of the screen.

To reply with a pre-written message: Swipe the arrow from the bottom to the top of the screen, then touch a message.