Get stuff done with reminders, alarms, notes & more

You can set reminders and alarms, take notes, check your schedule, and more, all from your watch. 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.

Set reminders & take notes

Set a reminder
You can speak to your watch to set a reminder. You can set reminders to do something at a certain time or location.

Once you set a reminder, you’ll see a card when your reminder goes off.

Speak to set reminder

  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:
    • "Remind me to call John at 6 PM."
    • "Remind me to empty the litter box when I get home."
Take or view a note

You can speak to your watch to create a note or view existing notes using Android apps like Google Keep. You can also view and edit lists in Google Keep.

Speak to take or view a note

  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: "Take a note: Try the new restaurant on Main Street.”

Set alarms and timers

Set an alarm

You can speak to your watch to set an alarm. You can also set an alarm on your watch through the onscreen menu.

Your watch and phone alarms are separate. When you add an alarm on your watch, it won’t show up on your phone, and the other way around.

When an alarm goes off, your watch will vibrate and display a card.

  • Turn off: Drag the Awake icon from → left to right.
  • Snooze: Drag the Snooze icon to from ← right to left.

Speak to set alarm

  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: “Set an alarm for 6PM."

Use menu to set alarm

  1. Make sure the watch is awake.
  2. Touch anywhere on the background of the screen. You’ll see a white screen with a red “g.”
  3. Touch again anywhere on the screen to see a menu of things you can do.
  4. Scroll and touch Set an alarm . Then select your time.

See current alarms

  1. Make sure the watch is awake.
  2. Touch anywhere on the background of the screen. You’ll see a white screen with a red “g.”
  3. Touch again anywhere on the screen to see a menu of things you can do.
  4. Scroll and touch Show alarms .
Set a timer

You can speak to your watch to set a timer. You can also set a timer on your watch through the onscreen menu.

Once you set a timer, you’ll have a new card with the countdown. On the card, touch the pause button to stop and start the timer.

When you set a timer on your watch, it won’t show up on your phone, and the other way around.

Speak to set timer

  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: “Set a timer for 25 minutes.”

Use menu to set timer

  1. Make sure the watch is awake.
  2. Touch anywhere on the background of the screen. You’ll see a white screen with a red “g.”
  3. Touch again anywhere on the screen to see a menu of things you can do.
  4. Scroll and touch Set a timer .
  5. Swipe up and down to see different times. Touch to select the amount of time you’d like.

Dismiss timer

When your timer goes off, dismiss by swiping from → left to right on your screen.

Use the stopwatch

You can speak to your watch to start the stopwatch. You can also start the stopwatch through the onscreen menu.

Once you start the stopwatch, you’ll have a new card. Touch the button to stop and start the stopwatch.

Speak to start stopwatch

  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: “Start stopwatch.”

Use menu to start stopwatch

  1. Make sure the watch is awake.
  2. Touch anywhere on the background of the screen. You’ll see a white screen with a red “g.”
  3. Touch again anywhere on the screen to see a menu of things you can do.
  4. Scroll and touch Start stopwatch .

Check your schedule

Check your schedule

Your upcoming events will show up automatically as a card. You can also speak to your watch or use the onscreen menu to pull up your calendar.

Speak to see schedule

  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:
    • "What does my day look like tomorrow?"
    • "When's my next meeting?"

Use menu to see schedule

  1. Make sure the watch is awake.
  2. Touch anywhere on the background of the screen. You’ll see a white screen with a red “g.”
  3. Touch again anywhere on the screen to see a menu of things you can do.
  4. Scroll and touch Agenda .

You’ll see your calendar card.

Track packages

Track a package

The status of your packages will show up automatically as a card if you have an order confirmation in Gmail.

Enjoy your music

Control your music

When music is playing on your phone, you’ll see a music card on your watch. You can pause and resume the music. If you swipe from ← right to left, you can also skip tracks and control the volume.

Any app that shows play, pause and skip on your lock screen, like Google Play Music, will show up on your watch.

Change default Android Wear music app

If you’d like to change the default app that Android Wear uses for music, here’s how:

  1. On your phone, open the Android Wear app .
  2. On the screen that opens, under “Voice actions,” find and touch Play music.
  3. Choose the app you’d like to use.
    • If you choose Open on phone, the Google app on your phone will open,  and Android Wear will use the app you have set as your default in the Google app.

The new app will be the default music app for Android Wear.

Listen to music on Android Wear without your phone

If you have Bluetooth headphones, you can listen to music on your watch without your phone. This comes in handy when you don't feel like carrying your phone with you, such as when you're running or biking.

Learn how to set up and listen to music through your watch.

Take a photo with Google Camera

Take a photo with Google Camera
You can use your watch to take photos using the Google Camera app on your phone. This is useful if you want to be in a photo that is being taken with your phone. Learn how to take a photo using your watch and Google Camera.

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