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Send and receive text messages on your cellular watch

With an Android Wear cellular watch, you can send and receive texts using your phone number and cellular service.

To check if you have a cellular watch:

  • Android Wear 2.0 and up: Go to Settings Settings and thenConnectivity Back up. Look for Cellular.
  • Android Wear 1.5 and below: Go to Settings Settings. Look for Cellular.

If you don't see a Cellular setting, your watch does not support cellular service.

What you need

  • Cellular service for your phone
  • SIM card for your watch
  • Cellular service for your watch. For more info about getting service for your watch, check with your carrier.
  • To get all the available options for texting on your watch, we recommend installing the following apps on the phone your watch is paired with:  Messenger app (AT&T customers) or Messages app (Verizon customers)

Note: The texting capabilities of your watch can vary depending on your carrier and plan.

Send a text message

AT&T customers: When you send a text from your watch, you’ll be prompted to choose whether to send the text from your watch’s number or your phone’s number.

Verizon customers: All text messages will be sent using your phone’s number.

Start a text using your voice

Android Wear 2.0 and up

  1. Press the button on the side of your watch, say "Send a text to..." and say a contact's name or speak the phone number you'd like to send a message to.
  2. Speak the message you'd like to send.
  3. The watch will show you the text message. To send the message, tap Send Send. To cancel the message before it is sent, tap Cancel Clear

Android Wear 1.5 and below

  1. If your watch screen is dim, tap it to wake up the watch.
  2. Say "Ok, Google. Send a text to…" and say a contact's name or speak the phone number you'd like to send a message to.
  3. Speak the message you'd like to text.
  4. Your watch will indicate that the message is being sent. To cancel the message before it is sent, tap Cancel Clear.
Start a text with the messaging app
  1. From your apps menu, open Messenger (AT&T) or Message+ (Verizon).
  2. Tap New Message.
  3. Tap the contact(s) you want to send the message to.
  4. At the bottom of the screen, tap the blue checkmark when you're done.
  5. 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.
  6. Your watch will indicate that the message is being sent. To cancel the message before it is sent, tap Cancel Clear.

Reply to a text

You can reply to a text message from the notification card or your messaging history.

To reply from the text notification
  1. From your watch face, scroll down to the text message notification you want to reply to.
  2. To open the message:
    • Android Wear 2.0 and up: Tap Reply Reply
    • Android Wear 1.5 and below: Swipe left and tap Reply Reply.
  3. 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.
  4. Your watch will indicate that the message is being sent. To cancel the message before it is sent, tap Cancel Clear.
To reply from your message history
  1. From your apps menu, open Messenger (AT&T) or Message+ (Verizon).
  2. Scroll down to see past messages.
  3. To open a message, tap it.
  4. To reply:
    • Android Wear 2.0 and up: Tap Reply Reply.
    • Android Wear 1.5 and below: Tap the blue button on the bottom of the screen.
  5. To write your message:
    • Android Wear 2.0 and up: Choose to speak, type, send and emoji, or scroll down for pre-written messages.
    • Android Wear 1.5 and below: Speak the message you'd like to text.
  6. Your watch will indicate that the message is being sent. To cancel the message before it is sent, tap Cancel Clear.

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