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Use Audio Feedback on Android Wear

Audio Feedback reads the time and notification cards on your watch, including the actions you can perform on them. By using Audio Feedback along with voice actions, you can perform tasks such as sending and responding to SMS messages and making and receiving calls from your watch.

Audio Feedback works only on devices with a built-in speaker, currently the LG Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. 

Turn on Audio Feedback

To turn on Audio Feedback on your watch, you will need sighted assistance.

Follow these steps:

  1. If your screen is dim, tap the screen to wake up the watch.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Swipe from right to left until you see Settings, then tap it.
  4. Scroll until you see Accessibility, then tap it.
  5. Scroll until you see Audio Feedback.
  6. tap Audio Feedback to turn it on or off.

Turning on Audio Feedback automatically turns on Wrist Gestures, which make it easier to use Audio Feedback. You may also wish to turn on Power button ends call at the same time, which makes it easier to end a call without seeing the screen.

When you turn on Audio Feedback, this article will be opened on your phone to help you learn how to use Audio Feedback.

Control the volume and output for Audio Feedback

Unless Bluetooth headphones are connected, Audio Feedback uses the built-in speaker on your watch. You can control the speaker volume by using the Sound option in Quick Settings. You can also control the volume of Audio Feedback by changing the Media volume in the Sound menu in Settings.

You can use Audio Feedback with compatible Bluetooth headphones. Keep in mind, however, that headphones will use up a lot of your watch’s battery life if you use them all day.  

To connect Bluetooth headphones, follow the instructions for connecting Bluetooth headphones (you will need sighted assistance). When your headphones are connected, the sound from Audio Feedback will go to the headphones and not to the built-in speaker.

Wake your watch to read time and date

Your watch will read the time to you whenever you wake it. 

To hear the time of day, wake your watch by using the tilt-to-wake gesture (if it is enabled), by tapptaping the screen, or by pressing the power button.

To hear the date and time of day: After your watch is awake (you will know because it has read the time), tap the center or top of the screen. You will hear  the date followed by the time. This feature works only when you are on the watch face (more below).

Put your watch to sleep

Your watch will go into ambient mode whenever you stop interacting with it. If you want to put your watch to sleep immediately, cover the entire screen with your hand or press the power button on the side. When your watch is asleep, Audio Feedback will stop reading the screen.

Your watch will wake back up if you perform any of the following actions: tilting your wrist, tapping the screen, or pressing the power button. 

Navigate cards on your watch

To use Audio Feedback, it helps to know a little bit about how information is arranged on the screen. The first thing you hear when you wake up the watch is almost always the time. If you don’t hear the time when you wake the watch, the screen may have an app on it. If so, you can get back to the watch face by pressing the power button. You will then hear the time. You can always get back to the watch face by pressing the power button once or twice, until you hear the time read.

Cards are organized below the watch face. Cards contain notifications and other information from apps. As you scroll through the cards  their contents are read to you. 

To scroll down in the cards, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Or if you have wrist gestures turned on, you can flick your wrist away from you, then slowly back toward you.

To scroll up through cards, swipe down from the top of the screen. Or if you have wrist gestures turned on, you can slowly turn your wrist away from you, then flick it back toward you.

Sometimes an app may place multiple cards in a group called a bundle. If a stack is in focus, the first item in the stack will be read in full and then you’ll hear the number of additional cards in the bundle. To expand a bundle, you can tap the center of the screen or hold your arm in front of you and pivot your arm down quickly. Once you have expanded a bundle, you can scroll through each card in the same way as other cards. 

Some cards have additional information or actions you can perform. You can find these by swiping left. If the card has actions, they will be announced as “action.” You can perform these actions by tapping the center of the screen. Some actions are not supported by Audio Feedback.

You can dismiss cards, by swiping right. When you dismiss a card on your watch, the notification is dismissed on your phone as well.

When you reach the bottom of the cards, you will hear a tone. When you reach the top, you will hear the time.

Make and receive calls

Watches with cellular features allow you to make and receive calls directly from the watch. 

To make a call, use the following voice action: “OK Google, call <name of contact>.” This will use the list of contacts synced from your phone and call that contact on your watch. When Audio Feedback is on, this voice action will always make the call from the watch. 

When you receive a call, your phone will vibrate and announce the caller’s contact name or number. To answer, swipe from right to left. To reject the call, swipe from left to right. 

To end a call, we recommend you turn on the Power button ends call option. Follow these steps (you will need sighted assistance):

  1. If your screen is dim, tap the screen to wake up the watch.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Swipe from right to left ← until you see Settings, then tap it.
  4. Scroll until you see Accessibility, then tap it.
  5. Scroll until you see Power button ends call.
  6. tap Power button ends call to turn it on and off.

Send and receive SMS messages

Watches with cellular features allow you to send and receive SMS messages directly from the watch.

When you receive SMS messages, they will come in as cards in the stream. The content of the card will be read out to you. You can reply by swiping from right to left or hold your arm in front of you and pivot your arm down quickly.

To send SMS messages, use one of the following voice actions: “Send a message” or “Send a message to <contact>: <message>.” The message will be read back to you for confirmation and then 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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