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Use Google Assistant on Android Wear

To ask your Google Assistant for help, press & hold the power button. When your watch is ready, you’ll see "Hi, how can I help?"

Languages you can use

On Android Wear, the Google Assistant is available in English (U.S., U.K., and CA), French (FR and CA), German, Japanese, Korean, and Portuguese (BR). More languages are coming soon. 

What you need

To use your Google Assistant on your watch, you’ll need:

  • A watch running Android Wear 2.0 and up
  • A Google Account on the watch
  • Phone’s language set to a language listed above
  • An Internet connection on your watch via a Bluetooth connection through Wi-Fi or cellular connection

Set up the Google Assistant to respond to your voice

You can talk with your Google Assistant by saying "Ok Google." First, turn on "Ok Google" detection:

  1. If your watch screen is dim, tap to wake up the watch.
  2. While on the watch face, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings Settings and then Personalization.
  4. Turn on "Ok Google" detection.

Note: The "OK Google" detection uses a small amount of battery power. To save a little more battery, turn this feature off. Learn more about how to improve your battery life

Do more with your Google Assistant

If you have Internet-connected devices such as thermostats, lights, or switches that work with Google, you can control your home using the Google Assistant. Learn how to connect devices to your Google Assistant.

Control smart home devices that work with Google

You can use your Google Assistant to control home automation devices such as thermostats, plugs or switches, or lights. (This feature is currently only available in English.)

Once you've set up the home device, to connect Android Wear to your Google Assistant: 

  1. On your phone, open the Android Wear app Android Wear.
  2. Tap Settings Settings . 
  3. Under Google Assistant, tap Settings and then Home control.
  4. In the "Devices" tab, at the bottom right tap Add Add.
  5. Follow the instructions to finish set up.

Learn more about Google Assistant controlled smart home device settings.

When you're done connecting up devices to your Google Assistant , you can use voice commands like:

  • Thermostats: Make it warmer. Set the bedroom temperature to 68. 
  • Lights: Turn on the bedroom lights. Did I forget to turn off the kitchen lights?
Send messages with apps you have on your Android 

To send a chat message using apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Viber, and others, you need the same app on your Android phone or tablet.

  • Messaging apps: Say "Send a message with" followed by the app name and the person before the message. For example, "Send a WhatsApp message to Sam."

Learn more about messaging apps and how to troubleshoot sending messages.

Troubleshoot issues

If you’re having trouble connecting to your Google Assistant, try the following tips:

What you can ask your Google Assistant 

Get things done

  • Alarms: Wake me up at 7 a.m.
  • Reminders: Remind me to do laundry when I get home. Remind me to call Mom every Sunday.
  • Timers: Set a timer for 10 minutes.
  • Notes: Take a note: "Try the new restaurant down the street."
  • Reservations with OpenTable: Make a reservation at The Fire Pit tonight.

Communicate

The following voice actions will use your phone unless you have a watch that supports an LTE connection.

  • Calls: Call Monica.
  • Text: Text John "See you at 5."
  • Emails: Send an email.

Helpful info about your day

  • Weather: What’s the weather in Boston? Will I need an umbrella tomorrow? Will it be windy this weekend?
  • Traffic: How’s the traffic on the 89 freeway?
  • Navigate: Navigate home by walking. Navigate to work by bicycling. (First, get the Google Maps app on your watch.)

Fitness

  • Running: Track my run.
  • Cycling: Start a bike ride.
  • Step count: How many steps have I taken?
  • Heart rate: What's my heart rate?

Ask Google

  • Calculations: What’s 20% of 80? What's 5 factorial?
  • Dictionary: What does "magnanimous" mean?
  • Quick answers: How do you remove stains from a rug? When is sunrise?
  • Unit conversions: How many miles in a 5k?
  • Translations: "Thank you" in Hindi.

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

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