Listen to music on your watch

You can listen to YouTube Music with your Wear OS watch. Enjoy music and podcasts anywhere using your watch, without needing to carry a mobile device with you. You can stream music over LTE or Wi-Fi, or you can download songs and podcasts to your watch so you can listen to music while offline. Leave your phone behind, and workout to your favorite songs with YouTube music on your wrist. 

Tip: YouTube Music is supported on most watches running the latest version of Wear OS 2, or newer. All playback from YouTube Music should be 128 kbps bitrate AAC.

Here’s what you can do with YouTube Music on Wear OS:

  • Listen to music and podcasts using your watch connected to a Bluetooth accessory, like headphones.
  • Download music and podcasts directly to your watch so you can listen without an internet connection.
  • Stream music and podcasts directly from your watch so you can listen without a paired device nearby.
  • Control playback, manage your downloads, and songs, from your wrist.

Download the YouTube Music app

To get started, download the YouTube Music app to your Wear OS watch:

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your watch.
  2. Search for YouTube Music.
  3. Select the YouTube Music app to start downloading it to your device.
  4. Once the app is installed, sign in to your YouTube Music account to start listening to music. 

From there, you can browse your library, workout suggestions, find your downloads, and personalized music recommendations.

Download music

To listen to YouTube Music without an internet connection, download music and podcasts directly to your Wear OS device:

  1. Open YouTube Music on your Wear OS watch.
  2. Tap the song, playlist, or podcast that you want to download.
Tap the download icon .

Tip: Turn on smart downloads to keep your watch automatically up-to-date with your favorite music. When you turn on smart downloads, your watch will automatically download music for you based on your YouTube Music listening history. 

Learn how to turn on smart downloads here

Tip: Keep in mind the amount of music you can download depends on the storage space you have available on your Wear OS device.

Stream Music

To listen to YouTube Music without a paired device nearby, make sure your watch is connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular connection.

Important: To use a cellular connection, you need an LTE plan from your provider. Cellular streaming is not supported on iOS. 

  1. On your Wear OS watch, open YouTube Music.
  2. Tap the song or playlist you want to listen to.
  3. The song will stream and play over the available connection.
Tip: To stream and play music over a cellular connection, you need available data. To save data, connect to Wi-Fi when possible.

Tip: The Playlist Detail Page shows content within a playlist or album. You can see the title of the playlist, a view of songs within the playlist, and additional details like the name of the artist/creator or when the playlist was last updated.

Use the YouTube Music Tile

To access your most recently played playlist or to quickly navigate to the browse page of the YouTube Music app, add the YouTube Music tile. Learn how to manage tiles on your device here

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