Get started using your watch

Some information below may be different depending on your smartwatch's version. Learn how to check your watch's version.

Watch screen and notifications

Wake up or dim your watch

Wake up your watch

To brighten your screen, do any of these actions:

  • Tap the screen.
  • Turn your wrist so your screen is upright.
  • Press any button on the watch (if it has one).

Dim your watch

  • Press your palm onto the screen until it vibrates.
  • Stop tapping the screen, and your watch will dim automatically after a few seconds.

See date & battery status

  1. If the screen is dim, tap it to wake up the watch.
  2. Swipe down from the top of your watch's screen.

Stop interruptions & go offline

You can temporarily silence your watch, turn off its screen, and take it offline.

Wear OS by Google

  1. If the screen is dim, tap it to wake up the watch.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Tap a setting to change it:
    • To turn Wi-Fi and mobile data connections on or off, tap Airplane mode Airplane mode.
    • To turn off your screen temporarily, tap Theater mode Theater Mode
    • To mute or unmute your watch, tap Do Not Disturb Do Not Disturb.
    • (If your watch has a speaker) To change the volume, tap Sound Sound.

All other watches

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Swipe left until you see Settings Settings.
  3. Tap Settings Settings, then select an option.
Lock your watch screen

To set your screen to lock automatically when you're not wearing the watch:

Wear OS by Google

  1. If the screen is dim, tap it to wake up the watch.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings Settings.
  4. Scroll down and tap Personalization People.
  5. Scroll down and tap Screen Lock.

All other watches

  1. If your screen is dim, tap it to wake up the watch.
  2. Swipe from right to left to see a list of apps.
  3. Tap Settings Settings.
  4. Scroll down and tap Screen lock.
  5. Tap the check mark Done.
  6. Enter the pattern, pin, or password you'll use to unlock your watch. Do it again to confirm.

Your screen will also lock when the watch loses its Bluetooth connection with your phone.

To lock the screen manually: Follow steps 1–3 above, then tap Lock screen now.

If you forget your unlock pattern, pin, or password:

  1. Keep entering the wrong info until you're locked out of your device.
  2. Wait for the lockout to finish.
  3. Repeat steps 1-2 until you see the factory reset option.
  4. To confirm you want to factory reset the watch, tap the check mark Done.

Your watch will restart without the password required to sign in.

Use apps & voice actions

Use and get apps

Open an app already on your watch

  1. If your screen is dim, tap it to wake up the watch.
  2. Go to your list of apps.
  3. Tap the app you want to open.

Get more apps from the Play Store

Wear OS by Google

  1. Press the power button on your watch.
  2. Swipe up or down and tap Play Store Play Store. You'll be signed in with the main Google Account on your watch.
  3. To search for a new app, tap Search Search.
  4. If you want to download the app, tap Install.

To open the app, press the power button.

All other watches

Apps you have on your phone that are available on your watch will automatically sync.

Use voice actions

Wear OS by Google

Press and hold the power button. Say your question or task. Learn more about using voice actions with the Google Assistant.

All other watches

  1. If your screen is dim, tap it to wake up the watch.
  2. Say "Ok Google." You’ll see a microphone Microphone.
  3. Say your question or task.
See your contacts
  1. If your screen is dim, tap it to wake up the watch.
  2. Go to your list of contacts:
    • Wear OS by Google: Press the power button. Scroll up or down and tap Contacts People.
    • All other watches: Swipe right to left 2 times.
  3. Scroll to see your contacts.

Learn more about your watch

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