Read and reply to messages & texts

Note: This feature is not available on iPhones. 

If your watch is paired with your phone, you can use your favorite messaging apps.

To see if the messaging app you want to use is on your watch, check your apps menu. If it's not, go to Google Play on your watch and download the messaging app you want.

Language availability for voice tips

Most of the tips below work if your language is set to English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, or Brazilian Portuguese. Some voice actions are not available in all languages and countries.

Use messaging apps on your watch

Wear OS by Google

Read and reply to a text or message

Your new texts or messages will show up as notifications on your watch if you get message notifications on your phone. If you only want message notifications on your phone, you can stop specific apps from sending notifications to your watch.

  1. To read the full text or message, tap the notification.
  2. To reply to the text or message, swipe up from the bottom.
    • If swiping from the bottom doesn't open the message, swipe left.
  3. Tap Reply Reply.
  4. You can speak, type (not available on all watches), or select a pre-written message. 

You’ll see a checkmark when your message was sent. 

Send an instant message

You can send instant messages using the following apps:

Speak to send an instant message

  1. Press the button on the side of your watch until you see, "Hello, how can I help?" on your screen.
    • If you don't have a button on your watch or you don't see this message, you're using a different watch version. Go to the instructions below for "All other watches." 
  2. Say the name of the person you want to message and the app you want to use. For example, you can say something like:
    • "Send Kirsten a WhatsApp message saying, 'I'm running 5 minutes late.'"
    • "Tell Kirsten I'm on my way using WhatsApp."

Send an instant message from a contact

  1. From your app menu, tap Contacts People
  2. Tap the contact’s name.
  3. Tap the messaging app to send the message from.
  4. Speak your message.

You’ll see a check mark when your message was sent. 

All other watches

Your watch will automatically download the same messaging apps that are on your phone when you connect your devices. 

Speak to send an instant message

  1. If your watch is dim, tap your watch face to wake it up.
  2. Say “Ok Google.” You’ll see a white screen with a microphone .
  3. Say the name of the person you want to message and the app you want to use. For example, you can say something like:
    • "Send Kirsten a WhatsApp message saying,  'I'm running 5 minutes late.'"
    • "Tell Kirsten I'm on my way using WhatsApp."

Note: If you don't mention the name of one of the apps listed above, your message will be sent as a text (SMS) message.

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