Tips & tricks

Send emoji messages, check your upcoming schedule and get things done all from your watch.

Here are some tips and tricks for using your watch:

Draw and send emojis

You draw emoji when responding to messages or whenever you see the emoji  Emoji.

  1. When you get a message, tap Reply.
  2. Choose Draw emoji.
  3. On the screen, draw any emoji you want, like a smiley face, a thumbs-up sign, or a cocktail glass.
  4. Your watch will find an emoji that best matches your drawing. If it can’t match what you drew, it’ll show you emoji to choose from.
  5. After you draw one emoji, you can send your message by touching the check mark. Or you can draw more emojis, which will get added to your message. You can swipe to see more emoji suggestions.
  • To delete an emoji in your draft: On the top of the screen, tap Delete.
  • When you’re done and ready to send your message, tap Done Done.

Tip: You can also browse available emoji by tapping the emoji Emoji.

Turn off the screen temporarily

You can turn off your watch’s screen temporarily (or put it in Theater mode), so it doesn’t light up or show notifications, even if you move your wrist or tap the screen.

To turn off your screen temporarily:

  1. If your screen is dim, tap it to wake up the watch.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
    • Wear OS by Google: Tap Theater mode Theater Mode. If you don't see Theater mode, tap Brightness Brightness icon and then Theater mode Theater Mode.
    • All other watches: Swipe left and tap Theater mode Theater Mode.

To turn your screen back on:

  • If your watch has a power button, press it once.
  • If your watch doesn't have a power button, tap the screen repeatedly until it wakes up.
Stop watch vibrations

To stop your watch from vibrating when you get a notification, turn on Do Not Disturb (DND).

  1. If the screen is dim, press the power button to wake up your watch.
  2. While using your watch, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Do Not Disturb Do Not Disturb.
  4. Optional: To choose which notifications to get when you have DND turned on, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Settings Settings and then Notifications and then Do not disturb unless …

You can choose to have calls from favorites, reminders, and events vibrate your watch even when Do Not Disturb is turned on. Alarms will always vibrate your watch even when DND is turned on.

If you’re paired with an Android phone and are using Android Wear 1.5 and below, your watch will have the same DND settings as your phone. Learn how to check your watch’s version.

Turn off phone sounds when using your watch 

When your watch is connected, you can stop your phone from vibrating and making sounds.

  1. On your phone, open the Wear OS by Google app Wear OS by Google .
  2. Tap Settings Settings.
  3. Turn on Silence phone while wearing watch.
Get help from the Google app

You can see a menu of simple tasks on your watch, and anything in this list can also be said aloud.

For example, once you’re on the menu you can tap “Start stopwatch.” To do the same thing with your voice, just say “Ok Google, start stopwatch” from most screens.

To see the menu of things you can do:

Wear OS by Google

  1. To start the Assistant, hold down the power button.
  2. Tap Info Information.

All other watches

  1. If your screen is dim, touch the screen to wake up the watch.
  2. Say “Ok Google” or touch anywhere on the background of the screen. You’ll see a white screen with a red “g.”
  3. Touch again anywhere on the screen to see a menu of things you can do.
  4. Swipe up to see different options.
Hide events from certain calendars

You can change your settings so that you won't get notifications or see events for certain calendars.

  1. On your phone, open the Wear OS by Google app Wear OS by Google.
  2. Tap Settings Settings. If necessary, choose a watch.
  3. Tap Calendar settings.
  4. Tap one of your calendars, like Birthdays.

You can tell if your calendar is hidden if the square next to it is an outline, like birthdays for example.


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