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.
    • To delete an emoji in your draft, on the top of the screen, tap Delete.

After you draw one emoji, you can send your message by tapping Done Done. Or you can draw more emojis, which will get added to your message. Swipe to see more emoji suggestions.​

Tip: You can also browse available emoji by tapping the Emoji icon 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.
  3. Tap Theater mode Theater mode.
    • If you don't see Theater mode, tap Brightness Brightness and then 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 Apps and notifications and then Override Do Not Disturb for…

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 you wear your watch, you can stop your phone from vibrating and making sounds.

  1. On your phone, open the Wear OS app Wear OS by Google.
  2. Scroll down and tap Notifications.
  3. Turn on Silence phone while wearing watch.

Get help from the Google Assistant

The Assistant on the watch can help you with many tasks throughout your day. To see what it can do:

  1. If the screen is dim, press the power button to wake up your watch.
  2. Swipe right until you see the Assistant screen.
  3. Tap the microphone and say "What can you do?"

You’ll see the Assistant suggest more things you can do, like "set an alarm" or "send a message". Tap an action to do it.

See personalized content from the Assistant

When you swipe your watch screen to the right, under the microphone you’ll see helpful content when it’s relevant. The information comes from your emails, the agenda app, and data from Google Maps.

If you then swipe up, you’ll see a list of info about restaurant, event, and travel reservations, as well as shipments, agenda items, commutes, and weather. For more details, tap the info.

Learn more about quick Assistant actions on your watch.

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 app Wear OS by Google.
  2. Scroll down and tap Agenda Settings. If necessary, choose a watch.
  3. Tap one of your calendars, like "Events."

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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