Navigate your watch with wrist gestures

Along with swiping, you can get around your watch by using wrist gestures.

Note: Using wrist gestures will slightly decrease battery life.

Wrist gestures are turned on by default on most watches. To make sure they're turned on:

  1. If you can't see your screen, wake up the watch.
  2. From the top of the screen, swipe down.
  3. Tap Settings Settings and then Gestures.

To test and practice wrist gestures, tap Launch tutorial in this setting.

Things you can do with wrist gestures

When using gestures, remember that your watch responds to the direction and quickness of your wrist's motion, rather than the range of the motion.

Scroll through notifications

To see your first notifications

  1. If you can't see your screen, wake up the watch or tilt the screen towards you.
  2. Quickly flick your wrist away from you, then slowly turn it back towards you to display the notification.

To scroll to the next notification

Quickly flick your wrist away from you, then slowly turn it back towards you.

To scroll back a notification

Slowly turn your wrist away from you then quickly flick it back towards you.

Take action on a notification

The gestures below are only available with watches running Android Wear 1.4.0 and above. Learn how to check your watch’s version here.

You can use wrist gestures to select options in a menu or go back to a previous screen.

To see more details or take an action

Hold your arm in front of you and quickly push down, then bring it back normally to the original position.

Pushing down will take you to that notification's first action. Pushing down a second time will select that first action, which is the most common action. You can't select or perform an action after the first action using  gestures alone.

To go back

Hold your arm in front of you and quickly pivot up, then bring it back normally to the original position.

Note: Pivoting up does not exit an app. To go back to the main screen, shake your wrist.

If you're replying to a message, you can use this gesture to see the original message. You can also use this gesture to cancel a voice action before it sends.

From the main watch screen

The gestures below are only available with watches running Android Wear 1.4.0 and above. Learn how to check your watch’s version here.

To open the apps menu

When on the main watch screen, hold your arm in front of you and quickly push down, and bring it back normally to the original position.

To open the settings menu 

When on the main watch screen, slowly turn wrist away from you, then quickly flick back towards you.

Back to the main watch screen

The gestures below are only available with watches running Android Wear 1.4.0 and above. Learn how to check your watch’s version here.

Hold your arm in front of you and quickly shake your wrist a couple of times. You can use this gesture to go back or cancel an action before it’s completed.

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