Make and receive calls on your cellular watch

If you have a cellular watch, you can make and receive calls right on your watch.

What you need

  1. Cellular service for your phone
  2. SIM card for your watch
  3. Cellular service for your watch

Check if you have a cellular watch

  1. Tap Settings Settings and then System and then  Date & time.
  2. Go to Settings Settings and then Connectivity Back up, then look for Cellular.

If you don't see a Cellular setting, your watch does not support cellular service. For more info about getting service for your watch, check with your carrier. If you use the same carrier for watch and phone cellular service, your carrier might offer the ability to share a single number between your phone and your watch.

Make a call

If you're out of Bluetooth range of your phone, the calls you make from your watch use your watch's number.

If your watch is within Bluetooth range of your phone, you can choose to make your call from either your watch's number or your phone's number.

Wear OS by Google

Make a call using your voice

  1. Press the button on the side of your watch and say "Make a phone call."
    • If pressing the button does not bring up Google Assistant, you're using a different watch version. Go to the steps below for "All other watches"
  2. Say a contact's name or speak the phone number you'd like to call.
  3. To end the call, tap Hang Up End call.

Make a call from your contacts or recent calls

  1. From your apps menu, tap Phone Call.
  2. To find the number you want to call, scroll down to see your contacts.
  3. To place a call, tap a contact or recent number from the list.
  4. To end the call, tap Hang up End call.

Dial a number from the dialpad

  1. From your apps menu, tap Phone Call.
  2. Swipe left until you see the dialpad Dialpad.
  3. Tap to enter the number.
  4. To see or edit the number, swipe down from the top of the screen.
    • To delete a single wrong number: Tap Backspace .
    • To delete the whole number: Tap Cancel Clear.
  5. To make the call, tap Call Call.
  6. To end the call, tap Hang Up End call.

Answer or reject a call

To answer a phone call: When your watch rings, swipe left.

To reject a phone call: When your watch rings, swipe right.

Options during a call

To see the following options, swipe up from the bottom of your watch screen while you're on a call.

  • To enter in digits during a call, tap Dialpad Dialpad.
  • To hold a call, tap Pause Call Hold.
  • To mute, tap Mute call Mute.
  • To change the volume, tap Volume .
  • To return to your watch's home screen, press the button on the side of the watch.

Use your watch as a speakerphone

If your watch has a speaker, you can use your watch to answer incoming calls to your phone.

  1. If your watch screen is dim, tap the screen to wake up the watch.
  2. Tap Settings Settings
    • If you don't see Settings, you're using a different watch version. Go to the speaker phone steps below, under "All other watches."
  3. Tap Connectivity Back up and then Bluetooth and then Play phone audio on watch.
  4. Make sure the switch is in the On position.

Forward your phone's calls to your watch

You can receive calls on your watch made either to your watch's number or to your phone's number by setting up call forwarding. Call forwarding will cause unanswered calls to your phone to automatically forward to your watch.

Note: Verizon does not yet support calls when out of Bluetooth range of your phone. If your watch is within Bluetooth range of your phone, you can use your watch as a speakerphone for your phone’s calls.

To set up call forwarding:

  1. If your watch screen is dim, tap the screen to wake up the watch.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings Settings. If you don't see Settings right away, you're using a different watch version. Go to the steps below for "All other watches."
  4. Scroll down and tap Connectivity Back up and then Cellular and then Call forwarding.
  5. To activate call forwarding, tap Turn on.

To test call forwarding:

  1. Call your phone's number from another number.
  2. Allow your phone to ring until it stops ringing. Do not answer the call on your phone.
  3. After your phone stops ringing, your watch should begin ringing a few seconds later.

If the call wasn't forwarded to your watch, try the steps above again. If you still experience issues, contact your carrier.

To turn off call forwarding:

  1. If your watch screen is dim, tap the screen to wake up the watch.
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings Settings.
  4. Scroll down and tap Connectivity and then Cellular and then Call forwarding.
  5. Tap Turn off.

Emergency calls

You can make an emergency call at any time, even if the SIM is locked or invalid.

  1. From your apps menu, tap Phone Call.
  2. Swipe left until you see the dialpad.
  3. Dial 911 if you're in the United States, or other local emergency number.

It is possible to send an emergency text message to 911 with the voice action “OK Google, send a text to 911.” However, since voice transcription is not 100% accurate, we strongly recommend that you simply call 911 instead during a real emergency situation.

All other watches

Make a call

  1. Tap your watch's screen to wake your watch up.
  2. Say "Ok, Google. Make a phone call."
  3. Say a contact's name or speak the numbers you'd like to call.
  4. To end the call, tap Hang Up End call.

Use your watch as a speaker phone

  1. If your watch has a speaker, you can use your watch to answer incoming calls to your phone.

  2. If your watch screen is dim, tap the screen to wake up the watch.
  3. Swipe left and tap Settings Settings
  4. Tap Bluetooth and then Play phone audio on watch.
  5. Make sure the switch is in the On position.

Set up call forwarding

  1. Tap your watch's screen to wake your watch up.
  2. If your watch screen is dim, tap the screen to wake up the watch.
  3. Swipe left and tap Settings Settings
  4. Scroll down and tap Cellular.
  5. Follow the rest of the instructions to finish forwarding.

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