If you have an Android Wear watch running Android Wear 2.0, you’re in for a treat.
The Android Wear 2.0 version brings the platform in synchronization with Android Oreo, and a new interface and new features to compete with the Apple Watch, and offers Android fans a more user-friendly wearable. Here are the most useful tips and tricks to help you get the new features of Android Wear 2.0.
- Your Watch can work independently
Your Android watch is a standalone Android device when it’s pre-installed the Google Play Store. You can download, update, or use Google services and apps right on your watch just by adding a Google account.
For the first time setting up your Android Wear 2.0, you will see a prompt for adding your Google account. Adding the account is easy, just follow the on-screen prompts to complete the process.
- Basic navigation
Android Wear 2.0 still needs the gestures and taps for the navigation. But the functionality of buttons is different depending on the model of the watch. It’s a good idea to check the tutorial after the Android Wear 2.0 update. This tutorial will show you the functionality of the buttons. Some basic navigations are:
- Swipe from the left edge to return to one screen.
- Swipe down from the top to view an app’s menu.
- The main button takes responsibility as a home button with a short press, and a long press for opening Assistant.
- Install apps
Since your watch works quite independently, you can now access Android Wear Play Store on your Watch.
- First, open the Play Store and accept the terms and services.
- A list of apps with pending updates will display, along with a list of installed apps on your phone, which also supports the Android Wear version.
- You can search, and download apps for your watch.
- Google Assistant
From Android Wear 2.0 version, Google Assistant supports the Android smartwatches. You can now get many things done without ever touching your Watch.
- Long-press the power button to activate Google Assistant, and then give it commands.
- Swipe up from the bottom for suggestions of what you want to do with Assistant. You can also pick up your wrist and say the “OK, Google” to wake up Assistant.
- Manage complications
The interface of Android Wear watch now includes the complications, which gives you an app shortcut or information without launching an app.
You can customize the complications just with a long press on the watch face, and then tap on the icon for each respective complication. Choose an app or info that you want the complication, and simply press the home button to save the settings.
- New app layout
On your watch face, press the power button to see your app list. If you are using an LG Watch Style or LG Watch Sport, the digital crown will scroll through the list of the installed apps. For other Android Wear watch models, use gestures to scroll up or down to see the apps. To launch an app, just tap on it. You can also pin apps to the top of the list by long pressing on its icon.
- Change your look
Just by swiping to the right or left across the watch interface, you can easily switch between faces. It’s a quick gesture to complete the complications and you can use it while you are in another watch face for workouts that help run faster. Swiping up or down on a saved watch face will remove it.
- Android Pay
Android Pay currently works for devices only with NFC compatibility. You can install Android Pay for your Android Wear watch directly from the Play Store if it’s not installed on your wrist.
After launching it, set up a passcode for the security. From then, you will need to enter the code anytime you use it. Passcodes not only protects the thieves from finding much use of your watch but also stops them from stealing your Android Pay card information.
- Two keyboards
In Android Wear 2.0, there are two new options tools that can help you respond to messages on your watch. It’s a teeny-tiny keyboard, which is nearly impossible to type on letters, and there is also a handwriting recognition tool allowing you to scribble words. From now, when you compose or reply a message, just tap on the keyboard icon. There will be a small keyboard as the default setting, but you can easily switch between the two keyboards by long-pressing on the keyboard icon.
- Stream music without using your phone
On the new Android Wear version, it allows the standalone apps, you can now stream music via the Google Play Music app using Wi-Fi or LTE connection. When you start streaming music, you will be asked for pairing with a Bluetooth speaker or headphones. If your watch comes with a built-in speaker, you can skip this prompt.
- Lock touch controls
In some cases, if you don’t want to touch your watch screen and change a watch face, you can now lock the touchscreen. However, to use this feature, you have to update your Android Wear watch to the Android Oreo version of Android Wear. You can check it by heading to Settings > System > About > Versions. If there is an update available, install it.
To lock the touch controls, go to Settings > Display > Touch Lock. Once it’s enabled, the screen won’t react your touch. To disable touch controls, you just press a physical button on your Android Wear watch.
- Vibration settings
Another specific feature is its ability to adjust the vibration level for notifications. Head to Settings > Apps & Notifications > Vibration pattern at the bottom. Here, you will see three options, including Normal, Long and Double.
- Faster Quick settings
The quick settings are a convenient method for doing the common tasks, like enabling the airplane mode or adjusting the brightness of the display. Android Wear 2.0 comes with the quick settings on the same screen without having to swipe left or right to adjust settings as the previous Android Wear OS.
To open the quick settings, just swipe down from the watch face. The toggle airplane mode and silence icon are top line settings while the bottom line, from left to right, are theater mode, Do Not Disturb and Settings app.
These are 13 new things that you should do with your Android Smartwatch. Hope you find the best one for yourself.