How to Pair Your Galaxy Watch With Android and iPhone.
I’ve been using my Galaxy Watch with Note 9 for a while now and they work great with Samsung smartphones. At the same time, smartwatches based on Tizen OS are also compatible with most other smartphones, including the iPhone. Let’s see how to connect Galaxy Watch to Android and iPhone.
Pair your Galaxy Watch with Android
You will need to download the Galaxy Wearable app on Android. An app is required not only to pair your watch, but also to add apps, watch faces, and manage health and fitness content.
After installing the app, you need to login to the app. If you haven’t created an account yet, you can click on create an account to create one. This will take a maximum of 5 minutes.
The app guides you through the process of connecting the watch to your phone via Bluetooth. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your Android device.
Now that you’ve signed in to the app, you’re ready to connect your watch to the app. Turn on your Galaxy watch by pressing the power button in the bottom right corner and after the watch boots up, you will see the following screen.
The smartphone and watch will flash the pairing code prompt screen when the app automatically detects your watch and you can tap the checkmark icon to start pairing.
Accept the request on both devices and relax. When pairing for the first time, it takes a few minutes as all necessary updates and applications are downloaded to the watch.
Once you’ve finished updating your watch, it’s ready to use for timing, heart rate, stress, activity, exercise, and more.
Pair your Galaxy Watch with iPhone
Galaxy Watch, unlike Apple Watch, works with both Android and iOS, you can connect it to iPhone and use it as a regular smartwatch or even as a replacement for Apple Watch.
If you’ve used your Galaxy watch with another device, you’ll need to perform a factory reset on the watch to connect it to your iPhone. To do this, go to your Galaxy Watch, tap Settings Gear Info Reset Gear, and then choose which reset to perform.
First, we need an iPhone app that will accompany the watch. The iPhone app is a little different and we’ll download it from the App Store.
After downloading the app, you need to log into the app using your email or phone. If you do not already have a registered ID, you can create one by clicking on the create account button.
After creating an account, sign in and turn on the Galaxy Watch. The app will then automatically recognize a watch nearby and prompt you to establish a connection.
The app will prompt you to allow quite a few permissions. Click Allow.
Grant permission on both devices and let the app connect to the watch. It will take a few minutes as it will update and install the required applications. After updating the Watch, everything is ready and you can use the watch to make and receive calls, read texts and notifications, and install applications.
Galaxy Watch with iPhone – Limitations
Due to the limitations of the Apple ecosystem, there are certain features that you won’t be able to use on the iPhone. At the moment I have noticed only a few of them.
- Samsung device-only features such as Samsung Pay will not work on iPhone.
- You cannot export screenshots of your watch to iPhone.
- S Health features such as map view do not work with iOS.
- Reply to email and text messages does not work with iPhone.
Aside from these minor limitations, the Galaxy Watch works with both ecosystems and runs slightly better on Android. If you own a Galaxy Watch and are having any problems pairing it with your smartphone, please comment on your request below.
Also Read: How to Take Screenshots on Samsung Galaxy Watch and Gear S3