Samsung Gear

Get the home screen widgets from your phone on any of the Gear line of full-function smartwatches. Widgets are available both as an interactive watch app and as a clock face on-device. We support the following Samsung watches:

However, please be aware of the following Gear compatibility issues:

Installation

First, you'll need to have the Wearable Widgets app installed on your phone in order to select and configure your widgets. It's available either for free download from Google Play (with in-app purchase for multiple widgets), or for purchase from Samsung's GALAXY Apps (which includes multiple widget support). This app is where you'll go to get your widgets set up.

You'll also need one or both of our watch apps installed to receive the widgets on-device. The easiest way to do this is to open the Samsung Gear app (on your phone) and search for Wearable Widgets in its Samsung Gear Apps market. This should return the following results:

Note 1: Be aware that there are different editions of each of these apps for different Gear models. Make sure you install the one that mentions your model (S2, S3, etc.) in the title.

Note 2: Occasionally, the search function in the Gear Apps store can be unreliable - and unfortunately, there's not a lot we can do about this. Installation of the watch apps from outside the Gear Apps store isn't supported, so our only advice is for you to contact Samsung about the problem, and hope that they'll fix it at some point.

Note 3: the use of non-Samsung phones with older Gear watches (pre-S2) isn't a supported configuration. There's just no good way to install our smartwatch apps for this kind of setup, and it's too small of a corner case for us to devote resources to it. Samsung does support the S2 and S3 beyond their own phones, however, so that configuration is OK.

Yes, that's a lot of notes! Samsung doesn't make Gear app distribution easy.

Use

Once the app is installed, either launch the interactive app from your Apps list on-device, or select the watch face by long-press. [On the Gear 2, you’ll change watch faces by going to Settings > Clock.] Either way, the widget(s) you've chosen on our phone app should then be shown on your watch.

If you have multiple widgets, just swipe left and right to see them all in the interactive app. To switch between them on the watch face, first tap the watch to "wake it up". Small arrow buttons should appear near the bottom of the screen; simply tap them to change which widget is active.

Uninstalling

After uninstalling Wearable Widgets from your phone, you may need to remove it separately from your watch. You can do this from the Samsung Gear app (on your phone): under Home screen styler > Clock, tap the "trash can" icon in the title bar, then tap the red minus icon next to Wearable Widgets. Although it may not immediately disappear from this screen on your phone, this should uninstall it from the watch.

History

The following table lists the updates that both our Gear apps (interactive, and watch face) have had. Note that the Date for each release is when it was submitted to Samsung's Gear Apps store; their approval process adds some additional delay (typically 1-3 weeks) before an update is publicly available.

Update History for Interactive Gear App

Version Date Summary of Changes
4.0.2 27 May 2017
  • For Gear 2, S, & S2: rejected by Samsung
  • Resubmit to Samsung Gear Apps after rejection (no code changes)
4.0.1 3 May 2017
  • For Gear S3
  • Improve wake-from-ambient behavior
4.0.0 28 Apr 2017
  • Only released to beta
  • Add on-device "widget" on Gear S3
  • Overhaul UI displayed when not showing widgets
  • Numerous bug fixes throughout
3.0.2 7 Mar 2016
  • Resubmit to address availability problems on Samsung Gear Apps store (no code changes)
3.0.1 18 Jan 2016
  • Resubmit to Samsung Gear Apps as Standalone app, for availability on non-Samsung phones (no code changes)
3.0.0 3 Jan 2016
  • Add support for Gear S2
  • General stability improvements
2.0.2 16 Nov 2014
  • Rejected by Samsung (never released publicly)
  • Resubmit to Samsung Gear Apps after rejection (no code changes)
2.0.1 25 Oct 2014
  • Rejected by Samsung (never released publicly)
  • Resubmit to Samsung Gear Apps after rejection (no code changes)
2.0.0 7 Sep 2014
  • Add multiple widget support
1.0.0 14 Jul 2014
  • Initial public release

Update History for Gear Watch Face

Version Date Summary of Changes
4.0.3 27 May 2017
4.0.2 3 May 2017
  • For Gear S2 & S3
  • Fix some additional bugs in the 4.0 beta
4.0.1 30 Apr 2017
  • Only released to beta, and only for Gear S2 & S3
  • Fix bug in Ambient Mode support
4.0.0 28 Apr 2017
  • Only released to beta
  • Add support for Ambient Mode (Always-On Display) on Gear S2 and S3
  • Overhaul UI displayed when not showing widgets
  • Numerous bug fixes throughout
3.0.9 1 May 2016
  • Resubmit to Samsung Gear Apps after rejection: tweaked internal XML, no user-facing code changes
3.0.8 22 Mar 2016
  • Resubmit to Samsung Gear Apps after rejection (no code changes)
3.0.7 16 Mar 2016
  • Resubmit to Samsung Gear Apps after rejection (no code changes)
3.0.6 7 Mar 2016
  • Rejected by Samsung (never released publicly)
  • Resubmit to address availability problems on Samsung Gear Apps store (no code changes)
3.0.5 3 Feb 2016
  • Rejected by Samsung (never released publicly)
  • Change unable-to-connect message per new guidance from Samsung
3.0.4 3 Feb 2016
  • Resubmit to Samsung following mistakes made by certification team
3.0.3 1 Feb 2016
  • Rejected by Samsung (never released publicly)
  • Change unable-to-connect message per new guidance from Samsung
3.0.2 21 Jan 2016
  • Rejected by Samsung (never released publicly)
  • Resubmit to Samsung Gear Apps after rejection (no code changes)
3.0.1 18 Jan 2016
  • Rejected by Samsung (never released publicly)
  • Resubmit to Samsung Gear Apps after rejection (no code changes)
3.0.0 3 Jan 2016
  • Rejected by Samsung (never released publicly)
  • Add support for Gear S2
  • General stability improvements
2.2.1 6 Oct 2015
  • Resubmit to Samsung Gear Apps after rejection (no code changes)
2.2.0 5 Sep 2015
  • Rejected by Samsung (never released publicly)
  • Improve reconnection reliability
2.1.0 23 Feb 2015
  • Reduce power consumption when screen off
  • Change icon on BT disconnected clock
2.0.0 2 Feb 2015
  • Rejected by Samsung (never released publicly)
  • Disable lateral-swipe on clock face
  • Fix bug: Backup watchface clock not working
  • Add support for forthcoming v5.2 of main WW app
1.1.0 1 Oct 2014
  • Fix bug: time zone change on phone not immediately reflected on backup clock face
1.0.2 19 Sep 2014
  • Resubmit to Samsung Gear Apps after rejection (no code changes)
1.0.1 19 Sep 2014
  • Resubmit to Samsung Gear Apps after rejection (no code changes)
1.0.0 7 Sep 2014
  • Initial public release