How to activate WhatsApp notifications on a Galaxy Watch

Want your Galaxy Watch to notify you when you receive a WhatsApp notification? Follow the steps below to find out how to activate notifications.

① Install WhatsApp on your mobile device

Before you can receive WhatsApp notifications on your Galaxy Watch, you must first install WhatsApp on your connected mobile device.

1 Open the Play Store app
2 Tap the search bar
3 Search for WhatsApp Messenger
4 Tap the WhatsApp Messenger result
5 Tap Install
② Pair your devices

To use all the features of your Galaxy Watch it will need to be paired to a mobile device. If you have already connected your devices, you can skip this step.

1 Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your mobile device

Please note: the Galaxy Wearable app comes installed on Galaxy devices. If it is not installed on your device, follow the steps to download WhatsApp, but search for Galaxy Wearable instead

Activate Bluetooth on Galaxy smartphone
2 Turn on your Galaxy Watch
3 Tap Scan for nearby devices

Please note: you can also tap the type of watch you are connecting. If you choose this option, follow the on screen instructions to get connected

Tap Galaxy Watch in Galaxy Wearable app
4 Tap on your Galaxy Watch
5 A Bluetooth pairing request will appear on your mobile device. Check the passkey matches the passkey on your Watch then tap Pair on your mobile device and the tick on your watch
6 Follow the instructions on your mobile device to finish pairing your watch
③ Update Galaxy Watch software
1 Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your connected mobile device
Tap Watch software update in Galaxy Wearable app
2 Tap Watch software update
Tap Download and install to update software in Galaxy Wearable app
3 Tap Download and install

Please note: The watch will disconnect from your phone when the update starts. Once the update is complete, your watch will reconnect to your phone automatically.

Tap Install now to update software in Galaxy Wearable app
4 If an update is available it will be downloaded. Once downloaded, tap Install now to update your watch
④ Enable notifications
1 Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your connected mobile device
Tap Notifications in Galaxy Wearable app
2 Tap Notifications
Tap to select Apps to get notifications from in Galaxy Wearable app
3 Tap See all
Tap All in the drop down menu to view all apps in the Galaxy Wearable app
4 Tap the options dropdown
5 Tap All
6 Tap WhatsApp

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