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Connect your Samsung smart watch to a phone

Galaxy Wearable app setup screen on phone with two Samsung smart watches - Connect watch to a phone

To access all its fun and useful features, you'll need to connect your smart watch to your phone using the Galaxy Wearable app. Once everything is set up, your smart watch and phone will make a dynamic duo. You can even automatically sync data between the two of them, such as your workout information from Samsung Health.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by provider, phone, or watch.

Watch compatibility with phones

Before you connect your smart watch to your phone, make sure it's compatible.

All Android phones running Android version 5.0 and later are compatible with Galaxy smartwatches or fitness bands. However, please be aware that non-Samsung phones will have limited compatibility with watches. Even if a watch is compatible with an iOS phone, the Email app and Samsung Pay features will not be available.

Be sure to check if your phone is on the list of compatible phones.

The Galaxy Watch Active2

Connect to a Samsung phone

The Galaxy Wearable app connects your smart watch to a compatible phone. Use the app to manage and monitor your watch's features and apps installed from the Play Store. But first, make sure Bluetooth is activated on your phone.

First, navigate to the Play Store. Search for and select Galaxy Wearable, and then tap INSTALL. Once it downloads, tap OPEN, and then tap Get started. Select your watch and then follow the on-screen prompts to complete the setup process.

To connect an additional device, tap Menu on the left side, tap Add new device, and select your device. You can switch between devices whenever you want.

A list of Galaxy wearable devices that can connect to a phone

Note: If needed, you can access accessibility settings from the Welcome screen on your smartwatch or fitness band. Also, if you have accessibility options set up on your connected phone, you can set your watch settings to match the phone.

Connect to an iPhone

Note: Bluetooth must be activated on your phone to connect to a watch.

If you have an iPhone, you can still easily set up and connect your smart watch using the Samsung Galaxy Watch app from the App Store. If you have a fitness band like the Galaxy Fit, use the Samsung Galaxy Fit app to connect.

First, navigate to the App Store. Search for and select Samsung Galaxy Watch or Samsung Galaxy Fit, and then tap GET next to Samsung Galaxy Watch. Once it downloads, tap OPEN, and then tap START THE JOURNEY. Select your watch and then follow the on-screen prompts to complete the setup process.

The Galaxy Watch app opened on an iPhone

To connect another device, tap More options, tap Connect new device, and then select your device. You will need to disconnect the other watch before connecting a new one.

Set up without a phone

If you have no phone, it's no problem! You can still use your watch when it's solo.

When your watch powers on for the first time, swipe up and then tap the question mark icon. On the next screen, swipe up and tap here. Tap Continue, and then agree to the different policies. From there, follow the guide to set up your watch without a phone.

Note: Galaxy Fit cannot be used without a phone.

Woman looking at her Galaxy Watch

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