Messages on your Samsung smart watch

Man wearing Galaxy Watch Active 2 about to send a message

With Samsung's Bluetooth and LTE smart watches, it's never been easier to talk while you walk. You can create new messages, or quickly view incoming messages and send replies using the pre-installed Messages app without even taking out your phone. You can also send replies using Quick messages, or when you decline incoming calls. However, your watch must be connected to a phone unless the watch is an LTE model with active network services.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and model. Third-party messaging apps like Google Hangout, What's App, or Facebook Messenger cannot be installed on the watch.

Send a message

If you want to take a break from your jog and send a quick message to a friend, you can do that easily on your watch using the Messages app. Make sure your watch is connected to your phone or to a mobile network.

Press the Power key on the watch, and then navigate to and tap Messages. To compose a new message, select either the message icon or the contact icon located at the top of the screen. Enter or choose your recipient. If you want to send a reply instead, select the message from the log.

Next, swipe to and tap a Quick message as a response. Or, if you prefer to create your own response, there are many methods to choose from. Just swipe down to see more options.

Here are the different available options:

Message reply options on the Galaxy Watch Active
  • Microphone: Speak into your watch, and then tap SEND.

  • Emoji: Select an emoji as your response.

  • Text: Write letters on the watch face. Written letters will be converted into text.

  • Quick response: Select a Quick messages to send as your response.

  • Edit responses: Create or edit Quick messages by writing letters on the watch face. Just like with text input, written letters will be converted into text.

  • Doodle: Write letters on the watch face. Written letters will be sent as an image.

When replying to a group message, replies will be sent to back to the entire group. To reply to an individual recipient, tap More options (the three vertical dots) located to the right of the screen, and then tap Recipients. Select the desired recipient, and then tap the Messages icon.

Note: If app notifications are turned on for third-party messaging apps, like Hangouts, you'll be able to reply to messages you receive by tapping the message from the Notification screen on the watch. However, third-party messages you reply to will not appear in the Messages log on the watch.

Use Quick message on your Galaxy Watch

Are you always getting texts or calls while you’re out walking your dog? Let your contacts know that you’ll get back to them soon using Quick Messages on your watch.

On your watch, either create a new message or tap an existing message. Then, swipe up to and select a Quick message to send. To create or edit the Quick message instead, tap Edit responses from the bottom of the screen.

  • To create a new Quick message, tap Create, enter a message, and then tap Done.

  • To edit an existing Quick message, tap the message, make the desired changes, and then tap Done.

Quick messages options on the Galaxy Watch Active

Send Quick responses on your Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit2

You can also send Quick responses on your Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit2. If you’d like to customize a response, you can add them from the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone.

On your watch, swipe right on the notification panel and then tap a message to view it. To select a response, swipe up or down and then tap a Quick response. Then, tap the arrow to send it.

You can add and delete Quick responses as well. To add a response, navigate to and open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone, and then tap Quick responses. Tap the plus icon, enter your response, and then tap Save. To delete your response, tap More options (the three vertical dots) on the app’s home screen, tap Edit, and then tap the response you’d like to remove. Tap Delete.

A message with Quick responses below it on a Samsung smart watch

Note: Up to 30 characters can be entered when adding a Quick response. 

Call decline messages

Sometimes, you receive a phone call at the worst possible time and can't pick up. With your watch, you can let them know you're busy with a quick swipe.

When receiving a call on your watch, swipe up from the bottom of the watch screen to reject the call with a decline message. Several replies, such as "I'm working out," will appear. Just select the desired decline message to send.

If you want to edit, rearrange, or remove call decline messages, open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone. Tap the Home tap, and then tap Apps. Tap the Settings icon next to "Phone," and then tap the desired decline message to edit. Or, tap the Edit icon at the top of the screen to rearrange the list; you can by drag the decline message up or down the list. You can also select the desired message(s), and tap Delete to remove it.

A list of Call-decline messages in the Galaxy Wearable app

Delete messages

Need to get rid of unwanted messages? No problem. You can delete a single message or multiple with ease directly from the watch.

Open the Messages app on your watch, swipe to the message you want to delete, and then tap and hold it. To select multiple messages, just swipe to and tap the additional message(s), and then tap Delete. Tap the check mark to confirm the deletion.

Note: Messages deleted on the watch will also be deleted from the Messages app on the connected phone.

Delete conversation screen with cancel and accept options

Block messages

Note: When you block message notifications using the watch or if you turn off app notifications for Messages, you will no longer receive Message notifications on your watch. However, you will be able to open the Messages app on your watch and continue to use it as you normally do. You cannot view or manage phone numbers you block on the watch.

Annoyed by the message notifications you receive on your watch? You can easily block them using the watch or the Galaxy Wearable app. You can also block messages certain phone numbers.

Block Messages notifications

When you receive a message notification on your watch, swipe right from the Watch face to view it. Tap the message notification, tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Block notifications. Tap the check mark to confirm.

Alternatively, you can manage apps notifications for individual apps, like Messages, via the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone to block Messages notifications.

Manage notifications in the Galaxy Wearable app to block notifications  menu on a phone for a Galaxy Watch Active2

Block messages

If you prefer to block a specific phone number, open the Messages app on your phone. Tap More options (the three vertical dots), tap Settings, and then tap Block numbers and messages. Tap Block numbers. Enter the phone number, and then tap the green plus icon. Or, select the desired number from your Inbox or Contacts list.

Block numbers highlighted in the Galaxy Wearable app

You will still receive messages from the number you block, but they won't appear in the Messages log. To view them, navigate to and tap Block numbers and messages, and then tap Blocked messages on your phone. Please be aware that incoming calls will also be blocked for the same phone number(s) you added to the Blocked numbers list.

To remove phone numbers from the block list, tap Block numbers, and then tap the minus icon to delete it from the list.

Messages with your Samsung account

Note: Call & text on other devices currently does not work with Verizon and AT&T phones, or Galaxy Watch Active2 (LTE) that has active mobile service.

With the "Call & text on other devices" feature and a compatible smart watch, you can send and receive messages remotely over a Wi-Fi or mobile network with your Samsung account, even if the Bluetooth connection between your phone and the watch disconnects.

To use the feature with the watch, review the following list first to make sure your phone is compatible.

  • Galaxy Fold

  • S10e, S10, S10+, S10 5G, S9, S9+, S8, and S8+

  • A50 and A20

  • Note10, Note10+,Note10+ 5G, Note9, and Note8

Next, turn on Remote connection in the Galaxy Wearable app while the watch is connected to your phone through Bluetooth.

Then, navigate to and open Settings on your phone, and then search for and select Call & text on other devices. Tap the switch located at the top of the screen to turn on the feature. The connection will automatically occur with your Samsung account, and the smart watch will appear in the list of Registered devices.

Call & text on other devices switched off on a Galaxy phone

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