Control the camera on your phone from your Samsung smart watch

Galaxy Watch3 showing camera with a beautiful scenery

Your Samsung smart watch does more than just tell time and send some text messages. It can even control your phone's camera and view exactly what your phone is seeing! It's great for taking a group shot, so you can see what's going on before you snap a photo. All you need to do is download the Camera Controller app on your watch and phone.

Note: This app is supported on the Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Watch Active2, Galaxy Watch3, and Galaxy S9 and up only. Phone models launched before the Note10 will need a software update.

Download the app

Before you can control your phone’s camera from your smart watch, you’ll need to download the Camera Controller app onto your watch and phone.

  1. From the watch’s home screen, press the Power key.

  2. Navigate to and select Galaxy Store. Tap Search, and then search for and tap Camera Controller.

  3. Tap Install, and then allow the different permissions. You will be prompted to install the app on your phone too, which is necessary for this feature to work.

The Camera Controller download page on a Samsung smart watch

Control your phone's Camera

Don’t let that beautiful view go to waste. Use your watch as a mini screen to view what your phone’s camera is seeing, so you can get the perfect shot.

On your watch, navigate to the Camera Controller app. The Camera will automatically launch on your connected phone.

Here are some of things you can do:

The Camera Controller app on a Samsung smart watch
  • Take photos/videos: Point the phone's camera to the desired location, and then tap Capture on the watch. To record videos, you will need to switch to Video mode on your phone first, and then you can tap Record on your watch. Some camera modes are not compatible with the Camera Controller app.

  • Switch camera orientation: Flick up on your watch to switch between front and rear facing cameras.

  • Timer: Tap the Timer icon to turn the timer on or off.

  • Preview: You can view photos directly from your watch! Tap the Gallery icon next to the Capture icon to view your photo(s). A preview of the previous photo taken will display.

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