It is no lie that technology has made our lives much easier. From mobile phones to laptops, it has not only made our lives fun but the world is also becoming an easier place to navigate.
But, new and emerging technology can also be hard to learn especially for someone who is not used to such tech. Smartwatches are one such convenient and brilliant tool that can be slightly difficult to work through.
1. Pairing a Smart Watch with an Android Phone
1.1. Using Bluetooth
The simplest way of connecting to a smartwatch is by using Bluetooth on your mobile phone. This is a simple process and consumes the least amount of time.
Step 1 – Simply go to the settings app and enable Bluetooth on your mobile phone.
Step 2 – Turn on the discoverable mode that can be found under the Bluetooth option so that your phone can be visible to other devices around you.
Step 3 – Make sure your smartwatch is turned on. If using for the first time, choose your preferred language and accept the terms and conditions.
Step 4 – Under Bluetooth, click on the scan devices or search for devices option. Select your smartwatch model.
Step 5 – A code will appear on both the screens. Make sure the two codes match before clicking on the ‘Pair device‘ option.
After clicking on pair, your smartwatch will connect to your mobile phone. This is the most basic way to connect a watch to your phone.
This will enable calls and message notifications as well as other basic functions. To use a smartwatch more efficiently, you can sync it with your Google account.
1.2. Using the Wear OS App
Wear OS App will enable a more detailed way to use your smartwatch. It helps in syncing the watch to a Google account and hence opening a wider usage of the same.
Before pairing the devices, make sure the smartwatch and phone are charged.
Step 1 – Enable Bluetooth on your phone from the Settings.
Step 2 – Turn on the watch and choose the preferred language from the list. Also, accept the terms and conditions.
Step 3 – Download the Wear OS by Google app from the Google Play Store and follow the necessary instructions displayed on the screen.
Step 4 – Search for your watch model. When you click on the name, a code will appear on your phone as well as your watch.
Step 5 – Wait for a few minutes and tap ‘pair’. Make sure the code is the same before pairing the devices.
There will be further steps to connect to a Google account and to sync your phone with your watch. After completing the process, click done and your smartwatch will connect to your phone.
Syncing a Google account will open a much wider range of options for the user, including downloading apps on the smartwatch.
2. Pairing a Smart Watch with an iPhone
Buying a new smartwatch for every phone you change can be a tiring and cost-effective process. It is not possible to pair an Apple watch to an Android phone but you can surely connect your Android smartwatch to an iPhone by following these simple steps-
Step 1 – Make sure that your Android smartwatch is plugged into a charger while pairing it to an iPhone. If it is not plugged in, it will not pair with the phone.
Step 3 – Select the smartwatch model that you want to connect with your phone.
Step 4 – A code will be displayed on both screens. Make sure the codes on the two devices match before tapping Pair.
The functions of an Android smartwatch are limited on an iPhone but it can still perform the basic functions of receiving messages and notifications. It can also perform several functions through Google Assistant.
The connection will only last as long as the Wear for iPhone app is open. If the app is closed, the connection will be lost.
3. Connect a Phone to Multiple Wear Devices or Smart Watches
Now, if at any time you are bored with your smartwatch and want to explore other options, or simply want a way to connect your phone to multiple smartwatches at once, follow the given steps-
Step 1 – Open the Wear OS app or download it from the Google Play Store, if it is not already installed on your phone.
Step 2 – On the right-hand corner, there will be three dots, click on them and select ‘Add watch’.
Step 3 – Choose the watch model that you want to connect to your phone.
Technically, you cannot use multiple smartwatches simultaneously from one phone. But the Wear OS app will help you easily navigate between the different models. As a result, you will not have to go through the entire process again.
Simply go to ‘Manage Devices’ and switch between whichever device you want. This also enables you to rename your devices in whichever way you want.
4. What if My Phone Doesn’t Display the Smart Watch’s Name?
One of the common problems while connecting to a smartwatch is that the mobile phone doesn’t display the watch’s name or model.
In this case, simply turn off your smartwatch. Restart the watch and repeat the process from the start, your problem will be solved.
This was a simple guide to stepping into the smartwatch world. Once we get going with smartwatches, there is no going back to the boring pre-smartwatch life.
Smartwatches have been making lives efficient in recent years. This article is only a beginner’s guide to connecting mobiles to smartwatches. From here, your world is only about to get more vibrant