Use google accounts on your watch

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SamsungSamsung Galaxy watches are, arguably, the best smartwatches for Android phones. However, they lachồng one major thing that people who use Android love: Google. There are a few ways you can make your Samsung watch a bit more Google-y.

There are no official Google apps for Samsung smartwatches, but that shouldn’t deter you from getting one. Many of Samsung’s watch apps are just as good, if not better, than Google’s. We’ve sầu got six tips khổng lồ help you get the best of both worlds.


Ditch Bixby for Google Assistant

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Samsung Galaxy smartwatches come with the company’s voice assistant, Bixby. This is one of the major pain points for Google fans. Bixby can bởi a lot of the same things the Google Assistant can, but that doesn’t matter if you’re already invested in Google’s version.

Thankfully, there are a few ways you can get Google Assistant up và running on a Samsung Galaxy smartwatch. The first method is via an tiện ích called GAssist. It’s compatible with Samsung Galaxy watches running Tizen 4.0+. The setup process is pretty lengthy, but the over result is worth it.

RELATED: How to lớn Install Google Assistant on Samsung Galaxy Smartwatches

The second method is an tiện ích called G-Voice Assistant, & it doesn’t require as much cài đặt. The end result isn’t quite as good, but it’s certainly a nice option if you find the GAssist setup process daunting.


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To get started, install the G-Voice Assistant app from the Galaxy Store (start with the không lấy phí version).

Once it’s installed, open the tiện ích on your watch.

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You’ll be asked to log in lớn your Google account. You have sầu khổng lồ bởi vì this to access all of your Google Assistant settings, apps, services, routines, và so on. You can also tap “Later” to use Google Assistant without any personalization.

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If you’re logging in, the phầm mềm will tell you to lớn use the trương mục associated with the Google Assistant on your phone or tablet; tap “OK.”

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Next, type your Google tin nhắn address in the tiny browser, and then tap “Next.”

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Type your password, and then tap “Next.” If you have two-factor authentication enabled, you’ll be asked to confirm your login.

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Next, tap “Allow” khổng lồ give sầu the app permission to lớn use Google Assistant with your account.

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Scroll down và tap “Allow” once more khổng lồ trust the G-Voice Assistant phầm mềm.

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That’s it! Tap the Microphone inhỏ to speak to lớn Google Assistant, or the Menu inhỏ lớn tweak the app’s settings.

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To use Google Assistant from your watch, you have sầu to lớn have sầu one of the apps mentioned above. However, you don’t need any additional apps to lớn get Google Assistant notifications on your watch.

You’ll still be able lớn get reminders, weather alerts, và any other Assistant notifications that appear on your phone.

Sync Samsung Health Data with Google Fit

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One of the best features of a Samsung smartwatch is its fitness tracking. It can trachồng typical activities, but also has automatic workout detection, heart rate monitoring, and sleep tracking. Some models can even vị blood oxygene monitoring and VO2 Max reporting.

Beyond the hardware capabilities, Samsung Health is just a nice fitness ứng dụng. However, if you’re coming from a Wear OS smartwatch, or you’ve been using Google Fit, you might prefer to lớn keep your fitness data there. With an app called Health Sync, you can sync all your fitness data from Samsung Health to lớn Google Fit.

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Setting up Health Sync is a straightforward process, and it will allow you khổng lồ continue tracking your health and fitness data in Google’s ecosystem.

Navigate From Your Wrist with Google Maps

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One of Google’s most popular apps is Maps, and it’s not officially available for Samsung Galaxy smartwatches. You probably wouldn’t want to lớn view a bản đồ on a tiny watch screen, but the turn-by-turn navigation instructions are handy.

There are a few third-tiệc nhỏ options for Google Maps that typically focus on turn-by-turn navigation. The best of these aren’t không lấy phí, though. Our top picks are Navigator Pro ($2.99) & Awesome Navigator ($1.99). The watch apps are free, so you only have to lớn pay through the Google Play Store (which is much easier).

RELATED: How to lớn Use Google Maps on a Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch

The nice thing about both of these apps is they don’t require any input đầu vào on the watch. You simply start navigating somewhere in Google Maps on your phone, & the directions will also appear on your watch.

Cheông xã Your Google Calendar

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Thankfully, Google Calendar is one of the easiest Google services to lớn use on a Samsung Galaxy smartwatch. If you already use Google Calendar on your Android phone, it will automatically sync with the calendar app on your watch—no cài đặt required!

There are limitations, though. If your watch is paired to a non-Samsung phone, you can only view events. You’ll be able to see them from all your calendars with color-coded labels, but that’s it. For most people, that’s useful enough for a small display. If you’re using a Samsung phone, though, you also have the ability to lớn add và delete events.


The good news is notifications from the Google Calendar ứng dụng on your phone will also appear on your Samsung watch. You’ll never miss an important sự kiện reminder, regardless of whether you have a Samsung phone.

Samsung Pay Is Just as Good as Google Pay

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In some cases, there’s not much reason to lớn use a work-around for a Google phầm mềm, and one of these is Google Pay. Samsung Galaxy smartwatches include Samsung Pay, the company’s di động payment platkhung, which is very similar to Google Pay.

Both Samsung Pay và Google Pay are sản phẩm điện thoại payment platforms. You add a credit or debit thẻ, & then use your phone or smartwatch to pay for things. Near-field communication (NFC) allows this to work, and it’s present on nearly all Samsung watches. You also don’t need a Samsung phone khổng lồ use it.

Unlượt thích other Google services, there’s no real reason khổng lồ keep your data in Google Pay. You won’t thua anything by switching lớn Samsung Pay—it’s no different than moving your physical credit thẻ to a different wallet. You can even still use Google Pay on your phone, if you prefer.

Give sầu It That Google Look

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Finally, you can even make your Samsung Galaxy smartwatch look a little more Google-y. The easiest way to lớn find Google-themed watch faces is via an phầm mềm called Facer. This watch-face repository is available for Google’s Wear OS smartwatches, as well, so there are plenty of options.

You can install Facer from the Galaxy Store on your watch, or from the Play Store on your Android phone.

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After you install the app, long press the watch face, và then scroll through và select “Facer.” Select it.

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Then, open the Facer app on your phone và select your watch from the menu.

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Choose three watch faces to lớn determine your personalized recommendations.

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After you’re past the thiết lập screen, tap “Explore” in the bottom toolbar.

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Tap the Search ibé at the top right. There are a few terms you can use to lớn find the more Google-y watch faces, including “Google,” “Pixel,” & “Material.”

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When you find a watch face you like, just tap it (you might be asked to grant Facer some permissions).

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Tap the “Tap khổng lồ Sync Face” button to send the watch face lớn your wrist.

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Joe FedewaJoe Fedewa is a Staff Writer at How-To Geek. He has cthua trận to lớn a decade of experience covering consumer technology & previously worked as a News Editor at XDA Developers. Joe loves all things giải pháp công nghệ and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has written thousands of articles, hundreds of tutorials, và dozens of đánh giá. Read Full Bio »

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