How to Add Apps to a Samsung Galaxy Watch

Two ways to get new apps on your Galaxy watch

What to Know

  • On phone: Open the Google Play store > Categories > Watch apps > (any watch app) > Install
  • On watch: Swipe up > Google Play Store > magnifying glass > select entry method > enter app name > tap app in search results > Install
  • Some apps run independently on your watch, and others you need to set up on your phone.

This article explains how to add apps to a Samsung Galaxy watch.

What Apps Can You Download on Samsung Galaxy Watch?

You can download any compatible app on a Samsung Galaxy watch. That includes media apps like Spotify and Pandora, messaging apps, productivity apps, and more. Your Galaxy Watch has a built-in app store that you can use to download and install apps, or you can download apps to your watch through the Google Play store on your Android phone.

How Do I Add Apps to My Galaxy Watch?

After you have set up your Galaxy watch and connected it to your phone, you can add apps through the Google Play store on your phone. The Google Play store has sections for Wear OS, watch apps, and watch faces, and you can also select your Watch as the target device to narrow down any search.

Here’s how to add apps to your Galaxy Watch using the Google Play store on your connected Android phone:

  1. Make sure your Watch is turned on and connected to your phone.

  2. Open the Google Play store on your phone.

  3. Tap Categories.

  4. Tap Watch apps.

  5. Tap an app that you would like to add.

    Categories. Watch apps, and Samsung browser highlighted in Google Play Store
  6. Tap the down arrow to the right of the install button.

  7. Tap the box next to your watch if it isn’t already checked.

    Some apps also need to be installed to your phone to work on your watch.

  8. Tap Install.

  9. Wait for the app to install.

    Expand arrow, Checkbox, and Install in Google Play Store

How to Add Apps Directly From a Galaxy Watch

In addition to getting apps from the Google Play store on your phone, you can also access the Google Play store directly through your Galaxy Watch. The Google Play store is easier to navigate and read on your phone, but the version included on your watch is faster if you know the specific app that you want. The watch version of the Google Play store also lets you install watch versions of compatible apps that you already have on your phone.

Here’s how to add an app directly from your Galaxy Watch:

  1. Swipe up from the main watch face to access your apps.

    Swipe up from the clock face
  2. Tap the Google Play store icon.

    The Google Play Store icon highlighted on a Galaxy watch
  3. Tap the magnifying glass.

    The magnifying glass highlighted on a Galaxy watch
  4. Tap an input method, i.e. the keyboard icon.

    The keyboard icon highlighted in the Play Store on a Galaxy Watch
  5. Say, write, or type the name of the app you want.

    The search icon highlighted in Google Play on Galaxy watch.
  6. Tap the app in the search results.

    Pandora highlighted in Galaxy watch Play Store search results.
  7. Tap Install.

    Install highlighted in the Google Play Store on a Galaxy watch.

    Some apps will be ready to use immediately, while others will prompt you to complete the setup process on your phone.

Why Does My Galaxy Watch App Say 'Installing Soon'?

If you attempt to install an app on your watch using the Google Play store on your phone, and you see an “installing soon” message that won’t go away, there may be a connectivity issue. Check that Bluetooth is enabled and that your watch and phone are connected. If everything’s connected, you may need to force the installation on your watch.

Here’s how to fix the problem when a Galaxy Watch app says installing soon:

  1. Open Google Play on your watch.

    The Google Play Store icon highlighted on a Galaxy watch
  2. Tap Apps on your phone.

    Apps on your phone highlighted on a Galaxy watch.
  3. Scroll through the list, and tap the app you’re trying to install.

    Samsung Interne... highlighted on a Galaxy Watch.
  4. Tap the Install button if you see one.

    Samsung Internet Browser installing on a Galaxy watch.

    If you see a downloading or installing message, that means the watch is already downloading or installing the app. The app will eventually be ready to use if you continue to wait.

Can I Put Facebook on My Galaxy Watch?

You can’t put Facebook on your Galaxy Watch, but you can receive notifications from both Facebook and the Facebook Messenger app if you have them installed on your phone.

Here’s how to get notifications from Facebook and Messenger on your Galaxy Watch:

  1. Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone.

  2. Tap Watch Settings.

  3. Tap Notifications.

    Watch Settings and Notifications in Galaxy Wearable app
  4. Enable the Facebook toggle.

  5. Enable the Messenger toggle.

    Facebook and Messenger toggles in Galaxy Wearable app
FAQ
  • How do I close apps on my Samsung Galaxy Watch?

    From the Home menu, tap Recent Apps (the overlapping circles) to scroll through open apps. Tap the Minus (-) above an app to close it, or tap Close All.

  • How do I uninstall apps on a Samsung Galaxy Watch?

    Go to the app screen, tap and hold the app you want to remove, then tap Delete. Some preinstalled apps cannot be deleted.

  • What apps are on Samsung Galaxy Watch?

    The best Galaxy Watch apps include Gear Voice Memo, G'Night Sleep Smart, and Wrist Camera. The best fitness apps include Map My Run, Heart Rate Graphic, and GymRun Workout Diary. To control your smart home, use TizMo or Triggers.

  • How do I connect my Samsung Galaxy Watch to my phone?

    To connect your Samsung Galaxy Watch to a new phone, swipe up from the main watch face and tap Settings > General > Connect to new phone. Your watch can only be connected to one phone at a time, so you must reset it before you can set up a new phone. 

  • What payment apps are available on a Samsung Galaxy Watch?

    You can use Samsung Pay on your Galaxy Watch. That way, you can pay with you smartwatch instead of your phone.

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