How to Update Your Galaxy Watch

Get the latest software improvements for your Samsung smartwatch

What to Know

  • Determine your current Tizen version: On the Watch, press the App button and go to Settings > About Watch > Software.
  • Back up the Watch: In the Galaxy Wearable app, tap Account and backup > Back up and restore > Backup Settings > Back up now.
  • Update the Watch: In the app, tap Home > About watch > Update watch software > Download and install.

This article explains how to check for and perform a Galaxy Watch update so you can be sure you're running the latest version of Tizen.

How to Check Your Software Version

Samsung watches run Tizen, which is Samsung's own proprietary operating system. Unfortunately, Samsung's watches are not particularly user-friendly when it comes to updates. You can check the software version on the watch, but to update, you need to go to the app on your phone.

It's confusing, so here's how to perform the Galaxy Watch update.

  1. First, you need to determine what version of Tizen your smartwatch is running. To do so, press the App button on your watch. Go to Settings > About Watch.

  2. Tap Software. You'll see your version of Tizen under the heading "Tizen Version."

    Settings About watch, Software on Galaxy watch face
  3. Check that the version number matches the version listed at the top of this article. If it's the same, you're all set. If not, then it's time to update.

How to Backup Your Watch Before Updating

Backing up your watch's software is a good idea prior to running an update. Any time you change the operating system of a device, your settings and data could be at risk.

  1. You'll find the backup option in the Galaxy Wearable App under Account and backup.

  2. Then choose Back up and restore > Backup Settings.

    Account and backup, Backup and restore, Backup settings
  3. Here you'll see a list of everything available to back up. Deselect anything you don't want, and tap Back up now.

    Backup settings screens for Gear S3

How to Update Your Samsung Galaxy Watch

While you can only check for your software version on the watch, you can only update your watch through the app on your phone. To check for updates, open the Samsung Wearable app.

  1. Tap the Home tab at the bottom of the page, and scroll down and tap About watch > Update watch software.

    Home tab, About watch, Update watch software
  2. Tap Download and install.

  3. If you need to install and update, follow the prompts. If not, you will be told you have the latest version. Tap OK.

    Download and install, OK button
  4. In this area, you can also toggle the option to Auto download over Wi-Fi. If you don't want to install updates automatically, you can turn this option Off. It is On by default.

It is always a good idea to have the latest version of software installed, so we recommend you leave this option on. If you leave the option on, updates will download automatically when you're connected to W-Fi, ensuring that you always have the latest version of the software.

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