Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up the watch and pairing it with a phone, part of Learning Android Wear.
Before you can use an Android watch, of course you need to pair it with an Android phone or tablet. In this movie, we'll talk about how to make sure your Android device is compatible with an Android Wear watch, and get everything all set up so that you can smoothly pair your devices together. Now the first thing that you're going to need to do is make sure that your phone or tablet is compatible with an Android Wear watch. And there's a really easy way to do that. Just open up Google Chrome on your Android device, and go to this website. From here you'll get either a red light or a green light, saying whether your phone is compatible with Android Wear.
You can see I have the green light, so I'm in good shape. Now, it's a good idea to go ahead and do this before you actually buy your watch, just to make sure that it's going to work before you get it. Now I'm all set, so I'm just going to hit the Home button. Next, you need to update everything on your phone or tablet. And I mean everything. That includes updating the Android Operating System itself, and all of the installed apps. It's important that everything on your phone is updated before you set up the Android Wear watch. In fact, if you've already installed the Android Wear app, it might be a good idea to uninstall it, update everything else, and then reinstall the Android Wear app.
So to make sure everything's updated, I'm going to start by updating the Operating System. To do that, I'm going to go into my apps, and I'm going to go into Settings. Scroll all the way down to the bottom, go into About Phone. And from here I can see which version of the Android Operating System I'm running, and I can go into System Updates, and I can see that this phone is up to date. But if it was not up to date, there would be some prompts to follow to go ahead and run the updater. So since I'm updated here, I'm just going to hit the Home button.
Next, I want to make sure that all of the apps that I have installed on the phone are up to date. To do that, I'm going to go into the Google Play Store, I'm going to go into the Menu and go to My apps. And this is a list of all of the apps installed on your phone. You can scroll through and see all of them here. Now these first few are apps that need to be updated. I can see there's a little update flag next to them. Just hit Update All, and it'll go ahead and update those. I'm going to hit Accept and go through these prompts. It's especially important that those two items, Google Search and the Google Now launcher, are updated.
If you don't have the Google Search app installed, make sure you install it before continuing. It may have come preloaded on your phone, but you still need to make sure that it's updated. Google Now, which is a feature of Google Search, ties directly into the software on the Android Wear watch, and it enables some of the best features. So after you've done your updates, if you didn't see the Google Search app in that list of updates, you might want to do a search for it on your phone or on the Google Play Store, and confirm that it is installed before continuing. So now that all of my apps are updated, let's take a look at the watch.
Now I've already turned the watch on, and it's gone to its Startup animation, and it's landed here. The first thing that I'm going to need to do is choose my language. And it's a touch screen, so I can scroll through, and I'm going to choose English, so I'll just tap on that. Now it's asking me to install the Android Wear app on my phone. So, like I said before, it's probably a good idea if you already had the Android Wear app installed, to uninstall it before doing all of those updates. So now, I want to go ahead and do a fresh installation of that app.
So, still in the Google Play Store, I'm going to go ahead and do a search for Android Wear. This is the app that controls the interface between the phone and the watch. I'm going to go ahead and choose it, and I'm going to hit Install to install this app. I'll accept this, and it should be pretty quick to install. Once it's installed, I'm going to go ahead and hit Open. The first time you open up the Android Ware app, it's going to want you to update Google Play Services. And this is just one more thing to update and it's really no big deal. I'll just hit Update, and let it go through that process.
Confirm Update, accept there, and let that finish up. Once that's done updating, I'll just go back to Home, and I'm going to want to launch the Android Wear app again. If I don't see it here on the Home screen, I can always go into My Apps and launch it from here. And then I'm just going to go through the prompts, I'll hit this little next arrow here, scroll through here, there's some information you might want to read, but I'm going to skip by it. I'll just hit Accept. To pair your watch to your phone is going to required the use of Bluetooth. So if you don't already have Bluetooth turned on on your phone, you're going to need to turn it on.
There's a little shortcut button for it here, just by touching this button it's going to turn on Bluetooth. Then it's going to try to detect your watch through Bluetooth, and you can see that my phone can see the watch. So I'm going to go ahead and tap it here, and it's going to try to pair. The two devices can see each other, and I want to make sure that these pass keys match, which they do. So I'll go ahead and hit Pair on both devices, and after a moment, the two devices will be linked together. Once this is done, you're going to need to enable Notification Settings, for watch notifications. This gives the phone permission to send notifications to the watch, and it's really important for most of the features that we're going to see here.
Now they give you a little short cut for this as well, you just hit Notification Settings here, hit this little Check box to turn it on, OK to confirm, and then you can just hit the Back button to go back to the Android Wear app. And I'll hit this Next button to continue. So now we're all synced together and the watch is active. From here the watch is going to give you some prompts so that you can get an idea of how the interface works. Now we're going to talk more about this later, but you can see as I swipe through, I get these different cards with information, and it's just going to prompt me through so I can see how it all works.
Swipe to the right to dismiss cards, swipe to the left to get more information. Sometimes you'll see buttons like this. And I'll just go ahead and finish off these prompts. But I do want to keep an eye out for one important thing. If you see a card on the watch that says something about software updates, you do not want to dismiss that card. You want to go ahead and follow through and let it install those updates. So, this is not the card I'm talking about, but if it was, I would swipe to the left to get information and follow through the prompt.
But in this case, I'm just going to keep swiping to the right until I dismiss all of these cards that I'm not interested in. Now we're all setup and paired. We're almost done, there's just a little bit more setup that I want to look at before we move on. There are some features of the watch which we'll be working with later, that allow to compose emails and text messages directly on the watch, without taking your phone out of your pocket. For these features to work, you need to have your contacts stored in the address book on your phone, and the address book needs to be synced to a Google account.
Hopefully, you have your phone synced to a Gmail account already. If not, it'll limit some of the features of your Android Wear watch. Now assuming that you've already got your phone synced with a Gmail account, I'm going to go to the Home screen. And also assuming that you've got some contacts in your address book as I do here, we're going to go ahead and enable Contact Recognition in your Google account, so that these features will work. To do that, I'm going to go into the Settings app, I'm going to scroll down to the section on Accounts, and I'm going to choose my Google account.
And there's some specific steps you have to go through. We're going to go to Search, Accounts and privacy. Scroll down here, and I'm looking for Contact Recognition. That's already enabled on my phone, but that's only because I've gone through this process on this device before. Yours will probably not be enabled the first time you go through. So make sure that option is enabled and you'll be good to go. So that's all you need to do to pair your watch with your phone. The good news is, is that it's pretty easy to set up an Android Wear watch, but I do think it's important to make sure you go through the process as we've seen here in this movie.
If you miss any of these steps, the watch may not work the way you want. Of course you can always go back and re-install software or just settings. But things will go much smoother if you do all of the things we've seen here, to get the watch all set up.