As with mobiles, watches connected with Wear OS also receive updates. Usually they tend to jump in the form of a notification, but this warning doesn’t always come up when the update is available. We teach you how to manually check for these Wear OS updates.

It cannot be said that the watch operating system developed by Google has evolved excessively because, apart from the change it triggered in Wear OS after the first Android Wear, the platform has not received any news. excessive. Everything has changed with the recent alliance between Google and Samsung: Wear OS 3.0, fruit of the union of this platform with Tizen, aims to become the expected end point. Now we finally need to get the update.

Updates on the watch and also on the mobile

Since the smartwatch connects to the phone, and each watch with Wear OS must install the appropriate app with that name, any updates that arrive go directly to the system (to the watch) or to the phone app. (Wear OS). In addition, the smartwatch manufacturer can update the device from their app and, equally important, the Google Play installed on the smartwatch offers its own updates (and not just apps). This means that all Wear OS receives information through these four channels.

To ensure that the device is up to date, it is advisable to keep all the paths through which changes are received, whether in the system or in any of the installed applications, up to date. Let’s go in stages.

Carry the most important operating system updates

The watches receive the different versions of Wear OS because each manufacturer adapts them to their different devices. The usual thing is that a warning appears on the clock when there is a new update pending, but it doesn’t always say it on time. It is therefore advisable to manually check if you have new versions:

Go to your watch and go to settings (the cogwheel in the apps list). Scroll down to “System.” Go to “Information”. Scroll down to “System Updates” and click here.

Wear OS will search the servers for a new version of the system. If there is an update, your watch will prompt you to download and install it. It is advisable to have more than 50% of the battery and that the smartwatch is charging.

Updates pending on Google Play

Every watch with Wear OS has the Google Play Store as one of its options. Applications can be installed from the smartwatch, it is also possible to update them. And not only are new versions of installed apps received, but changes are also made to the clock itself (like those related to Google apps, for example).

It’s convenient to keep everything pending in the watch’s Google Play store up to date. For that:

Go to the Google Play Store on your watch (present in the list of applications). Scroll down to “My Apps”. Click “Update All” to have the clock download any pending changes.

By default, Google Play has the option to “Install apps automatically” active (it’s in the Google Play settings, on the clock), but it doesn’t work as well as it should. It is advisable to check manually, and with some frequency, if there is something waiting to be updated.

Port operating system updates from phone apps

The above refers to what you can see on your Wear OS smartwatch, but it’s not the only way to receive updates: the manufacturer’s app and the Wear OS app itself can also. transfer the changes to the watch. They aren’t as important as system updates or Google Play updates, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop watching them.

This process is simple: go search the Google Play Store on your mobile to see if the Wear OS app has new versions. And do the same with the application offered by the brand of your smartwatch.