Wear OS Smart Watches
WhatsApp has started testing the Wear OS app. This new application will allow users to send and receive messages directly from smartwatches. Here are the details!
WhatsApp has released the new beta version of its Android app.
Now, Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy Watch users will be able to access WhatsApp messages directly from their smartwatches. Let’s take a look at the features of the WhatsApp Wear OS app.
Highlights of WhatsApp Wear OS App
When the WhatsApp Wear OS application is opened, Settings and the list of recently contacted contacts appear on the screen. By opening and swiping a chat, you can view messages, record voice messages, and reply using the system keyboard. In group chats, you can swipe to see the people in the chat and access the shortcut to open messages on the phone.
WhatsApp provides a circular complication that indicates the number of unread messages. Contacts and voicemail boxes can also be displayed.
WhatsApp Wear OS App Download and Installation Process
Users who want to download the WhatsApp Wear OS application must be beta testers and upgrade WhatsApp to the latest beta version. In order to connect the app of the smart watch to the WhatsApp account, an eight-digit code is displayed on the watch and this code must be entered on the device. After users enter the code, chats are synced across devices and WhatsApp is ready to use on the smartwatch.
You will need to be on the latest version of WhatsApp beta to try it on your Wear OS smartwatch. If you are already a part of WhatsApp’s beta testing program on the Google Play Store, the feature will be readily available. But if you are not part of the beta trial, you can sign up as a tester or download the latest WhatsApp beta APK and sideload it on your Android phone.
After updating WhatsApp, you will need to install the app on your Wear OS device. You can search for it on the Play Store on the smartwatch directly or look it up on the Android device connected to the watch and then select the watch from the list of supported devices under the “Available on more devices” heading.
In a rare scenarios where your smartwatch does not show up on the list despite being on the latest version of WhatsApp beta, you can download the Wear OS version APK and sideload it onto the watch using Easy Fire Tools by connecting over wireless ADB.
Open the app once it is installed on the smartwatch, and you will be prompted to continue the setup on your connected Android smartphone. Here, you will be required to enter an eight-digit alphanumeric code from the watch onto the phone.
Once the setup is complete, your WhatsApp chats will be synchronized onto the Wear OS smartwatch, where you can use most features. Undoubtedly, you will require access to the internet on your smartwatch to receive and send messages instantaneously.
Since the app is still in beta, you might encounter some hiccups or bugs. You may report these back to WhatsApp for them to be ironed out in future updates.
|WhatsApp for Wear OS does not support media at the moment. While you will be able to see previews of images, they will be blurred out and will not load when tapped. Similarly, videos are not supported at the moment, and may never be in the future. Meanwhile, WhatsApp also gets a dedicated tile with quick access to your top contacts.