How to Set Up WhatsApp on Wear OS: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Set Up WhatsApp on Wear OS
Set Up WhatsApp on Wear OS

You wear a smartwatch with the thought that you won’t have to pull out your phone frequently. While this was apt for regular phone calls, navigation, and messages, it is also true for your favorite messaging app, WhatsApp.

During the Google I/O event, alongside announcing the Wear OS 4, which is now available for the best Android smartwatches, Google unveiled that it partnered with Meta to bring WhatsApp to Wear OS.

WhatsApp is the most used instant chat service across the globe by over two billion people, but its features are limited to a smartwatch, such as receiving notifications and sending quick replies.


Thanks to the availability of a dedicated WhatsApp app for Wear OS, you can now use all features of WhatsApp straight from your smartwatch, allowing you to make and take voice calls and browse ongoing text chats.

In this guide, we share the steps to set up and use WhatsApp on your Wear OS smartwatch. Let’s dive into it.

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How do I set up and use WhatsApp on Wear OS?

We divide this section into two parts. The first part explains how to install the WhatsApp Wear OS app on your smartwatch, and the next part discusses how to set it up on your Wear OS 3 Android smartwatch.

Installing WhatsApp on Your Wear OS Smartwatch:

  1. Make sure that your smartwatch is connected to your Android phone.
  2. Launch the Google Play Store on your Android phone.
  3. Search for WhatsApp and tap the “Available on more devices” tab. You’ll see your smartwatch, select it, and tap Install.
  4. After successful installation, the “Installed on all devices” tab shows that the WhatsApp app is installed on your smartwatch.

You can also install the WhatsApp app directly from your smartwatch by opening the Play Store on your watch and installing it from there.

Setting Up WhatsApp on Your Wear OS Smartwatch:

  1. Make sure your Wear OS smartwatch and Android phone are connected.
  2. Wake up your smartwatch and open the app drawer.
  3. Scroll down through the list of apps and tap WhatsApp.
  4. The WhatsApp Wear OS app displays a code on your smartwatch.

You also receive a notification on your smartphone asking, “Are you trying to link a device?” Tap Confirm on the notification that you received on your Android phone.

Enter the code displayed on your smartwatch on your Android phone.

The logging process begins. When it finishes, your WhatsApp Wear OS app is connected to your Android phone.

On your Wear OS smartwatch, tap Allow to let WhatsApp send notifications. You can also see the activity, such as the “Last active today” time.

You now have access to all the WhatsApp conversations on your smartwatch. Your WhatsApp chats are now visible on your Wear OS 3 smartwatch.

You can also download images from your smartwatch, but you need to view them on your smartphone.

How do I send messages on WhatsApp Wear OS?

To send messages to your chats using the WhatsApp Wear OS app, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app on your smartwatch.
  2. Tap the chat with which you want to have a conversation.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the chat. You’ll see two options to chat: voice message or type using the keyboard.

Tap the microphone icon to record your voice message, or tap the keyboard icon to open a keyboard and type your message.

How to mute a chat on WhatsApp Wear OS?

Like the WhatsApp smartphone app, the Wear OS app has an option to mute a chat. This comes in handy when you get too many messages from a group you are a part of. Below are the steps to mute chats on WhatsApp Wear OS:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app on your smartwatch.
  2. Tap the chat that you want to mute.
  3. Scroll down at the end of the conversation and select “View profile name.”
  4. Scroll down and toggle on the “Mute chat” option.

How do I see my profile and log out on the WhatsApp Wear OS?

You can view your profile, along with its display picture, the status you currently have set, your registered number, and more on the WhatsApp Wear OS app. Here are the steps to view your profile on the WhatsApp Wear OS app.

  1. Open the WhatsApp app on your Wear OS smartwatch.
  2. On the first page that lists your conversations, scroll down and tap “Settings.”

You’ll see your profile picture, phone number registered with WhatsApp, and about/WhatsApp status. You can also log out of WhatsApp using a dedicated Logout button on the Settings page.

Does WhatsApp work on any Wear OS smartwatch?

No. The WhatsApp smartwatch app works on wearables running Wear OS 3 or later. That means you’ll have no problem installing it on recent wearables like the Google Pixel Watch 2, but you may need to update if it’s been a few years since you bought your smartwatch.

Also, ensure that the WhatsApp app is on your Android smartphone (it can be downloaded from the Play Store).

The best part about the launch of the WhatsApp Wear OS app is that users can use WhatsApp independently of a smartphone if they own an Android smartwatch with LTE connectivity.

What features do I get with the WhatsApp Wear OS app?

With the new WhatsApp Wear OS app, you’ll enjoy all the features you use on the Android phone app. Apart from sending quick replies and getting notified, you can now use the below features:

  • Read chats and reply using voice or text input
  • Mute a chat
  • Check ongoing conversations
  • Block and report users
  • View images and use stickers
  • Playback voice messages
  • Answer or decline voice or video calls

These are some of the highlights you can access when you install the WhatsApp Wear OS app on your Wear OS 3-powered Android smartwatch.

Wind Up

Since WhatsApp is the default communication app for billions across the globe, the popularity that Android smartwatches have gained, especially after the arrival of Wear OS, makes the launch of the WhatsApp Wear OS app the right move in the right direction.

The best part is that you don’t need to pair your smartwatch with your phone to use the WhatsApp Wear OS app.

You are restricted to only sending emojis via the Wear OS app. If you wish to take things to a bigger screen, you can also use WhatsApp from your desktop or laptop.

This article provides you with a step-by-step guide to set up and use WhatsApp on your Wear OS smartwatch, making it easier than ever to stay connected on the go.

Whether you want to send messages, mute chats, or access various features, the WhatsApp Wear OS app has you covered, offering seamless communication right from your wrist.

Embrace the convenience and possibilities of this smartwatch app and enjoy the full potential of WhatsApp on your Android smartwatch.



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