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How to use WhatsApp on Samsung Galaxy smartwatches?

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Whatsapp is by far the world’s most used messaging apps with a complete feature set of everything you’d expect. Messaging, video or voice calls and now even the ability to send money over to your contacts all neatly packed in one nice app and secured with end-to-end encryption. 

Needless to say, most people immediately scramble to get Whatsapp on their phone and now even their smartwatches. So if you’re also looking to set up Whatsapp on your Samsung Galaxy smartwatch, here’s how you can do it in a few simple steps. 

Also read: Top 11 Tizen OS apps for Galaxy Gear and Active Watches

Setting up WhatsApp on a Samsung Galaxy Watch

First up, you need to have your watch and phone paired together. Not to mention you should also have Whatsapp installed and running on your smartphone.

Once that is out of the way we can get started with setting up Whatsapp on your watch.

  • Open the Galaxy Wearables app and tap on Notifications.  
  • Scroll down and tap on See all.
  • Scroll down until you find Whatsapp in the list. Make sure that notifications are enabled.

And that’s how you set up and use Whatsapp on your Samsung smartwatch, including Galaxy Active, Galaxy Active 2 and Galaxy Gear Sport. Now all you need to do is swipe right on your watch face, or turn the bezel to the left and you’ll be able to see your Whatsapp messages and be able to reply to them as well. 

You can also set up quick replies in the Galaxy Wearables app to avoid typing and send in a quick reply.

Also read: How to use third party watch faces on Galaxy Gear/Active?

Image support on Galaxy Watch Active 2

In the latest firmware update to Galaxy Watch Active 2, Samsung has enabled image support for photos sent over Whatsapp. Users will, however, have to enable automatic media download in their Whatsapp settings.

It’s safe to say that this feature will soon trickle down to other, older watches in Samsung’s lineup as well.

Also read: Top 7 Smartwatches under Rs 20000

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: