With the Galaxy Watch 4, Samsung has chosen to switch from Tizen OS to Google Wear OS. As a result, things have changed a bit when it comes to the user interface, both on the app and on the watch. Besides the new features like ECG and blood pressure, this new Samsung watch also comes with lots of tips and tricks. Not only do they improve the overall performance of the smartwatch, but they also help you to customize the watch as per your requirement.
So if you want to get the most out of your smartwatch, here are the best tips and tricks for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.
We will take a look.
1. Rearrange apps
The app arrangement is one of the biggest changes to the Galaxy Watch 4. Whereas previously all apps were arranged in a circle, they are now arranged in a hexagonal list. And the default arrangement can make it a bit difficult to locate apps, especially if you’re in a rush.
Fortunately, it doesn’t take long to rearrange them to your liking. Everything you need to press and hold an app and drag it anywhere you want. Cool, right?
Do this for all the important apps and you will have an efficient app launcher in no time.
2. Advance all important complications
Like its predecessors, the Galaxy Watch 4 lets you play around with the watch faces. You can choose between a minimal watch face or an activity-oriented watch face.
The best part is you can further customize these watch faces and bring your favorite complications to the table. For example, if you want the AQI, barometer, and step counter to show on the home screen instead of the breathing and sleeping complications, you can do that.
To customize the watch face on your Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, long press the watch face to go to Edit> Personalize.
Once done, tap on each of the complication points and choose one according to your preference.
3. Edit notifications
The smartwatch is an extension of your smartphone, which means that your wrist will vibrate whenever you receive an email, message, or any random notification on your phone. And sometimes, such situations can be a major distraction.
Again at the same time, you can’t miss the most important ones either. Fortunately, the Galaxy Watch 4 lets you choose which apps you want to be notified about.
To make the changes, open the Galaxy Wearable app on your smartphone, tap Notifications. Well, you already know the rest of the story.
Pro tip: You can also choose to view notifications of newly installed apps on your smartphone. Head over to Notifications> Advanced notification settings and toggle the switch next to “Enable for new apps”.
4. Sync and send songs and music tracks
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 lets you transfer a bunch of offline tracks from your smartphone to your smartwatch. So that when the time comes, you can connect your wireless headphones directly to the watch and listen to your favorite tunes.
To do this, go to the Manage Content tab and select Add Leads. When done, select the tracks and press the Done button.
5. Adapt the quick settings to your needs
Galaxy Watch 4’s quick settings or quick panel let you get your work done quickly. Just pull down the panel and press any button you want, and the mode will be on / off.
However, the shortcut is useless if you cannot access important tools in an instant. This is when the edit panel comes into play.
To change the Quick Panel, open the companion app and tap the Quick Panel button. Tap the minus sign for functions you don’t need. Once done, rearrange the tiles to your liking.
6. Enable automatic location detection
Galaxy Watch 4 comes with automatic exercise detection for walking, running, swimming, etc. Once the watch detects that you are exercising for a specified period of time, it records all the details.
However, automatic location detection is not enabled by default on the watch, as turning on GPS at any time can monopolize battery life. But if you regularly walk and run outdoors, it is wise to turn on location detection. This way, it’s easy to track your run, kilometers traveled, and calories you’ve burned, among other things.
To turn on location detection, open Settings> Samsung Health on your smartwatch and choose Auto to detect workouts. Then scroll down until you see the Record location option and toggle the switch next to it.
7. Activate gesture control
How do you like the idea of answering your phones by shaking your wrist? Futuristic, maybe? With the Galaxy Watch 4, you can activate gestures to answer and reject calls by shaking your wrist.
Open the Wearable app on your phone to enable gesture control, go to Watch settings> Advanced settings> Gestures and toggle the buttons for both options.
At the same time, you can tap on the options to see the correct way to shake your wrists.
8. Edit quick replies
The watch allows you to send some defined responses when you receive messages and SMS. Default messages are usually Yes, No, Thank you, etc.
If you are used to sending slightly longer replies, you might want to add new ones. At the moment, the system allows you to add 30 characters in a message. So you will have to be creative on what to add.
To add new quick replies, go to Watch settings> General> Quick replies on your phone. Then scroll down the page until you see the Add Response button.
Get the most out of your watch
And this is how you can add a personal touch to your Galaxy Watch 4. In addition to the above, you can also explore health related features like ECG and snoring detection.
The latter is both fun and weird. However, let’s say your partner has complained about your snoring or you’re having trouble sleeping peacefully. In this case, you can enable this feature, save it, and then present the material to the experts for a solution.
Last updated Sep 25, 2021
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