How do you define a smartwatch? For me, it should be a mini extension of your smart watch, which means that you should be able to do some parts of your daily work via the little gadget that is attached to your wrist. By small tasks, I mean responding to messages and text, taking quick notes. Fortunately, on all of these fronts, the Samsung Galaxy Active 2 is almost flawless. Not only can you send messages directly from the watch, but you can also personalize your responses. Cool, right?
If you bought the Samsung Galaxy Active 2 recently and are still having trouble with the message module, this article is for you.
And in addition to the setup, we have also included some bonus tips to elevate the entire experience. Let’s start.
How to receive and send text messages.
Step 1: On your phone, open the Samsung Wearable app and tap Notification. If the toggle is off, turn it on. Then scroll down and tap on ‘See all’ to (you understand) see all applications.
Tap Newer and select All.
2nd step: Then flip the switch for the Messages app. In most cases, the default messaging application is usually selected. However, if you are using a different messaging application like the Microsoft SMS organizer (see Android messages vs SMS organizer), you will have to select it manually.
Once finished, send an SMS to test this configuration.
Stage 3: On your watch, tap the notification to respond. At this point, you can choose two methods: voice message (first icon) and quick responses.
Although quick responses are effective enough to send short, precise responses, voice messages are useful for you when you have to send long, complicated messages that quick responses simply cannot handle.
To send a voice message, tap the first icon and start recording your message. Once done, press the Send button. The message will be sent instantly.
To send a quick message, scroll down and tap one of the messages and tap the Send button. Note that the default messages are just one word responses which may appear rude or inappropriate for some contacts.
Although you can modify them, typing on this T9 keyboard (yes, just like the good old days) is a bit of a task in itself.
But considering the screen size of the Galaxy Active 2, I would give a pass.
Configuring quick messages
Quick messages, as the name suggests, allow you to respond to messages instantly. And the good news is that you can also use it to answer WhatsApp conversations. Above, just tap on the message, and that’s it.
Fortunately, there is a way to customize these messages to suit your situation. So if you usually answer “Let me get back to you on this”, it is entirely possible.
To do this, open the Wearable app on your phone and tap Notifications. Scroll down and you will see the option for quick responses at the bottom.
Tap one of the best messages and edit it as needed and tap the Save button.
Also, if you want to add more messages to this list, tap the Plus icon in the lower right corner and continue. In addition, you can change the position of certain messages by pressing the Modify button in the upper right corner.
Advanced notification settings on the Galaxy Active 2
There are many notification settings that you can change as desired.
For example, the Smart Relay function opens the corresponding application on your phone each time you receive a message on your phone. This smart function is hidden under Notification> Advanced settings> Smart relay.
Just flip the switch.
And if you’ve activated messages for other apps, you should know by now that in most cases, your phone and your watch vibrate simultaneously every time you receive a message. If you are not a fan of this setting, you can always turn it off.
Mute Connected Phone displays incoming notifications directly to your watch instead of your phone, ending duplicate alerts. And the best part is that this setting only comes into play when you’re wearing the Galaxy Active 2.
To activate it, press Notifications, select “ Show only when you are wearing ” and select Telephone connected mute and you are ready to go.
Note that calendar events and phone calls will always be routed to your phone.
Did you know: Theater mode allows you to keep your watch in silent mode for a fixed period.
Do not miss any message
Apart from the above, you can also activate NPD mode or Good night mode if you don’t want to be disturbed at all. And if you want to get your hands on some amazing apps for the Galaxy Active 2, you can check out those apps via the Discover tab at the bottom.
Did you know that if you have a Spotify Premium account, you can easily connect your Galaxy Active 2? Read the following article to find out how.
Last updated on February 4, 2020