How to play music on your smartwatch

How to play music on your smartwatch

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For a batch of people, euphony is an integral portion of moving out. But not everyone wants to schlep their telephone astir portion hitting the trails oregon moving up a sweat. That’s wherever smartwatches tin travel successful beauteous handy. While astir each smartwatch lets you power euphony connected your phone, a bully fig tin besides play euphony on-device.

Whether it’s an Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, Garmin, Fitbit oregon Wear OS watch, you’ve got a batch of options for listening to music. Much of it volition beryllium connected which work is supported and what OS your ticker runs on. Some volition person options for offline playback, either done downloadable playlists oregon onboard euphony storage. If your smartwatch has LTE, you whitethorn besides beryllium capable to watercourse euphony straight to your wrist.

Keep successful caput that you’ll apt request a brace of Bluetooth headphones, arsenic not each smartwatch has a speaker. Also, if you privation to download playlists for offline playback, you’ll astir surely request a subscription to the euphony work of your choice. That’s not to accidental you can’t perceive to euphony for free. You can, but your phone-free options volition beryllium overmuch much limited.

Here’s a breakdown of the large players by platform, and however to commencement listening.

A caller   Apple Watch ticker  face The Apple Watch has a batch of third-party euphony app options arsenic well. Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

First, you’ll privation to marque definite you person an Apple Watch Series 3 oregon later, moving the latest imaginable mentation of watchOS. While you tin perceive to euphony connected the Series 2, you can’t instal the latest OS versions connected it; Apple stopped enactment with watchOS 7. Also, the Series 2 is besides 5 years aged truthful you’re not apt to person a bully experience. You tin check if you’re up to day connected watchOS by heading to the Watch app connected your iPhone, selecting General, and past Software Update.

The easiest mode to watercourse euphony connected the Apple Watch is with, you guessed it, Apple Music. Not lone is it preinstalled onto the watch, but if you person an LTE ticker with an Apple Music subscription you tin watercourse consecutive to the wrist. All you person to bash is inquire Siri to play an creator oregon opus title. You tin besides browse your room straight from the Music app connected the watch. If you don’t person an LTE watch, you person the enactment to download playlists for offline playback.

You tin besides hop into the Watch app connected your phone, scroll down to the Music app menu, and from determination you tin load your playlists and albums. This mightiness beryllium an easier enactment if you similar mounting things up connected a larger screen.

In addition, Apple has a ton of third-party apps successful lawsuit you already subscribe to a antithetic service. After years of lawsuit complaints, Spotify has present added enactment for offline playlists and downloads connected the Apple Watch. All you person to bash is spell to the watch’s on-wrist App Store, download the Spotify app, and log in. Spotify besides works with Siri arsenic agelong arsenic you adhd “on Spotify” to the extremity of your request.

While Apple Music and Spotify are the 2 astir communal euphony apps for the Apple Watch, determination are plentifulness of different options. Pandora and Deezer besides enactment offline playlists. There are besides apps similar TuneIn and iHeart Radio if you similar radio. Overcast, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts are besides bully options if you’d alternatively perceive to podcasts.

Just beryllium alert that not each third-party Apple Watch apps are created equally. While immoderate enactment flawlessly, others haven’t been specifically optimized for a bully ticker experience. Also, not each app volition enactment offline playback, and those that bash often necessitate subscriptions.

Most of the pre-installed apps connected  the Galaxy Watch 4 travel  from Samsung. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic gives you entree to the Google Play Store. Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge

If you person Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 oregon Watch 4 Classic, you tin conscionable skip down to the Wear OS conception below. The process is simply a small antithetic if you’re inactive connected a Tizen OS watch.

Spotify was 1 of the fewer spouse apps disposable connected Tizen watches, but it’s been a portion since it’s been updated. (And it apt won’t get updated, fixed that Samsung has gone all-in connected Wear OS.) Users person complained on forums astir a degraded experience, truthful we don’t urge utilizing the app.

Many of Samsung’s older Tizen watches — the Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Watch Active and Active 2, and the Galaxy Watch, for illustration — person onboard retention truthful you tin straight load euphony files onto them.

How Android users tin adhd euphony via the Galaxy Wearable app:

  • Load the songs you privation onto your phone
  • Hit Watch settings and past Manage contented or Add contented to your watch
  • Tap Add tracks
  • Select the files you want, oregon deed All successful the precocious near corner.
  • Once you deed Done you tin play euphony connected your ticker via the Music app.

iOS users request to person an iPhone 6 oregon aboriginal moving astatine slightest iOS 12:

  • Load the songs you privation onto your phone
  • Open the Galaxy Watch app
  • Navigate to the Home tab successful the bottommost left
  • Select Add contented to your watch

Samsung supports MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG, and WMA files. However, you can’t export euphony from streaming services similar Spotify oregon Google Play, which usage encrypted files.

The Fossil Gen 6 is simply a ample  watch, but looks bully  connected  my wrist Fossil’s Gen 6 smartwatch runs Wear OS 2, which has somewhat much constricted euphony options. Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge

If you’ve got a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 oregon Watch 4 Classic, this volition beryllium easy. These watches are the archetypal (and for now, only) watches to tally Wear OS 3. That means they’ve got the Google Play Store close retired the box.

Right present your champion app choices are Spotify and YouTube Music, some of which enactment offline playback. (Though you bash request to beryllium a paying subscriber.) Android users tin besides travel the steps outlined successful the erstwhile conception to physically load euphony onto the watch. The Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic bash not, however, enactment iOS.

Right now, non-Samsung Wear OS watches tally Wear OS 2. It’ll enactment that mode until we get a caller batch of Wear OS watches oregon Google yet releases the update sometime aboriginal this year.

For a while, Wear OS 2 users didn’t truly person immoderate bully options for listening to euphony aft Google shuttered Google Play Music. The Spotify app for Wear OS 2 is also… not great. It’s much of a glorified distant power than an existent euphony app. But now, Google’s yet brought YouTube Music to Wear OS 2. Keep successful caput that you’ll request a subscription and you tin lone person offline downloads — nary streaming.

To get started:

  • Navigate to the Google Play Store
  • Download YouTube Music onto your watch
  • Sign in to your YouTube Music account
  • Tap the opus oregon playlist you privation to download
  • Hit the download icon
Spotify, Deezer, and Pandora are immoderate of the large euphony services connected Fitbit smartwatches. Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

By acold the easiest mode to perceive to euphony connected a Fitbit smartwatch is to usage Spotify, Deezer, oregon Pandora.

The Spotify app is much of a euphony power app. It doesn’t enactment offline playback, truthful your telephone needs to beryllium adjacent with the Fitbit app moving successful the inheritance and connected to the internet. You besides request a Spotify Premium account.

Pandora and Deezer travel preloaded connected the Fitbit Ionic (which was recently recalled), Sense, and Versa series (with the objection of the Versa Lite). You request to person a paid subscription to either service, arsenic good arsenic a Wi-Fi connection. Deezer users tin download their playlists, portion Pandora users tin download their most-played stations oregon fashionable curated Workout stations.

You tin besides usage the Fitbit Connect app to transportation your ain files onto your instrumentality (the lone exceptions are the Fitbit Sense, Versa Lite Edition, and Versa 3). The app is escaped to download here — conscionable scroll each the mode down to the bottommost of the page.

Fair warning: this is simply a tedious process that Fitbit outlined here nether the “How bash I download playlists to my Fitbit watch?” section. Once you grow that section, scroll down to the Mac oregon Windows drop-down menus to spot step-by-step instructions.

The Garmin Fenix 7S connected  apical  of a publication  and adjacent  to coffee. You tin load euphony from the Connect IQ store, oregon via the Garmin Express app. Photo by Victoria Song / The Verge

Right now, Garmin supports 4 large euphony streaming services: Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, and iHeartRadio. You tin download each the apps via the Connect IQ store. (Again, you’ll request to person a subscription.) But erstwhile you’ve downloaded the app successful question, navigate to your watch’s music/media widget. From determination you tin prime your work of prime and you’ll beryllium prompted to log successful to your account. Once that’s done, you tin statesman syncing your euphony and playlists.

The bulk of Garmin watches travel with euphony storage; you tin cheque retired the database here. But arsenic with Fitbits, loading your idiosyncratic libraries onto the ticker tin beryllium a tedious process. You’ll person to download the Garmin Express app onto your machine and from there, travel Garmin’s elaborate step-by-step instructions for some Mac and Windows users connected however to negociate your euphony and audio files.

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