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Ways to Fix a Samsung Galaxy Watch Not Connecting to a Phone

Typically, your Samsung Galaxy Watch should connect to your Android phone or iPhone without any issue. But if it’s stuck on the pairing screen, or it can’t connect with your phone, here we detail various ways to fix a Samsung Galaxy Watch not connecting to an Android phone or iPhone issue.

Connect Galaxy Watch to Android or iPhone Properly

The first fix is to follow the right steps to connect the watch and your mobile. If you have a completely new watch, open the Galaxy app (Android, iOS) on your phone.

You will see a screen asking you to select your watch model, with on-screen instructions that follow. Your mobile device may ask you to enable Bluetooth on your phone. After you allow that, wait for the watch to connect with your mobile phone.

If, however, you have already set up the watch, yet it is not connecting or you are stuck on the pairing screen, the following methods will help.

Restart Phone and Watch

Begin by restarting your mobile phone and Galaxy Watch. To restart your watch, press and hold the Home/Power/Apps button on your watch. Tap on Power off from a list of options. Once the watch turns off, press and hold the same button until you see the logo on the screen to turn it on again.

Enable Bluetooth

Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on both your phone and your watch. If it’s turned off on even one device, you will face connectivity issues. To enable Bluetooth:

  • On Android, go to “Settings. Connections. Bluetooth” and turn the toggle on. You can also enable it from Quick settings.
  • On iPhone, go to “Settings. Bluetooth” and turn the toggle on. It can also be enabled in the Control Center.
  • On your watch, go to “Settings. Connections. Bluetooth.” Make sure the Bluetooth toggle is on.

Once Bluetooth is enabled on both devices, keep the phone and watch within the Bluetooth connecting range (32 feet).

Check Battery Level

If you are facing syncing issues between the phone and watch, it could be due to a low battery on either your phone or watch. Samsung recommends having more than 25 percent battery life on phone and watch. Similarly, check to be sure low or battery-saving mode is is turned off on your phone or watch.

Update Galaxy Wearable App

Often the issue is with the old version of the Galaxy Wearable app. To update it, open the Google Play store (Android) or App Store (iPhone). Search for the Galaxy Wearable app. Hit the Update button if available. Restart the phone and try connecting the phone and watch.

Update Phone and Watch

Similar to the app, your phone and watch software must also be updated to the latest version for proper functioning. Here’s how to install the OS updates:

  • On Android, go to “Settings. Software update. Download” and install. Alternatively, go to “Settings. About. Software update.”
  • On iPhone, go to “Settings. General. Software update.”
  • For Galaxy Watch, open the Galaxy Wearable app on the connected phone. Scroll down in the app and tap on “Watch Software update. Download” and install.

Check Phone’s System Language

Some Galaxy Watch users suggest keeping English as the phone’s default language during the first pairing i with the watch. To change the phone’s language on Android, go to “Settings. General Management (System). Language” and choose English. On iPhone, go to “Settings. General. Language Region. iPhone language” and select English.

Clear Cache for Galaxy Wearable App (Android Only)

On Android phones, you can try clearing the Galaxy wearable’s cache to fix the watch not connecting to a phone issue. To do so, go to “Settings. Apps. Galaxy Wearable app. Storage.” Hit the “Clear cache” button and restart the phone.

Disconnect Phone and Watch

Refreshing the connection between your phone and Galaxy watch will also help fix the issue of not connecting. To do so, you will have to disconnect them from each other and connect again.

For that, open the Galaxy Wearable app and tap on the three-bar icon at the top. Select Disconnect. If it’s showing Connect, then the watch is already disconnected. Tap on Connect to make the connection.

If you disconnected the watch from the phone, restart both of them. Open the Galaxy Wearable app again and hit the Connect button on the home screen.

Connect to a New Phone

If your Galaxy Watch was previously connected to a different phone, the normal method of connecting it to your new phone won’t work. You will have to use the “Connect to a new phone” feature on your watch.

To do so, go to Settings on your Galaxy Watch. Scroll to the end and tap on Connect to new phone. That will reset your watch. Then follow method 1 above to connect the phone and watch.

Re-pair Watch

Sometimes unpairing the watch from Bluetooth helps. To do so on Android, go to “Settings. Connections. Bluetooth.” Tap on the Settings icon next to Galaxy Watch and hit the Unpair button, then pair them again using the Wearable app.

On iPhone, go to “Settings. Bluetooth.” Tap on the (i) icon next to Galaxy Watch and hit the Forget this device option, then repair the two devices again.

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Re-install App and Plugins

You should also try re-installing the Galaxy Wearable app and the plugins that you have downloaded. Before you do so, be sure to uninstall them.

Reset Watch

Lastly, if nothing works, you should reset the watch. For that, open Settings on your Galaxy Watch and go to “General. Reset.” After resetting, connect the phone and watch as shown in method 1.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Pair a Galaxy Watch to Two Phones?

You can only connect one Galaxy Watch to one mobile phone at a time. You will have to disconnect it from one phone to connect with the second. However, you can use multiple watches with the same phone.

Can You Use a Galaxy Watch Without a Phone?

Yes, you can use a Galaxy Watch without pairing it to a mobile device. You will get the option for the same on the initial setup screen.

Can a Galaxy Watch Connect to Wi-Fi without a Phone?

Yes, your Galaxy Watch can make remote connections to Wi-Fi. That will come in handy in receiving notifications on your watch when it’s not connected to your phone via Bluetooth.

We hope one of the above solutions helped you fix the Galaxy Watch not connecting to the phone issue. If the issue persists and you are thinking of buying another smartwatch, find out the differences between Fitbit and Apple Watch.

Mehvish is a tech lover from Kashmir. With a degree in computer engineering, she’s always been happy to help anyone who finds technology challenging. She’s been writing about technology for over six years, and her favorite topics include how-to guides, explainers, tips and tricks for Android, iOS/iPadOS, Windows, social media, and web apps.

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How to export fitness data from the Samsung wearables (and Samsung Health app)

For each of the last three years or so, I’ve started the review process of a Samsung GPS watch, all variants of either the Samsung Galaxy line or Samsung Gear lineup. And each of those years I get a few workouts into it and remember what a complete nightmare it is to get data off of the darn watch. Or more specifically, out of the Samsung app that accompanies the watch. This year with the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, the story is no different.

See, while most companies make it relatively painless to download completed workout files – Samsung takes the opposite approach. They make it darn near impossible, depending on whether you’re on iOS or Android. And even on Android getting a file with HR data included is tricky business too. When I’m talking files, I’m specifically talking about something you can download to your computer and then load onto various fitness apps/platforms. Common file formats like.FIT.TCX, and even.GPX. While.CSV is considered a file format, it’s not a fitness one. No worries, that’s not a concern here since Samsung doesn’t use.CSV anyway for S Health.

Note that this post is definitely not a review of the Galaxy Watch Active (or S Health aka Samsung Health). It’s basically just a quick how-to guide on a single topic that seems to perplex many. My actual review of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active will come late next week, after I finish collecting a bit more data.

Now, a super brief graphical overview of how the Samsung watches work from a fitness file standpoint.

Got all that? Good, we’ll probably refer to it a few times.

If Paired to Android Phone:

As one might expect, the Samsung watches generally have more features when paired to an Android phone than not. In fact, that even gets taken a step further for Galaxy phones vs a vanilla Android phone in certain features. But for the purposes of exporting data out of the watch, it’s equal.

You’ve got two and a half basic ways to go about it:

A) Use the.GPX export option from within Samsung Health: This mostly works fine for doing it one file at a time, except one catch: It doesn’t export your heart rate data. While the.GPX file format supports HR data just fine, Samsung elected not to put it in there. If you don’t care about that – then by all means, use this option.

B) Use 3rd party sync tools to export data from app to interwebs: There’s two main options here I’m aware of – FitnessSyncer and SyncMyTracks. Both do basically the same thing: They get your data off of the phone and up to 3rd party sites like Garmin Connect, Strava, Dropbox, and countless others. Once you use these apps, your data is free as a bird. And it’ll include HR data too (at least with FitnessSyncer that I’ve tried).

C) Sync to Strava (this is the half option): In this option you can enable Strava sync for your workouts, and then download that file after the fact from Strava. Be aware that this only works for data synced directly from the watch to your Android phone and then to Strava. If you’re looking at this option from the perspective of an iPhone user, it won’t work (more on that in a moment).

In addition to these methods, there’s also the nuclear option: GDPR. Samsung does allow you to submit a request for all your data that they have on their platform (synced to the Samsung Health Cloud). The challenge there is that once you stumble through their automated process, you get a ZIP file back with a crapton of mostly useless JSON files. They aren’t in a fitness format that any site would understand. So you’d have to write a parser to undo that situation. Thus, like a nuclear bomb – it technically works but is also a complete mess.

So, let’s just do a quick run-through of those first three options. Just for the fun of it.

Export as GPX: First up, using the.GPX sport feature within a given workout. To do this you’ll go to the activity you want to export and then open it up. Slide all the way to the bottom and then select ‘Export as GPX file’.

After that, it’ll ask you what you want to do with it. I’d just e-mail it to yourself and then upload it manually to wherever you want.

3rd Party Sync- FitnessSyncer: In this scenario you need to create an account (it’s free) for FitnessSyncer. This is a website that connects to basically every platform on earth. In the case of Samsung, they connect via the local Samsung Health app on your phone – rather than to Samsung’s Cloud – hence why you need to run the app on your phone. Once you’ve got an account created, go ahead and install the Android app (you can also create an account from within the app too):

Then, on the options setup a sync inbound from Samsung Health. You can do this on the smartphone app or on the site. I like the site because I like desktop web browsers. This will take the data from Samsung Health and make it available within FitnessSyncer’s platform:

Next, you’ll need to export that data somewhere. FitnessSyncer has basically two things it does in life: Pull data in, and push data out. You just tell it where to push and pull to.

Now here’s the thing: I strongly recommend you don’t get fancy here. Just export it out to one place for now. And don’t set up multiple imports. The last time I did that my house of cards fell down. Likely my fault, but just keep it simple for now. Then later on when you get cocky you can break your own house and it won’t be my fault.

In my case, I set it up to sync to Dropbox, as that’s super easy for me to manage my files there:

You can add filters and such for dates or titles or anything you want. Again – keep it simple until you’ve got it working.

And with that, press that sync button and off it goes. Then press the sync button next to Dropbox as well:

A few moments later you’ve got a folder full of workout files to upload wherever you want – inclusive of HR and GPS data:

Note that the Samsung watches don’t natively connect to sensors, so that type of data export isn’t really an issue here.

Strava Sync: Finally, if you want to sync to Strava, that’s quick and easy too. To enable that go into the ‘…’ menu in the upper right corner, select Settings, then select ‘Connected Services’, and then choose Strava. It’ll ask you to authenticate once, after which new workouts will then be synced there:

Do note that there are some oddities however between the data from Samsung Health GPS export versus that of using the Strava sync option, including distance/time/elevation, which does, in turn, impact some Strava effort metrics.

Interestingly, there used to be way more options for platforms Samsung sync’d to, but they’re all gone these days. It’s just Strava, and only Strava. Either way, at least if you’re on an Android phone you can get your data out. Sometimes one escape route is better than none.

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If Paired to an iPhone:

I’m going to be the bearer of bad news here – but the simple reality is that without an Android phone you won’t be able to download any workout data files from your device. At least if you recorded that activity using the native Samsung workout apps on the Galaxy watch. That data goes into Samsung’s Samsung Health app on your iPhone and then up to Samsung Health Cloud. However, there’s no mechanism on the iOS app to download workout files (even partial ones).

In fact, unlike the Android app, you can’t even connect the Samsung Health to Strava. It’s simply not an option. Just like there is no option to export data as.GPX files like there is on Android. This has been this way for years, since the days of the Gear Sport and prior.

The only option you’ve got that doesn’t involve an Android phone is the GDPR request to request all your data. But as I outlined in more detail up above in the Android section, that just gives you a pile of mostly useless non-fitness formatted JSON files. Sure, the data is in there, but good luck doing anything with it unless you spend a bunch of time writing scripts to manually parsing that data. And if there’s anything I’ve learned in doing this more than a decade it’s that when it comes to parsing fitness files: It’s really hard.

I’ve no doubt someone on GitHub probably has a parser somewhere for these files. But it often takes companies years of work to get their files perfect and compliant according to standards. It’s the edge cases that kills them. Silly things like how to deal with data drop-outs in tunnels or weird 0,0 lat/long type bugs. Things that most DIY parsing scripts won’t likely have handled properly. Which isn’t a slam on them – it’s a slam on Samsung: Just offer your.GPX export option on iOS. Or, get all modern and offer.TCX or.FIT like everyone else.

Your only hope – using a 3rd party app to record workouts: For iOS users, this is really the best bet. This allows you to record a workout using an app like Endomondo, which supports proper data syncing as well as exporting via a desktop web browser. They sync to plenty of platforms, well beyond just Strava. The only downside here is that you won’t get the data into Samsung Health as a cohesive workout picture. But hey – it doesn’t sound like you care about that anyway.

I know that DesFit used Endomondo for the vast majority of his review he just released with really good success. I’m planning on using it for the remainder of my workouts for this review. As an iOS user, using it or another fitness app is frankly your best option for file exporting.

Got an Android friend? Now, if you do have a friend on Android, there’s some opportunity here if you want to keep using the native workout app on the Samsung watches. Oh, and I mean, like, a really good friend.

See, the iPhone app syncs up to Samsung’s Health Cloud automatically. So all your data is actually there. It’s just that you can’t do anything with it as an iOS user.

However, if your friend installs on their Android phone the Samsung Health app, and then you log in with your account – then you can sync your workouts automatically down to that phone and export from there. Same goes for FitnessSyncer on the Android phone after installing S Health.

In fact, that’s mostly what I’m doing today. My Galaxy Watch Active is paired to my iPhone, and then it syncs via the Cloud to my secondary Android phone, where I can then export the data out via FitnessSyncer. It’s hardly ideal, but it’s an option – especially if you’ve got an older Android phone lying around (Fun tidbit though: Samsung Health app won’t let you sign-in the first time without a SIM card in the phone on Android).

Lastly – you may be wondering why doesn’t Samsung just offer an API on their website and allow apps to access it that way? Well, they do in fact.

It’s just that it’s not viable cost-wise for companies to use it. First, Samsung charges 10,000 for the initial API access, and then they charge on a per read basis for each transaction. In talking to one company looking at rolling it out, the cost for that small app would likely be over 1,200,000 per year based on the load/demand they get. As you might imagine, that’s well into non-starter territory. And I suspect also the reason why we’ve seen every app but Strava disappear from S Health over the past 6 months.

Got any other ways?

Now – if you’ve got any other ways to get the data out, especially for iOS users, I’m all ears!

On one hand, some might make an argument that ‘Hey, at least Samsung allows you to connect their watches to iOS. What about Apple that doesn’t allow you to do that to Android!’. And that’s true. But it’s also whataboutism. At the end of the day, Apple isn’t selling their watches to Android users, and as such, they aren’t offering a crappy experience.

Given Samsung’s spent money developing not one, but two apps (Samsung Health and the Galaxy watch app) for iOS – they’re showing an investment in catering beyond not just Samsung phones but also beyond Android phones. And while one might also argue that ‘maybe Samsung will add the export features soon’, history illuminates that’s simply not the case. Stretching all the way back to 2017 this issue has been present. In fact, it’s gotten worse since then. Previously even on Android there were more data sync partners. Now only Strava is left.

In the meantime, I’ll keep doing the two-phone and 3rd party app tango to get my data out. Oh – and that final review? Don’t worry, still coming up next Friday as promised. After I find a friend with a Samsung Galaxy phone and fly to another country so I can install the previously always available Spotify app on my watch.

With that – thanks for reading!

How to Pair Your Samsung Galaxy Buds With Different Devices

Discover how to use your Galaxy Buds with any device in this comprehensive guide.

The Galaxy Buds weren’t only made to pair with Samsung devices. They can also work with any device, such as your other Android and iOS devices, PC, TV, and Smart Watch.

However, some users find connecting the Galaxy Buds to some devices complicated, especially with the limited compatibility the Buds App offers.

Fortunately, you can also connect your Galaxy Buds with any device manually through the Bluetooth settings. Read on as we guide you through all the ways you can connect your Galaxy Buds on any device below!

How to Put Galaxy Buds Into Pairing Mode

The setup process for Galaxy Buds is especially effortless with Samsung devices. This is all thanks to the automatic pop-up prompt, which allows you to pair your buds with just one tap.

However, if you want to use Galaxy Buds with non-Samsung devices (or if this pop-up fails), you’ll need to switch them into pairing mode. This will make Galaxy Buds discoverable, allowing you to initiate a manual connection between the two devices.

The process of turning your Galaxy Buds to pairing mode discussed below applies to all models, including Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Buds Plus, Galaxy Buds Live, Galaxy Buds Pro, Galaxy Buds 2, and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.

This can be accomplished in two ways:

Via the charging case

  • If your Galaxy Buds are out of the charging case, put them back inside the case.
  • Close the case, and wait for 5-6 seconds.
  • Open the case lid, and your Galaxy Buds should enter Bluetooth pairing mode.

Via the touch sensors

If you have connected them with another device and wish to connect to another, you’ll need to turn on pairing mode manually. Here’s how to do it:

    Put your earbuds in your ears.

  • Wait until you hear slow successive ‘beeps’ that confirm your buds are in pairing mode.
  • How to Connect Galaxy Buds to Android Devices

    The Samsung Galaxy Buds can be easily connected to Android and Apple devices. There are two ways to do this: through the Galaxy Wearable app or manual connection.

    Let’s discuss these options in more detail.

    How to connect Galaxy Buds to Android via the Galaxy Wearable App

    The Galaxy Wearable app provides an integrated platform for users to connect and manage their Samsung buds, watch, and Band. This app also lets you control your earbuds on most Android devices, although some special features are restricted only to Samsung devices.

    This app is just one of many reasons the Galaxy Buds Pro are our number one pick for wireless earbuds for Android.

    To connect to your Android device using the app, follow these steps:

    • Download the Galaxy Wearableapp from the Google Play Store.
    • Turn on the Bluetooth on your Android device.
    • Open the buds’ charging case to enter pairing mode. Then, tap Connect in the pop-up window that appears on your device.
    • If there is no pop-up, launch the Galaxy Wearable app and select your Galaxy Buds.
    • Tap OK to start pairing.

    You can also manually disconnect your buds through the Wearable app by tapping on the menu (☰) and selecting Disconnect.

    The pairing steps above only work if you haven’t connected any other device to the Galaxy Wearable app. If you already did, you can connect to your Galaxy Buds by selecting ‘Add new device’ under the app menu (☰).

    How to connect Galaxy Buds to Android manually

    If the Wearable app didn’t work for you, or if you simply don’t want to download the app to save on storage, you can also connect your Galaxy Buds directly to your Android device.

    • Turn on pairing mode for your Galaxy Buds.
    • Open the Bluetooth settings on your Android device, then turn it on.
    • Wait for your phone to detect the Galaxy Buds. Then, tap your Galaxy Buds’ name to start pairing.

    How to Connect Galaxy Buds to an iPhone

    If you’re among the over 1 million people using an iPhone, you might be wondering if connecting your Galaxy Buds to it will be challenging.

    The good news is that it isn’t all that difficult, whether connecting manually or via the Samsung Galaxy Buds app. Let’s talk about each method below.

    How to connect Galaxy Buds to iPhone via the Samsung Galaxy Buds app

    The Galaxy Buds app is the proprietary software for iOS devices that not only allows a more seamless connection but also access to other features such as Find My Earbuds, access battery status, use ANC with compatible earbuds, and much more.

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    If this is your first time using the Samsung Galaxy app, follow these steps:

    Unfortunately, the app only supports Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds Live, and only works for Apple devices with iOS 10 and up. People with other Galaxy Buds models can only rely on the manual connection process.

    • Open the Samsung Galaxy Buds app and tap Get Started.
    • Turn your earbuds to pairing mode.
    • Choose your Galaxy Buds from the list of devices on the on-screen menu and wait for the pairing setup to finish.

    Sometimes, a pop-up will appear asking whether you wish to ‘send diagnostic information’. This will help you identify potential issues with your earbuds should the need arise. Select Agree if you wish to use this feature.

    How to connect Galaxy Buds to iPhone manually

    Any user can manually connect their Galaxy Buds with their iPhone. Here’s how:

      Turn the Galaxy Buds to pairing mode.

  • Turn on your iPhone’s Bluetooth by going to Settings Bluetooth and tapping the toggle to green.
  • Wait for your Buds’ name to appear on the available Bluetooth devices, then tap to start pairing.
  • Our standalone guide to connecting Samsung earbuds to iPhone discusses what causes connection issues between these two devices and how to solve them.

    How to Connect Galaxy Buds to a Windows Laptop or PC

    Though the Wearable App is only available for mobile devices, you can still connect Samsung Galaxy Buds to laptops and PCs. The process will be quite similar to pairing with other Bluetooth devices.

    Here’s how to pair your Galaxy Buds to laptop computers and PCs:

    • Turn the Galaxy Buds into pairing mode.
    • On your Windows PC or laptop, head to the Settings menu (or press the Windows key I) and go to Device Bluetooth other devices.
    • Click on Add Bluetooth or other devices Bluetooth and wait for your PC to find your Galaxy Buds.
    • Once they’re visible, click on their name, and you should be good to go.

    You can also update the software on your Galaxy Buds on a PC through the Galaxy Buds download center.

    How to Connect Galaxy Buds to Mac

    Similar to connecting Galaxy Buds to a Windows PC or laptop, you can also pair your earbuds with Mac devices just as quickly. Here are the complete instructions for pairing Galaxy Buds with Mac devices:

      Make the Galaxy Buds discoverable by enabling the pairing mode.

  • Go to System Settings, then click Bluetooth.
  • Find the Galaxy Buds under Nearby Devices, then click Connect.
  • How to Connect Galaxy Buds to TV

    Samsung’s entire Galaxy Buds lineup can also connect to Smart TVs from Samsung and other brands.

    • Put your Galaxy Buds into pairing mode.
    • In your Samsung TV, go to Home or Menu. Then, click Settings.

    If you’re using a different brand for your Smart TV, check your manufacturer’s protocols for detailed instructions on how to pair them with Bluetooth earbuds.

  • If you’re using 2017, 2018, or 2019 Samsung Smart TVs, head over to Sound Sound Output Bluetooth Speaker List. For the more recent Samsung Smart TVs, go directly to Sound Output, then Bluetooth Speaker List.
  • Select your Galaxy Buds to complete pairing.
  • How to Connect Galaxy Buds to Samsung Watch

    You can also connect your Galaxy Buds to your Samsung Watch for added convenience on the go.

    Here’s what you need to do:

    • On your Samsung Watch, go to Settings.
    • Tap Connections, then Bluetooth.
    • Turn on Bluetooth, then put your Galaxy Buds into pairing mode.
    • Once done, go to Bluetooth audio or Bluetooth headset. Wait for the watch to detect your earbuds, then tap on your Galaxy Buds’ name to connect.

    To use the Galaxy Buds for taking calls and managing music, tap on the Settings icon beside your earbuds’ name. Then, check that the call and media audio are turned on.

    FAQs on Connecting Your Samsung Galaxy Buds

    What to expect when connecting Galaxy Buds to non-compatible devices

    While you can connect your Galaxy Buds with different devices, that doesn’t mean you will get all of the features that come with a Samsung-exclusive connection. Let’s look at what features won’t work below:

    • Seamless switching: Automatically switch your buds’ audio input between two Samsung devices.
    • 360 Audio: Immersive audio profile, which is only available for devices running the latest One UI (Samsung’s custom Android).
    • Buds Together: This allows you to pair two sets of Galaxy Buds to listen to the same music. It’s similar to Apple’s feature that enables you to pair two sets of Airpods to one phone.
    • Gaming Mode: Bluetooth audio often has a slight latency, which results in delayed sound. Gaming Mode reduces the audio latency in exchange for higher battery consumption.
    • Bixby Voice Assistant: You won’t be able to use Samsung’s in-house voice assistant with the standard Bluetooth connection. Luckily, you can still use Google, Alexa, or Siri by configuring touch inputs.
    • Automatic pairing: The Galaxy Buds will automatically initiate a pairing sequence with a Samsung phone when you open the case. Non-Samsung phones require manual pairing.

    How do I disconnect Galaxy Buds?

    There are different methods to disconnect your Galaxy Buds from a connected device:

    • Using the charging case: Remove your Galaxy Buds and place them inside the charging case. Once you close the lid, the earbuds’ connection to your device will automatically be cut, thus disconnecting them.
    • Using the Galaxy Wearable app: Go to Menu in the Galaxy Wearable app and tap Disconnect.
    • Manually unpairing your earbuds from your device: Go to your device’s Bluetooth settings, then tap the Settings icon next to your Galaxy Buds’ name. Select Unpair.

    Can I connect Galaxy Buds with two devices simultaneously?

    An exciting feature of the Galaxy Buds is their ability to connect to two devices simultaneously. This means you won’t need to reset or unpair your Galaxy Buds from your device before connecting them to another.

    To pair your earbuds with another device, follow these steps:

    • Turn on Bluetooth for the device you will be pairing to your earbuds.
    • Insert the Galaxy Buds into your ears. Then, hold the touchpads of both earbuds for a few seconds until you hear a constant sound, signifying they are in pairing mode.
    • Go to your device’s Bluetooth settings, and select your Galaxy Buds to finish pairing. Alternatively, you can use the Galaxy Wearable app, go to Menu and tap Add new device.

    If you’re having trouble pairing your Galaxy Buds with your second device, disconnect to the first, then try again.

    With the Galaxy Buds, you can also quickly and easily switch between connected devices. Here’s how:

    • Disconnect from your current device by going to Bluetooth settings and tapping your Galaxy Buds’ name.
    • Then, open the Bluetooth settings on your other device. Tap on your earbuds’ name to connect.

    However, switching connections across devices signed into the same Samsung account is even easier. This is because Galaxy Buds’ pairing information gets synced across these devices via the Samsung account.

    To connect to your preferred Samsung device, go to its Bluetooth settings, then select your Galaxy Buds. Your Galaxy Buds will be connected instantly to your new device!

    The automatic switching feature is another nifty functionality for Galaxy Buds paired to two devices using the same Samsung account. This feature automatically transfers your Galaxy Buds’ connection to your phone when you receive a call, allowing you to take calls immediately.

    Why are my Galaxy Buds not pairing?

    Multiple factors can prevent your Galaxy Buds from pairing or connecting properly.

    For instance, if your Galaxy Buds run out of battery, they won’t be able to pair with any device until they get charged. If your device is too far from your Galaxy Buds, they also won’t pair correctly.

    Furthermore, leaving your earbuds out of the case longer than 3 minutes will stop them from pairing.

    Bluetooth issues may also render your device temporarily unable to detect your Galaxy Buds. In these cases, a simple reset of your Galaxy Buds should be enough to fix the problem.

    Put both earbuds inside the case to reset or restart your Galaxy Buds. Then, close the lid for around 7 seconds before removing your earbuds and connecting to your device.

    However, more serious glitches, like software bugs, may need a stronger reset. When this happens, you can consider doing a factory reset to eliminate malfunctioning settings. This will also wipe your other settings, so treat this as a last resort.

    To do this, follow these steps:

    • Place both earbuds inside the charging case.
    • Keep the case’s lid open as you hold it near your device.
    • Launch the Galaxy Wearable or Samsung Galaxy Buds app on your device.
    • Scroll down to About earbuds.
    • Tap Reset, then confirm Reset in the pop-up window.

    For more information on factory resetting your earbuds without using your phone, check out this comprehensive guide on how to reset Galaxy Buds.

    If the Galaxy Buds still won’t connect, try other solutions via our troubleshooting guide to fixing Galaxy Buds connection issues.


    The Samsung Galaxy Buds offer portability and superb audio quality, on top of other handy functionalities, such as simultaneous pairing.

    So, we hope this guide has taught you how to make the most out of your Galaxy Buds. With this guide, you can surely connect your Galaxy Buds to all kinds of devices (including your Smart TV!).

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    Samsung Gear S3 and Gear S2 now connect to iPhone, here’s how it works

    Samsung’s Gear S smartwatches are finally compatible with the iPhone. We take a dive down in to the app and experience to see whether or not the watch is worth taking over Apple’s own smartwatch.

    The Setup

    Before starting, make sure you have a compatible watch and iPhone. It works with the Gear S3, Gear S2 and Gear Fit2 and with any iPhone from iPhone 5 onward as long as it’s running iOS 9.0 or later.

    As with virtually any connected peripheral these days, there’s an app you need to download to make the Gear S3 watch work with your iPhone. It’s called Samsung Gear S and it’s available to grab for free from the App Store now.

    Once it’s downloaded you go through a simple process to connect the watch to the phone. You do this by launching the app, switching on your watch, then searching for the watch through the app.

    Your watch should show up on the iPhone’s screen. Tap it, then make sure the numbers displayed on both screens match, before confirming the connection. There are then a few more basic steps, mostly involving agreeing to terms and going through to the next screens.

    Unlike the Android app, if you want to use the watch to make and receive calls, you also need to go in to the iPhone settings menu to manually connect to the Gear S by Bluetooth. This essentially means there are two Bluetooth connections at once. One for the app, one for calls.

    The App

    Like the Android version, the app is essential to the smartwatch. You need it to download apps and to view your fitness and activity stats.

    The app’s first screen is split in to two sections: info and settings. The info side shows you the battery level, gives you access to the S Health part of the app (Samsung’s fitness tracking service) and the Suggested apps card, with a link to download new apps and watch faces.

    While these functions all work, they seem limited compared to their Android counterpart.

    Because of Apple’s strict App Store rules about not being able to sell apps/content/downloads from another service through App Store apps, you only get access to the free-to-download watch faces and apps for the Gear S3. That’s a pretty limited list of apps.

    Likewise, the fitness tracking is limited in that. unlike on the Android version of the app. you can’t link your exercises to popular third party services like Strava or Runkeeper. What’s more, S Health’s breakdowns of running/workout sessions aren’t very detailed. You get your distance, pace and time, while the watch also regularly tracks your heart rate. Not much more than that.

    For Apple Health users, you’ll be disappointed to read that this data doesn’t transfer to the Apple Health app either. You’re basically stuck with S Health and. because it doesn’t have a web presence. you can’t log on to a web version to find ways around sharing the data either.

    Still, the S Health service is useful for tracking every day activity and it works the same as it would on an Android smartphone. You have a home screen showing your steps, how many floors you’ve climbed, how much sleep you got as well as water and caffeine intake and your heart rate.

    For the casual every day person not serious about fitness tracking, it works fine. But for those who want more in depth feedback on runs/workouts, the S3 will feel limited, especially with the iPhone.


    Notifications on the watch, when connected to the iPhone, look just like those from Android. If you happen to be looking at the watch when an alert comes through, you’ll see a blue semi circle appear on screen.

    If you’re not looking at your watch, it buzzes and if you look at it immediately you’ll see the notification on the screen, along with an app icon for the application it’s from. Any non-dismissed notifications live to the left of the watch face and are accessed by turning the rotating bezel around the display.