How to reset Android Wear

There are a few reasons why you might want to factory reset your Android Wear smartwatch. You'll need to do so if you want to pair it to a new phone, or if you're selling it... or maybe you're having problems with it and want to start again from fresh software. Whatever the case — and whether you're using the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360 or something else —it's simple to restore your Android Wear watch's software to its out-of-box state.

Android Wear reset

  1. Tap your watch's screen to turn it on.
  2. Tap again to go to the "Speak now" screen.
  3. Scroll down and tap on "Settings."
  4. At the next screen, scroll down and select "Reset device."
  5. Confirm you want to reset your Android Wear watch by tapping the check icon.

And that's it. Your watch will then shut down and wipe its software. A few minutes later your watch will be back to the state it was in when you first took it out of its box — the first thing you'll see is the language selection screen.

To switch off your Android Wear watch without setting it up again — useful if you're selling or packing it up for shipping — first select a language, next you'll need to load the Settings screen.

LG G Watch power buttonGear Live power key

  • On the LG G Watch: The G Watch's power button is located on the back of the device — a tiny pin button that you'll need to press with a SIM tool or a paperclip. At the "Install Android Wear" screen, press it once to load the settings page. From there, scroll down and tap "Power off."
  • On the Samsung Gear Live: The Gear Live's power key is on the right side of its body. At the "Install Android Wear" screen, long-press it to load the settings page. From there, scroll down and tap "Power off."
  • For any other models, one of the options listed above is likely to work.

Now you're good to go — power your Android Wear watch on and set it up as normal.


Reader comments

How to factory reset your Android Wear watch


My Samsung watch started running 1/2 hour slow after the last Android Wear update so I figured I would try the factory reset route. When I did the factory reset, and re-paired with my S3, the watch kept giving the error "Your phone can't connect to the internet..." . It took 6 factory reset/re-pair cycles and re-installing Android Wear app on my phone before it finally worked. Has anyone else seen this type of issue?

I had the same issue the first time I paired my G Watch witn my Nexus 4 Were you on Wifi with your phone?

As soon as I turned of the Wifi and used the mobile network it work first attempt.