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.
- Tap your watch's screen to turn it on.
- Tap again to go to the "Speak now" screen.
- Scroll down and tap on "Settings."
- At the next screen, scroll down and select "Reset device."
- 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.
- 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.