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Can I use a Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 even if I don't have a Galaxy phone?

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 45mm Black
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 45mm Black (Image credit: Andrew Martonik / Android Central)

Best answer: Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 will work with any Android phone even if it isn't a Samsung Galaxy phone. It just takes a few extra steps to get it set up.

Do I have to use a Galaxy phone to use the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3?

Some of the most popular phones in the world are Samsung Galaxy devices — and why wouldn't they be? Samsung has been perfecting its smartphones for years. Although the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has "Galaxy" in the name, it doesn't mean that to use it your phone has to have it in the title.

Even though Samsung would probably love for you to use one of its smartwatches with a Galaxy phone, the company knows that not everyone will have a one. So Samsung has created some apps that will allow for its Galaxy Watch 3 to work great with any Android phone so long as the phone is running Android version 5.0 or higher & RAM 1.5GB above. While the company does offer a list of compatible devices, it is very out of date.

How to use the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 with any compatible Android phone

As mentioned before, to get your new Samsung smartwatch working with your compatible phone, you just need to install a couple of apps.

  1. On your Android phone, go to the Google Play Store and search for Galaxy Wearable.
  2. Once you find the app go ahead and install it.
  3. Now you will want to search for Samsung Accessory Service.
  4. After finding this app, you'll want to install it as well.
  5. Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone, turn on your Galaxy Watch 3, and follow the app's prompts on your phone.

Now, as long as your Android phone of choice meets the minimum system requirements, you'll be able to use your new Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and enjoy all of its excellent features.

The apps you need

Galaxy Wear App

Galaxy Wear App (Image credit: Google Play Store)

Galaxy Wearable (Free at Google Play Store)

The Galaxy Wearable app is the hub for keeping all of your Galaxy accessories connected. From this app, you can connect and make adjustments to headphones and watches all in one place.

Samsung Accessory Service App

Samsung Accessory Service App (Image credit: Google Play Store)

Samsung Accessory Service (Free at Google Play Store)

The Samsung Accessory Service buddies up with the Galaxy Wearable app to ensure that all of the great features of your Galaxy accessories work fantastically.

Chris Wedel
Chris Wedel
Chris Wedel is a fan of all things tech and gadgets. Living in rural Kansas with his wife and two young boys makes finding ways to get and stay online tricky. By utilizing his years of experience with the tech and mobile communications industries — success is assured. When not conquering connectivity challenges and testing new gadgets, he enjoys cruising a gravel road in his UTV with some good tunes.