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How to install Wear OS apps across your devices directly from your Android phone

Ticwatch Pro 3 Google Play Store Lifestyle
Ticwatch Pro 3 Google Play Store Lifestyle (Image credit: Chris Wedel/Android Central)

In its preparation for the upcoming Wear OS overhaul, Google is already rolling out some changes to the Google Play Store on Wear OS to existing devices. This update brings a welcomed update to the app installation process for Wear OS smartwatches. When you install an app on your phone, if that app has a version for your smartwatch, you get the ability to install it to both devices simultaneously. Like many Google service updates, the change is rolling out in stages, but if you've noticed a difference in the way your Play Store app installation process looks — here's how to install Wear OS app from your Android phone.

How to install Wear OS app from your Android phone

While you can still install apps from the Play Store directly on your Wear OS watch, sometimes it's just easier to search for apps on the larger screen of your phone. So here's how you can install the app on all of your Wear OS devices and your Android phone simultaneously.

  1. Open the Play Store on your Android phone.
  2. Search for an app you want to install.
  3. Tap on the app in the search results.
  4. If not already, tap on Available on more devices to expand the device options.
  5. Select Install next to the devices you want to install the app onto.

Source: Chris Wedel/Android Central

As Samsung and Google are getting closer to finally revealing what Wear OS 3.0 will be on the impending new hardware, some of the best Wear OS watches available right now are getting some of the benefits of these changes. Being able to use my phone to install apps onto my TicWatch Pro 3 and E3 at the same time is definitely a nice perk.

While the list of those devices that will be getting upgraded to the new OS is short, at least there seems to be some trickle-down effect going on to get some of the new features to more devices — even if it isn't the full software refresh we'd like it to be. This change also helps get some of the best Android apps onto your smartwatch that much easier.

Chris Wedel
Senior Editor - Smart Home
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.