How to send a text message in Android Wear

Sending an SMS in Android Wear is as easy as telling it to text someone

Sending a text message with your Android Wear smartwatch — and it doesn't matter whether you've got the LG G Watch, the Samsung Gear Live or the Moto 360; it works the same on all three — is just a matter of speaking a few words.

And it's smart enough to figure out what it is you're trying to do even if you say it differently than someone else.

Android Wear — how to send a text

To send a text message with Android Wear, you've got a few options. The easiest is to just tell your watch to do it.

Send Jerry Hildenbrand a text: Baba Booey. Text Jerry Hildenbrand: Baba Booey.

Either works. You might get asked which phone number to send the SMS to if a contact has more than one.

Android wear texts

A slightly more manual way is to tap into the list of actions, and then chose the "Send a text to ..." option. You'll then be asked to whom you want to send the message (kudos on the grammar there, Google), and what you want the message to say. And as is the case with both options, you'll have the opportunity to cancel if Android Wear didn't hear you right, or if you simply changed your mind.

A reminder to you Google Voice users out there: When you send a text this way, it's the same as doing it through a voice action on your phone. It'll use the default SMS app, whether that's hangouts or a watch or whatever. And that means Google Voice isn't involved, and the text will appear from the phone's actual number and not your Google Voice number.

  • I have sent a few quick text on my G Watch. I do like that I can read them when they come in, looking forward to a reply option though. Posted via Android Central App
  • Really, there's not an option to reply? Weak sauce.
  • You can reply from the watch, you just swipe left on the message and tap the giant "reply" button
  • Open on phone or swipe away is All I get.. Posted via Android Central App
  • Reply only works in the Hangouts app for now. If you use a 3rd-party app it won't have the Reply option.
  • I just researched it and there should be a reply option but I only get open on phone with my G2 and G3. Strange.. Posted via Android Central App
  • Maybe try switching the default client to Hangouts? It's possible the LG txt app isn't hooking properly for reply...
  • This only works with Hangouts. I was previously using 8SMS and switched out to Hangouts to have this feature.
  • If you're using the stock SMS app, that's likely why. As far as I know, only Hangouts supports voice replies right now.
  • Jerry's number shows in second pic. Just fyi. Posted via Android Central App
  • Blanked out Jerry 's number in one spot but left it visible in another. I'm calling him... Posted via Android Central App
  • Voice integration to Hangouts can't come soon enough. I don't use my phone's actual number for anything. I'm not even sure what it is.
  • Settings<About phone<Status : p Looking forward to voice integration too!
  • Doesn't necessarily work, mine shows as "unknown". Posted via Android Central App
  • I know. That's how I look it up every time I have to use it for account management. The rest of the time? No clue.
  • There's a couple of steps missing. Have Google completely misunderstand what you've said. Retry 3-5 times. Give up and type the message on your phone. Posted via Android Central App
  • That's only happened to me with certain proper nouns. Otherwise it's shockingly good.
  • I'm really excited for the Moto 360 Posted via Android Central App
  • Baba Booey to you all! Posted via Android Central App
  • What about hangouts messages? Posted via Android Central App
  • That's the $64,000 question for me too. Why aren't there voice actions to send a Hangouts message?!
  • Thank you. That's what I really want. I communicate with my girlfriend via Hangouts instead of SMS. Want a way to initiate a message with that.
  • exactly
  • agree, I very rarely 'SMS' anymore, it is an outdated function.
    "Ok Google Now, send a message to Jerry, I'm going to be late" should send a hangout. or even have the option to
  • What I'm guessing is going to happen when they integrate Voice is that we'll be able to set a default number from which to send (SMS or Voice). What I'd really like, though, is a cascading preference so I could say, "Hangouts (if applicable), then Voice". Alternatively, as they now let you set individual preferences per person for things like notification sounds in Hangouts, how about setting this per-person? Less ideal than across the board, but then again maybe I don't want to Hangout with certain contacts, such as work contacts.
  • I only use Google voice for text messages so this is useless for me.
  • Ditto. Sad.
  • Is there a way to distinguish if you want to send a Hangouts message or sms? I know it will go through Hangouts if thats your default app for sms.
  • None that anyone seems to have found. I'm hoping there's a secret string we're all missing, but I doubt it. Right now you can REPLY to a Hangout, but you can't initiate one.
  • They need to add an option to recall messages sent. If Samsung can do it on the Gear Neo, Google should be able to easily do it. How about an option to send emoji faces, the Gear Neo does that too. I own both and seem to prefer the Samsung one for one.
  • I am using a Samsung Gear Live with a GS5 (VZW). I am using Hangouts for SMS, but my problem is the lack of capitalization. It does not capitalize the first letter of the sentence when I voice text. Anyone know how to solve this?
  • A+ for a Baba Booey reference.
  • They misspelled Mama Monkey.
  • the part about Google Voice has changed with the GV/Hangouts integration. I'm just not sure exactly how...
  • I need help getting text messages on my android smart watch.