How to take a note on Android Wear

Taking a note is easy, but there are options for what you can do with it

This should be simple, right? Taking a note on your Android Wear smartwatch should be as easy as telling the watch to "Take a note." And you can do that. But, no, it's not really that simple. Or at least it might not be.

See, taking a note with your Android Wear watch is easy. What happens to that note is another story.

We'll explain.

First, the easy part. Let's take a note on your Android Wear smartwatch. It's the same processes whether you're on the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live or the upcoming Moto 360.

Taking a note

  1. Raise your watch up, or tap the watch face, so that you get the voice prompt. (Or if you want you can tap through to the actions menu.)
  2. Now just say "Take a note," wait for the prompt, and then dictate your note. Or, you can say it all at once. "Take a note: Don't forget to take a note."
  3. You'll get a chance to cancel the note if it didn't understand you correctly. Otherwise, just let it run its course.

So, what happens with that note after you dictate it? That depends.

If you don't have any note-taking apps installed, it'll just e-mail you the note to your Gmail account. Better than nothing.

Android Wear take a note

But if you have an app installed that takes advantage of Google's note-taking intent, the note can be filtered into that app. Or if you have more than one app installed, you can choose which app you want the note to be saved to. And there are a couple ways to do that. One is when you take the note itself. You'll get the option to choose an app on the watch itself, right after you record the note.

Android Wear — Take a note

Or if you know you're going to want to use the same app every time, you can set the default note-taking app within the Android Wear app itself.

And that's how you take a note on Android Wear. None of it is all that difficult — it can just get a little complicated.

  • It doesn't seem complicated to me. *shrug*
  • Me neither. Seems to work like you'd expect it to.
  • I was expecting a crazy process based on the "lead in." That is what you do to get people to click :)
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  • Can you use the phrase "Note to self"? That's what I use when using google now on my phone.
  • Just tested this, "Note to self" works fine.
  • I read this thinking there was going to be something complicated in here, Phil.
    You seriously simply wrote the basic voice prompt for taking the note and then said (HERE'S THE REALLY TRICKY PART!!!) we could either do nothing or choose which app we want it to correspond to. I have no problem with this if this had been one of the standard Android Wear 101 Tips & Tricks type of articles, for new users or those who just bought one, but you wrote this as a normal article. What gives? :-\
  • "This blog set out to provide you with one simple trick to take a note easily. You'll never believe what happened next!"
  • Any idea how to force the watch to send the note to Gmail? I like that and use it daily and on my Nexus 6, I am able to set it to Gmail on my phone, but not from my Samsung live watch. Also tried to remove Keep from the Nexus but it is a system app so I am stuck with it on there.