Swapping out straps on the Samsung Gear S2 is quick and easy

Samsung's new Gear S2 smartwatch is now available, and while it doesn't support a standardized watch band connection it is designed for easy swapping if you do have a properly-designed replacement. Whether you just want to switch between the two sets of bands — large and small — included in the box or have a different style to use, it's a simple process.

As we show in the video above, it takes barely any time to take out the pre-installed bands and replace them with others. To remove a band, flip the watch over and look for the small clip portion where the band meets the body of the watch. Pull that clip away from the watch body with your fingernail, then pull the band toward you — don't try to pull it directly away from the body, it won't come off that way.

Once you have one of the two sides removed you'll get a better feel for the mechanism — it's simply a thin horizontal slot with a couple of pins in it to keep things locked into place. To put another band on the watch, just slide it up into the slot until you hear a click and see the clip pushed into place. You'll be able to tug down on the band and it'll stay put.

As a quick note, notice that this is for the standard Gear S2 with the rubber band, not the Gear S2 Classic — that model has a more standard lug configuration that can take a wider variety of bands, both from Samsung and other manufacturers.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

  • I remember when Fossil was suppose to make 3rd party straps for the Gear S and never did. I don't expect other 3rd parties to do the same, let alone Samsung releasing different straps. Which is why the Classic is the better option for straps. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just like how you shouldn't have put "3rd party" wheels on your car Atrocious looking. Hail Putrid Pile
  • Awww someone still doesn't have a life. I appreciate the envy though. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nahh, its just that I see that picture and it makes me grimace with pain. You are delusional if you think there is envy involved. Haha Hail Putrid Pile
  • Then I MUST post more often after you! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Pretty PLEASE. For me? Hail Putrid Pile
  • Absolutely!!!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hell yeah, just another reason to like this site!! Side note: /s Hail Putrid Pile
  • You make the site so worth it. Once again I'm flattered with the envy. You're making me blush. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Is the faceless stranger talking smack about your car. Sloths>Leopards>Bags of Chips>Humans.
  • Can you two just get a room and suck each other off already? Jesus Christ.
  • Only if you join Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hey Andrew, where'd you guys get the silver version? All II can find available is the gray.
  • This is a review unit from Samsung. It's a European model, fwiw.
  • I wonder why the silver isn't ready for retail yet. I'm holding out!
  • Just received mines today.. So far so good. Very smooth software. I love it. I also love the size. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Without having seen one in person yet, I'm wondering how easy/hard it would be for someone to 3D print an adapter to accept standard watch bands... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Checked it out at the nearby Bestbuy and did not like the size. It felt too small on the wrist. Looks more like a woman's watch for small arms and wrists. Hopefully next year they will do something similar like Moto 360 and offer different size Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or they may just do it halfway down the road like they did the S6 + Posted via the Android Central App
  • I understand that everyone has a very personal opinion about watch size, and everyone has quite different wrist sizes. At the same time, irrespective of that, I wonder if the 1st generation of smart watches has warped our sense of watch size perspective. So many commented that 1st gen were too big. Some thought they were a great size. But more seemed to wish they could be smaller. I've had my S2 for 6 days, and for my average sized wrist it is about the right size. I definitely wouldn't mind if the screen was a bit bigger, but pretty sure I'd then think the watch was too big.
  • I've had mine since day one my little review. First off I have a gear s and a gear live had a gear neo and sold it to help with the purshase of the s2 . First impressions the watch looks so much more premium then my other gear watches all though I really like my gear s . I thought at first the face was a little small but it has grown on me . Every thing about the operation of the watch is so smooth and fast as far as more different bands samsung has a bunch of different colors of basically the same band which I'm ok with ,want more band choices get the classic are get another watch enough said on that front. The screen imo is much nicer then a lot of the watches on the market right now and miles better then the I watches that I've seen now that's a small watch face . A few things I don't like . The big one for me is you can't make and receive calls I almost took the watch back for that reason alone. Battery life hum well its not nearly as good as my neo ..but what is other then a pebble sorry never like those . I get a full day so far but I also leave my watch face on all the time. The whole app thing are lack there of is not a deal breaker for me cause I look as my watch as a extinction to my phone not a re placement that's what my gear s is for hehe . Anyway I think it's a keeper for me ,hope this helps in your decision . Oh one more thing the wireless charging that I really love . Anybody that's own any of the former gear watches know exactly what I mean Posted via the Android Central App
  • Gear s owner here .. love it
    I'm waiting for the gear s2 3G
    Coming out on Nov 6 here in the US
    So I can do everything I do on my gear s
    And more (samsung pay) among other things
    Why didn't you wait? Maybe you still have time to take it back and wait a couple of weeks for the 3G version ...I would Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Pedometer step count is way way off. Today I am testing wearing a Gear Fit (very accurate) and I have 2451 on my Gear Fit and 1950 with the Gear S2.
  • Yea but your gear s2 can do so much more just saying Posted via the Android Central App
  • Marshmallow on my Nexus 5 with the October 12 Samsung Gear app Marshmallow updates have borked the BT connection on my S2. Won't connect even after a hard reset of S2. Ok, connects once, but when S2 went out of range of phone, won't reconnect again.