In the last few years you may have wanted to be on the cutting edge of smartwatches and purchased or otherwise acquired a Gear, Gear 2 or one of the other Gear watches. One of the features is that it only works with Samsung phones, and while I still LOVE my Samsung Note 3, I occasionally use other phones and therefore lose the watches notification functions (on which I’ve become totally addicted, by the way).
That all changed when I stumbled on an app in the Play Store called Gear Manager For All Mobile. The app downloads and installs the Gear Manager on your non-Samsung phone and brings most of the functionality with it. After installing the app the process is a little involved as the app downloads and installs a series of other apps. Finding and connecting the watch is identical to using a Samsung.
Keep in mind that every time you switch phones the watch has to be reset, so it’s not something you’re going to do everyday.
A few minor quirks you’ll notice are :
- Purchasing apps and watchfaces work… sometimes.
- When you answer an incoming call on your phone the default audio device is the watch. You will have to switch this on the phone by clicking the bluetooth icon and selecting the handset as the audio device. This a minor nuisance I do forget to do it on occasion and the first few seconds are spent talking and listening through the watch. Outbound calls are unaffected.
So if you can live with a few issues and don’t mind dropping $3 for an app, you might be able to get some more use out of that Samsung Gear watch that’s sitting in our drawer or resting on your wrist as a simple timepiece.
Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Gear 2 and other devices with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.