Android Wear offers you the opportunity to quickly and easily access applications from various wearables that include watches. Wearables support Android-based applications and can be worn for fitness purposes, fashion and fun.
Ideally, these wearables need to be paired with other devices so as to convey the intended purpose or function. Just like any other devices, you might encounter some difficulties or rather problems while using the wearables. These problems can emanate from the operating system, paired devices or even both. Here are some tips to help you solve the problems.
You must ensure that your wearable is compatible with the paired device. Android Wear is compatible withiPhone 5 and later models that are running on iOS 8.2 or above. For Android, devices that are getting pairedwith wearables, version 4.3 or alater version of the OS is required.
Once this is done, ensure that Google apps on your paired device are up to date. The Google Play Services should be of version 7.3.28 or later; Google Search application requires v4.0 or above and Android Wear app should be of version 1.1.0 or later.
Pairing Android Wear to your device
As aforementioned, you need to pair your wearable to another device such as a phone using Bluetooth connection. The phone will display the name of the wearable on the list of nearby devices. Select the name of the wearable and ensure that the code shown on the devices match and then tap on “Pair” on your phone. After a few minutes of waiting, tap on “Enable Notifications” and then activate your watch to show notifications by activating “Android Wear” on your phone.
Ensure that the Bluetooth connection on your phone is properly set and activated by going to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Bluetooth and then make the necessary changes.
Battery consumption issues
Someissues have been raised regarding Android Wear to the phone’s battery consumption. Allegations ranging from issues with Google Now, certain Wi-Fi network problems to applications misbehaving have been pointed as issues that drain the battery power so much. You can identify the issue by checking on the details of the battery consumption.
The developer, Google, however, admitted that Android Wear 5.1.1 had a bug that kills the battery life. This is only solved through an update. The available solution that is recommended is simply resetting the watch to factory settings.
Resetting your wearable to factory settings
Resetting any device to factory settings ideally restores it to the state it was in right from the manufacturer. The device loses the data in its memory as well as other customized settings.This is the known troubleshooting preference recommended when necessary to any device.
To reset Android Wear, tap on the screen to rouse the watch. Hold the top of the screen and swipe down, then from right to left till an icon for “Settings” appears and tap on it. Scroll down to “Reset Device” and select it. After this procedure, pair your phone to the wearable again.
Getting a mysterious message?
A mysterious message on your wearable such as “Connected, running sync loop?” indicates that you have enabled “Developed Options” on your phone. There is no cause to worry with this.
Android Wear is a new product in the market and is slowly gaining popularity in the market and as such, there are few expected hitches here and there. Using Android Wear will appear technical at first but with time and frequent use of the wearable will lead to ease of use and adoption. It will soon be a normal thing.
The diagnosis of Android Wear problems mostly involves restarting the device and re-pairing with the phone or resetting the wearable to factory settings.
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