What notifications are available in Android

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Android Wear is really handy for getting quick information without pulling out your phone. Notifications, calls, appointments and everything else are transferred right to your wrist, which makes life easier. But when these notifications no longer appear it can be very annoying.

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What to do if app notifications don't sync

If you're having problems with Wear not receiving notifications from apps, there is a good chance that notification access was not granted or was somehow disabled. This is the first setting I would check.

If you have a problem with all notifications

I'm using a Google Pixel here, so your interface may vary depending on the manufacturer of your phone. These settings should however be in similar places

To get started, pull down the notification shade and tap the gear icon. From there, scroll down to Apps.

In the apps menu, tap the gear icon. For Samsung devices, press the button with the three dots in the upper right corner.

On Android devices, scroll all the way down and select "Special Access". For Samsung devices, choose Special Access from the menu.

From the Special Access menu, choose Notification Access and search for Android Wear. Make sure it's on. If not, that's your problem. If so, we have to keep looking.

When only certain apps don't work

When you get notifications from some apps but not others, it gets a bit trickier because there isn't a clear solution. That said, the first thing I would do is make sure that all of the available apps are synced with your watch.

To do this, open the Wear app and tap the gear icon in the top right corner.

Tap your watch in the Device Settings section.

At the bottom of the list, tap Resync Apps to send all available apps to the watch again. Hopefully this fixes your problem.

What to do if the system app notification doesn't sync

For a while my watch stopped vibrating / ringing when I received a call which was really irritating. All of the other notifications went down well, so I had to dig to find out.

It turned out that the problem was related to the Android Wear app privileges. If certain notifications get through but things like calendar, phone calls, text messages, and the like don't get through, I would look here.

First, pull down the notification shade, then tap the gear icon. From there scroll down to "Apps".

In the Apps menu, find and tap Android Wear.

Tap on "Permissions".

In this menu you should check all options is enabled to send these notifications to your watch. In my scenario above, the phone permission was somehow disabled (or maybe I didn't approve it when switching phones, I can't be sure) which is why phone calls failed. Makes sense.

How to get audio notifications on your watch

In conclusion, let's talk about audio notifications. It's worth noting that only certain watches have speakers and support this feature, but if yours is working then having it turned on is a pretty nice thing.

The thing is, that's handled on the watch side, not the phone. So go to the settings menu of your watch by dragging the shadow down and swiping until "Settings".

Tap this menu and scroll down to "Sound".

There are a handful of these options like disk volume, alarm volume, ringer volume, and ringtone

Optimize and choose to your heart's content.


Fixing Android Wear notifications isn't that hard at all. But now that you know, you're basically a Wear notification master. Use this new power for good young grasshoppers.


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