How to Pair Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and 6 Classic [Guide]

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KEY TAKEAWAYS
  • Galaxy Watch 6 Series comes with 5ATM Water Resistance
  • The Classic gains MIL-STD-810H Military Standard rating
  • The Watch supports a number of water activities including Scuba Diving

Last month, The South Korean tech giant, Samsung, unveiled its latest smartwatches at the Galaxy Unpacked event. Two new Galaxy watches were announced at the event – the Galaxy Watch 6 and the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic. The new models serve as successors to the previous year’s version, with the Classic version taking the place of the Pro model. This shift also marks the return of the physical rotating bezel feature. If you got a new Galaxy Watch 6 and want to know how to set it up, then read along to learn how to pair Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and 6 Classic to an Android phone.

The adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” certainly applies to the latest Galaxy Watches. While the previous generation watches were already proficient in handling day-to-day tasks, there was still room for enhancements, and Samsung has attempted to address these areas in this year’s models. Samsung claims, the Galaxy Watch 6 series come with a 30% slimmer bezel, a 15% thinner rotating bezel, and a 20% larger display with support of peak brightness of 2,000 nits.

Apart from these features, the Galaxy Watch 6 boasts a newer Exynos W930 processor, Wear OS 4 support which is based on One UI Watch 5, bigger batteries, a new one-click band mechanism, a bunch of new apps including WhatsApp, and new health features. Samsung brings a number of improvements to Sleep tracking, for runners there are new heart rate zones, improvements to Body Composition, new Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification, and more.

As I said earlier, the Galaxy Watch 6 Series come with the latest Wear OS 4 based One UI Watch 5 OS. And the process of setting up the watch is going to be the same for both Galaxy Watch 6 and 6 Classic. Before moving to the steps, check out the prerequisites.

Prerequisites:

  • Turn on the Bluetooth app on your Smartphone
  • Install Galaxy Wearable app and Galaxy Watch 6 plugin app on your Android phone.
  • Charge your Galaxy Watch 6 (6 Classic) to at least 40-50%
  • Connect your phone to an active internet connection with WiFi or Cellular data

How to Pair Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic

To connect the Galaxy Watch 6 with an Android smartphone, you need to install the Galaxy Wearable app on your smartphone. One thing to keep in mind is to make sure that your Android smartphone is running on Android 10 or newer versions. If you’ve installed the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone but have an old version of the app, make sure to update it to the latest version. Here I am attaching the app link to the Google Play Store.

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After installing the app on your smartphone, you also need to install Galaxy Watch 6 plugin application on your device, here’s the link to the Galaxy Watch 6 Plugin.

How to Put Galaxy Watch 6 in pairing mode

If you got a brand new Galaxy Watch 6 or Watch 6 Classic and boot up the watch for the first time, then your watch automatically boots up in pairing mode. You’ll see the welcome screen on your Galaxy Watch 6 right away after booting the watch.

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Before moving ahead, just want to recommend you charge your Watch before setting it up for the first time.

Swipe up from the Welcome screen and it will show your Galaxy Watch model. Swipe up again and it will now take you to a new screen where it will ask to proceed further in the Galaxy Wearable app. If you own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, then you can simply move your watch close to your phone. The phone will automatically detect the watch and you can follow the on-screen instructions.

In case you want to connect your Galaxy Watch 6 to a new phone, then swipe down from the watch face and tap Settings. Now scroll down and open General Settings. In general, look for ‘Connect to new phone and tap it. It will remind you to back up your data. Take the backup or proceed further by tapping the Continue button. It will reset your watch and you will be able to Pair your Galaxy Watch 6 to a new phone.

How to Connect Galaxy Watch 6 to Your Smartphone

Now that your Galaxy Watch 6 or 6 Classic is in pairing mode, let’s dive right into the steps of pairing the Galaxy Watch 6 with an Android phone.

How to Pair Samsung Galaxy Watch 6
  1. Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your smartphone.
  2. Tap on the Start button on the welcome screen on the app, once you hit Start it will start scanning for the devices.
  3. It will start scanning for new devices – the Galaxy Watch 6 or 6 Classic.
  4. Select the watch and then tap Pair button, it will show a pairing code on both your phone and watch, you can tap on the Pair button if the code is the same on both devices.
  5. It will start downloading new software for the watch, if available.
  6. On the next page, you need to review the terms and conditions.
  7. Now it will ask you whether you want to receive automatic updates.
  8. Once done, it will take a few more seconds to make things ready.
  9. Now the app will ask you to sign in to your Google Account, you can select an existing account if available on your device or create a new one.
  10. You can setup backups on the next page.
  11. Now it will ask you to grant access for Call Logs, SMS, Nearby Devices, and Notifications.
  12. All done, you can choose your wrist preference and button position.
  13. Follow the on-screen instructions to turn on Always On Display, emergency features, daily activity tracking, sleep tracking, and more.
  14. It will take another few seconds to finish the setup.
  15. That’s it.

Now you can start using your Galaxy Watch 6.

If you still have any queries on how to pair Galaxy Watch 6 or 6 Classic, then you can ask me in the comment box.

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By Haneet Singh

Haneet is a passionate tech writer and a consumer. He loves tinkering with new wearable devices. Haneet is covering smartphones at YTECHB. For tips, you can connect Haneet at haneetsingh@outlook.com

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