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

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Got a brand-new Galaxy Watch 6 and want to know how to turn it on, connect it with a phone, navigating the quick settings, install apps, and more. Here's a details guide on how you can use your Galaxy Watch 6.

Last month, Samsung unveiled its latest smartwatch – the Galaxy Watch 6. There are two remarkable models added to the Galaxy Watch portfolio – the Galaxy Watch 6 and the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic.

Samsung introduced new wearables with One UI Watch 5 based on Wear OS 4. Yes, the Galaxy Watch 6 series runs on Wear OS 4 and bundles a host of new features, if you recently purchased the new Galaxy Watch 6 and seek guidance on its usage, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to discover more details.

The Galaxy Watch 6 series comes with a more interactive user interface, enhanced gesture control, a bunch of new apps, an upgraded camera controller, and more. In terms of health tracking, the watch receives improvements to Sleep tracking, for runners there are new heart rate zones, improvements to Body Composition, new Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications, and more.

Whether you’re an avid fitness enthusiast or simply looking to lead a healthier lifestyle, the software features of the Galaxy Watch 6 are designed to support and empower you every step of the way. But if you are not familiar with Galaxy watches, then you might not get the full benefit.

So, let’s take a look at some of the basics about the watch.

How to Turn On and Off Samsung Galaxy Watch 6

When you receive the watch in your hands, the first thing you’ll want to do is power it on. Booting up the Galaxy Watch 6 is a straightforward process, similar to older Galaxy Watches. Follow these simple steps to turn on the Galaxy Watch 6:

  1. Press and hold the upper right button on the watch to turn it on.
  2. Samsung logo will appear on the watch’s screen.
  3. Just in case the watch is not booting up, simply connect the watch to the charger bundled with the watch.
  4. Charge the watch and try again to power it on. You need to set up the watch in the first power on.
  5. That’s it.
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You can follow the same steps to turn off the watch, simply press and hold the upper right button for a few seconds then select the power icon on the display to turn off the watch.

How to Connect Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 to Smartphone

Now before start using the watch, you need to connect/pair it with your smartphone. The Galaxy Watch 6 is compatible with Android phones running on Android version 10.0 or later. So, make sure that your Android smartphone is on the newest software available. If your phone is already on the latest software, you can follow our detailed guide on how to pair Galaxy Watch 6 with any Android phone.

Here are the prerequisites to set up and pair the Galaxy Watch 6:

How to Pair Samsung Galaxy Watch 6
  • Turn on the Bluetooth app on your Smartphone
  • Install the 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

Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your smartphone, then simply select the Continue option and scan the nearby devices. Then follow the on-screen instructions to pair the watch with your smartphone.

Once your watch is paired, you can start using it.

How to Navigate Between Screens on Galaxy Watch 6

Navigating between different screens on smartwatches is as intuitive as on our smartphones. It’s simply a matter of time and a few gestures to master screen navigation on a smartwatch. The same can be said for the Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic. Here’s how you can navigate between screens on the Watch 6 Series.

Swipe Down:

Whether you want to turn on/off WiFi, enable DND, quickly open Settings, or turn on Sleep Mode, you can do all by opening Quick Panel with the Swipe Down gesture on your Galaxy Watch 6.

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Swipe Right:

If you want to explore Tiles with different information, then you can use the right swipe gesture. By default, the Galaxy Watch 6 comes with activity tiles, a Body Composition tile, a Sleep monitoring tile, and more. Obviously, you can edit the default combination of tiles.

Swipe Left:

You can check out all notifications by swiping to the left.

Swipe Up:

A swipe-up gesture opens up the app menu.

Note: You can also navigate through tiles, and other items using the rotating bezels or digital bezel. Its extremely handy because if there are so many tiles you don’t have to swipe many times to reach the required tile.

How to Open App Drawer on Galaxy Watch 6

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 bundles a number of default apps and supports third-party apps. No matter which app you want to access, you can easily open the app menu aka app drawer on your Galaxy Watch 6 with a Swipe Up Gesture.

How to Update Galaxy Watch 6

Updating the Galaxy Watch can be accomplished through either your smartphone or directly on the watch itself. Samsung typically rolls out new software updates for the watch every month or two. Whether you’re seeking new features or enhanced security, staying up-to-date is essential for an optimal experience.

Here are the steps you can follow to update your watch through your smartphone.

  1. Open the Wearable app on your phone.
  2. Tap Watch settings and then select Watch software update.
  3. If your watch displays a Home tab, swipe to and tap Watch software update.
  4. Tap Download and install.
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How to Restart Galaxy Watch 6

As mentioned in the opening, the Galaxy Watch 6 series boasts a number of useful features. But just in case your watch got frozen or stuck somewhere, then you can simply restart the watch by following these methods.

  1. Press and hold both side keys on your Galaxy Watch 6 or 6 Classic.
  2. Then tap Turn off.
  3. Now, wait for the watch to turn off.
  4. Once turned off, wait for a few seconds.
  5. Press and hold the power button / home button at the top right corner on your Galaxy Watch 6, and release when you the vibrate.
  6. That’s it.

How to Charge Galaxy Watch 6

You might be already aware of the charging process. but just in case here is the process.

As you know the Galaxy Watch 6 comes with a charge which has a magnetic attachment to one end and Type C to the other end.

How to use Galaxy Watch 6

The Adapter doesn’t come in the watch box, so you need to buy one if you don’t have one. Well if you have Type C USB in a board that will do the job. Also if you have a charger with Type A USB, then you can get Type A male to Type C female connector.

Connect your watch to a magnetic dock and insert the other end to a Type C USB, and your Watch will start charging.

I will soon post some tips and tricks to increase the battery performance of the Galaxy Watch 6 series, so stay alert for new arrivals.


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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

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