It is no longer mandatory to take a tour of your watch
Thanks to its excellent hardware and feature-packed software, the Galaxy Watch4 is one of the best smartwatches you can buy. Unfortunately, Wear OS has a bug that can be particularly annoying – having to factory reset the watch when you want to connect it to a new phone. Making this process even worse is a “welcome to your watch” trip that can not be skipped and that welcomes you when the watch is connected to your new phone. Fortunately, a recent update has made the whole ordeal easier.
Yesterday, when I switched my Watch4 from one phone to another, I was delighted to see that when the watch finished pairing with my new device, it gave me an option – start the trip or skip it. I know it sounds like an insignificant change, but I can assure you it is not. That tour teaches you to navigate the entire user interface, which is useful if you are new to the platform, but useless if you have used it before. What’s worse is that the manual is sluggish – something I’ve observed on all Wear OS devices I’ve used, not just Watch4.
While it’s frustrating that we still have to factory set our watches to switch phones, this is a big step in the right direction for those who jump between phones regularly – or even just once when switching to a new phone.
A new update (via SamMobile) started reaching devices earlier this month and I think it’s the one that made the change. I reset my Watch4 in March when my Galaxy S22 Ultra arrived and I did not have the opportunity to skip it. But now, after installing the latest update, I can do it. If your Watch4 has been updated, you should be ready to go the next time you want to switch to another phone. Hopefully this is something that will eventually reach all Wear OS devices and not just Samsung.
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