Navigation for your smartwatch
1. Install and launch Navigation Wear apps
Navigation Wear smartwatch and smartphone app communicate.
Make sure both apps are installed and your smartwatch is properly connected to your smartphone.
Launch both apps
Click to install Android app on your smartphone
Click to install Samsung Galaxy app on your smartwatch
Click to install Fitbit app on your smartwatch
Click to install Garmin app on your smartwatch
2. Enable Notification Access
Navigation wear needs access to notifications. Without this permission will not be able to read Google Maps notification and display it on your smartwatch.
Navigation Wear app checks if this permission is granted. Make sure there's no warning displayed when you open Navigation Wear smartphone app.
If you see warning tap on "Enable" button and turn on switch for Navigation Wear App.
3. Check if Google Maps app can show notifications
Navigation Wear app reads notifications from Google Maps app. Make sure Google Maps can show notifications when navigating.
Open Notification settings for Google Maps application on your smartphone using "Enable Google Maps Notifications" button in "Help" section of Navigation Wear Android app.
Activate "Show Notifications" when disabled.
Test if notification with navigation info is shown in status bar when you launch navigation in Google Maps app.
4. Allow run in background permission
Some smartphones shut down applications running in background. Navigation Wear needs to be able to run in background.
Navigation Wear checks if "Run in background" permission is granted. Make sure you tap on "Allow" button when this alert is displayed.
5. Disable battery optimizations and power saving mode
Various taskkiller apps and battery optimization functions sometimes keep Navigation Wear app in sleep mode.
Navigation Wear app may not work properly even if your smartphone is in power saving mode. You need to turn it off.
You need to disable optimizations for Navigation Wear app in your smartphone's settings. This is especially important for Xiaomi, Huawei, Samsung and Oneplus phones.
6. Restart your devices
If you went through all the steps above and navigation instructions are still not visible on your smartwatch, something may be stuck.
Try to restart your smartphone as well as your smartwatch and launch navigation apps again
7. Further support
If nothing helped to solve your problem conntact our support byt tapping on "Contact us" button in Navigation Wear smartphone app.
Give us detailed description of your problem (brand and model of your smartphone, Android version, brand and model of your smartwatch). You can attach screenshots or photos.