How Do I Install an APK File on My Watch?

APK, APK Installations

If you own a smartwatch that runs on Android Wear OS, you may be wondering how to install an APK file on it. An APK file is the package file format used for distributing and installing applications on Android operating systems. Here’s how you can install an APK file on your watch.


  • An Android smartphone with internet connectivity
  • An Android Wear OS smartwatch
  • The APK file you want to install on your watch

Step 1: Enable Developer Options on Your Smartphone

Before you can transfer the APK file to your watch, you need to enable developer options on your smartphone. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your smartphone.
  2. Scroll down and tap “About Phone.”
  3. Find the “Build Number” option and tap it seven times in quick succession.
  4. You will see a message that says “You are now a developer!”

Step 2: Enable Debugging over Bluetooth

Next, you need to enable debugging over Bluetooth so that your watch can communicate with your smartphone.

  • Scroll down and tap “System.”
  • Tap “Developer options.”
  • Toggle “Debugging over Bluetooth” to On.
  • Step 3: Connect Your Watch to Your Smartphone via Bluetooth

    Make sure that both your watch and smartphone are connected via Bluetooth.

    Step 4: Transfer the APK File to Your Watch

    To transfer the APK file from your smartphone to your watch, follow these steps:

    1. Download and install the “Android Debug Bridge (ADB)” tool on your computer.
    2. Connect your smartphone to your computer via USB cable.
    3. Open a command prompt or terminal window on your computer.
    4. Type “adb devices” and press Enter. This will show you the list of connected devices.
    5. Type “adb forward tcp:4444 localabstract:/adb-hub” and press Enter.
    6. Type “adb connect 127.0.1:4444” and press Enter.
    7. Download the APK file you want to install on your watch onto your computer.
    8. Type “adb install [path_to_apk_file]” and press Enter. Replace [path_to_apk_file] with the actual path to the APK file on your computer.

    Step 5: Install the APK File on Your Watch

    Once the APK file is transferred to your watch, follow these steps to install it:

    1. Swipe down from the top of the watch face to access Quick Settings.
    2. Tap “Settings. “
    3. Scroll down and tap “Apps.

    4. Tap the gear icon in the top-right corner of the screen.
    5. Select “Special access. “
    6. Select “Install unknown apps. “
    7. Tap on the app name you just installed from ADB, then toggle on “Allow from this source”.

    In conclusion..

    By following these simple steps, you can easily install an APK file on your Android Wear OS smartwatch. Just make sure that you have enabled developer options and debugging over Bluetooth, and have transferred the APK file via ADB. Once installed, you can enjoy all kinds of new apps on your wrist!