How Do I Install APK on My Samsung Watch?

APK, APK Installations

Are you a proud owner of a Samsung Watch but feel limited by the apps available on the Galaxy Store? Do you wish to install third-party applications on your watch? Well, you’re in luck because in this article, we’ll guide you through the process of installing APK files on your Samsung Watch.

What is an APK file?

Before we dive into the installation process, let’s first understand what an APK file is. An APK (Android Package Kit) is a file format used by Android to distribute and install applications. In simpler terms, it’s like a .exe file for Windows or .dmg file for macOS.

Pre-requisites for installing APK

Before you start with the installation process, make sure that:

  • Your Samsung Watch is connected to your phone via Bluetooth.
  • You have enabled developer options on both your phone and watch.
  • You have downloaded the APK file that you wish to install.

Steps to enable developer options on your Samsung Watch

  1. On your Samsung Watch, go to Settings.
  2. Select About watch.
  3. Tap Software information.
  4. Tap Build number seven times until it says “You are now a developer!”

Steps to enable developer options on your phone

The steps may vary slightly depending on the model of your phone. Here are some general steps:

  1. Go to Settings on your phone.
  2. Select About Phone (or About Device).
  3. Look for Build number and tap it seven times until it says “You are now a developer!”

Installation Process

Now that you have enabled developer options on both your phone and watch, it’s time to install the APK file:

  1. On your phone, download and install the Samsung Gear app from the Google Play Store.
  2. Launch the Gear app and select your watch.
  3. In the Gear app, go to Settings and scroll down to find Debugging.
  4. Enable Debugging by tapping on it.
  5. Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable.
  6. Download and install the latest version of ADB (Android Debug Bridge) on your computer. ADB is a command-line tool used to communicate with Android devices.
  7. Open Command Prompt (or Terminal) on your computer and enter the following command: adb devices
    • If it shows “List of devices attached” along with a device ID, then you’re good to go.
    • If not, make sure that USB debugging is enabled on your phone, and that you have installed ADB correctly.
  8. Navigate to the folder where you have saved the APK file using Command Prompt (or Terminal).
    • Note: Make sure that there are no spaces in the name of the folder where you saved the APK file. If there are spaces, then enclose the folder path in quotes (“”).

  9. Type in this command: adb -s DEVICEID install APPNAME.apk. Replace DEVICEID with the device ID shown in Command Prompt (or Terminal), and replace APPNAME with the name of the APK file you wish to install.
  10. Wait for the installation process to complete.
  11. Once the installation is complete, disconnect your phone from your computer and restart your Samsung Watch.
  12. You should now be able to see the installed application on your Samsung Watch.


That’s it! You have successfully installed an APK file on your Samsung Watch.

We hope this guide was helpful in expanding the horizons of your smartwatch. Remember, installing third-party applications can be risky as they may contain malicious code. So, make sure that you download APK files from trusted sources only.