Android Wear watches can store your music, so you can still get access to your favourite tunes when you go for a jog around the park. But how do you get your music on your smartwatch, and how do you link up your headphones to listen to them?
Whether you're using an Android Wear 2.0-running device like the LG Watch Sport or something packing an older version of Wear like the LG Watch Urbane or Sony SmartWatch 3, here's our guide to getting music on your device.
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We'll start things off with how to transfer music on Android Wear 2.0 before getting onto those watches still running Android Wear 1.x.
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1. Setting up Play Music
While you can control other music apps on your phone from your wrist, including Spotify, Google Play Music is currently the only one that lets you store and play music right from your watch, without any need for a phone connection.
With the new and improved Android Wear 2.0, you can download the Play Music app straight to your wrist, so if it's not already installed, head to the Play Store app on your smartwatch and download it.
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Sign into your Google account on your watch and existing tracks and playlists that you've set up on the web or on your phone should appear here (if the right Google account isn't selected, this can be changed from the app settings). If you want to create a playlist specifically for your Android Wear device, it's easiest to do this on the web first.
2. Syncing your music
Getting tracks downloaded is as easy as pressing and holding on the album or playlist you want to download. Its icon changes to a download symbol, and assuming you're connected to a Wi-Fi or cell network, the tracks start syncing.
If you pay for a premium subscription to Google Play Music, you can sync any tracks you like; if not, you can only sync the MP3s that you've uploaded to the service yourself. Note too that your smartwatch counts as one of the 10 devices you can use with the app.
To see only the music that you've stored locally on your watch, head to the Google Play Music app settings on your device, then tick the Downloaded only box. Playlists that have been downloaded appear with a tick next to them.
3. Connecting to headphones
Your Android Wear watch won't come with built-in speakers, or a headphone jack, so you need to connect up some Bluetooth headphones for that early morning jog, if you haven't already done so.
Head to Settings (drag down from the front watch face screen and tap the cog icon) then choose Connectivity. Tap Bluetooth, then Available devices to look for your headphones, which need to be in pairing mode check the instructions that came with the headphones if you're unsure about this.
The playback controls in the Play Music app are all self-explanatory, with the centre button starting and stopping playback, and the ones to the side letting you skip tracks.
Tap on the speaker button to adjust the volume.
Using older versions of Android Wear
For those of you stuck on pre-2.0 versions of Android Wear, the process is a little more fiddly, but it's still possible to get music on your watch. Again, Google Play Music is key, which you'll need to install on your smartphone rather than directly on your watch.
From the Settings menu in the app on your phone you'll see an Android Wear section, which doesn't appear if you're connected to an Android Wear 2.0 watch toggle the Download to Android Wear switch to On, then tap Manage Wear downloads to choose which of your tracks to sync to the watch.
It's actually a pretty straightforward process, but it does of course rely on you using your phone rather than your smartwatch to manage and sync your music, something Google wants to move away from.
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