​How to get music on your Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch

Don't worry old Android Wear users, we got you covered as well

Android Wear watches can store your music, meaning you can still gain 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?

Well, whether you're using a device running Android Wear 2.0, 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.

Essential reading: Ultimate guide to Android Wear 2.0

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.

Any questions? Let us know in the comments section below.

1. Setting up Play Music

How to get music on your Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch

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.

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). And if you're looking to create a playlist specifically for your Android Wear device, it's easiest to do this on the web first.

2. Syncing your music

How to get music on your Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch

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

How to get music on your Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch

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.

Essential reading: Best wireless headphones for running

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

How to get music on your Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch

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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  • Mayush·

    Thank for the tutorial but I have a problem. When I open play music settings, I cannot see download to Android wear option. 

    • childofibiza·

      me too.. I have a Moto X 2nd Gen with Lollipop and i don't see it either.. 

  • gdongg·

    Recently got the Sony Smartwatch 3 and I wanted sync some songd to the watch but i dont have "Download to Android Wear" option on my phone GOogle Play. Is there any thing I need to do. Im using a OnePlusOne. Thanks

  • LeonPhelps·

    I feel your pain guys.   I have the exact same problem and it's very frustrating!  If anyone discovers a solution for not seeing the download icon,  please let us all know.  If I find it,  I promise to do the same. 

    • AntoniKoo·

      Bro, try and search for wearmedia by qubinapps. I had the same problem (from indonesia) and now im happily listening music from my sony smartwatch 3 haha.. spread the good news!!

  • Wear3·

    i have a new bought SW3 and my problem that keeps on searching solution until now is about loading offline music. Using my S5, loaded with songs connect to my SW3 and already check the box option "download to Android Wear" on play music apps but when i try to tick the 3 dots at the right side of the playlist, there was no DOWNLOAD options. Is there any ways to load music on my SW3?.

  • OpsManDan·

    argh! Same frustrating problem! I've got the App on my nexus 6 which has the download to Android wear button, but I can't seem to download music to my Sony smartwatch 3 >.< 

  • smileman·

    Oddly, syncing with Sony's Music app seems to work better for me than Google Music on the Moto Sport 360. When I tap "Manage Wear downloads" nothing happens.

  • yogibimbi·

    Hmm, the easiest way on the Sony Smartwatch 3 would be to connect the watch via USB, mount it on the desktop, and drag and drop the files over. Even my Bragi Dash can do that...

  • bobbyrooney·

    ok, so first you need the android wear app. then you need to have google play music, and most importantly, make sure you update.  then you will see the send to android wear in the settings.  the problem with this clusterpoop of a OS is that you your watch will only transfer if its at a certain percentage charged. my LG G watch is 75% minimum.  transferring is a day long event, so make sure you have the watch and phone cables connected.  it's SLOWWWW over bluetooth, so give it time.  i guess giving people freedom to mount the watch as a drive via usb is no longer on google's agenda. who would think dragging and dropping would be logical?

    • bobbyrooney·

      so after syncing last night, and letting google play music download songs to the watch there were marked as download on the phone, it ended up doing nothing.  the watch said that there were 297 songs, yet i only had 10 marked as download. there is no way to control anything.  their support says that it transfers what it wants to.  google music is so messy and cluttered that it just doesnt work.  way to google to making things more complicated and more closed off than apple and itunes just to push your app that everyone uninstalls by default!  i took AntoniKoo's advice and went with the wearmedia app.  it still needs androidwear app to push itself to the watch, but when you run it on your phone, it lets you have full control of which song you send over and where it goes. at least this works. i was so close to returning my watch and going with tizen.


    Dear Team ,

    Kindly help in guiding how to install apps in Asus Zenwatch 3,

    i wanted to install Google Maps , Google music and all supported apps.

    Phone - Iphone 6s- 10.2
    Android wear version - 2.0

    Mohammed Asif

  • roalush·

    people in countries that don't have google play music are out?

    • ATW63·

      Yes, it looks that way. Google sucks... It is ways easier to transfer music in apple devices.