Huawei Watch 3 and GT 2 tips, tricks and hidden features

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Huawei Watch 3 and GT 2 tips and tricks
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If you're the owner of a Huawei Watch 3 or GT2 series smartwatch, you have a seriously powerful wearable on your wrist.

The Huawei Watch GT 2 and its many variations, alongside the HarmonyOS-packing Huawei Watch 3 strike a good balance between fitness and smartwatch features and they've been some of the nicest connected watches we've had to live with.

And they're capable of doing a lot more than basic notifications and activity tracking.

Whether you're rocking a Watch GT2e, Watch GT2 Pro or the new Huawei Watch 3, here's our top tips to become the master of your Huawei smartwatch.

Huawei Watch 3/Watch 3 Pro tip and features

How to reset Huawei Watch 3

We can't say we've had a hugely buggy experience with the Watch 3, but if you do encounter some performance issues or you're handing the watch over to someone else to use and want to clear your data, you can reset the Huawei smartwatch: To do that:

  • Swipe down from the main watch screen
  • Tap the Settings icon
  • Scroll down to System & updates
  • Select Reset.
  • You can also do the same to simply power off or restart the device as well.

Control which notifications show on Watch 3

Control which notifications show on Watch 3

If you want better control of the notifications from Huawei's own apps and third party apps that show up on your Huawei Watch, you can actually adjust that directly from the Watch as opposed to heading to Huawei's companion phone app. To take better control:

  • Swipe down from the main watch screen
  • Tap the Settings icon
  • Scroll down to Notifications
  • Select Show all and tap System apps
  • Select the native app you want to control notifications for and tap the toggle to turn on/off.

View currently opened apps

This is a useful thing to know to keep a closer eye on when you've got a lot of apps opened, but you don't know which ones and whether they might be sapping battery from your Huawei Watch. Thankfully, revealing that recent app screen is nice and easy:

  • Simply press the twisting crown button on the watch twice in quick succession to launch the recent app screen and you can swipe up on opened apps to close them.

Turn on music playback controls

Turn on music playback controls

Out of the box, your Huawei Watch 3 might appear to not be able to launch controls that will let you skip tracks or hit play or pause on music playing on your phone. You might need to enable the feature first to start using it. To turn on the music controller:

  • Go to the Huawei Health phone app and go to Devices and select the paired Huawei Watch 3.
  • Scroll down to Device settings and tap the toggle next to music playback control to enable or disable.

Adjust daily step goals

If you're smashing your daily step counts or you need to stick to a more realistic target before you feel comfortable to up things again, you do have the ability to adjust your step goal. The quickest way to do that is:

  • Open the Huawei Health app and tap the Me tab (it's next to Devices).
  • Go to Settings and then Goals
  • From here you can drag your finger left and right to adjust to light, medium or high step goal. While doing this you'll see roughly how much time it will take to meet that step goal and a rough calorie burn estimate you should expect too.

Change unit of measurements

Change unit of measurements

For those that prefer KM to miles or seeing the temperature in Celsius, you do have the ability to adjust unit of measurements displayed in the Huawei Health app and on your Watch. To do this:

  • Open the Huawei Health app and tap Me.
  • Go to Settings and then Units.
  • Tap Units and temperature unit to switch between the two measurement options.

Follow a running plan

Follow a running plan

Huawei doesn't really shout about this feature, but if you've got the running bug or you want help to train for a particular distance or race, Huawei does offer a range of run training plans. To start a plan:

  • Open the Huawei Health app and tap Me.
  • At the top of the screen, tap My plans
  • Select a plan and you can optiionally input your current time and target time.
  • Select how many days you're willing to train and hit Save to start following the plan.
  • Once the plan is created, you can hit the cog icon in the top right of the screen to set reminders to stick to your planned sessions.

Change the app launcher layout

Change the app launcher layout

With HarmonyOS, Huawei now gives you apps and so it's added a dedicated screen to make it easier to view and select those apps. That app launcher is set to a grid style layout as default. You do have the option to change it to display apps in a list. To change the app launcher view:

  • Swipe down from the main watch screen
  • Tap the Settings icon
  • Scroll down to Watch face & launcher
  • Scroll to Launcher and you can tap to choose between Grid and List layouts.

Answer calls without touching the screen

The Huawei Watch 3 does offer a handful of gesture-based controls that can make it easier to interact with the smartwatch when your hands are not completely free. That includes a clench fist gesture that can be used to answer calls. To make use of that gesture:

  • Swipe down from the main watch screen
  • Tap the Settings icon
  • Go to accessibility options
  • Go to Gesture and tap the toggle button next to Answer calls gestures.

Change what the Down button controls

Huawei Watch 3 and GT 2 Series tips and tricks

Out of the box, the bottom button or down button as Huawei calls it, is set to give you quick access to Huawei's Workout app. The good news is that it doesn't have to stay like that if you couldn't care less about tracking runs or swims. To change what that down button gives you quick access to:

  • Swipe down from the main watch screen
  • Tap the Settings icon
  • Go to Down button
  • Tap next to the native app you want that down button to be assigned to.

Huawei Watch GT 2/GT2 e/GT 2 Pro tips and tricks

Huawei Watch 3 and GT 2 Series tips and tricks

How to change watch face

Huawei plants a very lovely AMOLED screen on its Watch GT 2 smartwatches and there's a nice collection of watch faces to make the most of it. If you want to mix things up on the watch faces front, you do have options and the quickest way to change that watch face is to do the following:

  • Press and hold the screen to open the watch face menu
  • Swipe left and right to view the currently installed face options
  • If you want to find more watch faces you can head to the Huawei Health app and go to Devices. You'll find a dedicated Watch faces tab to sync new faces over to your Watch.

Make calls from the Huawei Watch GT2

While the Huawei Watch GT2 series doesn't offer LTE support to give you untethered calls, as long as you're connected to your phone via Bluetooth, you can deal and answer incoming calls from the wrist. We should make clear that this support only works on the Huawei Watch GT2 models and not the Watch GT2e. It also only works on the 46mm version of the Watch GT2 and the Watch GT2 Pro

If you have that 46mm Watch GT 2 or Watch GT 2 Pro and want to take calls:

  • Go to Huawei Health and tap Devices.
  • Next, look for Favourite Contacts and tap again.
  • Tap Add to input contacts that you'll be able to access directly from the watch.
  • Once you've created your Contacts list and your watch is synced and paired to your phone go to the Contacts menu on your watch.
  • Now you can make calls and adjust volume during calls.

Reset the Huawei Watch GT 2

Huawei Watch 3 and GT 2 Series tips and tricks

Like the Watch 3, if there's every any reason that you think you need to give your GT 2 a reboot and get it back to the settings it started with when you first took it out of the box, you do have that option. To reset the Huawei Watch GT 2, do the following:

  • Swipe down from the main watch screen
  • Tap the Settings icon
  • Go to System
  • Scroll down to reset the watch. You can also go here to disconnect the watch from your phone, perform a restart or entirely turn off the watch.

Set a standby watch face

Along with viewing the time when you tap on the screen or raise to wake it, you do have the option to add a watch face that can be viewed when the screen isn't fully awake. If you want to add a standby watch face, do the following:

  • Swipe down from the main watch screen
  • Tap the Settings icon
  • Go to Display and select Standby watch face
  • Tap and you can swipe through the available options. Tap to select your standby watch face.

View dual time zones from your watch face

Huawei Watch 3 and GT 2 Series tips and tricks

A useful feature to know if you're travelling around or need to keep a close eye on another time zone, some watch faces support the ability to display an additional time zone. To find the watch faces that support it and add it to your home screen:

  • Press and hold on the main home screen
  • Swipe to search for watch faces that include a small cog underneath. That's your indication that the face can be customized
  • Scroll down to and look for dual time zone widget. Tap and then select the time zone you want to display.

Set up heart rate limits

Huawei Watch 3 and GT 2 Series tips and tricks

This is a really useful feature to get to know if you're interested in keeping tabs on your resting heart rate, which can give you a good insight into your current state of fitness. Like pretty much all of Huawei's health-centric features, these are features not for medical use. They can provide a useful guidance on how fit you are.

Setting up these heart rate limits for low and high heart rate, will bring in alerts that signal when your above or below those limits for 10 minutes. If you want to set those heart rate limits up:

  • Go to the Huawei Health phone app
  • Go to Devices and select your paired Watch GT 2
  • Tap Health Monitoring and select Continuous heart rate monitoring. Ensure that monitoring is enabled.
  • Next, go down to Alerts and select High heart rate alert, Low heart rate alert or you can adjust both. Now you can select the heart rate limits based on bpm (beats per minute).

Unlock your phone with your Huawei Watch GT 2

Now this feature entirely depends on what phone you have paired to the Huawei Watch. It will of course work well with Huawei phones, but should also play nice with most Android phones. If you like the idea of being able to unlock your phone with your Huawei Watch GT 2, you need to do the following:

On your phone, go to Settings, then Security and Privacy or whereever you lock screen password is created.

Next, you should see an option for Smart Lock

From there, you can add a Trusted Device that will be able to unlock your phone. Tap Add Trusted Device and you'll see a list of your devices. Look for your Huawei Watch, and select to add it.

As long as your phone and watch are connected, you'll be able to make this feature work.

Turn auto workout detection on (or off)

Huawei Watch 3 and GT 2 Series tips and tricks

Huawei does offer the ability to automatically recognise when you've started a workout and begin tracking it. It doesn't work for all of the available sports profiles, but it does work for core ones like running and walking for instance.

If you want to make sure your watch is set up to automatically recognise workouts, or you actually don't want to do it at all and you prefer the manual approach, do the following:

  • Swipe down from the main watch screen
  • Tap the Settings icon
  • Go to Workout Settings and tap the toggle to enable or diable auto workout detection.

Set up pace zones to make the GT 2 a better running companion

Huawei Watch 3 and GT 2 Series tips and tricks

The Watch GT2 is already an impressive watch for tracking runs, but it manages to hide away some additional features that some runners might find useful, inside of its companion app. That includes setting up pace zones, to adjust the paces that better reflect those zones. So if Zone 1 is jog and you know your usual jogging pace, you can amend it here/ It's the same for marathon pace or when your tackling intervals. To set up pace zones, you need to do the following:

  • Go to the Huawei Health phone app and tap Me
  • Go to Settings and then select Workout settings
  • Tap running pace. You can tap inside of the pace boxes to adjust or you can have those zones calculated for you by entering a distance and the usual time it takes to cover that distance.

Share your fitness data with third party fitness apps

Huawei Watch 3 and GT 2 Series tips and tricks

Yes, you can do this. Your data doesn't entirely have to live inside of Huawei's own app. For Android users, Google Fit and Adidas Running are two apps that offer that sharing support. To start syncing data to those apps, you need to do the following:

  • Go to the Huawei Health phone app and tap Me
  • Go to privacy management and select Data sharing and authorisation
  • The next screen will show you the supported services
  • Tap the service you want to share data to and follow the instructions to link the two apps together.