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How to connect your Samsung Galaxy Watch 6, 5, and 4 to a new phone

The Galaxy Watch 6 makes it even easier to connect it to a new phone.
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December 12, 2023

Pairing your Samsung Galaxy Watch 6, Watch 5, or Watch 4 to your smartphone is a simple process, even more so if you own a Samsung smartphone. However, connecting the Galaxy Watch to a new phone requires a few additional steps, depending on which model you own. Here’s how to do just that.

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On the Wear OS 4-powered Galaxy Watch 6 series, open Settings, select General, then Transfer watch to new phone. On devices running older Wear OS versions, open Settings, select General, then Connect to new phone. Regardless of which device you own, ensure you create a new backup of your device before continuing.


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Backing up your Samsung Galaxy Watch

While connecting your Galaxy Watch to a new phone includes a native backup solution, we’ve found that it doesn’t always work. Creating a backup of your Galaxy Watch before jumping to a new phone is a good idea. We prefer using the Galaxy Wearable app for this step, and here’s how to do it.

  1. Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone.
  2. Select Watch settings > Account and backup.
  3. Select Back up data under the Smart Switch subheading.
    • If you don’t have Samsung Smart Switch installed, you may be prompted to download it to your smartwatch and phone. The app facilitates Samsung’s backup creation process.
  4. Tap the data fields you wish to include in the backup. Once you’re happy, tap Back up to begin the process.

If you don’t go through this process, don’t worry, the Galaxy Watch will give you one last option to back up your data just before the new phone connection process completes.

Of course, if you want to set up your watch as new alongside your new phone, you don’t need to create a backup at all.

How to connect your Galaxy Watch 6 to a new phone

A Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic display its App Library.
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With the Galaxy Watch 6 series, Samsung introduced a new ability to transfer your watch data to a new phone without resetting it. This is a new One UI 5 Watch and Wear OS 4 feature.

  1. Open Settings on your Galaxy Watch.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Transfer watch to new phone.
  4. Read the notice on the watch.
    • To facilitate the transfer, both the watch and the phone must share the same Google account. Additionally, if you’re signed in to a Samsung account on the phone, that account will be used on the watch.
  5. Once you’ve read the requirements, tap the blue checkmark to proceed.
  6. Next, the watch will begin the transfer. Grab your new phone, and wait for a popup noting that a new device has been found. Tap Connect on your phone.
  7. Your watch and phone will now display a PIN. Ensure that the number matches, then tap Confirm.
  8. Follow the remaining prompts for setting up Google Assistant, wait for your phone to download the required software, and review permissions and privacy options.

How to connect your Galaxy Watch 5 and 4 to a new phone

Even though Wear OS 4 is available for Samsung’s 2021 and 2022 smartwatches, some Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 4 models may still run an older version of Wear OS. As a result, you’ll have to reset both of these watches before connecting them to a new phone. This will likely change with a future software update, but this is the procedure to connect your watch to a new phone for now.

  1. Open Settings on your Galaxy Watch.
  2. Tap General > Connect to new phone.
  3. On the next screen, tap Back up data if you haven’t already created a backup earlier. Follow the prompts on your paired phone.
  4. Once the backup is complete, tap Continue to begin the reset.
    • Importantly, there are no warnings after this step. Tapping Continue will immediately reset your Galaxy Watch.

FAQs

It shouldn’t take more than a minute to factory reset your Galaxy Watch.

If you own a watch that’s running Wear OS 4-based One UI 5 Watch, you needn’t reset your watch before connecting it to a new phone. However, older Wear OS versions require that you wipe your watch before connecting it to a new handset.