General Official List of Sideloaded Apps and Workarounds For Galaxy Watch 4 (GW4)

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AlexInvar

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Apps Used For Side Loading
Bugjaeger (Link): My personal favorite. Good for any ADB related action that you could possibly need for side loading including bundled installation. Do not prefix commands with "adb".
Easy Fire Tools (Link): Basically the same thing as Bugjaeger with a multitude of other features that could be considered useful or useless depending on the user.
Wear Installer (Link): Good app for quickly extracting the companion Wear OS apk from the mobile companion APK since several outdated apps aren't included in the Wear OS Play Store. Can save the APK or install directly on your watch. No command input functions however.

I'd add ADBlink2 to that list. It's a godsend for ADB stuff when wanting to more than use a CMD on pc.
 

amarprat87

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I am unable to install Google Translate and Wear Mail. The packages are greyed out in Bugjaeger. Option to split install apk also doesnot work. Any ideas guys?
 
Are these the most updated version which are most compatible?
'arm64-v8a + armeabi-v7a' architecture isn't compatible with the watch?
Also the latest google home version with 'armeabi-v7a' architecture is 2.14.50.11 APK.
GW4 only supports armeabi-v7a.... arm64-v8a will not work. That's why a lot of newer versions don't work since many of them use modern software requirements.
 
I am unable to install Google Translate and Wear Mail. The packages are greyed out in Bugjaeger. Option to split install apk also doesnot work. Any ideas guys?
Hmmm that's odd. Perhaps try putting them in a different location? It also sounds like you may not have a connection to your watch.

You could also try a different app. Wear installer will work well for Wear Mail. I think it'll work for translate too.
 

Tefzors

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Guys, Google Assistant has now finally officially released for GW4 - meaning that the GO version of the GA is now obsolete. The GW4 Remapper app that we sideloaded doesn't have the possibility to 're-map' the official GA to Bixby button, I suppose a little update can easily fix this?

But to be fair, you can type your own command lines on that app. If I figure out the apk text, I could maybe do it manually.


Nevermind, turns out you can map the assistant button from within the watch notmally - that's great! The only use for GW4 remapper is for Google Pay then!
 

Adam91Zabrze

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Hi. Good Job! but Facebook Messenger (Wear OS) does not work. I don't have the open in app feature in notifications. The lite version works fine
 

Tefzors

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Hi. Good Job! but Facebook Messenger (Wear OS) does not work. I don't have the open in app feature in notifications. The lite version works fine
I also have the app installed on my watch for a while and to be fair, I still don't really know why I do - it doesn't do anything. Just tells me "Messenger is installed. Now you'll receive messeges and stickers on your watch"

What are the benefits of having this?

Has also anyone tested any newer versions of Messenger Lite to see how it works?
 

Tefzors

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Another interesting thing I'd like to add - has anyone got any knowledge or willingness to try modding the apks to the DPI of GW4 screen? There's a post I discovered on XDA about an outdated software called WearModder,

Here's a link to the post - scroll down to see the section about it, a really detailed post.

It's really detailed but complicated way to get the apk of sideloaded apps to fit within our DPIs, but I am not that technically savvy to do it. Would anyone be interested in volunteering in scaling down apps such as Messenger/FilesGo/Google News/Chrome etc to fit within our devices and uploading the apks here?

Wearmodder-EN.jpg
 

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    Continuing to what @Tefzors suggested, I went through one post of oppo watch where in the comments they were discussing about using app cloner to change the display size of the app and then sideloading it to the watch, will it be possible on GW4? there are some apps that I'd like and i guess many other would like to use with a better view. Has anyone tried this?

    Edit: I tried it with files go app, usually we need to change the dpi to get rid of that popup when we first start the app but I cloned the app with display size of 75% and it was showing the continue button without any other step, I don't know how the app looked on 100%(after we get rid of the popup) but on 75% it is looking pretty good. So you might as well give a try and if necessary add it to your OP.
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    I found an alternative app that works ok on my GW4 for audiobooks but has anyone gotten any audible apk to run and work ok on the watch? Thanks.
    What app are you using? I have not yet found any that work directly from the watch. Best that I have found so far is to use Listen on my phone and to use Music Boss to control it, but there is a terrible lag between the watch and the phone.
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    What app are you using? I have not yet found any that work directly from the watch. Best that I have found so far is to use Listen on my phone and to use Music Boss to control it, but there is a terrible lag between the watch and the phone.
    I use wear casts app using the local file option on phone app to send the converted file to my watch. I've listened to a couple audiobooks that way, its the only one I have found that keeps track of your place while your listening. I would love to use audible on it though.
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    Continuando con lo que sugirió [USUARIO=8742241]@Tefzors[/USUARIO], revisé una publicación de oppo watch donde en los comentarios discutían sobre el uso del clonador de aplicaciones para cambiar el tamaño de visualización de la aplicación y luego cargarla en el reloj , ¿será posible en GW4? hay algunas aplicaciones que me gustarían y supongo que muchas otras me gustaría usar con una mejor vista. ¿Alguien ha probado esto?

    Editar: lo probé con la aplicación Files Go, por lo general, necesitamos cambiar el dpi para deshacernos de esa ventana emergente cuando iniciamos la aplicación por primera vez, pero cloné la aplicación con un tamaño de pantalla del 75% y mostraba el botón Continuar sin ningún otro paso, no sé cómo se ve la aplicación al 100 % (después de eliminar la ventana emergente), pero al 75 % se ve bastante bien. Por lo tanto, también podría intentarlo y, si es necesario, agregarlo a su OP.
    Good morning, could you pass me the tutorial to test it with other applications? Thanks.



    Buenos días, ¿podría pasarme el tutorial para probarlo con otras aplicaciones? Gracias.
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    Buenos días, ¿podría pasarme el tutorial para probarlo con otras aplicaciones? Gracias.
    Hi, actually there not many painstaking or to say not even many steps for this, just download the app from here and apply these settings to the app that you want to clone

    1. Display options>display size> anywhere between 50%-100% (through my personal experience), though 75% looks pretty good.
    2.(Optional) Cloning Options> remove app cloner branding.
    3. Click on clone and follow the instructions to install the cloned app.
    4. Just sideload it using any of you preferred method

    If possible, please try and experiment around all the options that are available in appcloner for the best optimisation possible, Thanks!
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    --->SIDELOAD LIBRARY<---
    CATALOG
    USE LINKS I PROVIDED FOR EACH APP IF THE APP YOU'RE LOOKING FOR ISN'T IN GD APKMIRROR
    Google Assistant GO v2.8 (ApkMirror): It can do all the important functions you look for in a voice assistant such as phone calls, messaging, app launcher, smart home control, reminders, timers, alarms, perform searches, and is as good as it gets when it comes to answering questions. In terms of a workaround, it's really good and much better than the Wear OS Bixby which is essentially useless. This is the best option not just for GW4, but for all Wear OS given the current state it's in.

    Google GO v1.7 (ApkMirror): Best way to use this is as a portal to quickly perform Google Searches and open links in your default browser. It can display quick search results without having to open any links (Weather, Dictionary, Tracking, Etc). It's essentially a stripped down version of the Google App. Newer versions will open links using a Chromium style browser which will crash on your watch unless you also have the Chrome browser app installed (listed below). Older versions will launch links in your default browser app.

    Google Chrome for GW4 (XDA)(Google Drive): This version of Chrome is listed in the XDA Google Assistant for GW4 Mega-Thread. It works well Sideloaded but I'm not sure if it's just an older version or also modded to not crash on GW4. This is my go-to personally.

    Messenger Lite v18 (ApkMirror): Fully functional Facebook Messenger. If you use Facebook Messenger regularly, this app is a mandatory must have on watch!

    Facebook Messenger (Wear OS) (ApkMirror): This is the official Facebook Messenger Wear OS plugin that comes preloaded on some brands that use Wear OS (Not Samsung). It's extremely lightweight and offers a very nice interface designed for watches when you tap "Open App" from a received Messenger notification. It's a convenience that you can install and then forget... It's difficult to explain but I use this and the Messenger Lite app listed above since this is only a plugin that operates as a system app with limited functionality but it's the best at what it does do.

    Facebook Lite v49 (ApkMirror): This version works exceptionally well. No bottom bar blocking screen and includes dark mode. It even has it's native Messenger interface that looks amazing and gives you the option to load Messenger Lite or stay in the app. You don't even need Messenger Lite if you have this app and don't mind a couple extra taps to get there. Includes Marketplace, News Feed, profile editing, and all the other features you care about without the ones you don't.

    YouTube Go v1.22.54 (ApkMirror): Finally found a YouTube app that works on GW4! It's 100% functional and looks AMAZING! The version I posted works excellent compared to others I tried. It's almost like it was designed for round screens. Also verified that it has no problem playing videos.

    Google News v5.5 (ApkMirror): Compared to what's available on the Play Store, this app has no competition. The display isn't perfect but you'll have no problems accessing all content within the app. Several versions don't work but I posted and included a version of Google News that verified does work.

    Google Translator (Google Drive): This is the old Translator app that used to come installed on Google Wear OS watches. It works perfectly. Very hard to find.

    Google Home v2.7.21.2 (ApkMirror): After extensive testing with various versions of the APK, I can confirm v2.7 is the best version currently for GW4. I was surprised by just how well this app integrates into GW4. If you use Google Home then this is a must have for your GW4!

    Google Files Go v1.0.19 (ApkMirror): Excellent file manager for your watch that includes an app manager, automatic junk removal, and cache cleaning. You will have to lower your DPI to dismiss the initial dialog upon installing the app. Newer versions work too with more features at the expense of performance and visibility.

    Wear Mail (Watch) (Phone): This is an older standalone/companion email client designed for Wear OS that's available on the mobile Play Store but not Wear OS Play Store. You'll have to extract the Wear OS apk from the mobile apk using one of the sideloading apps I listed below or download it directly from the Google Drive account I linked for your convenience. It's still the best email app available for GW4 and includes linking to all the major players (Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, etc). It can do all the basic email functions you'd expect for an email app. Honorable Mentions: Wear Messages, Wear Photos, Wear Videos, Wear Calendar, and Wear Wifi

    Gallery Go (ApkMirror): Lite version of Google photos for easy offline management and editing of your photos and videos. This does not sync photos between your devices. Only download if you store photos on your watch. Note: Wear Photos works better and is located within the Sideload library!

    Spotify MOL (Google Drive): A modded Spotify Lite version. I've tried several modded Spotify apps and this is the best one I've found. It can play anything from your Spotify premium account directly from your watch as a standalone. You don't need your mobile device at all.

    GW4 Remap (Download): This app is new to the scene by XDA user BigBoot93 and packs a huge punch that I think ya'll are gonna want. With the release of this app, we can now Remap the Bixby and/or Samsung Pay shortcuts to Google Assistant Go or Google Pay respectively. That's right! How it works is when you long press the hardware button, the app of your choice will override the built in app and launch over it. For the Bixby shortcut, it's highly recommended you change your settings to open the power menu instead of Bixby when long pressed. Then configure the app to launch Google Assistant whenever the Power Menu is shown. It's the best option for overriding Bixby hardware. This should help until Google releases an official version of GA for Wear OS 3.0. Update: Ultimate Alexa was just added to the list of configurable apps.
    Source: GitHub | XDA
    Discord v40.8 (ApkMirror): Works ok. Very clunky but functional if you absolutely need to get on Discord and don't have your phone. Skip this unless you're a Discord junkie.

    Instagram Lite v200+ (ApkMirror): Old versions crash. It doesn't look the greatest but it's fully functional. The problem is that the bottom status bar covers 20-25% of the display with blank white space for some absurd reason. Unless you use Instagram often, I recommend skipping.

    User Recommendations: Google Voice and Google Hangouts (Have not tried personally so I don't know).
    NOTE: You can lower your font size to optimum viewing by using the following ADB command: adb shell settings put system font_scale 0.80
    ---Can replace 0.80 with any number. Normal size font uses 1.00.


    Apps Used For Side Loading
    Bugjaeger (Link): My personal favorite. Good for any ADB related action that you could possibly need for side loading including bundled installation. Do not prefix commands with "adb".
    Easy Fire Tools (Link): Basically the same thing as Bugjaeger with a multitude of other features that could be considered useful or useless depending on the user.
    Wear Installer (Link): Good app for quickly extracting the companion Wear OS apk from the mobile companion APK since several outdated apps aren't included in the Wear OS Play Store. Can save the APK or install directly on your watch. No command input functions however.

    ADB Commands
    Change DPI: adb wm density xxx
    Display Current DPI: adb wm density
    Reset DPI: adb wm density reset
    Install App: adb -e install <filename.apk>
    Uninstall App: adb pm uninstall -k --user 0 <package_name>
    Customize Font Size: adb shell settings put system font_scale x.xx
    Example: Using ADB Commands To Sideload
    Tasker Debloat Task: My own self-made Tasker script to automate the ADB commands for uninstalling/disabling any app (including system app). I'm addicted to Tasker. If you don't know what Tasker is or how to use it, I recommend just running the commands manually for uninstalling system apps. Otherwise, use this: TaskerNet Import Task

    OLD vs NEW
    The Best place to download various versions of ANY apk is ApkMirror. Some APK versions have multiple variants available. Only armeabi-v7a "Arch" types work on Galaxy Watches. The reason newer versions of apk's developed for mobile phones don't work is because most newer versions use armabi-v8a arch types for compatibility with newer models. However, Galaxy Watch 4 doesn't support v8a. For DPI, use nodpi for best results. Super old versions of an APK have a high likelihood of no longer working with any device due to outdated files, authentication, or security protocols. Test it on your phone first. Just bounce around the hundreds of available versions available for most major apps until you find one that works. Newer versions have more features (which may or may not work), but older versions have a more fluid and visible interface on watches. If you're trying to use an app that uses WebViews or Chrome Custom Tabs, it will crash on watches unless you install the chrome browser app I listed above which gives your watch the ability to use Chrome Custom Tabs.

    DISCLAIMER
    I did not create or develop any of the application content within this thread, nor am I in association with any of the developers that did. There is absolutely no monetary compensation for myself regarding anything in this post. My intent was to create a free public library of available content for Galaxy Watch 4 because I knew it would be useful. Everything here has been tested by myself by searching high and low for the best apps I could find and testing each one extensively on my own GW4. I experimented with various versions of each apk to confirm the best compatibility. I'm simply putting together a library of what I confirmed works good enough to sideload. If you know any other apps that aren't included in this list, please share below!
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    List of additional APKs that can be Sideloaded to your watch by Appfour developer (Extracted from the phone app version). These apps are wear apps but were removed from the wear side of the play store.

    Wear Messages: Syncs to Default sms and Facebook messenger.

    Wear Mail: Provides standalone or companion access to Gmail and various other emails. Full email functionality.

    Calendar for Wear or Calendar W: 2 of them included. Both can link to Google or Samsung calendar account. I prefer Calendar W.

    Wear Photos: Standalone or linked app that can view all the images from your phone.

    Wear Video: Standalone or linked that can view all the videos from your phone.

    Wear WiFi: Great Standalone Wi-Fi manager. (This app is available on both play stores, no need to sideload).

    Those are all the appfour apps that I have installed that WORK. All the other ones don't work so I didn't include them like the YouTube or Document viewer.

    I highly recommend the Email if nothing else.

    Note: Wear Mail was too big to import at 7mb so I had to zip it first.

    Also: I attached the old Facebook messenger addon that wear OS used to have installed. It can't open messenger directly but when you receive a messenger notification on your watch, there's an option to "open app" which will then open a messenger interface that is designed for wear OS with full functionality.
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    I had to get an account for XDA because I could not go without thanking everyone here for making my galaxy watch 4 something I am satisfied with. I love the hardware of this watch, but the lack of some applications left some to be desired. I really appreciate you all!
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    I have tried to install different versions of GO Assistant with no success. The 1.x versions do not even start (the loading circle remains). The 2.x versions start but then he doesn't "hear" me when I speak (even if from the interface it is listening and I obviously gave permission for the microphone).
    Which version have you installed successfully?
    For me it was 2.8
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    Hey everyone, New Apps added to the initial post. I personally tested several versions of all apps and verified which ones work good/best. See OP. I'm excited to report that the YouTube Go works extremely well on GW4! We finally have a YouTube solution! Check OP for the versions that work though!!!

    YouTube Go
    Instagram Lite
    Gallery Go (Google Photos Lite)
    Gmail Go
    Google Calendar