General Official List of Sideloaded Apps and Workarounds For Wear OS (Tested on Galaxy Watch)

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For some reason Facebook messenger can't login has anyone has an apk version from apk mirror who knows it works? it has to be armeabi v7a for galaxy watch 4 classic
This the one I was using I had a guy fix the dpi for me and rebuild the apk. It still looks funky to me maybe someone here has it with better settings. I know it not built for the round screen so everything looks pushed together but it did work fine for me.
https://uploadydl.com/kb8hufjg8fyo
 
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Please, you may add google calendar to the list of working apps.

This version Google Calendar 2022.48.1-491316051-release (nodpi) (Android 5.0+) from apk mirror.

You just have to let it sync for a split second and it works flawlessly. Not the best experience ever on such a tiny screen, but better than nothing:)
 
I haven't written here for ages!

Please, you may add google calendar to the list of working apps.

This version Google Calendar 2022.48.1-491316051-release (nodpi) (Android 5.0+) from apk mirror.

You just have to let it sync for a split second and it works flawlessly. Not the best experience ever on such a tiny screen, but better than nothing:)
That's actually really good to hear. I never thought of that one. There's a lot of calendar apps that have Google calendar cloud syncing already though. Do you think it's worth taking over the apps designed for watch screens?
 

Looking For A Working CL6 App for GW5P:​

I have a car remote start app on my phone that I can start it from anywhere. They have the app for the iWatch but not for wearOS. I installed it on my GW5P, but it only flashes and it closes it. Is there someone here or somewhere who can modify it for wearOS? Please the link to the app below:

https://m.apkpure.com/cl6/app.com.mycarcontrols.audiovox

https://www.reddit.com/r/WearOS/search?q=flair_name:"App"&restrict_sr=1
Do you have any information on what type of signal it uses to send the signal to your car?

I'm like 90% sure something like this would include encrypted signals to prevent car theft. I highly doubt you'll get cross compatibility unless the developers of the Apple version give you the API to use. Which would be a huge security breech most likely.

In terms of taking the Apple Version and using it directly on Android is a no go unless there's cross app compatibility (like Tasker) which would mean a shareable API, which again, for something like this is wishful thinking. Sorry, hope you find a solution. I've gone down so many rabbit holes chasing similar quality of life conveniences.
 

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That's actually really good to hear. I never thought of that one. There's a lot of calendar apps that have Google calendar cloud syncing already though. Do you think it's worth taking over the apps designed for watch screens?
Well, it effortlessly syncs with google calendar and it's not limited to the current day and a few days more and moreover I am already accustomed to using on the phone, so it's ok for me. Anyway, it's just a little bit slower than the default app, because it displays a splashscreen and it takes about a second to sync, so it's a matter of one's own taste, I suppose.

Btw, google are repertedly working on both calendar and gmail for wearos and that might be why the latest calendar apk is working. Even the latest gmail almost works, it just fails when syncing and I can start it from samsung contact, but still it crashes. It's very closed to be working, damn.
 
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For some reason Facebook messenger can't login has anyone has an apk version from apk mirror who knows it works? it has to be armeabi v7a for galaxy watch 4 classic
Based on recent comments, it seems like several apps that once did work, are no longer after recent updates. Several versions I posted were as low as you could go before running into the same issues a year ago.

I recommend grabbing the next whole version number up from the ones I posted on APKmirror to see if you have better luck. Keep going up until you find a version that works. If the app crashes as soon as you launch it, good chance it's an archetype issue. Make sure the versions you download support v7a arch's. Newer apps are designed for V8 these days.
 
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This the one I was using I had a guy fix the dpi for me and rebuild the apk. It still looks funky to me maybe someone here has it with better settings. I know it not built for the round screen so everything looks pushed together but it did work fine for me.
https://uploadydl.com/kb8hufjg8fyo
Thanks a lot for sharing I will give it a try for now I got it working with the messenger lite posted here at the beginning.
 

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Based on recent comments, it seems like several apps that once did work, are no longer after recent updates. Several versions I posted were as low as you could go before running into the same issues a year ago.

I recommend grabbing the next whole version number up from the ones I posted on APKmirror to see if you have better luck. Keep going up until you find a version that works. If the app crashes as soon as you launch it, good chance it's an archetype issue. Make sure the versions you download support v7a arch's. Newer apps are designed for V8 these days.
yes thanks to you I am aware that I have to download v7a but the problem is not that it's crasing it's just nener be able to sign in.
 

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Do you have any information on what type of signal it uses to send the signal to your car?

I'm like 90% sure something like this would include encrypted signals to prevent car theft. I highly doubt you'll get cross compatibility unless the developers of the Apple version give you the API to use. Which would be a huge security breech most likely.

In terms of taking the Apple Version and using it directly on Android is a no go unless there's cross app compatibility (like Tasker) which would mean a shareable API, which again, for something like this is wishful thinking. Sorry, hope you find a solution. I've gone down so many rabbit holes chasing similar quality of life conveniences.
Thank you for your reply. I'm able to login with no problem I got it installed on my watch it opens and closes after a few seconds it stays in the splash screen. Something may have to do with the dpi or something.
 

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Anyone have a copy of the Pandora apk that use to be available on the play store? I been looking high and low for it use to have it installed untill I had to send my watch in for repairs.
 
I haven't written here for ages!

Please, you may add google calendar to the list of working apps.

This version Google Calendar 2022.48.1-491316051-release (nodpi) (Android 5.0+) from apk mirror.

You just have to let it sync for a split second and it works flawlessly. Not the best experience ever on such a tiny screen, but better than nothing:)
Thanks a lot ... i have installed the APK .... it is working fine now but crashing occasionally.... i will test it for few more days ... let see .... waiting for google to launch wear calendar....
 
That's actually really good to hear. I never thought of that one. There's a lot of calendar apps that have Google calendar cloud syncing already though. Do you think it's worth taking over the apps designed for watch screens?
Yes .. but the problem with other apps is .. you have to install it in your phone and watch to get it synced .... so already you have Google calendar in your phone and one more need to be installed, that i dont like ... i like more like companion apps which work seamlessly ... also you can control notifications separately in watch and in phone.
 

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I side load latest Google chat and it works but the UI is too big to use it efficiently. Anyone tried any Google chat version that works well on wear os screen?
 
Yes .. but the problem with other apps is .. you have to install it in your phone and watch to get it synced .... so already you have Google calendar in your phone and one more need to be installed, that i dont like ... i like more like companion apps which work seamlessly ... also you can control notifications separately in watch and in phone.
That's a fair point. Do you have a recommendation for which version of Google Calendar to sideload? Are the older versions better for watch screens or have you tried them? Just curious.

I imagine the newest calendar versions and features are problematic and cluttering for watch screens. I'll try sideloading older versions tonight if you don't have any recommendations. Just want to make sure the best version is added to list by comparing new vs old.
 
I side load latest Google chat and it works but the UI is too big to use it efficiently. Anyone tried any Google chat version that works well on wear os screen?
Try installing an older version on phone to make sure it works (doesn't force you to update) and then sideload to watch. General rule of thumb is older versions typically have less clutter and are more compatible. However, if it's too old then Google will force you to update or just block it all together from connecting to their servers due to outdated or limited security features such as 2FA.
 
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This is what I'm asking to see if anyone in the community already found a version that works...
Wear Messages is also a great option in terms of chat features. It has support for SMS and Facebook Messenger. The colors are ugly which is why I don't use it anymore lol. Plus, it doesn't differentiate in color if you received an SMS or Facebook Messenger if I remember right. Puke green is the only theme option. If you're just looking for something that works though, this did for me about 6 months ago.

If you try it, make sure you have app installed on watch and phone. You'll need to upgrade to premium as well or download a modded premium APK.
 
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    Hmm, I'll look into this tonight. Do you have Google Contacts installed on your watch? It's available in the watch play store. Are you able to see all your contacts when you click the contacts button in your phone app? Also, is your watch synced to Google Cloud (under advanced settings)?

    lll report what I find after some more extensive testing.
    To reply to all your questions:
    - Yes, i have google contacts installed on both, my Galaxy watch 4 and my google pixel 7.
    - Yes, iam able to see all the contacts in the app on my watch, even i when start to call someone one i can see the name for one second and after it's like the screenshot.
    - Yes, my watch is synchronized to my google account.

    feel free to ask more questions to solve this issue. I can even test a modified version when you finish it if you want.
    thanks
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    Has someone installed domotic apps like Smartlife or Broadlink app in the GW4/5? I installed/uninstalled many apks version armv7 but they didn't work
    I believe most of those apps require webviews which GW doesn't support. Your best bet is to implement those apps into one common app like Google Home and use that with watch.
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    Quick question as this thread seems active still, I used wear installer 2, and sideloaded Google News and messanger lite, both are working awesome, quick question tho I was messing around the dpi and I was able to reset it, but for some reason when I swipe down on the watch for the quick setting buttons, they are still shrunk, is there a way to fix that? The other screens are showing at regular dpi sizing, by the way its a galaxy watch 5 pro, any help would be greatly appreciated
    The quick settings dpi resets when you reboot the watch (or restart systemui)
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    Quick question as this thread seems active still, I used wear installer 2, and sideloaded Google News and messanger lite, both are working awesome, quick question tho I was messing around the dpi and I was able to reset it, but for some reason when I swipe down on the watch for the quick setting buttons, they are still shrunk, is there a way to fix that? The other screens are showing at regular dpi sizing, by the way its a galaxy watch 5 pro, any help would be greatly appreciated
    Have you reset your watch since resetting the DPI back to normal? Sometimes things can get janky until you reset after a DPI swap. If you reset your watch and you're still seeing issues with your quick panel then you have something very very weird going on.
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    SIDELOAD LIBRARY
    COMPATIBLE WITH WEAR OS 3
    TESTED ON GALAXY WATCHES

    All Smart Watches Can Probably Benefit From This Guide

    I've been updating this list regularly for over a year now. I crossed out everything that is no longer supported or obsolete. Several links and versions have been updated with newer versions as old ones break. Special thanks to everyone who has contributed to testing and providing feedback on various apps and versions. That's why I'm able to keep this list updated. Enjoy!

    *** = Personal Favorites
    Google Assistant GO v2.8 (ApkMirror)
    Official Google Assistant for Wear OS 3 now available!

    Google GO v1.7 (ApkMirror): Lightweight Google browser to perform quick Google searches. Need to lower DPI to get past initial language screen after install.

    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.
    12/10/2022 UPDATE: Samsung browser or this are really your best options. In case you need the Samsung Browser APK for Wear OS, here it is: Samsung Internet Browser (Wear OS)

    ***Messenger Lite v25 (ApkMirror): Very convenient app to have if you use Messenger often. This app gives you full Messenger functionality for your wrist. Period. Stick to low versions due to clutter in later versions makes it impossible to tap on chat bar to write a message.
    Note: Just verified that version 25 is an excellent version for watch screen (12/10/2022). If you have issues getting past 2FA, try to login on watch and then go to your Facebook notifications on phone to approve unrecognized device. Next time you try to log in on watch it should skip the 2FA.

    ***Facebook Messenger (Wear OS) (ApkMirror): Official Wear OS implementation for Messenger. This is not a launchable application. It functions as a bridge so when you receive a Messenger notification on Watch from phone, pressing the "open app" button will launch a convenient conversation window to message back and forth. Only accessible through existing notifications.

    ***Facebook Lite v39 (ApkMirror): This version works good. Tested on 12/10/2022. Very simple and clear. As soon as you login on your watch, open up Facebook settings and turn on Dark Mode and Data Saver Mode. Then go into Media under settings menu and turn off Autoplay. If you want a little better visibility, in the settings menu there's a font size option, set it to small. This app also includes it's own Messenger Lite interface built into it that can be used for sending and receiving messages.

    YouTube Go v1.22.54 (ApkMirror):
    NOTE: Reports that since YouTube Go has been discontinued, this no longer works.

    ***Google News v5.7 (ApkMirror): This is the probably the only reliable News option for Smart Watches. It looks good and works well. You can set dark mode if you launch settings (upper right corner) and while in the settings menu, lower the DPI to 200. Doing this will also show data saver.
    Update 12/18/2022 - Great News!! Found a version that still works. Turns out, v5.7 is the ONLY VERSION that works. Anything above 5.7 crashes on watch and anything below forces update.

    Google Translator (Google Drive): This is the old Translator app that used to come installed on Google Wear OS watches.

    ***Google Phone (Wear OS) (Google Drive)(ApkMirror): Google's own phone app used on other Wear OS watches isn't available to Galaxy Watches on the Play Store due to Samsung wanting us to use Samsung Phone I'd imagine. However, the app can be sideloaded and works perfectly. If you use Google Phone app on your phone then I suggest sideloading the app on your watch as well and setting it as your default phone app.
    NOTE: Due to the Pixel Watch version of Google Phone lacking functionality on Galaxy Watches, I linked the older Google Phone app. Does all the same things with a different UI. If you're interested in the Pixel Watch version of Google Phone, you can find it in the link below.
    PIXEL WATCH VERSION - Phone By Google (Wear OS) (Buggy on Galaxy Watches)


    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 Galaxy Watches.
    UPDATE 10/6/2022: Official Google Home app now available on Wear OS Play Store as a pre-install.
    UPDATE 12/11/2022: Currently, still only a preview version is out which doesn't include much functionality other than launching directly to phone. Not ready to write the workaround off yet.

    ***Google Files (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.

    Google Calendar (ApkMirror): There are plenty of calendar apps available for Wear OS that include syncing with Google Calendar. However, if you want the real deal, it does work on Galaxy Watches with any of the recent versions. It crashes a few times when you first launch it, but then it seems to work fine once it's cached making it not the most stable option. However, all features are functional and it doesn't look too bad either. Dark mode available in settings manually.

    ***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. It's the best email client available Wear OS and includes syncing to Gmail and several others. It can do all the basic email functions you'd expect for an email app including sending emails from watch UI. Must upgrade to premium version for functionality.
    Note: Confirmed as of 12/12/2022 that this app is still fully functional in standalone or companion mode despite being dropped by developer.

    USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
    Cloud Access Disabled
    Wear Messages
    Wear Photos
    Wear Videos
    Wear Calendar

    Wear Documents
    ***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 (Github): Button remapping for Galaxy Watches using Logcat. This newer version requires that you grant android.permission.READ_LOGS so that it can pull button presses from Logcat instead of launching over other apps. It can Remap both hardware keys to launch any application you want. There's a short delay between pressing and launching however. See link below for guide on using this. Despite the name, it does work on Galaxy Watch 5.
    INSTALL GUIDE
    Source: XDA
    SPayToGPay (XDA / Github): If you live in a region that doesn't have Samsung Pay, use this version to launch Google Pay using hardware key long press.
    Discord v89.11 (ApkMirror): Works good enough to use on watch but it isn't ideal for round screens given it's layout. However, if you need a Discord option for your watch, look no further.
    NOTE: If you run into captcha or other login issues, check out the workaround HERE. To summarize, while your watch and phone are connected, log into Discord on the web to trigger captcha using phone. After verifying with phone, you should be able to log into Discord on watch without triggering a captcha verification.

    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 there's no reason to bother with this.

    ***zFont 3 - Any Custom Font (Play Store): zFont 3 is an app commonly used to trick Android devices into setting any custom font file as the default font. The same can be done on watches but no need to follow all the workarounds needed for phones since watches don't have any security protocols blocking custom fonts. Basically zFont will take a font file and turn it into an APK format for sideloading. Here's the steps to set a custom font on your watch:
    1. Download and install zFont 3 on phone HERE.
    2. Import your font file into zFont using their custom font wizard. Google Fonts is a giant open source option for custom fonts that can be downloaded for free (.ttf).
    3. Follow the instructions but ignore the part about backup and restore through Samsung Cloud. You just need the custom SamsungSans(zFont).apk file that is downloaded after you uninstall the regular Samsung Sans.
    4. Once you have that APK installed, use a third party app to find and extract the APK from your installed apps like this application. Gemini Man can also do this (see below). Sideload it directly to your watch.
    5. On watch, go to Settings > Display > Font > Set font to your custom sideload that contains your custom font. Done.
    Sideload ready Google Sans fonts:
    Regular - DOWNLOAD
    Bold - DOWNLOAD
    My personal favorite, Product Sans Black ready to be sideloaded: DOWNLOAD

    The Google Sans are under the guise "CircleRounded" so you can only have bold or regular installed at 1 time. Product Sans is under the guise "SamsungSans".

    User Recommendations:
    1. Google Voice
    2. Google Chat (Workplace)
    3. WhatsApp (GUIDE)

    Side Loading Applications
    Below are a few applications designed specifically to streamline the ADB process for Wear OS so that even beginner's or non-tech savvy people can make use of sideloading applications, uninstalling bloatware, and sending commands to watch:
    GeminiMan Wear OS Manager (Play Store): This is an extremely useful app by @Dante63. It's essentially an app that simplifies any ADB related function for your smart watch. It allows you to sideload or debloat apps by selecting from the list of installed apps or apk's directly. Also includes an interface for sending custom commands to watch with an option to save commands for quick access. I was able to debloat and sideload everything I wanted on a freshly installed Galaxy Watch 5 within 10 minutes thanks to this app. PM @Dante63 directly with questions, feedback, or suggestions. You can accomplish any ADB related operation to Wear OS using this app. It smartly includes a reinstall option if you debloat something you shouldn't have.
    Wear Installer 2 (Play Store): This is the easiest app available for sideloading apps to Wear OS. It dumbs it down to the point where you never have to enter a command since it doesn't have a manual command input. Also includes ability to modify the screen density so that you can get past the initial setup in some sideloaded apps. In my experience, this is the best and most stable app available when it comes to just sideloading.
    Bugjaeger (Play Store): This app is an all inclusive ADB app designed for Android devices. This is my go-to option for ADB operations on my phone. However, it can pair to Galaxy Watch 5 using the Wireless Debugging option with a six digit pairing code and port number. This application isn't easy to use like the first two options but includes more advanced operations. Free and premium version available in Play Store.
    COMMON ADB COMMANDS
    Change DPI
    wm density xxx
    Display Current DPI
    wm density
    Reset DPI
    wm density reset
    Install App
    -e install <filename.apk>
    Uninstall App
    pm uninstall -k --user 0 <package_name>
    Reinstall Debloated System Apps

    pm install-existing <package_name>
    Customize Font Size
    settings put system font_scale x.xx


    APK Version Selection
    The best place to download various unmodified versions of any application is ApkMirror. Some APK versions have multiple variants available. Only architecture (Arch) "armeabi-v7a" is compatible with Galaxy Watches. If it's listed as "Universal" then the manifest includes support for all architectures but uses up more storage to compensate. The more modern "armabi-v8a" is not compatible with Galaxy Watches and will crash if you try to launch it. Older versions typically look and run better on smart watches due to less cluttering and memory usage. With smart watches, less is more.

    Last updated on 1/11/2023
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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 honestly did not expect this thread to become as big as it did. Thank you everyone for the kind words and it's comforting to know that the hours of work I put into this wasn't in vain.

    If the file doesn't work then it's probably no longer compatible or similar. I will not be updating this thread with new files or new content unless it's really noteworthy. Please drop any compatibility tips in a comment for other users.

    A lot of helpful material and FAQ in the comments of this thread. Please check comments before asking your question to reduce bloat.
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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