The Pixel Watch introduced a new set of watch faces with a refreshing look on the circular OLED display. The one that caught our eyes was the compass-like face with rotating rings- wherein the numbers rotate along the ring to show the current time. And thankfully, you can easily get the same Pixel watch faces on your Galaxy Watch or any other Wear OS 3 smartwatch. Here’s our step-by-step guide to install Pixel Watch faces on Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 or 5, followed by steps to customize them.
Which Galaxy Watch Models Support Pixel Watch Faces?
Before starting the article, let’s have a look at the Galaxy Watch models which are compatible with the Pixel Watch faces. The Pixel Watch runs on Google Wear OS 3, which clears that these watch faces are only compatible with the smartwatches running Wear OS 3.
Here is the list of compatible Galaxy Watch models for Pixel Watch faces:
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
How to Install Pixel Watch Faces on Galaxy Watch 4 and 5
If you have any of the Galaxy Watch models mentioned above, you can proceed to the steps mentioned below to get the Pixel Watch faces on your Galaxy Watch. But before that, make sure to update your Galaxy Watch to the latest version available.
Download the Pixel Watch Faces APK
To begin with, you will have to download the Pixel Watch faces APK on your phone to transfer it to the watch later on. Here are the steps to download it:
Step 1: Open this link in the web browser on your phone.
Step 2: Click on the latest APK version.
Step 3: Scroll down and click on the DOWNLOAD APK button.
Step 4: Click on Download anyway and it will download the app on your phone.
Enable ADB Debugging on Galaxy Watch
Now, to sideload the APK on your Galaxy Watch, you have to enable ADB debugging on the watch. Follow the steps mentioned below to enable it:
Step 1: Swipe down on the watch’s home screen.
Step 2: Click on the settings icon and go to the About watch section.
Step 3: Select Software info and tap on Software version several times until it shows “Developer mode turned on”.
Step 4: Now, go back to the settings and click on Developer options.
Step 5: Enable the ADB debugging toggle and confirm it.
Step 6: Enable Debug over Wi-Fi, wait for a few seconds and it will show an IP address. Note down the IP address (without 5555).
Step 7: If it shows the Wireless debugging option, enable it and allow permission for debugging.
Sideload the APK to the Watch
The next step is to sideload the Pixel Watch faces APK that you have downloaded on your phone. You can use a third-party app called Easy Fire Tools to do it, as shown below:
Step 1: Install the Easy Fire Tools app on your phone and open it.
Step 2: Click on Agree and click on the sidebar menu icon.
Step 3: Select Settings, click on IP Address and enter the IP address that you noted down from the watch without 5555. Click OK.
Step 4: Go back to the homepage of the app and click the plug icon at the top right corner.
Step 5: Click on Continue and allow the debugging request on the watch.
Step 6: Once the Galaxy Watch is connected to the tool, tap the CUSTOM APK FILE section.
Step 7: Click on Select file and select the downloaded Pixel Watch APK file.
Step 8: Press the Install button and click on Yes.
Now, it will transfer and install the Pixel Watch Faces app on your Galaxy Watch in a few seconds. Here’s our in-depth guide to sideloading APK on Galaxy Watch and the best apps to sideload on WearOS.
How to Use Pixel Watch Faces on Galaxy Watch 4 and 5
Finally, you can use the Pixel Watch Faces on your Galaxy Watch 4 or 5. It will not show a specific app on the watch, instead, you have to go to the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone to set the Pixel Watch Faces. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone and select Watch faces.
Step 2: Scroll down to the Downloaded section and here you can see all the Pixel Watch faces.
Step 3: Click on any watch face and it will be instantly applied to your Galaxy Watch.
How to Customize Pixel Watch Faces on Galaxy Watch
You can even customize and add different complications to the Pixel Watch faces through the Galaxy Wearable app. Follow the steps mentioned below to know about it in detail:
Step 1: Open the Galaxy Wearable app, select any Pixel Watch face, and click on Customise.
Step 2: Here, you can change the color of the text and the layout of the watch face.
Step 3: You can also add different complications like heart rate, SpO2, battery level, music control and other shortcuts on the homscreen.
Step 4: Once you’re done customizing the Pixel Watch face, click on Save.
Step 5: Once the watch face is applied to the watch, click on the complications that have to be set up.
Step 6: Allow the required permissions by the watch face and it will start syncing the data.
Note: Since Pixel Watch faces is a third-party APK, using it on Galaxy Watch 4 and 5 may show some glitches or bugs in some watch faces. If it does not show any information that you have customized on the watch face, you can reset the watch face to fix it. You can also check the compatibility thread on XDA.
This was the complete guide to install and customize Pixel Watch faces on the Galaxy Watch 4 and 5. Follow all the steps in sequence to correctly download the app and install the watch faces on your Galaxy Watch. Do share your experience with the Pixel Watch faces in the comments below, and stay tuned with WearablesToUse for more interesting articles!