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How do I use voice actions with my SmartWatch 3?

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You can use voice commands to interact with and start actions on your SmartWatch. You can select the application that you want to use together with certain voice commands, that is, you can associate specific applications with specific voice-triggered actions. For example, you can select which map application to use for navigation-related voice actions if you have two map applications installed on your phone or tablet and they both work with Android Wear. If only one application is available for a particular type of voice action, that application gets associated by default with the action.

Examples of voice actions

  • Call a cab
  • Take a note
  • Set alarm
  • Set timer
  • Start/stop recording a bike ride
  • Start/stop recording a run
  • Start/stop recording a workout
  • Show me my steps

Most voice actions work best when the language on the phone or tablet is set to one of the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, or Brazilian Portuguese. Some voice actions are not available in certain languages and countries.

To activate voice actions

  1. Make sure that the home screen is active on your SmartWatch 3.
  2. Say "OK Google". If the command is recognised, the "Speak now" screen opens. Your device is now ready to execute voice actions triggered by specific voice commands.

Note! To use some of the features described, you may need to download and install third-party applications.

To access a list of available voice actions

  1. Make sure that the home screen is active on your SmartWatch 3.
  2. Say "OK Google". If the command is recognised, the "Speak now" screen opens.
  3. Swipe upwards to see a list of available voice actions.

To associate an application with a voice action

  1. Open the Android Wear application on the Android™ phone or tablet.
  2. Tap to select an action from the list of Voice actions. If an application is already associated with a voice action, the application name appears when you tap on the action.
  3. If more than one application name appears, select your preferred application.

Tip: If no application name appears when you tap on a voice action, this voice action is not available. You may need to install a compatible application separately, for example, from the list of suggested applications.

To find suggested applications for voice actions

  1. Open the Android Wear application on the Android™ phone or tablet.
  2. Find and tap Get apps.
  3. Tap Google Play™. A list of recommended and compatible applications appears.