Samsung has made its Gear Manager app available to third-party Android devices via the Google Play Store. The release makes it possible to use Samsung wearables with smartphones made by other manufacturers.
Samsung’s new Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic watches are its first to support a long list of Android smartphones — not just its own Galaxy devices. But to use many of their features and make customizations, you need Samsung’s Gear Manager app.
This was exclusive to Galaxy devices, too, but following the launch of the Gear S2 in a handful of countries on Friday, Samsung has made Gear Manager available to all. You can download it now from the Play Store, but you’ll need to follow a few steps first.
- In your Android’s browser, visit apps.samsung.com/gear
- Select “Other Devices” (if your smartphone wasn’t made by Samsung)
- After being redirected to Gear Manager in the Play Store, tap “Install”
Once you have Gear Manager installed on your device, you’ll be able to pair it with a Gear S2 or Gear S2 classic and take enjoy the same features Galaxy users get. The only thing you won’t be able to use is Samsung Pay, which is exclusive to Samsung smartphone owners.