A new WhatsApp beta has been released, and with it comes compatibility with Wear OS 3 smartwatches – so if you have the beta version installed, you’ll finally get notifications and be able to answer WhatsApp calls using your wearable.
Plus, you won’t have to dig through your phone or smartwatch settings; After downloading the update, the feature will be activated automatically.
Interestingly (or unfortunately for those who love to communicate through their watch) the feature is currently a one-way affair. While you can answer WhatsApp calls and interact with the caller just as you would any other call on your watch, you cannot initiate a call from your wearable; instead, you will have to use the WhatsApp phone app or a different service if you want to contact someone.
As mentioned above, to use the feature you will need the latest version of WhatsApp beta (version 188.8.131.52) and a Wear OS 3 smartwatch. The device list is currently quite limited and includes the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, the Montblanc Summit 3 and the newly released Samsung Galaxy Watch 5.
Other watches such as the Fossil Gen 6 and TicWatch Pro 3 are expected to be updated to WearOS 3 in the near future, and we imagine the next Google Pixel Watch will also ship with the OS. But for now, you’re mostly stuck with Samsung’s smartwatches.
If you own one of these devices and want to enjoy the beta version of WhatsApp, just go to official WhatsApp test page (opens in new tab) on the Google Play store. Now it is showing as full; you might get lucky and get a seat if someone leaves, but we hope it won’t be long before the option is available in the full version of WhatsApp.
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