Like the new watch faces on the Pixel Watch? Download the APK and follow the steps in the post to install them on your Wear OS 3 smartwatch.
Google’s first Wear OS smartwatch, the Pixel Watch, might not be the best smartwatch out there. But it offers a couple of unique features that you won’t get on smartwatches from other OEMs. For instance, it comes with a lot of new watch faces that give it a unique aesthetic, but, unfortunately, aren’t available on other Wear OS smartwatches. If you’d like to get them on your Wear OS 3 smartwatch, you’d be glad to know there’s a simple workaround.
The Pixel Watch comes with 18 unique watch faces, ranging from minimal ones that only show you the time to more complex watch faces that offer many health and fitness tracking metrics. The following gallery showcases all the new Watch Faces from the Pixel Watch running on the Galaxy Watch 4.
If you’d like to get these watch faces on a Wear OS 3 smartwatch, like the Galaxy Watch 5 or Galaxy Watch 4, you’d be glad to know that the APK is now available for download. Follow the link below to download the Google Watch Faces APK and sideload it on your smartwatch. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, here’s a quick overview.
Sideload Pixel Watch watch faces on a Wear OS 3 smartwatch
You’ll have to use ADB to install the watch faces from the Pixel Watch on your Wear OS 3 smartwatch. But first, you’ll have to download the APK from APKMirror and save it in the same directory as ADB platform tools on your PC. Once that’s done, prep your smartwatch for ADB debugging by following the steps provided below:
- Open the Settings app on your Wear OS 3 smartwatch and navigate to the Software info page.
- Tap on the Software version a few times to enable Developer options.
- Once you see a toast stating Developer mode turned on, head back to the main Settings menu and select the Developer options button.
- On the following page, tap on the toggle next to ADB debugging to enable it and then enable the Debug over Wi-Fi option.
- Ensure your watch is connected to Wi-Fi and note the IP address mentioned under the Debug over Wi-Fi option.
After enabling Debug over Wi-Fi, switch to your PC, connect it to the same Wi-Fi network, and open a new command prompt window in the ADB platform tools directory. Enter adb connect, followed by the IP address, in the command prompt window, and hit enter to connect to your smartwatch.
You should instantly see a prompt on your watch asking if you’d like to allow debugging. Select OK, if you want to allow debugging this one time or Always allow from this computer if you don’t want to repeat the process.
Now, type the following ADB command and hit enter to install the Pixel Watch watch face APK. As mentioned earlier, you’ll have to place the APK in the same directory as ADB platform tools for this command to work as intended. You should also rename the APK to make the command less complex.
adb -s "IP address" install filename.apk
Once the installation is complete, you should see “Success” in the command prompt window. After that, disconnect from ADB using the following command and disable ADB debugging on your smartwatch.
That’s it! You should now see the new Pixel Watch watch faces in your watch’s companion app. I installed the watch faces on my Galaxy Watch 4, and all 18 are available in the Wearable app.
Thanks to Mishaal Rahman for the tip!