02-05-2015 02:40 AM
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  1. ShaggyKids's Avatar
    I hope this isn't impossible but so far I haven't found a way to make it happen. Is there a way to get notifications on the Gear S when it's not connected to my phone?

    Thanks,
    Deb
    01-20-2015 03:30 AM
  2. jchybinski's Avatar
    When Bluetooth is off or I'm away and the phone is still on my Gear S will connect remotely (via your Samsung account) and all my alerts forward fine. The calls also forward to my watch. I'm using a Galaxy S5 Active...

    Posted via the Android Central App
    01-20-2015 05:35 AM
  3. ShaggyKids's Avatar
    Mine doesn't do this. I've stopped counting the number of tests I've run. Weather doesn't work either. I think I may have a bum phone.
    01-20-2015 07:46 AM
  4. KoukiFC3S's Avatar
    Does your phone say the watch is remotely connected when you don't have them connected via Bluetooth?

    Turn off BT on your phone to simulate the watch and phone being separated from each other.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    01-20-2015 08:18 AM
  5. foxbat121's Avatar
    Sounds like mobile data on your watch is not working. Talk to your carrier to see what is wrong.

    When your watch is out of range of BT, it should automatically enable mobile data connection (unless you disabled it) and connect remotely to your phone. Almost everything will work just like you connected via BT. Of course your phone must also be connected to the internet.

    There are many reports, however, that current firmware has a bug that if you leave the wifi on watch to ON, it won't establish remote connection. You need to leave wifi off on the watch.
    01-20-2015 08:22 AM
  6. Alex Ponce1's Avatar
    I also had trouble connecting with remote connection. I found that the wifi on the phone had to be off for it to connect. If the phone is connected to wifi, for some reason, the watch won't be able to connect to the phone since it's trying to connect via wifi instead.
    01-20-2015 10:39 AM
  7. ShaggyKids's Avatar
    WiFi is off on the phone. I'm taking the watch back to VZW on Thursday. If they won't give me a new one and test it before I leave they can keep it.
    01-20-2015 11:18 AM
  8. foxbat121's Avatar
    Turn the wifi off on the watch (regardless if it is connected to any wifi network), not phone. This should help resolve the remote connection issue.

    Test the mobile data on the watch by using the Opera browser to see if mobile data is working (mobile data will only be on when it is not BT connected). If mobile data is working, your problem is not carrier related.
    01-20-2015 01:54 PM
  9. ShaggyKids's Avatar
    I type'od wifi is off on the watch. Do I still need to do your suggestion?
    01-20-2015 09:06 PM
  10. foxbat121's Avatar
    You want to check if your mobile data is working or not. You need to disconnect it from Bluetooth first. Without mobile data, your watch is useless when it moves away from the phone.
    01-20-2015 09:13 PM
  11. ShaggyKids's Avatar
    I installed the Opera Mini browser on my phone and it does not show up on my watch.
    01-20-2015 10:17 PM
  12. foxbat121's Avatar
    make sure you installed the gear app version, not phone version, using Gear Manager.
    01-21-2015 06:05 AM
  13. ShaggyKids's Avatar
    I think the problem may be as stated earlier that I'm not connected to the network. I just disconnected the watch from my phone bluetooth. I then tried to make a call on the watch which is supposed to work as a stand alone when not connected by bluetooth. Instead of the call going thru I got a voice recording to please wait for some operator.
    01-21-2015 08:00 AM
  14. ShaggyKids's Avatar
    make sure you installed the gear app version, not phone version, using Gear Manager.
    I believe that's what's installed. The clerk at the store did it and it did an automatic upgrade to the newest version for the gear. How would I know the difference?
    01-21-2015 08:01 AM
  15. foxbat121's Avatar
    It doesn't matter as long as you have Opera browser on the watch and you can use it to test if your mobile data connection works or not. Similarly, you can try voice calls as well as SMS from the watch while it is disconnected from the phone. It seems that your watch didn't get properly activated on its own line or something.
    01-21-2015 08:08 AM
  16. ShaggyKids's Avatar
    I installed Opera Mini on my phone but it does not show up in my apps on the watch. I'll be taking it to Verizon tomorrow. Thank you everyone for all your help.
    01-21-2015 08:25 AM
  17. ShaggyKids's Avatar
    Spent about an hour and a half at VZW last Thursday. They even swapped out the watch and I had the same problems I did with the first watch. Told them I'd take everything home and do a reset on my phone and see if that helped. Since both watches had the same issues we had determined it was probably my phone.

    Did the reset and got things working on the watch and I was tickled pink! Then I proceeded to add all my other previous apps/data back in and somewhere along the way the watch stopped receiving my to-do notifications. I have weather and it receives text notifications but nothing from two different to-do apps.

    I've now done probably 6-8 resets on both devices and even when I don't install anything else but the watch and gear manager I still have the same problem excluding the weather thing, that's working. I do have the to-do apps check-marked in the gear's app list to receive the notifications to my watch but it doesn't happen.

    Any ideas? Oh ... I get no to-do notifications whether my watch is blue-toothed to my phone or not.
    01-25-2015 09:10 PM
  18. ShaggyKids's Avatar
    When Bluetooth is off or I'm away and the phone is still on my Gear S will connect remotely (via your Samsung account) and all my alerts forward fine. The calls also forward to my watch. I'm using a Galaxy S5 Active...

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Jcybinski what To-do task/reminders app are you using?

    First none work, then some work, now back to none work. I need an app that works reliably when my phone is not connected to my Gear S but even when it is I still don't get them.

    Have learned this is an issue suffered by others as well, wish Samsung would fix!

    Deb from my Note 3
    01-29-2015 12:48 PM
  19. rsmin's Avatar
    Jcybinski what To-do task/reminders app are you using?

    First none work, then some work, now back to none work. I need an app that works reliably when my phone is not connected to my Gear S but even when it is I still don't get them.

    Have learned this is an issue suffered by others as well, wish Samsung would fix!

    Deb from my Note 3
    Deb,

    Just curious, what are your thoughts on the Gear S since you have had it fir a while? Did you get the bugs worked out? With all the problems I have seen in this forum and XDA forums I am still hesitant to purchase it. Thanks

    Rusty
    01-31-2015 03:20 PM
  20. InfamousUnknown's Avatar
    Just remember that any device you look at on a forum will be full of complaints. People come to forums like this for 3 reasons:

    1) They are really excited by there new device
    2) They are curious about buying one
    3) They have a problem.

    1 gets used to the device and fades off. 2 buys the device or doesn't away after a while. But Problems will always arise, so the majority of posts tend to be negative, or at least asking for help on problems, in the long run.

    My wife and I have had our Gear S watches since they came out in the US. We both wear them everyday and find them very useful. Surprisingly so.

    My wife is a big fan of the fact she does not have to take her phone with her to be able to make calls / text. Although we tend to use Bluetooth most of the time, the remote connected has come in handy many times.

    Good luck either way.
    rsmin likes this.
    01-31-2015 09:02 PM
  21. ShaggyKids's Avatar
    Deb,

    Just curious, what are your thoughts on the Gear S since you have had it fir a while? Did you get the bugs worked out? With all the problems I have seen in this forum and XDA forums I am still hesitant to purchase it. Thanks

    Rusty
    I'm still very frustrated with it. I have been bound and determined to make notifications come to the watch when not connected to the phone and so far I have been absolutely unsuccessful except for a brief period of time when this did work. Then it stopped working. I poked around on Google and found that this does seem to be a problem with the watch. I'm still contemplating returning it no matter how much I love it in other ways.

    At this point I'm considering calling my VZW store rep and telling him to get his Samsung representative to the store so I can meet with him in person and have him make it work. Two watches not doing the same thing they are supposed to do tells me the product is flawed and it seems as though Samsung did not test this part of it very well before they put the watch on the market.

    Getting notifications to the watch was one of the major reasons I wanted it in the first place and that does work as long as the devices are connected by bluetooth. However in my situation it's important to me to get them when the watch is in used as a stand-alone device.
    rsmin likes this.
    02-01-2015 02:04 AM
  22. rsmin's Avatar
    Just remember that any device you look at on a forum will be full of complaints. People come to forums like this for 3 reasons:

    1) They are really excited by there new device
    2) They are curious about buying one
    3) They have a problem.

    1 gets used to the device and fades off. 2 buys the device or doesn't away after a while. But Problems will always arise, so the majority of posts tend to be negative, or at least asking for help on problems, in the long run.

    My wife and I have had our Gear S watches since they came out in the US. We both wear them everyday and find them very useful. Surprisingly so.

    My wife is a big fan of the fact she does not have to take her phone with her to be able to make calls / text. Although we tend to use Bluetooth most of the time, the remote connected has come in handy many times.

    Good luck either way.
    InfamousUnknown,

    Thanks for the response. I appreciate your input. You are correct on your summarization of forums. Forums and tech reviews from various places is usually where I base my decisions to purchase a device or not. My one weakness in life is gadgets and I have been falling prey to them for a long time. I love them and have been satisfied and enjoyed most of my picks and some of them I got burned on. Since leaving the droid x years ago I have stayed with Samsung on just about all my tech purchases. (Phones, tablets, and even the original Galaxy gear watch). The problem I am facing with this one is the sample size in the forums and reviews from various places.
    With phones you have a huge sample size of responses in the forums, and reviews from Amazon, Best Buy, CNET, You Tube, and so on. With tablets the sample size is a little smaller but still pretty large. (With the exception of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 that I purchased). Smart watches are so new with such a small niche of people buying them that it makes buying one a little more risky. Samsung makes that sample size even smaller with the gear s because you have to have a late model Samsung phone to use it. I purchased the first Galaxy gear watch last year and was a little frustrated with Samsung on that purchase. I felt like they used us as beta testers for that watch. The one thing that everyone seemed to enjoy the most besides the notifications was WatchStyler. Then for some reason Samsung took that one away and on one of the Samsung updates it actually took that app off your watch. I wound up rooting that watch ( which I normally don't root anything) just to get a little more functionality out of the watch. I was only recently able to get watchstyler back on the watch. So I agree with your point on forums and the responses that we see, it's just the sample size is so small that I can't decide with this one. Again, thank you for your input.
    02-01-2015 05:50 AM
  23. rsmin's Avatar
    I'm still very frustrated with it. I have been bound and determined to make notifications come to the watch when not connected to the phone and so far I have been absolutely unsuccessful except for a brief period of time when this did work. Then it stopped working. I poked around on Google and found that this does seem to be a problem with the watch. I'm still contemplating returning it no matter how much I love it in other ways.

    At this point I'm considering calling my VZW store rep and telling him to get his Samsung representative to the store so I can meet with him in person and have him make it work. Two watches not doing the same thing they are supposed to do tells me the product is flawed and it seems as though Samsung did not test this part of it very well before they put the watch on the market.

    Getting notifications to the watch was one of the major reasons I wanted it in the first place and that does work as long as the devices are connected by bluetooth. However in my situation it's important to me to get them when the watch is in used as a stand-alone device.
    Deb,

    Thanks for your response. I am sorry you are having problems with the notifications when away from your phone. I know what it is like when you purchase something that is supposed to do something that you really wanted the item for in the first place and it doesn't work. (Especially when it cost a lot). Some people might be able to risk $300 or more for something that doesn't work but I am not one of them. Hopefully someone in the forums here can help you figure out what is going on with yours.
    02-01-2015 05:56 AM
  24. Ntchwaidumela's Avatar
    I hope this isn't impossible but so far I haven't found a way to make it happen. Is there a way to get notifications on the Gear S when it's not connected to my phone?

    Thanks,
    Deb
    Go into settings on your Gear S, scroll to connections, choose Mobile networks, make sure Auto on/off is checked. I suggest you also tap WIFI and make sure it's checked. Remember, your phone must still be turned on to have calls and notifications to be transferred to your Gear. Once you leave the BT range your Gear will automatically connect remotely to your phone.
    02-03-2015 01:21 AM
  25. Ntchwaidumela's Avatar
    You shouldn't have to turn off the wifi on your phone to connect to the Gear via the network or other wifi connection. If you're having trouble connecting remotely, disconnect the two in Gear Manager, you can then turn off wifi on your watch (connections), then try connecting again in the Gear Manager. It will take a few seconds to connect and you'll see a screen notification on your watch (and in the Manager) that you're connected remotely. The Gear, like your phone, will connect to the strongest signal (wifi or network). While you're connected to your device via BT, tap Notifications and you can choose which ones that will appear on your Gear. If this helps, let us know.

    See my remarks above, regarding notifications.
    02-03-2015 01:37 AM
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