No "Messages" app on my wife's watch--am I right on why?

Adam Frix

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I have Galaxy S10+ phone and new Galaxy watch. Lots of bells and whistles. The watch itself has a "Messages" app.

My wife likes my watch, so she got one. Her phone is *not* Samsung. And her watch does not have a "Messages" app on it.

She can receive messages, and she can send messages using the Contacts app.

My guess is, only watches connected to a Samsung phone get the actual "Messages" app on the watch.

Am I correct?

I don't use Samsung Messages on my phone; I use Google Messages. But I can choose the "Messages" app on the phone and it works just fine. Caveat: when I launch it, it does note that "can't retrieve messages. Change your default messaging app to Messages?" I presume that means, do I want to use Samsung Messages on my phone. I get the option for checkmark or X. I hit X, and it simply puts me into my messages.
 

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Aha. Also no email app on the watch.

Apparently, those two things require being connected to a Samsung phone. Although, while I set up my corporate Gmail on the watch email app, I absolutely do not use the Samsung email app on the phone. Why are they tied together?

Same with texting.

Notifications come across just fine for other email and text apps on the phone, but actually using email on the watch is apparently not workable unless you have a Samsung phone. At least the texting is workable using the contacts on the watch.
 

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