WhatsApp on Galaxy Watch Active & Active 2

Samsung has launched its Tizen smartwatches in the market with various improvements and added fitness-related features. The Galaxy Watch Active & Watch Active 2 both are available to purchase in most countries. Galaxy Watch Active is the first wearable from Samsung which comes without the rounded bezel, making it the first bezel-less smartwatch & Watch Active 2 is the first wearable that comes with the digital bezel.

Now, the question is how both smartwatches will perform in extreme conditions. Most customers are complaining about an empty app store that has nothing to make it the best smartwatches compare to its rivals. Though Galaxy App Store has some essential apps to fulfill all user’s needs.

Samsung has taken a new path in the wearable market with its sudden decision to switch Tizen OS with Wear OS. The Galaxy Watch 4 & Galaxy Watch 4 Classic run on Google+Fitbit+Samsung’s Wear OS 3 software. The fourth series watches will also get Play Store apps along with Google apps. Though Samsung closed Tizen, it doesn’t affect previous smartwatches.

WhatsApp is the one app users always search on on their smartphone and now they search on their smartwatches. It is easier to send & receive messages on the wrist via this Messenger app. Sadly, the WhatsApp app is missing on the Samsung smartwatches. It is not even submitted on previous watches nor the Apple & Android watches.

Though there is a way to use WhatsApp on the new watches. You have to follow some simple steps to get all you need from the app. Here are the steps for how to use the WhatsApp app on Samsung Galaxy Watch Active & Active 2.

WhatsApp on Galaxy Watch Active & Active 2

WhatsApp on Galaxy Watch Active

1. First, pair your Galaxy Watch with your Android or Apple smartphone.

To pair, you must download the Galaxy Wearable app from the Play Store or iOS App Store. Now open the app & select your smartwatch. Here, pair it using Bluetooth to make a successful login.

2. Download WhatsApp on the smartphone (in case you don’t have one) and log in to it.

3. Open the Wearable app on the paired smartphone and tap on the Notifications option.

WhatsApp on Galaxy Watch Active

4. Here, you will see the Manage notifications option. Open it.

5. Scroll down until you see the WhatsApp option.

5. You will see the Toggle key in front of the app. Tap on it to activate it.

WhatsApp on Galaxy Watch Active

6. That’s it. You have successfully activated WhatsApp on the watch to receive all messages.

7. To read all incoming messages, swipe Home Screen from left to right. You can reply to or delete the WhatsApp Messages within the watch.

Note: On your Galaxy Watch Active or Active 2 you will receive messages from those contacts or groups which you haven’t muted. For a reason, if you have mute some contacts or groups in your WhatsApp, then you will not receive those messages.

WhatsApp images on Galaxy Watch Active series

In the latest firmware update, Samsung has pushed support for WhatsApp images on the Active series. Users can view the incoming messages with all the inside images on the smartwatch. The irony is, that you have to enable automatic download media on your paired smartphone. This way, it will consume some of your internet data, but you can see all the WhatsApp images on the Active lineup.

That’s it, follow these steps & get all the text or media messages within the Samsung smartwatch. When the new text message hits on your smartphone at the same time, it will show on a smartwatch. It is not the best way to get an original text or reply to it, still an excellent way to go.

Some formats will not support the watches due to some limitations, though it is still best to receive new WhatsApp messages. Do you find any difficulties in the above steps or need some help? Then let me know in the comment box below.

23 thoughts on “WhatsApp on Galaxy Watch Active & Active 2

  1. “Use” do you mean only having text messages? Is there any way how to talk using these watches? Because texting is even not half of meaning “use” in case of WhatsApp

  2. If you have WhatsApp Web enabled on your PC (web.whatsapp.com), you won’t receive notifications on your watch.  Close any WhatsApp Web browser tabs that are open and you’ll begin receiving notifications on your watch.

  3. I followed all of your instructions and tipple checked, but no Whatsapp app shows up on my active 2.

    Thank you!

  4. How do i get whatsapp on my new samsung galaxy active (not 2) watch? I cant figure it out. The notifications for whatsapp are switched on in samsung wear app.

  5. Hi! I just got my samsung galaxy watch active 2. Sucessfully connected with my iphone7. Installed spotify with no problem, however i cant find nor facebook, messenger nor whatsapp on galaxy store. I receive notifications from facebook but cant reply, i can only delete or block notifications. Is there any other way to download fb/messenger and whatsapp on watch?

    1. Hi from Germany,
      I own the watch active 2 and installed the new Update / Firmware.
      WhatsApp notifications so Work but Photos are still not shown. So you know what settings habe to be Set? Automatically Media Download is set in the whatsapp-app in my Phone.

      Greets to all


  6. Hi I have followed the instructions but cannot get what’s app or messenger from Facebook on my active 2. Can you help

  7. Fiz tudo que pede o aplicativo, mas não aparecem as mensagens.
    O que pode estar acontecendo?

  8. Hi.. I just bought Active 2 and I can’t get any incoming calls from the 3rd part y apps like WhatsApp , messanger and imo. But messages from the same apps can receive with out any issue. When got incoming calls cant get notifications. Kindly help me to clarify. Iam so frasturated about this. Thanks

    1. I cant answer Whatsapp calls on the match. Messages come through bu no calls. Please advise what to do

  9. I can get WhatsApp calls on my Samsung galaxy watch with s9. Looks like new patch applied.. thanks for that

    1. I was able to use whatsapp call few days back on my galaxy watch. And these stopped working again. Can you help why this feature disabled by activating only for few days

    1. I can’t get WhatsApp on my new galaxy active watch. I have a Samsung galaxy s7 edge can you help ?

  10. On my galaxy watch active, I don’t see manage notification option, in settings. Can you please tell me where it is

  11. all this is well and good. it’s a straight forward method to read or reply what is still missing is how to make and or receive calls using whatapp using the galaxy watch

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