We all know that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 does not come with the Amazon Alexa Voice Assistant. Instead, Samsung has its own voice assistant known as Bixby. which is featured in all Galaxy Watch Series since the original Galaxy Watch.
As the Galaxy Watch 4/4 Classic is running the Wear OS by Google, Bixby was supposed to run side by side with Google Assistant, the only other smartwatch to be able to do so other than Fitbit Versa/Sense. However, Google Assistant is not yet available for the Galaxy Watch 4/4 Classic as of this moment and it would later be introduced through a firmware update.
Though Bixby can handle basic functions like Voice to text, reading the news, telling you the weather, setting alarms and timers, adding items to your shopping list, Galaxy Watch 4 owners still want to be able to use Amazon’s Alexa on their new smartwatch. Why? the sheer number of devices that support Alexa far exceeds that by Google Assistant and Bixby Combined.
Now the question is, Is there any way to get Alexa on the Galaxy Watch 4/4 Classic?
Yes. Thanks to a third-party app called ‘Ultimate Alexa’ app, you can now enable Amazon’s Alexa Voice Assistant on your Galaxy Watch 4/4 Classic. However, the experience is not the same as the smartwatches with Alexa built-in.
Let’s show you how you can enable Alexa on your Galaxy Watch 4/4 Classic.
How to get Alexa on Galaxy Watch 4/4Classic?
Before we proceed, there are a few prerequisites that you need to take care of:
- Internet Connection (Both Wi-Fi or LTE would Work), or you can connect the Galaxy Watch 4 to your smartphone via Bluetooth to piggybank on its Internet connection.
- Amazon Account
Step by Step guide to get Alexa on Galaxy Watch 4/4 Classic:
To enable Alexa on your Galaxy Watch 4/4 Classic, you would have to
- Make sure your Galaxy Watch 4 is connected to the Internet.
- Swipe up on the main screen to access the menu.
- Find the WearOS store/Google Play Store icon and tap on it
- Search ‘Ultimate Alexa‘ using the Google Gboard keyboard or any other keyboard that you have installed. Alternatively, you can use voice-to-text dictation.
- Simply tap on the app and install it on your Galaxy Watch 4.
- Once the installation is complete, follow the on-screen instructions on the app. You will be asked to fill in the details of your ‘Amazon Account’.
- Create a shortcut to launch the app quickly. For example, you can set long press of the home button to open the ‘Ultimate Alexa’ app. To create a shortcut on Galaxy Watch 4 Classic: Open Quick Settings>>Tap Settings>>Advanced Features>>Customize buttons>>Press and Hold>>Select Ultimate Alexa.
Now, you can use Alexa on your Galaxy Watch 4/4 Classic just like you would use it on any other Alexa-supported device.
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Important Things To Know About ‘Ultimate Alexa’:
There are a few things that you should know if you want to get the ‘Ultimate Alexa’ app.
- The app is priced on a trial model which means you can use it for free for the first 7 days. After that, you would be asked to pay about $1.99. However, this is a one-time payment, and you would not be charged again.
- The trial period is long enough and includes all functionalities for you to test all the features of the app and see if it meets your needs.
- The ‘Ultimate Alexa’ app may not be available for your current region at this time in which case all you can do is to wait.
- The app is still in development which means that there may be some bugs.
- This App is the middleman which means that you won’t get the same experience as you would with an echo device.
- It can control Alexa-enabled smart home devices so you can use voice commands to turn lights on or off, adjust thermostats, and more. However, you cannot make calls or announcements and other similar feature that an Echo device do.
- The app is also battery intensive, so make sure to keep an eye on the battery level.
The ‘Ultimate Alexa’ app is the best way to get Amazon’s Alexa on your Galaxy Watch 4/4 Classic. It’s easy to set up and use but costs $1.99 after the 7 day trial period.
However, in our experience, it is totally worth the investment. The price is nominal for the control you have on IoT devices right from your wrist.