How To: Setup the Samsung Galaxy Gear

October 10, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

The Galaxy Gear probably isn’t as popular as the Galaxy Note 3, but it’s a new type of device that we really haven’t seen before. Sure there are other smart watches out there, I mean Sony is about to release their second. There’s also the Pebble and the MOTOACTV. But this is Samsung’s first one, and their first smart watch is only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. So it’s basically limited to Samsung devices. We’ve had the device for a little over a day now, and we are starting our content on the Galaxy Gear, leading up to the full review. So we thought we’d start out at the beginning, which is setting up the device.

How to setup the Galaxy Gear:

  1. Grab the cradle that comes with the Galaxy Gear
  2. Touch the cradle to the back of the Galaxy Note 3
  3. You should now see a popup for installing the Gear Manager
  4. Install the Gear Manager
  5. That’s it.

You may have some trouble getting these paired, but luckily there are other ways to pair it. You can do it via Bluetooth or via NFC. Now the Galaxy Gear doesn’t actually have NFC built in, but the cradle does, which is why it’s there. Not to mention it also has the charging port to charge your Galaxy Gear. The Galaxy Gear actually uses your Galaxy Note 3’s Bluetooth connection to connect with it. So you’re likely to have worse battery life than without the Gear. But without being connected via Bluetooth you can get your notifications on your Gear as well as take calls, and transfer photos and so much more. It’s actually pretty cool.

Stay tuned, because we’ve got lots more Galaxy Gear content coming in the next few days, along with Galaxy Note 3 content as well. You’re probably going to get overwhelmed. Let us know in the comments below how you’re loving your Gear.