As promised, YouTube Music is finally available for Wear OS 3. If you’re a music lover with your heart set on a new smartwatch, this is great news from Google.
Available today on the Google Play Store, YouTube Music for Wear OS provides access to all of your songs and playlists, as well as playback controls. Most significantly, the app includes support for offline music storage so you can listen to music directly from your device. Like the similar move from Spotify, this offline support is especially nice for athletes looking to work out without their phones in tow.
Unfortunately, most older smartwatches are out of luck. The YouTube Music app is only available on devices running Wear OS 3, which as of now, is limited to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. Luckily the new platform should be rolling out to more devices in the coming months.
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How to add YouTube Music to your Wear OS smartwatch
To access all your favorite tunes, download the YouTube Music app. Note that in addition to owning a newer device, you will also need to be a YouTube Music Premium subscriber.
- Open the Google Play Store on your Wear OS 3 device.
- Tap the search icon and search for YouTube Music.
- Tap install and allow the app to download to your device.
- When the download is complete, sign in to your YouTube Music account.
How to download Youtube Music to your Wear OS smartwatch
Before you can download music for offline listening, you will need to connect your device to its charger, regardless of your battery status. Then choose the music you want to save and follow the steps below to start downloading songs and playlists.
- Open YouTube Music on your device.
- Tap the song or playlist you want to download.
- Tap the download icon.
You can also opt to let YouTube music do the work for you. Enable smart downloads, and your watch will automatically download music based on your YouTube Music listening history.