It’s one thing to access streaming services on devices with generous screens like your TV, PC, laptop, or even phone and it’s another to try and have the same experience on a smartwatch. That’s why the majority of developers make sure they refine the experience via a dedicated smartwatch interface – Google included. YouTube Music finally has a Wear OS version – here’s how to access it on your smartwatch.
How Does YouTube Music Wear OS Work
Google just announced YouTube Music for Wear OS. This means the company is finally releasing a smartwatch-version of their popular music app after having shut down Google Play Music for the wearable devices last year.
YouTube Music lets YouTube Premium subscribers download music directly to their device. In the case of the Wear OS version, smartwatch owners will be able to download content on their Wear OS watch without requiring an Internet connection.
For now, users can only download music to the watch, not stream it. And – another drawback – the downloading process is possible only during charging.
How To Play YouTube Music on Your Wear OS Smartwatch
Good or bad news, depending on how you look at is, is that only a couple of smartwatches can access the app right now. Those are the products of Samsung, according to Google.
In other words, for starters only, Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic – coming this August 27th – will support this app.
Can You Play YouTube Music on Apple Watch Without iPhone?
On the other hand, if you’re an watchOS user, you should have no trouble accessing the YouTube Music app.
The app allows Apple Watch users to enter an improved music experience, thanks to custom listening recommendations. They can now browse music collections, control playback and select casting options directly from the watch. Of course, they have to also be YouTube Premium or YouTube Premium Music subscribers.
Only Apple Watch Series Series 3 and above, running watchOS 6 and above, can access the app, though.
Another important thing to take into consideration – there is no way to directly download YouTube Music to Apple Watch. So, the watch is more of a music remote for your iPhone, making it indispensable to the whole experience.
The only way to bypass it is to download your chosen tracks to files, and then upload them to your Apple Watch for offline streaming.