what you need to know
- Google appears to be working on a backup solution for Wear OS.
- This long-awaited feature will allow you to back up your Wear OS data when you pair a smartwatch with a new phone.
- Presumably, you will be able to restore the smartwatch data via Google One.
One of the glaring shortcomings of Wear OS is the lack of a backup feature if you want to switch to a new smartphone, but Google is apparently working to address this issue.
Lines of code discovered by XDA Developers (opens in a new tab) in the Google Play Services app for Android (beta version 22.32.12) suggest a next option to backup your Wear OS data before restarting and pairing your smartwatch with a new phone. Presumably, the feature will be an optional capability.
When pairing your existing smartwatch with a new phone, you currently only have one annoying option. More specifically, you have to reset your watch and start fresh with your new device, which is inconvenient if you frequently upgrade to a new smartphone. It’s been one of the most annoying things you’ve had to deal with on Wear OS watches for years, and it’s surprising that it took Google this long to fix the problem.
Fortunately, if you own any of the best Samsung watches, like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, you can now back up and restore your data to your new device. This is useful in a variety of situations, such as when you buy a new phone or if you lose your device. Plus, Wear OS watches are getting their own companion apps, so this shouldn’t be an issue with many of the best Wear OS watches for long.
Assuming the potential backup solution makes it to a public release, however, pairing your Wear OS device with a new phone will be less of a headache. It also appears that your data will be backed up to your Google One account, which will require you to pay an additional fee.
It’s worth noting that APK teardowns don’t guarantee a feature release because they only reveal capabilities in development. This means that there is always the possibility that Google will abandon this option at any time.
The TicWatch E3 is powered by a Snapdragon 4100 processor. When you combine that with long battery life and useful health and fitness features, you have a Wear OS watch worth considering.