While the mainstream Android Wear users have already mastered everything their smartwatch has to offer, there are plenty of features that are still out of sight. Google I/O 2016 was highlighted with the announcement of Android Wear 2.0, so users can expect plenty of new features soon. In the meantime, let’s familiarize with the features that already exist, like the feature to control music with Android Wear.
For those who are unaware, Google already offers the ability to make your Android Wear a standalone music player, so it makes sense that it offers a way to control the music too. So whether you are having your morning run, or on your way to class, learn to control music with Android Wear with this quick guide.
Start playing music on your Android device
Playback support for Android Wear has been introduced by all the top music services, including the native Google Play Music. To begin controlling music playback on your smartwatch, simply connect your smartphone to the watch and hit the play button.
Control music with Android Wear
TuneIn Radio, Spotify, Digitally Imported and many others support Android Wear playback, so you can use any of the above apps. Once you begin playing a song or a podcast, you will be able to see a mini notification on your smartwatch about the current track.
Tap on the mini notification card to expand it and view other playback options, and in most apps you will also be able to view the album art. Swipe left of the screen to view the “Next” and “Previous” track controls, along with the “Play/Pause” button to control the playlist.
Third-party apps to control music with Android Wear
If you use a less popular music streaming source, there is a good chance that it does not come with Android Wear support. To solve this problem, you can download a third-party app called “Music Controller” to bring music controls and playback to Android Wear.
Download Music Controller from the Google Play Store and sync it with your Android Wear smartwatch. The only drawback is that Music Controller is not a free app, so you will have to purchase the full user license for $1.89 after the trial period of four days.
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