How To: Control your music in Android Wear

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Android Wear Beats Music

One of the best uses of an Android Wear device or any other smartwatch really is controlling music. Although there are plenty of Bluetooth headsets out there that allow users to control playback, doing so in a nice screen of your Android-compatible smartwatch is a much more intuitive experience. If you are the proud owner of an Android Wear device, you owe it to yourself to try this out.

How to control your music in Android Wear-compatible app

There are plenty of music apps out there that provide native support for Android Wear. Google’s Play Music is obviously one of them but definitely not the only one. If your music app supports the wearable operating system, then you are in luck. The first thing you need to do is install the app in both of your devices. Then, start a track in your Android device. Glance at your Android Wear watch and you should see a playback notification. Swipe up and you should be able to access it. Once it goes on full screen, swipe to the rest and you will see a list of controls. The exact controls you will see here will differ from app to app but most of them will offer play, skip and volume adjustment controls.

How to control your music in Android Wear with unsupported apps

Android Wear Music Controller

Even if your music app does not provide support for Android Wear, you should not give up hope. Barkside Apps have developed an app called Wear Music Controller that aims to help you control your music player with your Android Wear watch even if the player does not actually support it. The app is free for 4 days so that you can test if your music player works with it, after which you have to pay about $2 for it which is definitely not much for what it gives you. After you download and install the app, run it and follow the on-screen instructions on setting it up, a necessary first step to ensure that all goes well later. After that is over, open the app on your Android Wear device and then start a track in your Android smartphone/tablet. If everything has been set up correctly, you should be able to control your music via the Wear Music Controller app.