The Smartwatch and wearables industry has seen the biggest spike in 2019-2020 time frame. Starting off with Apple Airpods to may other brands trying to mimic the design and provide low cost alternatives the users have graciously welcomed each and every product in the line. There is a fan base for the neckband type, another base for the "TWS" (Truly Wireless) Earbuds and there's altogether separate base for the Wireless Headphones category. Then we saw an upsurge in the health monitoring wearable devices which was popularized by Fitbit and then in the last couple of years by Apple and Xiaomi. The current market has many players and there's no clear winner in terms of market share for the smartwatches / health monitoring wearables. Huawei has somehow missed the train and joined in late for the party. But as they say in Hindi - "Der aaye Durust Aaye .. " which means - Came in Later But in a mint condition ..
Huawei launched its first smartwatch the Huawei Watch GT last year and has gained the applause for its all in one product with budget price tag. This year 2020, they launched the Watch GT2 and Watch GT2E products which added features like Extended Battery life, SpO2 monitoring, remote camera app and GPS support. I recently purchased the Watch GT2E to try out as it was on sale on amazon India. It costed me Rs. 11,990 which 3K less than the MRP listed. I was excited to try out all the features that come bundled with it. Out of the box , it didn't have the SpO2 monitoring , but after 2 firmware updates ( the second was the March update) I could see the SpO2 monitoring on the dial. The Watch GT2E is a lightweight watch which is 42mm in diameter and has nice aluminum looking rim on the periphery which is Smooth but doesn't rotate. The display is bright even under heavy day light conditions and the interface is pretty fluent in operation.
One of the features I was trying to test out was the Music Control through the watch. The Watch GT2E can store few thousands of songs on the watch itself - can you believe that ! It has an actual onboard memory just for storing music . This is by far the most convenient feature I have seen on smartwatches. The only disappointing thing is , the music can be transferred between your mobile and watch only and furthermore the medium is Bluetooth. So, I am sure you understood the problem here - the Slow Bluetooth Connection - can take you forever to transfer a bunch of songs. I decided to give it a try and started looking for my Headphones ( Sony WH900N ) to pair it with. On the Music App on the Watch GT2E , I selected the "3 dots" and tapped on the "earbuds" . I was then transferred to the pairing screen and I see some random bluetooth name on the screen which wasn't what I expected. I looked online through many videos and articles , which showed only the process to connect with Earbuds :(
I started fiddling with the device and the phone app until I was finally able to get a hack . It's a pretty simple hack which will allow you to connect to any Headphone possible.
Here's how it's done :
Step 1. Turn on your bluetooth and ensure your Watch GT2 or GT2E is connected to your smartphone.
Step 2. Pair your headphones or earbuds to your phone via bluetooth if not already paired.
Step 3. Verify you are able to hear the music on your headphones from your smartphone.
Step 4. Get on to your Watch GT2 or GT2E and swipe until you see the music window.
Step 5. Tap on the "Three dots" on the bottom left of the Music App on the watch and Select the "Phone" icon
Step 6. Open any music App on your phone and start playing the song.
Step 7. Now try controlling it through your watch by tapping "Next" button or increase volume or decrease volume.
That's it , you can now control the music on your phone from your Watch while you're listening to it on your favorite comfortable Headphones. If you are stuck in any one of the steps, hit me up in the comment section and I will help you figure it out. I am pretty sure you won't be able to find this hack anywhere on the internet , if you do , I don't mind being the second :P
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