Setup a Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 Watch with No Phone

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If you have a Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 that you would like to use without ever connecting it to a smart phone, which is known as standalone mode, you can. It's actually a fairly easy process to set up. There are some catches though, one of which is that you will only be using default applications and watch faces. That means there will be no connectivity to the Gear store, where you would be able to purchase apps. You'll also lose access to some of the other features which are native and allow you to connect to other devices, such as a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Finally, if the watch language is something other than English, you'll need to have an authorized repair shop update the device language or flash the watch yourself with the correct language version.

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With that in mind, it is relatively easy to set up your Samsung Gear S2 as a standalone watch. To learn how to do this, please follow the steps in the tutorial below.

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Setup a Galaxy Gear S2 in Standalone Mode

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    The first thing you will need to do is hard reset your Galaxy Gear S2
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    If you are are not aware of the steps involved in hard resetting your Gear S2, please follow this link to hard reset your Gear S2.
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    Once the hard-reset process has been completed, you will see a screen indicating your Gear S2 model and providing information in the root language of the device
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    Note that if you have purchased your Gear S2 in a country other than the one you live in or someone else has brought it or shipped it to you, your language may not be in English. This is not a problem. Simply follow the steps here, and you'll be able set up the watch, no matter the language. Just keep in mind that you can't change the root language unless you flash the watch OS or connect to a smartphone and update it with the Gear Manager, which we show you how to do in our tutorial on changing the language of a Gear S2 watch.
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    Once you are on the Gear manager application screen, which is discussed above, tap repeatedly on the small yellow gear icon, which is at the top of your screen.
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    After tapping the icon repeatedly, a message will pop-up
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    This message will request that you next use a long press on the icon for three seconds.
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    Press and hold the icon for three seconds.
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    After you have done this, you will be taken through a series of how-to screens
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    These screens will be indicating basic instructions that you can follow, such as turning the watch face to the right, to the left, swiping down, or swiping back up.
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Complete the Gear S2 Watch 'How to'

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    The first screen will ask you to turn the watch bezel to the right.
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    The next screen will ask you to turn the bezel to the left.
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    After you've done that, you will be asked to turn the bezel to the left again
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    Then you will be asked to press the back button.
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    After pressing on the back button, you will be asked to swipe down from the top of the watch.
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    After swiping down, you will be asked to swipe up.
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    After swiping up, you will be asked to press the home button.
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    After pressing the home button, you will be asked to press the home button again.
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    Next, you will be asked to place your palm over the screen to turn off the device
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    Place your palm over the screen to turn off the display.
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    Then, you will receive a pop-up message indicating that you have completed the tutorial, followed by a blue arrow with a message that you can press the arrow to finish
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    Tap the blue arrow to begin using your Galaxy Gear S2.
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    Note that your Galaxy Gear S2 may not display the correct time
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    You will need to connect to WiFi or to the Gear Manager app to correct this.
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    You have finished setting up your Gear S2
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    Enjoy using your watch!
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Questions and Answers

Set up time for Samsung gear S2?

Hi. Just need help as I cannot set up time, it is asking for Bluetooth connection. I do not have Samsung phone, what to do? Thank you.

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Trying to manually set the correct time on a "standalone" Gear S2?

Do I need to connect to a phone and sync or can it be done over WiFi? I'm not sure if it is different at all, just trying to get a little help here.

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I've been tapping the icon and nothing is happening except a code that pops up?

Nothing seems to be happening. I am tapping the icon and all parts of the screen and I can't ever seem to get passed this screen. I am very frustrated, please help me. It's pretty clear that I'm looking for help and want to know why nothing is happening when I tap on the icon.

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Connecting to pixel XL with my gear 2(older) watch?

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How to use Galaxy gear with Moto g1? fully functioning?

I got a Galaxy gear and want to use it with Moto g 1st gen. When I try to pair with gear manager it shows no device and my phone has no nfc

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