How to Set Up and Use Alexa Voice Commands on Fossil Watches

(Pocket-lint) – You’re no longer limited to Google Assistant if you own a Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch and use it with an Android phone. Instead, you can set up and use Amazon Alexa if you prefer.

According to Fossil, all of its new Gen 6 smartwatches – including Fossil, Skagen and Michael Kors products – now support the new Alexa watch app. Keep in mind that when the Skagen Falster Gen 6 launched earlier this year, Fossil first revealed it had partnered with Amazon to bring “built-in” Alexa to select Wear OS smartwatches. . Now, in the spring of 2022, Alexa functionality is finally going live. Fossil also teased that it was looking forward to “expanding” Alexa on its smartwatches. Here’s what you need to know.

How to set up Amazon Alexa on a Fossil smartwatch

The Alexa watch app on Fossil and Skagen Gen 6 smartwatches has quietly introduced Alexa support on Wear OS.

To set everything up, you need to allow the Alexa Watch app to use your watch’s mic. You also need to download the Alexa mobile app on an Android smartphone and use it to link the app and your smartwatch to your Amazon account. A Bluetooth connection to your phone is required during setup. Also, for Alexa on your watch to work (like answering questions), your phone must be connected via Bluetooth, as Alexa on your watch communicates with the Alexa Watch app on your phone to process questions.

Setup steps

  • Open the Alexa Watch app on the Fossil watch.
  • Tap “Next” to begin and authorize permissions.
  • Continue setup on the Alexa mobile app. Open the Alexa mobile app on your phone.
    • In the Alexa Mobile app, go to “More” in the lower right corner.
    • Click Add Device. Scroll down to select Smartwatch.
    • Select your Fossil watch and click “Connect your Fossil watch to Alexa”.
  • Complete your setup on the Alexa Watch app on your watch. Open the Alexa Watch app on your watch.
    • Configure your push button/hardware. Click on ‘Go to settings’.
    • Under “Customize your hardware button”, choose the preferred location to access Alexa.
  • Setup is complete.

How to use Amazon Alexa on a Fossil smartwatch

You have the option to access Alexa on your watch screen – including from the Alexa Watch app and the Alexa tile – or by setting up one of the pushers.

Alexa watch app

Once paired, the Alexa Watch app will suggest you set a shortcut button to launch Amazon’s voice assistant – that’s because it doesn’t always listen like the assistant is on Wear OS.

Alexa tile

Once you’ve downloaded the Alexa Watch app, you can access its tile with a swipe left from the watch face. The Alexa tile lets you launch Alexa and issue voice commands. You may need to add the Alexa tile to your list. To add or reconfigure tiles, press and hold any tile.

Pusher

You can also access Alexa by configuring the pushers. You can press the push button on the crown to launch the app switcher and locate the Alexa Watch app. To configure the Alexa app to launch by pressing your top or bottom pusher, go to Settings on your watch > Personalization > Customize hardware buttons.

What can you do with Alexa on a Fossil smartwatch?

Once Alexa is set up, you can use it on your Fossil watch and access all of your favorite Alexa features. You can listen to your music, ask questions, track Amazon orders, control your smart home, and even make calls from your watch. Your watch just needs to be running the Alexa Watch app and paired with a supported Android phone running the Alexa mobile app.

Try telling Alexa

  • “Alexa, play today’s hits.”
  • “Alexa, play jazz music.”
  • “Alexa, call mom.”
  • “Alexa, should I wear a jacket today?”
  • “Alexa, what’s the weather tomorrow?”
  • “Alexa, where is the nearest cafe?”
  • “Alexa, add popcorn to my shopping list.”
  • “Alexa, remind me to call my family at 5 p.m.”
  • “Alexa, set a timer for 15 minutes”
  • “Alexa, order popcorn.”
  • “Alexa, remind me to call Margo at 3 p.m.”
  • “Alexa, turn on the lights.”
  • “Alexa, what’s the super bowl score?”
  • “Alexa, tell me a joke.”
  • “Alexa, what is the population of New York?”

Does Alexa work with a Fossil smartwatch speaker?

No, Alexa responses are not read aloud. They are only displayed on the screen.

Which Fossil watches support Alexa voice commands?

The Alexa Watch app is exclusive to Fossil Group Gen 6 devices from Fossil, Skagen and Michael Kors. It will now be preloaded on these smartwatches. It can be paired with phones running the latest version of Android (except Go edition and phones without Google Play Store) in supported countries. Currently iPhone is not supported.

Can you use both Google Assistant and Alexa?

Yes. The Alexa Watch app does not affect the Google Assistant experience. It will continue to work and provide the same functionality it has always offered on Fossil smartwatches.

Want to know more?

See Amazon’s FAQ page and Fossil’s FAQ page for more details.

Written by Maggie Tillman.

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