Watches with Wear OS 3 already allow you to answer WhatsApp calls without the help of your mobile

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Until now, smartwatches with the Google operating system for watches (Wear OS) were not able to answer the calls received by the mobile synchronized to them. The only thing they could do was tell you that they were calling you . And although some showed you the icon to accept or reject the call, once you touched the option to answer, you had to pick up the mobile to listen to it and talk to the person who was calling you.

However, a surprising new update to the WhatsApp app for Wear OS 3 has added the ability to answer calls using the smartwatch’s own speaker and microphone . So, if you have a watch that supports this new feature, you no longer have to take your phone out of your pocket to answer a call because you can do it from your wrist.

How to answer WhatsApp calls on your watch with Wear OS 3

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To begin with, it should be clarified that this novelty has only reached smartwatches with Wear OS 3 (the latest version of the OS for watches). And as of this writing, the only Wear OS 3 watches on the market are the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 5, and Montblanc Summit 3 . Also, you should know that WhatsApp voice calls to these watches have come through a WhatsApp beta update.

Specifically, you must update WhatsApp on your mobile to version or . Here we leave you a tutorial on how to download WhatsApp Beta on Android. Once you do, you should be able to answer WhatsApp calls directly on your smartwatch, as long as your phone is nearby.

Answering calls in Wear OS 3 is still in development

It should be noted that on some watches WhatsApp calls appear correctly identified with the platform icon , while on others no logo appears, giving the impression that you are receiving a normal voice call. We assume that this will be corrected with the passing of days, because after all, we are facing a beta function that is still in development.

If you don’t have a watch compatible with WhatsApp voice calls, here we leave you our selection of the best smartwatches to answer calls without your mobile.

Source | 9to5Google