Watch Face Installation Tutorial

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Watch Face Installation Tutorial

Post by Mobvoi » Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:08 pm

Important Note: These instructions are based on a Mobvoi TicWatch E paired with an LG V20. Your mileage may vary.

Preliminaries:
  • When you first connect your watch to Google, you should use the same account as your phone is connected to in order to see everything in the same place when using the Play Store on a PC. This may be required for your phone and watch to connect to each other properly.
  • On a personal computer, you must be logged in to the same Play Store account when you want to install a new watch face. Your phone and watch should automatically be logged in to the same account.
Scenario 1: You're using a personal computer to install watch faces.
You follow the link to the Play Store and click on the Install button. A dialog is presented to select your device. Your watch may already be selected but, if not, drop down the list and select it. You'll receive a confirmation and shortly the watch face will install on your watch. You'll receive installing and install successful notifications (Fig. 1) on your watch. If you tap on the notification (Fig. 1), you'll be taken to the Set watch face option (Fig. 2). Tap the Set watch face option (Fig. 2) to immediately add the watch face to your list and display it on your watch. If you choose to select the watch face later, see Selecting your new watch face below for further information.

Scenario 2: Your watch face can NOT be installed via your phone.
You follow the link to the Play Store from your phone and, in this case, you receive the 'device isn't compatible' message (Fig. 6).

Method 1:
You can use the browser on your phone to install the watch face. Open the browser on your phone. Open (long press a direct watch face link and select open new tab (Fig. 13) then swipe right on the address bar to see the new tab.) the watch face link to open the watch face page in the browser and click on the Install button (Fig. 10). If you aren't signed in a sign-in dialog appears (Fig. 11). (After signing in the Play Store app may open. Close it and return to the browser.) A dialog is presented to select your device (Fig.12). Your watch may already be selected but, if not, drop down the list and select it. You'll receive a confirmation and shortly the watch face will install on your watch. You'll receive installing and install successful notifications (Fig. 1) on your watch. If you tap on the notification (Fig. 1), you'll be taken to the Set watch face option (Fig. 2). Tap the Set watch face option (Fig. 2) to immediately add the watch face to your list and display it on your watch. If you choose to select the watch face later, see Selecting your new watch face below for further information.

Method 2:
You must search for the watch face using the Play Store app (Fig. 3) on your watch.
  1. Open the Play Store app on your watch, press the magnifying glass search icon (Fig. 3) and use the following search terms (Fig. 4) exactly to bring the watch face to the top of the search. To bring all the Mobvoi watch faces to the top of the search (Fig. 5) use the search terms "Mobvoi+watchface". To locate a specific watch face, use the search terms "Mobvoi+watchface+[watchface name]" where [watchface name] is the actual name of the watch face you want to install. You must include the "+"s for it to work properly. i.e., Use the search terms "Mobvoi+watchface+Primetime" to bring the Primetime watch face to the top of the search.
  2. (Optional) Using Voice Search is possible, spell out the company name mobvoi then say "and watch face and [the name of the watch face]. I.E. Say "m" "o" "b" pause ""v" "o" "i" "and watch face" "and Elegant" to find the Elegant watch face. If I didn't pause after 'mob' it often time came up with 'mobevoi' which then had to be fixed and I had to hit the microphone repeatedly to say each of the other segments that are in quotes.
  3. Select (tap) the watch face in the search list. The watch face information is displayed (Fig. 7). Select (tap) Install. The watch face will now install on your watch. After the install completes, you will have the option Set watch face (Fig. 2) to immediately add the watch face to your list and display it on your watch. If you choose to select the watch face later, see Selecting your new watch face below for further information.
Scenario 3: Your watch face can be installed on your phone.
You follow the link from your phone and you can install the watch face to your phone. This is a three step process:
  1. In the Play Store on your phone, click the Install button. The watch face is installed to your phone. Install as many as you want now to make it easier.
  2. You should receive a notification on your watch that a new face is available to install which you can just tap to open the watch face information page (Fig. 7). If you don't get the notification or just decide to do it later, open the Play Store on your watch and scroll down to the section Apps on your phone (Fig. 8) where you'll find the watch faces you just installed in step 1. Tap a watch face to be taken to the watch face information page (Fig. 7). Select (tap) Install. The watch face will now install on your watch. After the install completes, you will have the option Set watch face (Fig. 2) to immediately add the watch face to your list and display it on your watch. If you choose to select the watch face later, see Selecting your new watch face below for further information.
  3. (Optional) Once the watch face is installed on your watch, it may no longer be needed on your phone. In many cases the phone app is only a stub (bare minimum code to qualify as an app) whose only purpose is to open the install page on your watch. You can then safely uninstall it from your phone,  If the Play Store app is still open on your phone from step 1, just click Uninstall. If you installed multiple watch faces or closed the Play Store app, open your phones Setting and look for Apps. You'll be able to uninstall them from there. If you find some data missing from your watch face that should be there such as phone battery status, the phone app may provide data to your watch face and should not be uninstalled or will need to be reinstalled to restore the functionality.
Selecting your new watch face:
You've installed your shiny new watch faces and now you need to add them to your available watch face list so you can display them. Long press the current watch face until it shrinks. Swipe your watch to the left until you see the circle with a BIG plus sign (+) that says See more watch faces (Fig. 9)  and tap it. Scroll through the list of installed watch faces and tap the one you want to add to your list. The watch face is add to your list and displayed. Repeat to add additional watch faces.

Uninstalling your watch face:
To uninstall watch faces you don't want any longer, open Settings on your watch and tap on Apps & Notifications then App Info. Locate and tap on the watch face you want to uninstall. Tap the Uninstall option (Fig. 2). A confirmation appears and your watch face is then uninstalled.
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Re: Watch Face Installation Tutorial

Post by hamadabsi » Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:30 am

great tutorial

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Re: Watch Face Installation Tutorial

Post by dembonez » Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:27 pm

The steps here don't work for me. I'm in Canada, if that makes a difference.

I'm worried that all the effort that went into these faces won't be appreciated because the install process is too complex or just doesn't work.

Can you add them to the Mobvoi Android app, or push them to the watch (S2) in an update? Or even provide them some other way, for me to manually install like you've done before?


Thanks!

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