Connection of Galaxy Watch5 to Watch Face Studio fails


since many years I had several samsung watches (Gear S2, Active2, Watch3) and I developed some own Watch faces with the Galaxy Watch Studio.
Before I bought the brand new Watch5 pro (received it today) I had a look, if watch faces could also be developed for wear OS watches from Samsung. I found the Watch Face Studio, which I immediately installed. I could also import my watch faces from the “Tizen” Studio, but had to adjust some parameters.

Now I wanted to connect my new Watch5, but no success, not via bluetooth nor WLAN.

Of course, I switched the watch into debug mode and ADB to on.
For your information: the One-UI version is 4.5. and the Wear OS-Version is 3.5.

Is the watch5 too new for the WFS?

Many thanks in advance for any answers.

No, it works fine, I also have GW5 connected to WFS.

You have to connect by Wifi
after you turn ADB on you need to select the WiFi debugging (default is BT) after a few minutes the IP address and a bunch of other information should show up. Note the IP address and use it in the Run on Device just like you did in GWS.

You don’t need to turn WiFi on but you do need a WiFi connection.(Wear OS will connect only when needed)Samsung Watches won’t debug using BT because the Wear App doesn’t support it.

If all else fails force debugging…

Using File manager copy the address where you installed adb by default
(copy the address as text from file manger using right click on the address bar)
Open a command prompt
navigate to the folder address
cd C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Programs\WatchFaceStudio\tools\window
Then type
adb connect 192.168.x.x:5555 (where 192.168.x.x is your watch’s IP address).
It may take a minute to connect or give a failure response
If you get a rejected error or something check your watch debugger settings.
Try in developer options to revoked permissions and force new acceptance. do the connect again.

select “run on device” within Watch Face Studio, your watch should show up. If it doesn’t check you watch to see if you OK’d debugging when you first connected.

If it connects but will not run on device create a new keystore in a new keystore folder

I should have a Watch 5 later this week

Samsung Developer Relations

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Many thanks for the quick an detailed answer.
Even I couldn’t find the directory on my PC (have win11 installed), I found the reason, why it didn’t work. The switches look switched-on for me but they were not. Only the location has been changed but not the color, as it was on the other watches.

Now debugging was switched on, I could connect and upload my watch faces!
Again, many thanks!

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Hopefully I have my Watch5 before Thursday.


Hopefully I have my Watch5 before Thursday.