GWD Run on watch problems

So, pretty new to designing my own watch faces, but I now I am ready to try on my Galaxy Watch 46mm. This is where the real issues start, and finding the documentation confusing and/or not clear.

So I have installed sdboverbt on my phone (S20Ultra). Developer options are enabled. USB debugging enabled. Phone connected to my Mac via USB cable.

On watch, developer options enabled, also connected to phone via Bluetooth (always is) and connected to same WiFi as phone.

So when I try to run on phone, I get to the scan to connect, and it circles there for an age until it eventually times out.

No matter what I do, it doesn’t find anything. Should it be this complicated? I’ve tried rebooting every device possible.

Also for clarity, is it trying to connect to my phone, so it copies the watch face there and I transfer to the watch via Wear as usual, or is it trying to connect directly to my watch, in which case why is my phone developer enabled.

Help, please :blush:

Hi @GlasBeard,
Did you also turn the debugging on in your watch? You may follow the steps below and see if you miss something,

  1. Make sure that both your phone and watch have the developer and debugging mode turned on.
  2. Install sdboverbt_160523.apk into your phone. You can get this file from the \Program Files\Galaxy Watch Studio\tizen\tools.
  3. Connect your watch to your phone through Bluetooth and then connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable.
  4. Open sdb over BT on your phone, tap SELECT DEVICE FOR DEBUGGING , and select the watch that you want to connect to.
  5. At this stage, keep a close look on your watch, a pop up will be shown to accept the RSA key and you have to accept it very quickly as it will stay for a few seconds. If you miss, it will never come back.
  6. After accepting the RSA key, your watch will be connected to GWS automatically.
  7. Open the Run on Device panel in Galaxy Watch Studio, select your phone from the device list to add the watch connected to that phone. Then select the watch on the list to connect it to Galaxy Watch Studio.

If those steps does not resolve your problem or you don’t see the RSA key pop up, reboot your watch by holding the home key button pressed for about 15 seconds or until it says rebooting. After that try the steps above again and it will solve your problem eventually.

Regarding to your query, yes it connects to your phone and then transfer watch face to your watch through the phone.


hi, if the above doesn’t work try this solution.
Download Tizen Studio
When you have downloaded tizen studio,
1- Open finder> user> (username)> tizen-studio> tools> (you will see the sdb file of tizen studio)
2- Then open a new finder window> applications> right click on galaxy watch studio> click where it says (shows package contents)> Contents> tizen> tools> (you will see the galaxy watch studio sdb file)
3- Replace the galaxy watch studio sdb file with the tizen studio sdb file.
4- Restart the mac and try to connect the smat watch

It does not use the wearable app, SDB stands for Samsung Device Bridge and it is just that, a bridge between your computer and your watch.

To add to the other solutions. If you don’t see a little android icon in the connect to device window then you probably don’t have file transfer set for computer to mobile. If I recall right the default is media only.

Here is what I found on the web.

Your computer must be using Mac OS X 10.5 and up.

  1. Download and install Android File Transfer on your computer.
  2. Open Android File Transfer . The next time that you connect your phone, it opens automatically.
  3. Unlock your phone.
  4. With a USB cable, connect your phone to your computer.
  5. On your phone, tap the “Charging this device via USB” notification.
  6. Under “Use USB for,” select File Transfer .
  7. An Android File Transfer window will open on your computer. Use it to drag files.
  8. When you’re done, unplug the USB cable.

Thank you for your help here. Got it working, but really have no idea how. It’s quite a convoluted system I think. Maybe Samsung should have a cousin app on the watch where we can transfer files in an easier way!

Thanks again

Thank you for you help here.

Many thanks for your help with this.

Glad you’ve gotten it work.