How to set up an easy Timer on your Samsung Galaxy Watch

How to setup and use Timer on Samsung Galaxy Watch
Use the 'Resume' / 'Pause' or 'Cancel' actions to control.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is an excellent wearable with many bells and whistles, but it somehow misses incorporating timer functionality.

Many wearable users like to use the timer function for different tasks. Whether you are using it to keep track of your cooking or using it for exercise needs, there has to be an easy way to access a timer feature on the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

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Can’t find the Timer app tile or widget? You’re not alone!

Unfortunately, Samsung does not include the Timer app as a tile or widget when you explore the available tiles or widgets on the Galaxy Wearable app, forcing many users to download a third-party app or the Timer app that Samsung provides. 

But there are still options for easy access to the Timer app!

  1. Set up the Timer as one of your watch face complications.
  2. Use the Timer app as your double-press home shortcut.
  3. For Google Wear OS watches, install Google’s Clock app, which adds the Timer to your Tile options.

We actually like the ability to access the Timer feature on the Galaxy Watch with the home button’s double-press functionality.

Here’s how you set up quick access to the Timer app on your Samsung Galaxy Watch

  • Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Quick Settings screenGalaxy watch quick settings panel
  • Tap on Settings 
  • Next, tap on Advanced or Advanced featuresAdvanced Settings on Samsung Galaxy watch
  • Here, choose Double Press the Home Key or Customize keys > Double pressDouble Press Home key for timer on Samsung Galaxy Watch
  • Scroll down the list and select Timer. Watches that run Google’s Wear OS might see more than one timer app (i.e., Google’s and Samsung’s timer apps.)Set up Timer function on Samsung Galaxy Watch

That’s it. You are done.

Using Timer function on Samsung Galaxy Watch

When you double-click the home button on your Samsung Galaxy Watch, it automatically launches the Timer functionality.

Swipe and choose from the preset timer modes or Custom to set up your own timer.

How to setup and use Timer on Samsung Galaxy Watch
Use the ‘Resume’ / ‘Pause’ or ‘Cancel’ actions to control.

Tap on it to launch the timer, and you can either pause it or cancel it by choosing from the available options.

This functionality makes it easy to access the Timer function without needing an app. Still, you are losing out on calling other favorite actions you could set up via the double-click functionality on the home button.

Add Google’s timer app as a tile (widget) on your Samsung Watch Google Timer as tile and widget on Samsung Galaxy Watch

Tiles (previously called widgets) are shortcuts to your favorite apps. You access them by swiping left (or turning the watch’s bezel) from your home screen. 

So try adding a third-party timer app to your watch that also offers a tile/widget. For watches that run Google’s Wear OS, install Google’s Clock app and add the Timer app as one of your Tiles (widgets)!

You can add to your tiles via the Galaxy Wearable app or on the watch itself. Before you start, remember to first install Google’s Clock app from the Play Store on your watch.

Via the Wearable app

  1. Open the Galaxy Wearable app, and then tap Tiles. Samsung Wearable app Tile settings and options
  2. Under Add tiles, locate the Timer app, then tap the plus sign (+) to add it. Samsung Wearable app add Timer to Tiles
    1. If you have already used all your tiles (widgets,) press the minus sign (-) to remove one and then add the Timer app.
  3. Tap Save to add the Timer app to your tiles. Confirm to add the Timer to Tiles and Widgets on Samsung Galaxy Watch using Wearable app

Via the watch

  1. Go to your watch’s home screen, swipe left, and scroll through all your current tiles/widgets. 
  2. Keep swiping left through all the widgets or tiles, and then tap the plus sign (+) to add a new tile/widget. Samsung Galaxy watch add tile or widget
  3. Swipe through the available tiles/widgets and locate and tap the Timer app to add it. Add Timer app tile to your Samsung Galaxy Watch

Final thoughts

Hopefully, Samsung will address this better in an upcoming software upgrade. Although you can ask Bixby (or Google Assistant on Wear OS watches) to open the Timer app, Bixby often fails to respond or needs multiple attempts.

A third-party app called “Gear Tracker” offers enhanced timer functionality for users looking for chained timers, multiple configurations, and such.

Still, for most users, the built-in Samsung Timer app on the Galaxy watch worked pretty well.

We hope you liked this quick tip about using the timer function on your Galaxy Watch. What are some third-party timer apps that you use today, and why? Please sound off using the comments below.

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Sudz Niel Kar
I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products, have a BS in Computer Science and an MBA specializing in emerging tech, and owned the popular site AppleToolBox. In my day job, I advise Fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health and fitness-tech evolution and keeping a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships, and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Watch and closely monitor my HRV and other recovery metrics.


  1. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I use a timer for my job and you made it so simple whereas others write a 20-page book trying to figure this out.

    • Hi Shannon,

      We recommend that you download Samsung’s Timer app from the Samsung Galaxy Store.

        Open the wearable app on your paired phone and choose Discover at the bottom.

        Scroll to Top watch apps and choose View More to open the store

        In the search bar, type Timer and search.

        Choose Apps tab and locate and install Timer


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