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 a great 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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Unfortunately, there is no Timer widget when you explore the available Widgets on the Galaxy Wear app, forcing many users to download a third-party app or the Timer app that Samsung provides. 

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

Here’s how you set up a Timer 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 AdvancedAdvanced Settings on Samsung Galaxy watch
  • Here, choose Double Press the Home KeyDouble Press Home key for timer on Samsung Galaxy Watch
  • Scroll down the list and choose TimerSet up Timer function on Samsung Galaxy Watch

That’s it. You are done.

Using Timer function on Samsung Galaxy Watch

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

Swipe and choose from the preset timer modes or select 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 the timer or cancel the timer by choosing from the available options.

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

Hopefully, Samsung will address this better in an upcoming software upgrade. Although one can invoke Bixby to access 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 who are 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 short tip around using the timer function on your Galaxy Watch. What are some of the third-party timer apps that you use today, and why? Please sound off using the comments below.

I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products and have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. 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&fitness-tech evolution and keep 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 or Fossil Gen 5 LTE and keep a close eye on my HRV and other recovery metrics.


    • 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

  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.


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