Access Camera Controls on a Non-Samsung Device Using the Galaxy Watch 4
With this guide, we will show you how to use the Galaxy Watch 4 to access the camera controls on a non-Samsung device. The latest smartwatch from the South Korean conglomerate packs a slew of useful features. For the first time, the watch includes an Android-based operating system, WearOS 3, rather than TizenOS. This, in turn, opens the door to a slew of changes. These include using ADB commands, sideloading APKs, flashing the firmware with NetOdin, and so on.
Then, if you own a Samsung smartphone, you’ll get a few extras, such as the ability to control the camera on your Samsung phone using your watch. But what about devices that aren’t Samsung? While there is no native way to accomplish this task, there is a handy workaround that will allow you to carry out the same procedure. So, without further ado, let’s go over how to use the Galaxy Watch 4 to access the camera controls on a non-Samsung device.
Now that you know what you’re missing, let’s look at some workarounds and third-party apps that will allow you to get some of these features on your Galaxy Watch 4.
Make the most of your Galaxy Watch 4 with a non-Samsung phone
- Enable ECG and blood pressure monitoring on the Galaxy Watch 4 with a non-Samsung phone.
- Enable BP sync on the Galaxy Watch 4 with a non-Samsung phone.
- Use these third-party apps to get some of the missing features on your Galaxy Watch 4
Which Galaxy Watch 4 features are exclusive to Samsung phones?
Before we get to the third-party apps and mods, let’s take a look at some of the Samsung-exclusive features that aren’t available when connected to a non-Samsung device. When connected to non-Samsung devices, the following Galaxy Watch 4 features are unavailable:
- Samsung Messages ECG Blood Pressure Monitoring.
- Camera settings.
- Do not disturb mode synchronization.
- Sleep mode.
- When not connected to a phone via Bluetooth, you can make and receive calls.
- AR Emoji watch faces that can be customized.
Access Camera Controls via Galaxy Watch 4 on a Non-Samsung Device
- Launch Play Store on your watch and install the Camera One app.
- Similarly, download and install this app on your smartphone.
- Then run the app and grant it the required permissions.
- Then, on your watch, launch the Camera One app.
- You can now access and control your device’s camera directly from your watch.
- In this regard, here are some noteworthy features that you might want to try like changing zoom, taking a photo, recording a video, setting a timer, enabling power saving mode, muting camera sound, etc.
- Tap the overflow icon on the right to open the additional settings menu.
- It will open the Settings menu, where you can modify the following camera settings: layout style, picture size, video type, timer, favorite button, and back button action.
So those are the steps to use the Galaxy Watch 4 to access the camera controls on a non-Samsung device. While it does its job well, there are a few concerns that may prevent some of you from trying out the app. To begin with, there is always a privacy risk when using a third-party camera app.
Next, because the app must constantly run in the background, it will consume a significant amount of battery life. So these are some of the trade-offs that must be made if you intend to use the smartwatch with a non-Samsung device. What are your thoughts on the matter? Please share your app usage experience in the comments section below.