YouTube Music has been available on the Apple Watch since October of last year and it just made its Wear OS debut on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 a few months ago. Google pulled the plug on Play Music last year and decided to switch to YouTube Music as the default music app for Android. Therefore, Play Music was removed from Wear OS 2 but a YouTube Music app was not released in place, leaving Wear OS 2 users in the dust without a native music app.
YouTube Music was announced at Google I/O 2021 as part of Samsung and Google‘s efforts to merge Tizen OS and Wear OS into Wear OS 3. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 was, thus, the first smartwatch other than the Apple Watch to ship with YouTube Music. However, Wear OS 3 is currently only available on the Galaxy Watch 4 and prior speculation suggested that a YouTube Music app for older Wear OS 2 won’t be in the consideration.
However, Google surprised everyone today with the announcement of YouTube Music for Wear OS 2. A select number of smartwatches running Google’s Wear OS 2 will be able to finally get YouTube Music on their smartwatches. The devices eligible for this update are the TicWatch 3 GPS, TicWatch 3 Pro LTE/Cellular and TicWatch E3, along with Gen 6 smartwatches from Michael Kors and Fossil.
The app will allow YouTube Premium members to access a catalogue of over 80 million songs and download any of them directly to your smartwatch. That’s right, you can download songs for offline listening, even without a paired phone. Another feature, Smart Downloads, has been added that automatically refreshes downloaded songs when connected to Wi-Fi. However, 9to5 Google notes that you cannot stream songs directly from your watch.
The app starts releasing today with the rollout set to take one week to reach everyone. To download the app, simply head on over to Google Play Store and install it from there. So, if you have an eligible device and still don’t see it in the store, don’t panic. But, if you have a currently-unsupported smartwatch then hope is your bestfriend. Google has committed to making Wear OS 2 a better smartwatch experience as Wear OS 3 slowly matures into branches into other watches. Therefore, the community post announcing today’s release also said that more Wear OS 2 watches will get the YouTube Music app later this year.