Install the Gear Manager App on Your Smartphone
In the Galaxy Apps screen, tap Search in the upper-right corner of the screen. Type Samsung Gear in the Search box.
The Samsung Gear Manager app is at the top of the list so that you can find it quickly.
Tap Samsung Gear Manager.
The Samsung Gear Manager app appears at the top of the apps list. The Download icon appears to the right of the Samsung Gear Manager entry. (You can read details about the app, if you want, by tapping its name in the list.) The Download icon looks like a down arrow inside a circle.
Tap the Download icon and tap Accept and Download in the Samsung Gear Manager window.
Your smartphone takes a little time to download and install the app. After the Gear Manager app is installed, the Gear Manager entry in the list no longer shows the Download icon. Instead, you see the Open icon.
Tap the Open icon to start the Gear Manager app.
The Open icon looks like a right-pointing triangle (or a Play icon) inside a circle. The Welcome screen appears, and the app asks you to continue the Gear S2 setup process.
Tap Connect to Gear in the Welcome screen.
If your smartphone doesn’t have Bluetooth turned on already, you’ll see the Turn on Bluetooth window. The app has saved you the hassle of going into the Settings screen to turn on your Bluetooth service; all you have to do is tap OK in the window.
Your smartphone and the Gear S2 take a few seconds to pair up with each other. When both devices have paired, your smartphone screen displays the Bluetooth Pairing Request window. Complete the pairing process by tapping OK in the window.
Samsung Gear takes a few more seconds to install companion apps that the Samsung Gear app needs to function. In the meantime, the Gear S2 shows the Setting Up screen.
After a few seconds, tap the Agree to Terms of the End User License Agreement check box and then tap the Agree to All check box. Then tap Done.
Agree to everything to get access to your precious Gear S2. Now the Manage Notifications screen appears.
Tell Gear Manager how to manage notifications from smartwatch apps that are preinstalled on your Gear S2.
The All check box appears above the Alarm app notification check box on the screen.
The word notification in this context has a straightforward definition: It’s information generated by an app that will appear on your Gear S2 screen in place of the actual clock or any other app you’re viewing.
Swipe up and down to view all the apps on the Gear S2 that will give you notifications on your smartwatch. Fourteen apps are selected by default; selected apps display a green check box containing a white check mark to the left of the app icon.
You can turn off notifications for an app by tapping the check box to the left of the selected app icon; the check box turns white. If you want to turn on notifications for an app, tap the white check box to turn the check box green and add the white check mark.
If you prefer to receive notifications from all your apps, tap the All check box that appears above the list shown. Above the All check box, the Limit Notifications option is on, so you won’t see the selected apps in the list of notifications on your Gear S2 screen. If you want to see those notifications, tap Limit Notifications to change the blue ON slider button to a gray OFF slider button.
When you're all done, tap OK at the bottom of the screen.
Three featured apps appear at the bottom of the Gear Manager screen.
Now the Gear S2 screen appears on your smartphone so that you can view one of the various options for changing your apps layout on the smartwatch, copy music tracks and photos to your Gear S2, change smartwatch settings, and find your Gear S2 in case you misplaced it.
At the bottom of the screen, a number appears to the right of the Samsung Gear Apps entry in the list. This number tells you how many new apps are available to download and use on the Gear S2, which is 8 in the example shown. The actual number of apps you can install may be different, depending on how many apps Samsung wants you to know about.
If you swipe up on the screen, you see three of the apps that you can install featured in the Gear Apps section. Tap one of the tiles to view more information about the app in the Galaxy Apps screen.
You don’t have to turn on your Android smartphone every time you turn on the Gear S2. If you’re using your Gear S2 through your telecommunication company’s 3G or 4G network, you can still receive email messages as well as send and receive voice calls. However, if you have only a Bluetooth connection on your Gear S2 and you don’t turn on your smartphone when you turn on your smartwatch, you won’t be able to receive email messages or voicemail notifications on your Gear S2.