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Galaxy Watch 4 Emergency Calls Only Fix - O2 Network

(Topic created on: 15-01-2022 06:03 AM)

If you're on O2 and you're getting "Emergency Calls Only" on your watch when out of range of your phone here's the fix!

I know this is a big problem for a lot of people, some of whom have returned their watch because they can't get it to work. I've detailed the process right from the start for the benefit of people who have come straight to this thread and may not have already tried most of the suggestions on other threads, most of which are relevant.

This guide assumes that you have already set up your eSim and have activated the mobile plan in the Galaxy Wearable App in the Mobiles Plans section. Go in the following order:

Settings On Your Phone

1) Settings> Advanced Features> Call And Text On Other Devices - Enable

Settings On Your Watch

1) Settings> Connections> Mobile Networks> Select Auto  (Always On can be selected but Auto works fine and is better for battery life).

Go To The Wearable App On Your Phone

1) Watch Settings> Advanced Features> Remote Connection Turn On - Enable

Now here's the bit where I think it goes wrong for most people not being aware of this next step.

2) Where you just enabled the Remote Connection, stay there but this time tap on the text that says "Remote Connection" rather than selecting the toggle switch.

3) You will now enter a sort of hidden menu that contains a switch called "Calling" and it says "Make and receive calls on your watch without a Bluetooth connection to your phone". This needs to be enabled. It takes a few seconds to activate.

Now to test your connection.

1) Your phone must be on and connected to your phone data plan or wifi.

2) Make sure your Bluetooth is switched on on your phone. Although it is not being used turning it off disables most of the features in the Wearable App including what you need for this to work!

3) You can now turn off the Bluetooth on your watch to simulate being away from your phone (or you could go for a walk and leave your phone at home!). Give it a few seconds while the phone switches over to the network (a little cloud should appear on the watch face), mine takes about fifteen seconds to switch over.

4) Make your call. Hopefully if all is well you should be good to go!

Good luck! I came within a whisker of returning my watch after numerous visits to the O2 Shop and hours of messing about simply because of the hidden setting under the "Remote Connection" settings that I only found by accident!

Black Belt 
Excellent first post, very informative!
First Poster

Same problem here. Been to 5 o2 stores with my watch 4. Last o2 was yesterday at Cheshire Oaks. They reset the watch and did a fresh install and an esim swap. I did everything and restarted the watch. Still only emergency calls but I am able to send and receive sms. I checked everything you just posted and its all correct. I don't know what else to do. I went to the samsung store to be told there is a 2 week waiting time to see a samsung technician. 

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I had exactly the same problem and was very lucky to, after several well intentioned but failed attempts at help from O2 and Samsung staff, happen across someone on the O2 helpline who knew about the "hidden menu". My only comment would be my experience is that there's no need to have bluetooth on on the phone but it does have to be on on the watch for remote calls to work, even though you're not using it to connect the watch to the phone. Odd. Although the remote calling does work in this way, for some reason after a day or so it always seems to stop again, easily resolved by toggling the "call and text on other devices" toggle on the phone settings off and on again. Annoying though as obviously not something you can do if you've left the phone at home and are relying on the watch. This really needs resolving! Anyone else got a solution to that? But the main frustration is O2 selling 4G versions of this watch but not explaining anywhere how to set it up - even to their own staff!
First Poster

Losing my mind, I have tried all of the above yet still cant make calls from my watch! So disappointed in this!

First Poster
Please can someone help? Remote Connection doesn't let you tap it ????
First Poster


I don't get the cloud appearing over the watch face it just has the picture of a phone with a line through it.

All the others parts in your post are enabled i think... am I missing something to get the cloud to appear?

First Poster

I'm not sure that there is actually a 'fix' for this as it is not actually an issue. If you read the O2 Watch Airtime T&C's, they do not offer airtime and minutes, only data. Turning the Bluetooth off to test will give a false impression as the call will work fine if connected to the same WiFi. The information from O2 is here:


I'm going to speak to O2 to see if they have any different plans but, for the time being, I think calling from the watch without connecting to your phone is not a service offered by O2.

Anonymous User
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Hey dude, ive done these steps but still get the prompt on my watch. Do u have any tips. I tried asking O2 online but they didnt help at all 


I have good news:

Connections \ Mobile Networks \ Mobile Plans \ your plan \ toggle to ON! 

Think like Leics654- almost all text is clickable & yields nested submenus & further options.

The bad news:

1. plan is purposefully toggled off \ we're pushed to instead use the watch thru the phone.

2. It's why Samsung Wear and Carriers don't allow Watch to be activated without phone- and worse, most refuse to do so even with- many claim they only support Apple Watch.

3. It's all a lie- you can activate the Watch by itself or on different carrier as the paired phone: on any carrier that supports self e-Sim activation on the web!

If anyone interested I can post how to do this.

There's only a big problem though: LTE connection overheats the Watch to the point of burning you and then shutting itself down- and this takes all of about 2 minutes only! This explains #1&2! I actually knew this from numerous bad reviews but wanted to get Samsung Pay without springing for a phone- I thought I could keep the watch off and only turn it on to Pay & run errands without needing phone but still make a call in a pinch with the Watch- but it won't even last long enough for a minute call or while waiting on line to pay. 

(Paired with phone & Cellular off, it manages to last a few hours before needing a charge. It still gets very warm, but not super hot. But that is useless- and all the Pedometer \ BP \ Pulse \ Oxygen functions are a crock on a Watch: fake readings worse than the useless COVID masks.)

Horrible year for Watch, Flip, Fold, S22, Android 12- it's why they're all being given away. And they didn't put out a single non-flagship with more than 128gb storage.

Samsung does have 1 interesting phone coming out though- XCover Pro 5G with removable battery, hopefully it gets released this side of the Atlantic (again, only 128GB, BUT reminds of LG Stylo- separately you could buy extended battery or even better: 2 regular extra batteries plus a dual battery charger).

It's too bad about the watch- it activates on a lot of the prepaid MVNOs with free or $3-10 monthly plans- even on many that claim they can't do it. 

Anyway, if anyone needs the activation instructions, give a shout out.