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Galaxy Watch 4 notifications while not wearing the watch?

(Topic created on: 04-10-2021 07:12 PM)
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I have a Watch 4 Classic 46, still within the return window.

I want to be able to take it off my wrist, set it on the coffee table - and still see notifications on the scree while I'm not wearing it.

It doesn't do this and I can't find a setting that would allow it.

My current Watch 3 and my previous S3 Frontier both had this functionality.

Any tips?

Thanks,

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Bennythejet55
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I've also confirmed that this does affect people with very dark skin. My friend does not get notifications on his watch and has since returned it. 

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Bennythejet55
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I'd love to think Samsung actually reads this. But we're coming up on 6 months since the watch's initial release and no sign or anything has been made for this feature to come back. Mostly because I think we're in a minority, here.

I hope a youtube reviewer picks this up, or someone writes an article about this. Because its a ridiculous feature to omit. 

Arnieator
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I have been battling Samsung on why I get occasional silent notifications (no sound/no vibrate) on about 20% of my watch notifications.  They say it is hardware related.  This thread has helped me identify the problem!  I check my real-time heart rate history and the watch is losing HR occasionally.  So these notification must be coming in during these periods of undetected HR.  This is a major flaw and Samsung needs to turn on notification on watch 'even while not on wrist'!  This has rendered my watch 4 useless since the only reason I got the Samsung watch 4  was because I don't hear or feel notification with my S21 phone in my pocket.

KarolZ
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is there a chance that Samsung will deal with this problem at all? my job requires my wrists to be free, but the watch is attached to the trouser belt so that I can see who is writing to me. this is a necessary function for me that i had in Galaxy watch 46. i still need it.

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Bobr1384
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I wish/hope there's a way Samsung decides to do the right thing and bring back the notification setting that allows ALL notifications to come through regardless of whether the piece of s#hit watch thinks you're wearing it or not. To say it's dumb Samsung chose to remove this basic setting on the watch 4 after having it on every single watch they've had prior to that is an understatement. When I bought both versions of the watch 4, I was guaranteed by their customer service reps it would be fixed with an update. We'll we're now a year later and still nothing. I've got 2 watch 4's, and a brand new watch 5 sitting in my drawer and I'm stuck wearing a refurbished watch 3 simply because that allows all notifications on my sleeved arm/wrist. The watch 4 and 5 allow navigation/alarm/calendar reminders if you're not wearing it. It can't be difficult to fix if Samsung gave one ***** about their loyal customer base. I really wish I knew a popular youtuber/influencer that could get this complete joke to be seen by the right person.

AnnaRambo
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I'm also struggling with this, tattoo right where my watch is
sealover1
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I,m going to have to sell my watch 4 if I cant find a way around this I want to get   notifications when not wearing the watch samsung said something about using an companion App to do this what the hell is a companion app? 

Garlin1
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Can't believe this is still a problem.  I also have a tattoo on both wrists so I can't get notifications.  I am a diabetic and rely on my Dexcom alerts going through.  

hyatuzlife
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The wrist tattoos is an easy fix, Peter Mckinnon did a video on this a while back.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkmPBHFSFyI
As for the "no-notification when not wearing" still no fix. Pretty annoying.

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Green34
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This is my first 'smart' watch. I've been dealing with the wrist detection issue since I purchased my watch 5 with my s23 ultra a few months ago. Discovered wrist detection was the issue and bought the little bubbles off amazon. Notifications, heart rate monitor, and sleep detection began to work, but only periodically. I have no wrist tattoos, but do have hairy arms. My roommate is female and has no hair on her arms and wrist detection still didn't work for her. I finally sent the device back to Samsung and the problems they identified were wifi failure and HRM sensor failure. They replaced part# GH82-29373A with description of SVC PBA-MAIN(USA/ZA)SM-R910,16GB,NA,XAA as well as part# GH97-27621A with description of MEA REAR-SM-R910;SM-R910,OPEN,BLACK.

Guess why I'm here... STILL DOESN'T WORK. The "show only while wearing" option needs to be revived. I will start looking for a flashed version of the software since it looks like this isn't coming back. Pretty disappointing 

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