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Here’s a complete list of features that are missing from the Gear S3 on iOS

If you’ve been following SamMobile closely, you’re probably aware that Samsung finally launched its Gear S application for iOS on Sunday, January 8, bringing Gear Fit 2, Gear S2 and Gear S3 owners the facility to connect their device to an iPhone.

We’ve already shown you the easiest way to pair your iPhone with the firm’s latest smarwatches, but after playing around with the newly-introduced compatibility for a while, we started to notice that a few core features are missing.

For starters, due to Apple’s restrictions, users are unable to respond to notifications on their wrist. They can only view short summaries of alerts and mark them as read, which makes the Gear S3 more of a notifier than a smartwatch when paired with an iPhone. That’s not all, though. Many other pieces of functionality that make the Gear S3 such an attractive offering for Android owners are missing on iOS, including Samsung Pay, functional watch faces that integrate calendar events and Find my Device.

Samsung’s also been forced to limit the capabilities of some of the basic features baked into its Tizen operating system in order to make them compatible with iOS, such as preventing call logs from syncing between the handset and the wearable.

Due to the sheer amount of differences between the way the Gear Fit 2, Gear S2 and Gear S3 work with Android and iOS, we’ve decided to create a post highlighting all of their features, and how they function with different operating systems.

Gear Fit 2

AppFeatureSamsung & Non-Samsung AndroidiOSAdditional Details
Notification
ReceivingOO
ReplyOXDue to iPhone’s limitation
Watch Face
Functional Watch FaceOO (Doesn’t support Calendar Complication)
Watch Face StoreOO
Music Player
Music PlayerOXYou cannot transfer music files directly from iOS. You need to use the Gear Music Manager PC/Web client.
Media ControllerOO
Find My
Find my GearOO
Find my DeviceOX
Stop WatchOO
TimerOO
AlarmOO
S Health
Monthly, Weekly ReportOX
Dash Board EditOO
View by DeviceOX
Chart ViewOO
Sync with Partners Co.OX
PedometerOO
FloorsOO
Heart RateOO
Auto Sleep TrackingOO
Together Social ChallengeOX
Health Tracking
Walking
Running
Cycling
Hiking
Elliptical
Exercise Bike
Step Machine
Tradmill
Pilates
Rowing Machine
Yoga
Lunge
Crunch
Squat
Others
O
O
No GPS on iOS.

Gear S2/S3

AppFeatureSamsung AndroidNon-Samsung AndroidiOS
Gear S2Gear S2 (3G)Gear S3Gear S3 (LTE)
Messages
NotificationOOO (Does not support reply)
SyncOXXO (Only through Gear number)XO (Only through Gear number)
Call
NotificationOOOOOO
Accept/RejectOO (Not available on S2 BT)O (HFP setting required)
OutgoingOOXO (HFP setting required)
Auto Forwarding (3G)OXXXXX
Manual Forwarding (3G)OOXXXX
Log SyncOOXXXX
Log ListOOO (Call Logs through HFP remain)
Log DetailsOOO (Call Logs through HFP remain)
DialerOOXOOO
Contacts
SyncOOXOOO
ListOOXOOO
DetailsOOXOOO
S Health
24H LogOOOOOO
Activity TrackerOOOOOO
ExerciseOOOOOO
Heart RateOOOOOO
Weather
Current WeatherOOO (Current location only)
More InformationOOOOOO
Music Player
Music PlayerOOX (You cannot transfer music files directly from iOS. You need to use the Gear Music Manager PC/Web client)
Media ControllerOOO (No Album Art)
S Voice
Voice ActionOOOOOO
Voice SearchOOOOOO
RemindersOOOOOO
Alti/BarometerOOOOOO
Schedule
NotificationOOOOOO
Snooze/DismissOXXXXX
Alarm
Create/Edit/SetOOOOOO
Snooze/DismissOO (Only for alarms created on the Gear S2/S3)
World ClockOOOOOO
Gallery
ViewOOOOOO
TransferOOOOOO
Find My
Find my GearOOOOOO
Find my DeviceOOXXXX
Email
NotificationOOO (Does not support replies)
SyncOXXXXX
Nike+ Running
RunningOOXXXX
SyncOOXXXX
Samsung PayOOXXXX
SOS Request (Safety)OOXXXX
SpeedometerOOOOOO
Number SyncOOXOXO

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pjbnz
pjbnz

Hi, I have S2 classic (BT) with iphone SE. I don’t know why, but Gallery app disappeared. Factory reset did not help. Does anyone know where I could download the official Gallery app and how?

dxk1
dxk1

I don’t think numbersync works with AT&T with iOS (iphone7) and S3LTE as your chart suggests. Please let me know if anyone knows how to do it. AT&T tech support does not either.

dxk1
dxk1

Never mind. Got it to work, going around with iPhone app.

Mirko 93
Mirko 93

Hey guys, could anyone tell me if GPS missing feature on Gear Fit 2 activities (and S3 too, I think) would probably be fixed on the next update of the iOS App? I think so, since on other activity trackers, like Fitbit Surge, GPS and maps works perfectly, so I’m pretty hopeful it’ll happen on GPS Gear devices too! What do u think about that?

maccyb
maccyb

Definitely better to buy a Samsung phone with this, however even though some capabilities are missing it still has a lot more than Apple Watch.

ctdog4748
ctdog4748

The Gear won’t be able to reply to texts, can’t make payments, no big name apps. So how exactly is it better to use than the Apple Watch? Yeah, you suck at trolling. Please kill yourself, you’ll be doing your family a favor.

Deke218
Deke218

Wondering what sort of POS tells another human to kill themselves because they have a different view of something? I know! The kind that needs to be removed from Earth to make this a better place for the rest of us! Notice I’m not calling for your demise. Just your removal from Earth. Get to floating!

ctdog4748
ctdog4748

Stop being such a sensitive crybaby. And don’t even think of getting me banned, it won’t happen. Sammobile needs me to keep the idiots and trolls in line.

Peschiera
Peschiera

@CTDOG4748
You really need a treatment!