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New Gear S3 update disables automatic alarm sync with smartphone

A new software update has been released for the Gear S3, the first one the watch is receiving after the major One UI update that Samsung pushed out a couple of months ago. The update that’s rolling out today is available in Germany, Canada, and Israel and should expand to other countries in the next few weeks. It brings improved system reliability and disables automatic syncing of alarms between the watch and the connected phone, which will probably come as good news to many.

That’s because after the One UI update, the Gear S3 has been forcefully copying the settings for a particular alarm from the phone, overriding any changes made to the alarm on the watch. For example, if you set the watch to only vibrate for your morning alarm and set the phone to vibrate and ring for the same alarm, you’ll find the watch ringing as well when you wake up. After installing the update that’s rolling out today, that should stop being an issue and your Gear S3 should remember your alarm preferences once again.

The new update is available for both the Frontier and Classic models and should show up as a notification on your phone at some point. You can also try and download the update right away by opening the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone, selecting About Watch, followed by Update watch software, and then tapping the Update now button. Since these updates are rolled out in stages, it will take some time before the update is available for everyone.

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casper181
casper181

Still nothing in the UK – has this been stopped?

ghriffo
ghriffo

Has anyone from Brazil been able to update? Any predictions of when the update will be available here?

Sune
Sune

I wish they would make the alarm sound/volume independent of the other sound settings on the watch, so that I can keep the watch on vibrate, letting the alarm have sound. Like on the phone.

EvilDanny
EvilDanny

A temp fix for battery, after trying everything else by luck when me was simply to charge the battery for a full day when the watch off.

I also leave aod off.
After 13 hours of use, I have 77% battery life. I’m happy with that.

Gunter2
Gunter2

I got this update but as I always sync my watch alarm to ring, it makes no difference to me. I just hope it doesn’t badly affect battery life as I’m getting close to 3 days now.

Nachein
Nachein

I just installed it, but i wished it fixed the battery drain that the new UI has caussed on my s3 frontier. no luck this time…
I tried everything, factory reset, uninstalling all aps, etc.
Someone knows how to fix this battery drain?

Cyril692
Cyril692

2 years and a half that I use my gear S3 classic, before I held almost 4 days now almost 2 days (1 day and 18 hours). It must be obvious that after a while the battery is worn.I ordered a battery on a site for 20 euros, I expect it loses some autonomy and I change it.

Gunter2
Gunter2

This is true. I got a new battery after about 2 years and 3 months, I was down to a day and a half on my settings. I normally got almost 3 days. It’s back to normal now. I got mine replaced at a Samsung repair service, it was very cheap, about 35 euro.

Gunter2
Gunter2

If your battery is more than two years old you should change it. It isn’t expensive. You can do it yourself with the right tool and even get it replaced officially by Samsung as I did.

buhraion
buhraion

Just got the update here in the U.S. R760OXA2ESF2…I have the Gear S3 Frontier

locarno
locarno

So if I set alarm in Phone, then GearS3 won’t sync it? What a stupid idea.

henklbr
henklbr

Did you read the text? Do you know what the bug was?

locarno
locarno

I read the text but I don’t know if I understand this bug

Gunter2
Gunter2

You don’t understand because you’re an idiot. Lol.

locarno
locarno

xD.

deeboshaheen
deeboshaheen

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spunkybloke
spunkybloke

Exactly! I wish they would have made Alarm syncing between phone and watch as an option to enable or disable, just like they added option for DND syncing in Galaxy Wear App under ‘Sync phone settings’. After One UI update, I was happy to be able to see the alarms set both on Watch and Phone and could even toggle the alarms ON/OF set on phone before they go off! Plus I could even keep Phone alarm as one of the watch widget and see the remaining time for alarm to go off. It’s stupid idea to disable a feature… Read more »

Jpprice14
Jpprice14

Also just released here in South Korea

locarno
locarno

What model number gear s3 do you have in SK ?

henklbr
henklbr

Why would you want to know?

locarno
locarno

Probably SK have another model number which also mean another software number.

Gunter2
Gunter2

It’s the same model globally.