Set up an emulator

Wear OS 5 Developer Preview, available using an emulator, lets you do the following:

  • Test behavior changes in Wear OS 5 Developer Preview
  • Explore the new features that are available in Wear OS 5 Developer Preview
  • View the watch faces that you create using Watch Face Studio

Set up an emulator

Using the emulator, you can test different screen sizes and watch faces.

Download and install the emulator

To set up a virtual device to emulate a Wear OS 5 device, follow these steps:

  1. Download the latest preview release of Android Studio.

  2. In Android Studio, click Tools > SDK Manager.

  3. In the SDK Tools tab, select the latest version of Android Emulator and click OK to install the latest version if it isn't already installed.

  4. In Android Studio, open the Device Manager by selecting Tools > Device Manager. Click Create device.

  5. In the Category pane, select Wear OS and choose a hardware profile. Click Next.

  6. Select a Wear OS 5 system image to download, which is the image with API Level 34 and the Target Android 14 (Wear OS 5 - Preview). If you don't already have a Wear OS 5 system image installed that matches your device definition, click Download next to the Release Name to get it.

  7. Click Next and then click Finish.

Test your app on the emulator

After creating the virtual device, run and test your application on a Wear OS 5 emulator:

  1. Go to the Android Studio toolbar and select the virtual device you just created.
  2. Click Run .

Interact with pre-installed apps

The emulator includes several pre-installed apps to help you test how your app interacts with other apps that are commonly installed on users' devices:

User-space apps

  • Accessibility apps
    • Talkback
    • Text-to-speech
  • Alarm
  • Contacts
  • Flashlight
  • Media Controls
  • Messages
  • Phone
  • Play Store
  • Settings
  • Stopwatch
  • Timer

System apps

  • Clock
  • Gboard
  • Google Play services
  • Google Watch Faces
  • Health Services on Wear OS
  • Media Controls
  • ProtoLayout Renderer (for tiles)
  • System UI
  • Wear Services
  • Wear Watch Face Format Runtime