Wear OS update will be suitable for left-handers

Left-handers can finally make good use of the software via a future Wear OS update. The interface can then be mirrored. This makes it nicer to wear a smartwatch on the right arm.

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Future Wear OS update: usable for left-handers

A smartwatch is a useful addition to everyday life for many people. In addition to dozens of different brands that sell such devices, wearables are available with different operating systems. One of these is Wear OS from Google itself. The popular Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic from Samsung are the first smart watches that run on the updated Wear OS 3. We expect many more smartwatches equipped with this smart software in the future.

It seems that those new watches are going to have a big advantage for left-handers. The interface can be rotated 180 degrees, making operation a lot easier. It also becomes possible to turn a watch completely upside down. That’s nice for specific models that are equipped with a few physical buttons on the right side of the watch case.

Have to wait years for the update

Wear OS was announced in 2014, then under the name Android Wear, but left-handers were not thought of then. In 2018, through the Google Issue Tracker made a request to introduce a mode for left-handers. Recently, a Google employee announced that this ‘issue’ has been resolved, stating: “it will be available on new equipment in the future”.

This seems to indicate that it won’t be brought to older watches with a simple software update, but exact details on that are still unclear. The interface can probably be adjusted in the settings to how you want to use it.

Already have a smartwatch on your wrist, but are you left-handed? Then you may want to try the application below. Lefty, is an app developed by someone who ran into the same problem and flips the interface on your Wear OS watch.

Lefty: Wear OS on right wrist


Please note that certain wrist movements are not detected and therefore do not work. The physical crown wheel on various watches also does not work properly. Time will tell how and whether Google got that working.

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