Compatibility

Galaxy Watch Designer (GWD) is currently in beta. As it continues to develop, the availability of some features may change and some features may not be fully functional. Learn about the supported Tizen OS, watches, features, and Java versions for the Galaxy Watch Designer.

Compatibility issues

Note GWD (.gwd) files created in the latest version of GWD cannot be opened by older versions of GWD. GWD files created in older versions of GWD can be opened by newer versions of GWD. For example, GWD 1.7.1 files cannot be opened in GWD 1.6.2. However, GWD 1.6.2 files can be opened in GWD 1.7.1.

Supported Tizen OS and Watches

The following table shows the GWD version with the Tizen OS and the watch types that it supports. The table also shows the factory-installed Tizen OS on the watch (on some watches, the Tizen OS may be upgraded).

Watch Type Factory-Installed
Tizen OS Version
Galaxy Watch Designer Version
1.8.0 1.7.x 1.6.x 1.5.x 1.4.x 1.3.x 1.2.1
Galaxy Watch Active 2 4.0
Galaxy Watch Active 4.0
Galaxy Watch 4.0
Gear Sport 3.01
Gear S3 2.32 3 3
Gear Fit2 Pro 2.3
Gear Fit2 2.3
Gear S2 2.3
Gear S 2.2
Tizen OS Version Supported 4.0, 3.0 4.0, 3.0 4.0, 3.0, 2.3, 2.2 3.0, 2.3, 2.2 2.3, 2.2 2.3, 2.2 2.3, 2.2

1Upgradable to Tizen 4.0.0.2.

2Upgradable to Tizen 3.0 and 4.0.0.2.

3When watch is upgraded to Tizen 3.0 or higher.

Note For devices using Tizen 4.0 or later, by law, you must notify the user about personal information used in the watch face. When the app is launched, you must allow the user an option to allow or not allow access to personal information. Therefore, a separate TPK file must be generated for Tizen 4.0 and later and for Tizen 3 and earlier.

The Galaxy Watch Designer provides an option to generate separate TPK files for these versions. Samsung suggests appending "_TW4" to the TPK file name for devices using Tizen 4.0 and later and appending "_TW3" to the TPK file name for devices using Tizen 3 or earlier. Upload one or both files to support the appropriate devices.

For more information, see Build & Uploading and FAQ: How to upload watch faces for Galaxy Watch and older Gear devices?

Supported Features

The following table lists features of the GWD and which versions support those features. The table also lists the watches that do not support those features.

Feature Galaxy Watch Designer Version Unsupported
Watch Type
1.8.0 1.7.1 1.7.0 1.6.x 1.5.3, 1.5.4 1.5.2 1.5.1 1.5.0 1.4.x 1.3.2 1.3.1 1.3.0 1.2.1
Colored layers A color can be applied to a layer and its component outline inherits the same color Gear S
Gear S2
Gear Fit2
Gear Fit2 Pro
Change properties for multiple components Change the Dimension, Placement, and Rotate properties of all selected components at the same time. Gear S
Gear S2
Gear Fit2
Gear Fit2 Pro
Text formatting A component’s text can be formatted from the Properties window. Gear S
Gear S2
Gear Fit2
Gear Fit2 Pro
Weather component actions When set as a button, weather components have additional actions that can be performed such as update weather data and change temperature unit. Gear S
Gear S2
Gear Fit2
Gear Fit2 Pro
Component outline Enable View > Outlines > Outline Highlight to display the outline of a component when you mouse over it. Gear S
Gear S2
Gear Fit2
Gear Fit2 Pro
Gyro effects for text and digital clock components Gyro effects can be applied to text and digital clock components. Gear S
Gear S2
Gear Fit2
Gear Fit2 Pro
Run preview window Replaces the Resource Preview window and allows you to control your watch face (such as watch effects, health, weather, watch type, and strap color) and take screenshots. Gear S
Gear S2
Gear Fit2
Gear Fit2 Pro
HERE Map API Mapping data and functions use the HERE Map API. Gear S
Gear S2
Gear Fit2
Gear Fit2 Pro
Moon phase position tag Dynamically change your watch face based on the moon phase. Gear S
Gear S2
Gear Fit2
Gear Fit2 Pro
64-bit support for Windows Improves performance and handles larger files. N/A
Google location API Mapping data and functions use the Google Location API.
Always-On display, low bit color Mapping data and funcLow-bit color mode uses only cyan, magenta, yellow, red, green, blue, and white at full brightness. Gray scales and gradients cannot be used.
Change watch preview image Select the image displayed as a preview of your watch.
Tag expressions Dynamically change the watch face based on values of select data.
Tag expressions cannot be used with weather-based text components (Weather type, Temperature, Humidity, City name, Last update time).
Supported on watches running Tizen 2.3.2.0 or later.
Gear S
Run-Time permissions An option that gives the user the ability to allow access to or protect personal data (such as location and health). Gear S
Gear S2
Gear Fit2
Gear Fit2 Pro
Uninstall watch faces Manage watch faces by removing them from your connected watch when you have completed your testing.
Adaptable km/mile display Set distance units (km or miles) based on the user's Samsung Health settings. Gear S
Gear S2 1
12- and 24-hour conditional modes Use conditional lines to show 12- or 24-hour versions of your watch face based on the time mode of the user's phone.
Connect to mobile phone Connect your watch to a phone and then physically connect your phone to a computer.
OpenWeatherMap API Display weather data provided by OpenWeatherMap.
Weather-based text components cannot be used with some text components (Steps, Step counts, Steps goal, Speed, Burned calorie, Moved distance, Heart rate, Water intake, Caffeine intake, and Floor) and complications (Workout, Water, Caffeine, and Heart Rate). Additionally weather-based text components cannot be used with in-app purchases (Free Trial Periods) or tag expressions.
Preferences Manage basic settings of the GWD, including API keys.
4K monitor support (Windows only) View your designs in higher resolution on a bigger screen. N/A
Gyro effects Dynamically change the watch face based on the tilt position and angle of the watch.
Supported on watches running Tizen 2.3.2.3 or later.
Gear S
Free trial period Allow users to try your watch face for free for a limited time.
Cannot be used with weather-based text components.
Supported on watches running Tizen 2.3.2.3 or later.
Gear S
Import PSD files Drag and drop Adobe Photoshop files into the GWD.
Group layers Organize layers by grouping them together.
Lock project files Password-protect your project files. Once a password has been added, it cannot be removed.
Always-On display, high color High color mode has no color limitations, so the corresponding active versions of your watch face can be replicated more closely. Gear S2
Gear S22
Language fonts Unsupported fonts revert to the watch's basic font. For example, some localized content may not be available in a selected font. Gear S
Gear S21
Language settings Automatically change the language of content based on the language setting of the user's phone.
Supported on watches running Tizen 2.3.2.3 or later.
Gear S
Double-Tap to change background
image Double-tap the background on the watch to change the background image.
Gear S
Gear S21
1.8.0 1.7.1 1.7.0 1.6.x 1.5.3, 1.5.4 1.5.2 1.5.1 1.5.0 1.4.x 1.3.2 1.3.1 1.3.0 1.2.1

1Supported if the firmware has been updated to version *********PFB or later.

2These watches will display the basic always-on watch face if a high color AOD is configured.

NoteWith the introduction of the Galaxy Watch Active, the user interface for a Galaxy Watch must be designed to support both a device with a bezel and a device without a bezel. See User Interface Design Guidelines for Galaxy Wearables for more information.

For more information, see What's New and the Release Note .

Required Java Versions

The version of Java required by the Galaxy Watch Designer (GWD) depends on the version of GWD you are installing and your operating system. GWD 1.6.2 or earlier for Windows supports only 32-bit versions of Java (version 8). GWD 1.7.x for Windows and GWD 1.6.x for Mac supports 64-bit Java (version 8 or 11).

GWD Version Operating System Java SE Version1
8 11
32-bit (x86) 64-bit (x64)
1.7.x and later Windows 32-bit2
Windows 64-bit 3
Mac 4
1.6.x Windows 32-bit 3
Windows 64-bit 3
Mac 4
1.5.x and earlier Windows 32-bit Older versions of GWD may require a specific version of Java. Please contact support for more information.
Windows 64-bit
Mac

1Download Java SE from Oracle Software Downloads.

2GWD 1.7.x and later do not support a 32-bit OS.

3For Windows systems using Java 8, download the Java Runtime Environment (JRE).

4For Macs using Java 8, download the Java Development Kit (JDK).