Samsung details its Galaxy Watch Universal Gestures

Ro, 04 December 2023

In time for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), Samsung wants to remind us that its Galaxy Watches are suitable for everyone, thanks to the so-called Universal Gestures. The feature enhances accessibility and allows you to navigate without having to touch the display or the rotating bezel (or the virtual bezel) at all.

You can enable the Universal Gestures feature in the Settings menu under the Accessibility sub-menu. The two main gestures are "make a fist" and "pinch". The former selects an item while making a fist twice, opens up the Action menu, or activates Universal gestures.

The pinch moves to the next highlighted item while a double pinch returns to highlight the previous item.

As you can see, the Action menu displays different available actions depending on the active app or menu. These gestures are pretty neat and even people without disabilities may find them useful.

However, there's a catch. Essentially, you can't use Universal Gestures and have Google Wallet active on your Galaxy Watch. The gestures can be activated only if you don't have a screen lock set up, whereas using Google Pay requires a screen lock for obvious security reasons.

It's also worth noting that the Universal Gestures are different from the gestures found in the Advanced features menu. They allow you to answer calls, dismiss alerts or launch an app on the fly with other hand motions. Those can be used even with the screen lock on.


Reader comments

the bigger bezels are used for the water resistant adhesive. The galaxy smartphones have thinner bezels because theyre only rated to go about 6 feet(1.5m) deep, while the galaxy watches can go over 150 feet (50m) deep, because the larger amount of ad...

  • Anonymous
  • 04 Dec 2023
  • gJt

Dont know who did them first , what matters is who does them right and not a gimmick. Yes thats Apple .

Before apple fan boys say apple is the first to invent this feature or Samsung copied it, then sorry to bust your bubble, because Samsung has this feature upto 2 years ago, well not in apple way but Apple is not the first

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