How To Fix Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Wake-Up Gesture Not Working

Is the wake-up gesture not working on your Samsung Galaxy Watch 5? there are several factors that can cause this issue such as a software glitch, silent mode features are enabled, or a setting problem. To fix this you will need to perform a series of troubleshooting steps.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is the latest wearable device available in the market running on Google’s Wear OS. It has several outstanding health and fitness features allowing individuals to easily keep track of their workout sessions. This new model has a longer battery life as well as better display protection thanks to its use of a Sapphire crystal glass.

Technical Specifications:

  • Display: 1.19″ Sapphire Crystal Glass AMOLED 396 x 396px (40mm) or 1.36″ Sapphire Crystal Glass AMOED 450 x 450px (44mm)
  • CPU: Samsung Exynos W920
  • RAM: 1.5GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Battery: 284mAh (40mm) or 410 mAh (44mm)
  • Connectivity: NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi (2.4Gz & 5Ghz), LTE (optional)
  • Durability: IP68, Waterproof to 50m (5ATM), MIL-STD-810H
  • Software: One UI Watch 4.5 atop Wear 3.5
  • Health sensors: Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart Sensor (ECG), Bioelectrical Impedance (BIA), Continuous SpO, Skin Temperature Sensor
  • Mobile payments: Samsung Pay, Google Wallet

Why doesn’t my Galaxy watch turn on when I look at it?

Why is my Samsung Galaxy watch not responding to touch?

One of the useful features of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is that the watch’s home screen turns on when you look at it. This is a convenient way of viewing your smartwatch’s screen without even pressing its buttons to wake up the display.

Sometimes though the wake-up gestures will fail to work. Here’s what you need to do to fix this problem.

Solution 1: Make sure the wake-up gesture feature is enabled

The first thing you will need to do is to make sure that the wake gesture feature of your Samsung Galaxy Watch is enabled. you can do this from your watch settings screen.

Turn on wake up gestures

On the watch, navigate to and tap Settings.

Tap Advanced or Device.

Turn on Wake-up gesture.

Solution 2: Turn off the silent modes

The Wake-up gestures of your Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 will automatically be disabled if any of the silent modes are enabled. The silent modes of your Samsung Galaxy Watch include Do not disturb, Theater mode, Good night mode, and Water lock mode.

Turning off silent modes

From your Samsung Galaxy Watch Home screen, press the Home key (Power key).

Swipe down the Status panel from the top of the watch’s screen.

Make sure the Do not disturb, Theater mode, Good night or Bedtime mode, and Water lock mode icons are turned off.

If the mode(s) does not appear in the Status panel, access the Advanced menu from the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone to turn off the switch next to the silent mode(s)

Solution 3: Turn off power saving mode of Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

If the power saving mode of your Samsung Galaxy Watch is enabled, then you won’t be able to use the wake gesture. When this feature is enabled the displays colors on the screen as grey tones. All features are disabled except emergency call (when using the mobile network model), and only the notifications from Apps that do not need a mobile network connection will be available. However, phone, messaging, and notifications are available when the Galaxy Watch is connected to a mobile device via Bluetooth.

Make sure that this mode is turned off.

Turning off power saver mode

Tap Settings on the Apps screen.

Tap Battery.

Turn off power saving by tapping it.

Solution 4: Restart the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

Sometimes a software glitch will cause the Galaxy Watch 5 wake gestures to fail. To fix this you should try to do a restart. When you restart your watch, it refreshes its operating system and removes any corrupted temporary data that could be causing the problem.

Restart

Press and hold the Power button and Back button for approximately 7 seconds or until the watch power cycles.

Your Samsung watch should start rebooting.

Once the Reboot is complete, your Samsung watch should start up as normal.

After the watch restarts you should check if the wake gesture is working.

Solution 5: Factory reset the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

If the above troubleshooting steps fails to fix the problem, then you should consider doing a factory reset on your Galaxy Watch. This will fix any firmware related issues that could be causing the problem.

Factory reset

Back up data on the internal memory.

Turn the Galaxy Watch off.

Press and hold the Power key until REBOOTING displays at the bottom of the screen.

Press the Power key three times quickly until the Select REBOOT MODE screen displays.

Press the Power key several times to highlight ‘ Recovery’.

Press and hold the Home key for three seconds to select, until the Galaxy Watch begins rebooting.

Solution 6: Contact the Samsung service center

If the problem persists, then this could already be caused by a faulty hardware component. You will need to have your Galaxy Watch checked at a service center.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I change my watch face?

    You can change your watch face by touching and holding the screen to enter edit mode. Swipe left or right to your desired watch face. Tap on the watch face design to select it.
    You can also change the watch face using the Galaxy Wearable app of the connected phone. Just launch the Galaxy wearable app then tap on the watch faces tab.

  2. How do I activate power saving mode on Samsung Galaxy Watch?

    From the watch Apps screen, open Settings
    Tap Battery.
    Tap the Power saving slider to turn on or off.
    Tap Watch only to get even more battery life.

  3. How do I pair my Galaxy Watch 5 to an Android phone?

    To connect your Galaxy Watch to a mobile device, install the Galaxy Wearable app on the mobile device.
    Launch Galaxy Wearable. If necessary, update the Galaxy Wearable app to the latest version.
    Tap START THE JOURNEY.
    Select your device on the screen. If you cannot find your device, tap MINE’S NOT HERE.
    Tap TURN ON when the Bluetooth activation request window appears.
    Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the connection.

  4. How to install apps on Galaxy Watch 5?

    Open the Galaxy Wearable app on the connected phone. Swipe to and tap Store to open the watch version of the Play Store.

  5. How to uninstall Galaxy Watch 5 apps?

    Open the Galaxy Wearable app, and then tap the Home tab.
    Tap Apps, and then swipe to and tap Manage apps.
    Tap the Delete icon (the trash can), select the app(s) you want to delete, and then tap Uninstall. Tap Uninstall to confirm.