Galaxy Watch 4: unable to validate security notifications from Google on the watch
The Galaxy Watch 4 has many qualities, starting with the integration of Android Wear, a brand new operating system based on Wear OS from Google. Only and unlike all watches running Wear OS, it is impossible to validate Google’s two-factor authentication notifications on the Galaxy Watch 4.
As you know, Samsung took advantage of a new Galaxy Unpacked to present its new foldable smartphones: the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. Of course, they were not the only ones to take center stage. . The South Korean firm has also lifted the veil on the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic, its new connected watches.
For the very first time, the Galaxy Watch 4 integrates a brand new operating system co-developed by Google and Samsung: Android Wear. This OS is based on Wear OS, the OS found on the vast majority of Android smartwatches. And although Samsung applied its overlay on Android Wear, it was expected that this new OS offers the same possibilities as WearOS. In many ways, this is indeed the case.
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Unable to validate 2FA notifications on Galaxy Watch 4
On the other hand, on the side of Google Prompt, Google’s two-factor authentication launched in 2016, there is a big difference. Since the debut of this protocol in 2016, all smartwatches running Wear OS were able to display 2FA notifications from a connected smartphone. In other words, if you or someone tries to sign in to your Google Account from a new device, you receive an alert on your connected watch.
The user could then validate or not the connection attempt, directly on the smartwatch. Unfortunately, this function does not seem to be part of the Galaxy Watch 4 as revealed by our colleagues on the 9To5Google site. Indeed, the Galaxy Watch 4 does display two-fold authentication notifications from Google, without however offering any interaction to the user. There is no no way to refuse or accept the connection attempt on your smartwatch.
You must take out your smartphone to proceed with the operation. It’s hard to understand why Samsung has not seen fit to integrate such a basic feature. Hopefully, the South Korean manufacturer corrects this shortcoming with a future patch.