Android Wear LG G Watch Mac

I know, it may sound fairly niche, but hear me out. Recently, there’s been a lot of buzz about using Android Wear devices with the iPhone, and that’s the reason why I started exploring this topic to begin with.

As it turns out, when you buy an Android Wear device, you need an Android device to “activate” the smartwatch (go figure). Since I don’t currently own an Android phone, my LG G Watch was stuck at the pairing screen.

Yes, there are more “in-depth” ways to go about getting passed this screen, but not everyone is up to that task. With this in mind, I’ve created a video tutorial that shows you how to run an Android virtual machine on your Mac with Parallels, and how to then pair an Android Wear device with the virtual machine.

First of all, special thanks to matrixfatalerror over at the XDA forums for creating the original tutorial. I’ve basically taken his tutorial, tried my best to add a little clarity and polish, and created a video. Make sure you visit his post for the original tutorial.

Step 1: Download and install Parallels (you can use a free trial)

Step 2: Download android-x86-4.4-RC2.iso and save it to your desktop

Step 3: Launch Parallels and the New Virtual Machine window should appear

Step 4: Double click on Download Android Free and click the Download button

Step 5: Once the download is complete, it will unarchive, register, and run Android 4 (experimental)

Android Mac Virtual Machine

Step 6: Shut down the Android virtual machine

Step 7: Open Parallels Settings → Hardware → CD/DVD 1 → Click the Connected box → Choose the image file saved from Step 2

Step 8: Click Boot Order → Choose CD/DVD → Click the Up button to make CD/DVD boot first

Step 9: Close Settings and click Android 4 (experimental) Click to start

Step 10: Use your arrow keys to select Installation – Install Android-x86 to hardest and press Return on the keyboard

Step 11: Select sda1 Linux → ext3 → Yes → Yes → Yes →  Run Android-x86

Step 12: Shut down the Android virtual machine

Step 13: Open Parallels Settings → Hardware → Click Boot Order → Choose CD/DVD → Click the Down button to make CD/DVD boot second

Step 14: Close Settings and click Android 4 (experimental) Click to start

Android Mac Boot up

Step 15: Android will boot and will require you to go through the initial set up process. Make sure you log in with a Google account. You don’t need to worry about the Wi-Fi network, as it should share your Mac’s network connection.

Step 16: Open Google Play and download Android Wear

Step 17: Open Parallels Settings → Hardware → USB & Bluetooth → Check Bluetooth devices

Step 18: Restart the Android Virtual Machine

Step 19: Pull down the status bar in the upper-right hand corner to reveal Android’s settings and open the Bluetooth settings

Step 20: Make sure that your Android Wear device is on, and the Android virtual machine should see your Android Wear device. Go through the pairing process, and you should now be able to get passed the pairing screen on the Android Wear device.

Android Wear OS X Mac

You can now use your Android Wear device with the virtual machine, or better yet, use it with a jailbreak tweak and Android app to pair it with you iPhone.We’ll have more on that in a future post.

What do you think? I know it looks like a lot of steps, but this can seriously be done in less than 10 minutes. Just watch the video, and you’ll see how simple it actually is.

  • Initiation

    I attempted this a while back with that other well known android emulator however to no avail. Though this is useful, my only quarrel would be that in using a trial for parallels, when the watch powers down or goes out of sync with the time, there would be no easy way to re-sync it. This time sync issue occurs a lot with my Moto 360, as I do not keep the android I used to activate it with me all the time. Great tutorial however.

  • Guytano Law

    I have a question: I am wondering what apps I can use with a jailbroken iphone? If this method works, What functionality and tweaks are available? Thanks In advance

  • Blip dude

    I’ll keep these methods in mine because I am interested in a Moto 360, but if the Peeble Time Steel comes out by the time I have the luxury of owning a smart watch, I’ll stick to that instead.

  • Wesley

    How do I download an apk to my moto 360. I’m trying to add the android wear for iOS tweak but it keeps saying I need to download the apk to my moto 360. I don’t know how to do that.

  • Solrac Hum

    this tutorial is for the MOTOACTV from Motorola ?

  • Bahaa

    I have done every step twice on two different computers, iMac and Macbook pro, however everytime the bluetooth connection fails after it connects, any idea how to solve this issue ?

  • Peter Leijenhorst

    Bluetooth is not working…can’t find my LG G Watch (or any other bluetooth device) And yes, i enables the bluetooth in step 17. Any ideas?

    • Marek Niessner

      Do the factory reset on you G watch and than try to sync again and it is working. If still not, send me email for more info.

  • subsr

    android 5.1 is available now at x86, is this version any better with the sync issues ? im trying to connect my sony smartwatch 3 and I havent had much success. any help or advice will be much appreciated.

  • bob vance

    Here was my goal with this article:
    To get a 1st gen Moto 360 to work with my iPhone 6. I got it to work this week, in March 2016.

    Here are a couple issues I faced while trying to get this to work:

    1) when I installed the vm on my MacBook Pro through these steps, I downloaded the android wear app from the play store, but then the play store disappeared completely. I could even run the wear app because I didn’t have google play? It was weird (I’ve used android before so I’m not android illiterate lol), so I uninstalled it and reinstalled it and got it to work.

    2. Once I got the wear app and everything running through parallels I had to update the Google app as well. After everything was updated I would try to update the watch but I kept gettin an error code (something like Public OTA…blah blah). The watch wouldn’t update and the download would take FOREVER like an hour and a half but then the error would happen.

    This is what I had to do. I literally had to sit at my computer and click on the app occasionally because it was like the Bluetooth sharing would stop. You have to keep the android vm active so don’t leave it. Maybe put a tv show on, leave the watch on the charger near the comp, and every couple minutes just click on a different app or something just to keep android engaged.

    After the download fully completed, it went through the installation process. Then, after the update it worked with my iPhone. You can delete the vm off your computer. Also, there’s ANOTHER update to 6.0 android wear so update the watch again while it’s connected to your phone.

    Hope this helps