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Great questions and congrats on your early Christmas present! When registering for the beta, you are asked for the ICCID number of the watch which is the E SIM card number that is built into the watch. Do you remember entering this ICCID number when you registered for the beta?
As for how it is going to work with your watch, if you elected to test one number on multiple devices, you will be able to call and text from the watch just as you would from your phone and the number will display as your main number. You can still use your Gear manager app to change things on the gear like the watch faces and what not but I do recommend that you disable auto call forwarding and text notifications through the gear app so that you are not getting like 3 notifications for the same text message haha.
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Some considerations for setting up the Gear S3 using DIGITS.
On the Gear Manager:
1. Make sure that auto-forwarding is turned off
2. Go into notifications, manage notifications
3. Turn off notificaitons for - incoming call, messages, missed call, voicemail
Optionally on the gear itself:
Go to settings, connections, mobile network and switch from auto on/off to always on.
turning this on does consume slightly more battery, but it also makes sure that the watch will always ring when you get a call.
The main reason for this particular configuration is so that SMS is not duplicated when connecting/disconnecting from the phone as well as getting a large number of SMS messages when you disconnect from the phone since it turns off the cellular radio at that point in time.
My hope was that I could stop the constant bluetooth link between the phone and watch because it's causing my 2ish day long phone battery life to go down to the 10 hour range if I'm actually using it. The watch battery has lived up to claims, going about 3 days with regular use.
My experience with the S3 representing my phone's number so far has been pretty good with one major problem. My watch receives everything directed to my phone and the only annoying negative I've found is that I now have fragmented conversations with people. I'll send some texts from the watch and some from the phone, and they all show from the same number. On my end, I can only see the texts I sent on the actual device that sent them. My impression was that Digits would sync my conversations across devices so I could make sense of them later when they get started back up from a break.
The major problem I'm having is that even though my phone's battery is doing almost better than it was before I got the watch, the watch's battery with Bluetooth off and the LTE connection on is lasting just over a day. I'd rather keep an external battery with me for the phone than have to charge the phone every night. Other than the phone being easier to charge on the go, the point of the S Health stuff is to wear the watch almost all the time.
I have a question in relationship to your message conversations being fragmented. Are you are you starting the message in the DIGITS program or are you using the stock messaging application? I'm just trying to get a clearer understanding of what's going on.
I'm using the stock messaging app on both the phone and watch. The phone's line is the one I'm using on multiple devices (right now watch and computer, waiting for a SIM for another phone). The watch was setup via internal Samsung stuff.
I'm not really "starting" them fresh, they're continuing from the existing threads that were there before Digits. The PC side is syncing everything for the most part. All three devices are receiving everything. The phone and watch are only showing sent texts that were sent from themselves.
My watch battery consumption has adjusted and is now at 2+ days on LTE with a remote connection to my phone.
We appreciate you testing out the beta with us! At this time, outgoing messages will not sync across existing duplicate devices. The messages will be available in the DIGITS application on other devices like the web portal, but will not be available to the native messaging client of your phones/watch.
We are working with device OEMs to help integrate DIGITS into native clients but at this time, this specific functionality is not available.
This thread was the product of our fantastic collaborators during DIGITS Beta! As many terms have changed and bugs have been exterminated since the Beta launched, the information here may no longer be accurate. If you still have a question, please search our active threads or ask a new question in the DIGITS space!