Last year, Google announced that it would shut down its music streaming platform, Google Play Music, and replace it with YouTube Music. However, the Mountain View giant was repulsed by not releasing the YouTube Music app for the Wear OS platform for smartwatches. We have also released a YouTube Music app for Apple’s watchOS. As a result, developers were able to port YouTube Music’s Android app to WearOS 2.0 with some tweaks.
Well, Google later released a YouTube Music app for Wear OS, but it’s worth mentioning that it’s currently only compatible with Wear OS 3.0, which is dedicated to Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 series. As a result, most smartwatches running Wear OS 2.0 didn’t get the YouTube Music app itself.
Citing this big issue for Wear OS 2.0 users, Romania-based software developer Alexandru Pop tried to port the Android version of the YouTube Music app to Wear OS. And what do you guess? he succeeded. Pop used the smartphone version of the YouTube Music app to shrink to fit the size of the smartwatch app. Users can play and control songs on YouTube Music, but the UI has been reported to be unoptimized yet.
The developers also ported the app using a modified version of the YouTube Music app called YouTube Music Vanced. This was to allow users to sign in to their Google account with the Wear OS version of the app. This was necessary because the original YouTube Music app does not allow sign-in if the app has been tampered with or has been tampered with. Therefore, there remain security issues related to the Wear OS version of the YouTube Music app.
If you’re still tired of waiting for Google to release an official YouTube Music app compatible with Wear OS 2.0, check out the YouTube Music app for Wear OS 2.0-based smartwatches. You can visit the XDA Alexandru thread for detailed instructions on how to install the app.