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Android Wear is designed to keep you appraised of what's going on with your phone via notifications and cards, but that's not all it's good for. There are already a few apps that let you tweak settings on your phone, and now Wear Hotspot lets you toggle the hotspot functionality. It's actually a pretty good use of Wear.

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You can launch the app by finding it in the list or asking your watch to open "Wear Hotspot." Just tap the button that pops up in the app, and the phone's hotspot should flip on. Tap it again, and it shuts off. This doesn't magically enable tethering if it's blocked on your account – it only toggles the local setting.

I can actually imagine a few cases someone might want to use this. If your phone is sitting across the room on the charger, but you need its internets on another device, you can just toggle the hotspot via the watch. You know, because who wants to get up? Yuck. The app was developed with a Verizon Galaxy Note 3, and I tested it successfully on a Nexus 5 with T-Mobile service. Your mileage may vary, though.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • vyktorsouza

    FINALLY a DEV that actually gets the point of Android Wear

  • D1ma

    will be useful for me (once I get 360), alot of times I use hotspot in my car for Nexus7 to connect and stream music, buy now I wouldn't have to take the phone out of pocket to turn it on while driving.

  • Philip Worthington

    Ok, so I really want a Moto 360 (it looks amazing), but wear as a platform really isn't impressing me so far.

    A hotspot toggle? My Sony SW2 already does this, plus it can toggle most of the other settings too. Remote camera and video app? SW2 has it. Useless tiny web browser? Yep, SW2 even has one of those.

    For me this is simply the baseline - come on wear, I know it's early days but hurry up and do something impressive!

    • NothingUnknown

      I know looks are in the eye of the beholder, but in my opinion the 360 will look orders of magnitude better toggling your hotspot.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      I find its entire method of handling notifications dramatically more impressive than what anyone else has done before. I bought it for THAT. The rest is icing.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    O_O that is a good enough reason for me to buy a moto360 right now.

  • ClickFire_

    Android Wear Development is way easier than Android so I expect Android Wear To Evolve and Improve Extremely fast over the next 4 - 6 months and quickly go from being an ok device to a must have.