If you own an Android Wear device right now, chances are you're probably waiting patiently furiously checking for that elusive Android Wear 5.1 update. Well, we've got you covered. As the links to the OTA ZIP files become available, we will post them here. To flash these, you'll need to have ADB installed and have the Google USB drivers from the Android SDK. You'll reboot your watch into recovery mode, then select "Install Update From ADB." You can then run "adb sideload filename.zip" from a command prompt.

A Note About Flashing

You can only sideload an OTA update manually if you can actually connect your watch to a computer via USB, and even then, you may not be able to. Android Wear's stock recovery seems really finicky when it comes to working correctly with ADB sideloading.

Moto 360 owners are most definitely out of luck, as the only way to connect it to a computer is to homebrew your own cable and destroy your watch's water resistance. That seems awfully drastic just in the name of getting a software update a few days early. With that said, for those of you who are just crazy enough to do it, I'll include the OTA ZIP file link anyway once it's available.

For other owners, the best advice I can give you is try it out and see if you can do it. If not, you'll probably need to just wait for the OTA.


Each link is direct to Google's OTA server, so rest assured that the file you're downloading is 100% authentic.

Motorola Moto 360

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LG G Watch

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LG G Watch R

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LG Watch Urbane

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Samsung Gear Live

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Sony SmartWatch 3

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Asus ZenWatch

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