U8 Smartwatch FAQ

uwatch-u8-bluetooth-touch-screen-smart-watch-android-iphone-red-myshop8-1406-07-MyShop8@3I’ve just had a massive influx of U8 smartwatch visits in the last day or so, and I assume it’s due to new Christmas presents.

Some of those searches continue a few common themes of questions, so I thought I’d answer them here (as I’m not sure if they are finding clear answers out there otherwise).

  1. Can I change the (watch)face on the U8? YES – however only to one of the 4 faces that come with the watch (from memory 2 digital 2 analog). You can change it in Settings. You cannot however load your own (or any other) faces onto the watch.
  2. Can I load games or apps onto the U8? Simple answer – NO. Like loading custom faces above, the watch is simply too simplistic for that – there is simply no easy way to load any extra software onto the watch.
  3. Why doesn’t the camera work? Both the camera and music player apps can be fiddly, though in thuth I think it’s the bluetooth having trouble in both cases. Realise that the watch HAS NO CAMERA – it simply uses your phone’s camera(s), however your phone can make if hard for your watch to get access to the camera. Likewise with the music player – your watch simply controls the phone music app, and outputs it thru the watch (lame IMO) or via the headphones on your phone if they are plugged in (less lame, if plugging a car FM transmitter into your phone headphones you can control you car audio via your watch).
  4. Can’t get messages/texts? Messages will require the BT Notifier app installed AND CONFIGURED (selecting which apps to push, allowing notification / accessibility access) and your phone to be connected to your watch. As previously mentioned I often push Smartwatch app notifications from the phone to the watch just a a test. Texts are a bit different. Basic SMS should almost always sync with the watch if it’s connected, however nowadays Google Hangouts blurs the line between SMS and instant messaging. The watch however treats them very differently – as SMS and generic notifications, respectively.
  5. Best app to connect with? Can’t reiterate strongly enough – BT Notifier! (Appears on phone as “Smartwatch”) it beats MediaTek hands down for reliable connecting.
  6. Why can’t I hear my phone calls on it? You’ve got your bluetooth volume too low (probably on your phone). When the watch is connected and doing something that uses volume (making a call, listening to music, etc) you should simply be able to use your phone’s volume rocker buttons (normally on the side of the phone).

Finally, I can’t stress enough – this is a cheap smartwatch. For its cheap price, what is does is great! But don’t expect too much of it.

  • Chema Vascuence

    7. Any chance to answering a call directly on the phone when U8 is already paired and “voice calls” is switched ON in the apk?

    • You should still be able to, however once you answer on the phone you’ll have to press the headset/speaker/phone button that appears (from memory) on the dialer to quickly change it to do the audio on the phone rather than the watch.

      • Chema Vascuence

        That’s very true!
        Kicking myself hard for not having tried this before! Sometimes I seem myself a novice,
        Many thanks Ben.

  • Andrew Crome

    I have one of these watches on the box and the information booklet it mentions the altimeter and barometer but cannot find either on the watch any ideas what gives
    Customer support does not exist

  • From what I’ve seen of some of the knock offs they don’t contain the altimeter and barometer than the original ones do (which from memory was in the 3rd or 4th menu screen when swiping sideways).

    And yeh like most chinese products there’s not really any customer support.

  • Esteban

    Hi, Ben. My mom (naive in all things tech) just gave me this U8 smartwatch and, as yourself, I’m someone who likes to “try and get the most out of his widgets”. After finding my own way to set up the watch using this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.szfunyun.btnotification I only have two issues left (one issue really, the other one is just a question). And searching solutions to those, I stumbled here.

    1. The only thing I can’t get to work in the watch is notifications from 3rd party apps like WhatsApp. Do you remember something about it?
    2. How about the battery life.

    Thanks in advance, Ben. Your two posts have been quite helpful for me.

    • 1. From memory of the BT Notifier android app you have to select for which specific apps you want it to push notifications to the watch.

      2. Also from memory I used to get about 3.5-4 days per charge if I just used it as a normal watch, but bluetooth connected to my phone to receive notifications. Things like the pedometer app used to drain the battery in a matter of hours.

  • Stephen Mentovay

    My M8 watch shows all of my contacts but when I choose one it shows a different contacts number like the name and info aren’t linked.

    • ben

      Hmm, that’s a strange one. My only guess is that the watch is so slow changing contacts that you may have inadvertently clicked on a contact other than the one it looks like you should have clicked on