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I am currently unable to order a Lyft or Uber on my Moto 360 2nd Gen. I've been using the watch for almost a month and have not yet found a way to order a car from the watch, despite seeing numerous references to a Lyft app on Wear.

Here's why I think there are Lyft and Uber apps for Wear:

Despite this, neither a Lyft or Uber app has appeared on my watch's launcher, and the "Call a Car" action in the Android Wear app is grayed out (not letting me choose an app); other actions work just fine with third-party apps. I'm in the US and have both Lyft and Uber installed and working on my paired Nexus 6P.

What I've tried so far:

I contacted Lyft about Wear support, and they responded by saying, "At this time, Lyft doesn't work directly with Wear watches and the best way to still interact would be with a Smartphone at this time."

I contacted Uber as well, and they responded by saying, "Unfortunately, Uber is accessible in app form only through Android mobile device, iPhone and Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 at this time."

Both responses are at least slightly inaccurate (I know that Uber works on the Apple Watch and Pebble Time watch, Lyft works on Apple Watch and should work on my Wear watch), so I was left even more confused.

I also contacted Android Wear support via Twitter, they suggested that the "Call a car" action being grayed out was a bug and had me submit feedback through the app (to no avail even after 3 Wear companion app updates).

I also tried deleting and reinstalling Lyft, as well as restarting my watch and phone a few times, all to no avail.

Here's my setup:

  • Non-rooted Nexus 6P running 7.1.1 preview 1 (issue also existed on 7.0) with latest Android Wear companion app.
  • Moto 360 2nd Gen running latest Android Wear version 1.5 (based on Android M), otherwise working just fine.
  • Android Wear app, Uber app, and Lyft app are all installed on my phone, yet neither Uber nor Lyft shows up on my watch.

The "Call a car" action (where I believe Lyft should be appearing) is grayed out and nothing happens when I tap on it:

Call a car grayed out

How can I order a Lyft or Uber ride from my Moto 360 2nd Gen?

  • @MarkYisri True indeed :). I know I can order Ubers and Lyfts from Apple Watch, what about from an Android Wear watch? – owlswipe Nov 18 '16 at 1:12
  • @MarkYisri Precisely, I have no idea what those support emails really mean. Obviously, they have to make the app first, but I think they already have! Note the evidence I linked to in my question. – owlswipe Nov 18 '16 at 13:45
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I can suggest sideloading the Lyft app. Earlier versions of Lyft had Android Wear support, but it was later removed (for some reason).

Here's how to get Lyft on Android Wear watches:

  1. Delete the Lyft app from your phone.

  2. Allow downloads from unknown sources.

  3. Download the Lyft APK version 3.50, the last version available on APKMirror to support Wear.

  4. Sign-in to the Lyft app.

  5. Wait a few minutes, then go into the Android Wear app on your phone. Scroll down to "Actions", then tap "Call a Car" and then tap "Lyft".

  6. Now you can say to your watch, "OK Google, call me a car" and it will order a Lyft to your current location.

  7. Turn off Lyft auto-updates in the Play Store: go to Lyft's page, hit the three dots in the top-right, and uncheck auto updates.

Note 1: The Lyft app will appear on your watch's launcher as well. For me, it didn't work initially (it crashed on launch for a few hours), but now I can order a car from that app as well, giving (me at least) two ways to order a Lyft from your watch.

Note 2: I'll be sending an email to Lyft asking them to add Wear support back to the latest version of the Lyft app.

  • Uber just got a standalone Android Wear 2.0 app, so perhaps they both knew they'd go this route and abandoned the Wear companion apps. – Artem Russakovskii Feb 15 '17 at 1:38

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