There’s a fun little bonus feature buried away on your Wear OS smartwatch. And while it probably won’t make you the next Deadmau5, it’s a fun way to drop some beats for your friends or entertain yourself during those moments of supreme procrastination before bed or during your daily commute.
To get started, you’ll probably want to be running the latest version of Wear OS. While this Easter egg has been around for some time, it seems, it never hurts to ensure that you’re using the latest version of the OS that’s offered—just in case.
After that, pull up the Flashlight app on your smartwatch. Double-tap on your smartwatch and hold your finger down, which should then cause your watch to flash some colours and transition into a drum-loop machine. It might take a few tries to activate this, as 9to5Google reports the process can be a little fussy. When you do it right, it looks like this:
From there, tapping the various green, blue, and red circles will allow you to adjust the sounds in your mini-sequencer—kick drums, snares, a bell (of course), and a hi-hat. If you don’t hear anything, make sure you’ve turned your watch’s volume up. And if you don’t have a speaker on your smartwatch for whatever reason, you’ll need to use Bluetooth to hear your beats.
Again, don’t expect to be able to create the next big dance hit with this one, but it’s a fun little way to exercise your creativity—locked at around 135 BPM—while you’re sitting around. With luck, maybe you’ll get a larger, more complex version to play with in Android someday.