Samsung to end support for select smartwatches and fitness trackers in 2021

Samsung to end support for select smartwatches and fitness trackers in 2021

Upgrading to a new device is nice, isn’t it? Except when that new device stops supporting your aging wearable. That’s reportedly what’s going to happen when the Galaxy S21 series launches early next year.

According to Galaxy Club, a handful of Samsung smartwatches and fitness trackers flat-out won’t work with the new Galaxy S21 series, which we’re expecting to launch at an Unpacked event in early January.

Here are the wearables that allegedly won’t work with the Galaxy S21:

  • Samsung Galaxy Gear
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Neo
  • Samsung Gear S
  • Samsung Gear Fit

Galaxy Club claims these devices will continue to work with older Samsung smartphones, but if you plan on using your Galaxy Gear with the Galaxy S21, you may be out of luck. Samsung has provided excellent support for these devices in the past, but there comes a time when the company must move on.


If you plan on continuing to use the Gear Fit with the Galaxy S20, well, this news doesn’t really apply to you. But it might help you prepare for the future because you might not be so quick to update your smartphone if it means losing support for a wearable you cherish. Or maybe you don’t quite have the funds for a new smartphone and new wearable, in which case you should stick with what you have.

As 9to5Google points out, it’s unclear what Samsung has planned for the Gear S2 and Gear S3, both of which are over a few-years-old by now. We should know more after Samsung unveils its Galaxy S21 series, which you can read all about right here.

Samsung has plenty of newer smartwatches and fitness trackers available, so there’s no shortage of options. Recently, the company launched the Galaxy Watch 3 in a sleek titanium, which you can find in the U.S. for $599.

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Brandon Russell
Brandon Russell

Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.

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