YouTube Music for Wear OS will soon added a new Recently Played tile as well as the ability to stream music via cellular data rather than having to pre-download individual songs, albums, or playlists.
Update 5/19: YouTube Music for Wear OS version 5.07.40 is now available and supports streaming. Now, a play button appears beside the download option when you tap on a playlist or album.
Prior to 5/17: The YouTube Music Wear OS app is rolling out streaming capability after being first previewed in February for Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4. With this feature, you can listen to your favorite playlists wherever you are, even if your phone isn’t close by.
*An LTE plan from your carrier is required in order to use a cellular connection. The iOS platform does not enable cellular streaming.
Without a paired device, you can explore the app and begin playback right away. Today, tapping on music always results in a black screen with a download option.
Downloading and the new streaming feature both still require a YouTube Music Premium (or YouTube Premium) subscription. We haven’t yet seen this function live, but YouTube promises it will roll out this week.
Today, Google also officially launched the Wear OS tile for easy access to the Browse page and the most recently listened to tracks. These innovations push for more and more modern wearable apps with the release of the Pixel Watch at I/O 2022.