Ongoing activities

Wear OS makes it easier for users to return to activities that run in the background, such as timers, media sessions, and workouts.

Entry points

Users can return to the ongoing activity from multiple entry-points.

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Figure 1. Users can return to the ongoing activity from a watch face.

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Figure 2. Users can return to the ongoing activity from the launcher.

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Figure 3. Users can return to the ongoing activity from a Tile.

Guidelines

Keep the following guidelines in mind when using ongoing activities.

Display helpful information in the launcher entry

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Figure 4. Show critical information in the launcher entry.

Handle pause

Apps without an explicit stop action should end ongoing activities when paused.

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Figure 5. Apps with an explicit stop action should continue as ongoing when paused.

Refer to ongoing activities from the Tile

Show a glanceable representation on the Tile to allow the user to return to the ongoing activity while conserving power.

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Figure 6. Enable the user to tap to see more information in an overlay.

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Figure 7. Don't show detailed information and actions for the ongoing activity on the Tile.