GroupMe is a mobile messaging app from Microsoft. A lot of people are using this tool as an alternative to regular phone texting and messaging. The main reason is that the app doesn’t require any fees, and you have no limits on the messaging.
Recently, users started looking for ways to incorporate the app with new smart gadgets such as Apple Watch. However, this proved to be rather tough, as GroupMe isn’t available for this device.
But keep reading. There’s a perfectly viable alternative to GroupMe that’s available on Apple Watch – WristMe.
What Is WristMe?
WristMe allows you to use all GroupMe’s features on your Apple watch. With this tool, you can connect all of your GroupMe conversations and manage them on the watch.
Here are some of the things that you can do:
- You can go through all your GroupMe conversations and read them.
- You can receive files and images through the app.
- You can reply to others’ messages using voice, emojis, and the FlickType keyboard.
- You can like and unlike posts and messages.
- You may also create new groups, block users, etc.
It lets you do anything that you could with GroupMe.
On the other hand, you should know that WristMe’s developers are a separate entity. GroupMe doesn’t officially validate the app. Therefore, if you’re looking for the real deal, you may be a bit disappointed.
However, it’s still made on the GroupMe platform using the same code and works seamlessly. It’s also available from the official AppStore, so it’s completely secure.
Step One: Get the WristMe App
To set up the WristMe app, you’ll need to download it first. Before you proceed, you should know that this is a premium app, so you’ll need to pay up to get it. Here’s how to do it.
- Launch the AppStore on your iOS device.
- Tap the search bar at the top of the screen.
- Type “Wrist for GroupMe.”
- Select the app when it appears on the dropdown menu.
- Tap the price button to pay for it and download it.
- Wait for the download to finish.
But this is not the end. To set up the app on your Apple Watch, you’ll need to get the app on the watch too. By default, all the apps that you install on your iOS device should appear on your watch.
If not, you need to go to the App Store on your watch and follow the same process from above. Once you get the WristMe app on both devices, you’re ready to set it up.
Step Two: Setting It Up
Setting up WristMe shouldn’t be difficult at all. Just follow the steps below.
- Launch the WristMe app on your iPhone.
- Select the “Get Started” button on the following page. That should open the GroupMe log in screen.
- Open the WristMe app on your watch and wait for the app to load.
Hint – if it continues loading for quite a while, press the “Back” button on the top-left of your iPhone’s screen.That should take you back to the opening display of the app and refresh the app on your watch. Your Apple Watch will display an alert screen, notifying you to log in.
- Enter your credentials on the sign-in page on your iPhone.
- Tap “Continue” on the Apple Watch now.
Now, your iPhone should display the WristMe Home screen with the huge “Create Groups” option. You should see the “Setup Completed” message below it.
On the other hand, your Apple Watch will display all your GroupMe chats.
If this is the case, you’ve successfully set up the tool on your Apple Watch.
You can use WristMe on your watch for as long as you’re signed in on your iPhone.
The app is pretty easy to handle on the watch. You can swipe through your conversations and tap on any to open them. The app will quickly load all the messages from the conversation, along with the reply option at the bottom.
If you want to see additional app options, just press and hold the main screen. It will display all the other features – refresh, new group, blocked list, and your settings.
No Worries – It’s the Same Thing
Some people may find the different app name off-putting.
However, the app is officially available on the App Store. So you don’t need any third-party software or tools.
Since it uses the same code, it resembles the app to a tee. Any user of the GroupMe app will find it difficult to notice any discrepancies between the two. So if you want to add GroupMe to the Apple Watch, get WristMe and enjoy.
What do you think about the WristMe app? Will you download it, or wait for the official GroupMe release? Share your opinion in the comments section below.