There are five built-in playlists which are auto-populated:
Queue: A playlist to add podcast episodes to
New: All new episodes (ordered by date)
Latest: The latest episodes of all your podcasts (ordered by date)
Files: Custom audio files (see below)
In Progress: All episodes not finished (ordered by position)
Downloads: All downloaded episodes
You can add custom playlists through the phone or watch app and reorder or hide playlists in the Playlist settings (see below).
You can upload custom audio files to your watch (must accept the "Manage Files" permission on your watch) to any of these folders:
/sdcard/Audiobooks (if available)
If the "Audiobooks" folder is not available, upload your files to the "Podcasts" or "Music" folders. All files in each folder will be combined into a single playlist called "Files".
You can also use either the Wear Casts or Samsung phone app to send custom audio files to your watch. Due to transfer limits between the phone and watch, it is not recommended to send large files with the Wear Casts phone app (> 20 MB). Manually upload large files to one of the folders above or use the Samsung app.
Only files sent with the Wear Casts phone app can be synced to the phone.
In the phone settings you can enter a list of keywords (comma separated). Any episode that contain a keyword will be added to a selected playlist. Selecting the "Downloads" playlist will auto-download that episode. You can also monitor your Watch List podcasts for keywords.
Warning: Selecting the "Downloads" playlists or enabling the auto-download setting may result in a large number of downloads at once depending on your keywords.
The keywords "Auto-download" setting has priority over the "Auto-download" setting in the watch app (Settings -> Downloads) for the playlist you select for keywords. For example, if you select a playlist called "Keywords" and disable auto-downloading for keywords but enable auto-downloading in the watch app, any episode you manually add to the "Keywords" playlist will not be auto-downloaded. This is to avoid potentially downloading a large number of episodes at a once. The best practice is to have a dedicated playlist for keyword episodes.
The Watch List is a collection of podcasts you can monitor before subscribing to them on your watch. You can send individual episodes to your watch or assign them to a playlist.
PODCAST SETTINGS (long-press on podcast)
Auto-Download: Downloads the latest episodes to your watch for offline playback
Assign to Playlist: Automatically assign new episodes to a playlist
Start At: Select a time where episodes will start if you want to skip intros
Download Number: Select the number of episodes to auto-download if you want more then the latest
Sort By: The order of episodes (overrides global setting)
Number of Episodes: Number of episodes to display (overrides global setting)
Playback Speed: Speed of playback (overrides global setting)
Volume Level: When you change the volume for this podcast all episodes will play at that volume. Requires the "Volume Level" setting to be enabled under Settings ->Playback
Exclude from notification: Do not alert for new episodes of this podcast
Update Logo: Check if there is an updated logo for this podcast
Theme: Select the app's theme
Header Color: Changes the header color for both phone and watch app
Home Screen: The screen that is displayed when the app opens (both phone and watch)
Tile Screen: The screen displayed in the Tile
Show Downloads Only: Only downloaded episodes will show podcast episode lists
Enable Ambient Display: Disables the app's custom low-power display when the app is idle. Ambient display requires "Always on Display" is enable for your watch
Dynamic Colors: Use colors from the podcast or file for the text and progress circle
Show Time: Show the current time
Show Date: Show the date
Battery Level: Show the current battery level
Text Color: The color text and play/pause image (if dynamic colors is disabled)
Show Progress: Show the current playing episode's progress
Progress Color: The color of the progress indicator (if dynamic colors is disabled)
Show Weather: Display the current weather for your location
Dynamic Text Colors: Use the dominant color from the podcast logo for the text color
Show SeekBar: Show a progress SeekBar on the playing screen
Hide Paging Indicator: Hides the paging indicator
Sort By: The order of podcasts
Hide Podcasts: Only show podcasts with new episodes
Number of Episodes: The number of episodes to display
Sort By: Sort order of episodes
Hide Played: Do not show played episodes in the list
Left Swipe Action: The action that occurs when swiping left on an episode
Auto-Center: Display the episode playing when opening a playlist or an podcast's episode list
Mark Played: Mark an episode as finished when manually skipping
Organize Playlists: Add, sort, rename, and delete playlists. Note: the 'New' playlist cannot be removed because it is only shown if it there are new episodes.
Hide Empty Playlists: Hide playlists with no episodes. "New" and "Local" are automatically hidden when they have no episodes/files
Remove Episodes: Automatically remove an episode from all playlists when it is completed or marked played
Custom Playlists Sort Order: The order of episodes in user created playlists. Manual sorting must be done on the phone
'Downloads' Sort Order: The order of episodes in the "Downloads" playlists. "New" and "Latest" playlists are set to order by date and "In Progress" is ordered by the saved position. These can't be changed.
Show Playlist on Playing Screen: Show the episodes for a playlist on the Playing Screen
Number of Playlist Episode: Number of episodes to show
Enable Updates: Enable/disables background updates for new episodes
Update Interval: The time between updates
Only When Charging: Only run background updates when the device is charging
On Wi-Fi Only: Only run background updates when the device is on Wi-Fi
Update on Startup: Check for new episodes whenever the app starts
Auto Delete: When to automatically delete downloaded episodes
Download Notification: Display a status notification when downloads complete
Download on Wi-Fi only: Only download when connected to Wi-Fi
Auto-Download: Episodes assigned to a playlist will download automatically during the next background update
Network Auto-Connect: Do not show a dialog when a connection isn't available. The app will try to connect to an available Wi-Fi or cellular connection automatically
Missing Downloads: Any episodes with missing downloads will be automatically re-downloaded when the watch connect to the charger
Show Download Manager: Show the download manager when initiating downloads from the phone app
Auto-Open Bluetooth: Open the Bluetooth settings when starting a download, then open them again when all downloads complete (if watch is not charging). This makes it easier to disable and enable Bluetooth for faster downloads.
Play Sound: Play a confirmation sound when all downloads complete.
Global Playback Speed: The playback speed for all podcast (can be overridden per podcast)
Skip Back: The number of seconds to skip back in an episode
Skip Forward: The number of seconds to skip forward in an episode
Continuous Skipping: Skipping forward/back will repeat non-stop. Skipping forward/back again will stop it
Auto-Start Playback: When selecting an episode start playback automatically
Auto-Start Items: Only auto-start downloaded episodes, custom files and radio stations
Alternate Controls: Switches 'skip forward' with 'fast forward' and 'skip back' with 'rewind'. Useful for customizing Bluetooth headset commands.
Volume Level: If you change the volume while listening to a podcast, all episodes of that podcast will play at the volume. Also applies to individual podcasts sent from your phone.
Default Volume Level: This is the volume that will be set for any podcast that doesn't have a custom volume level. If you set the volume level to 8 for a podcast then play a podcast that doesn't have a volume level set, the default volume level will be used.
Auto-Restart Playback: If your watch loses a network connection, restart playback if the connection returns
Auto-Restart Audio Cues: Speak the status when waiting for a network connection
Reminder Time: If you are the middle of a podcast and haven't listened in awhile, skip back to remind where you left off
Reminder Time Seconds: Number of seconds to skip back
Rotating Side Button (bezel for Samsung watches): The action when rotating the side button or bezel (Wear Casts must be open for this to work. Not all watches support this functionality)
Bottom Button Actions: If your watch has more than one hardware button you can customize the bottom button action (Wear Casts must be open for this to work. Not all watches support this functionality)
Sort By: The order of files
File Name Sort: If sorting by title sort by the actual file name instead of the display name
Playback Speed: Set the playback speed for files (override global)
Save Position: Save the position of files (disable for music)
Directory: Select the directories to populate the files playlist
Auto-Delete On Finish: Automatically remove files when they complete (only files sent with Wear Casts phone app)
Auto-Delete On Skip: Automatically remove files when skipping (only files sent with Wear Casts phone app)
Transfer Indicator: Display an icon in the list for files uploaded with the phone app. Only files uploaded with the phone app can also be played on the phone and deleted using the app (in WearOS 3.0 and above).
File Transfer Permission: Show the permission dialog to allow custom files to be shown in the app