Introduction to Bubble Clouds

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Bubble Cloud is both a widget app, and an app for Wear OS watches.

If you weren’t offered the option to install on your watch, that’s usually because your watch is not compatible. If you need help setting up the app on your phone or tablet please see the next post:

If you are sure you have a Wear OS watch and still have difficulty connecting it, please see:

Watch face
You can use Bubble Clouds on your watch in either of two modes:
  1. Together with any watch face in “App drawer mode”  (see below)
  2. Set as the watch face
Bubble Cloud is one of the most versatile watch faces:
  • with a hundred different analog and digital themes and infinite variability
  • This watch face includes bubbles for all the apps installed on your watch
    • your favorites can be on the screen all the time (i.e. “favorites cloud”)
    • others you can move to the “archive cloud” (which you can quickly access by swiping horizontally)
    • yet others can even be organized into folders, just like on your phone
    • long press bubbles to move them between clouds (see post on Bubble Edit screen)
  • In addition to apps, you can have other types of bubbles:
    • toggle bubbles to adjust wifi, bluetooth, sound volume etc (see post)
    • any number of watch face complications – you can have more complications than can fit on your watch face, since they can also be moved into the archive cloud and folders! (see more info)
    • Smart Home controls / Smart Light switches (more info)
    • automation bubbles to start Tasker tasks (more info)
    • even start apps on your phone using bubbles on your watch (more info)

Before starting to use Bubble Cloud as your watch face, please see this post:
Introduction to Watch Face mode

App drawer / Mini launcher
You don’t have to use the Bubble Cloud watch face. If you have a favorite watch face, you can use Bubble Cloud together with it as a replacement or addition to the app list provided by the system:
  • The Bubble Cloud app launcher has more flexible layouts, which put more icons on the screen – less scrolling, quicker access
  • You can organize your apps into folders, hide the ones you don’t need
  • In addition to apps, you can have other types of bubbles:
    • toggle bubbles to adjust wifi, bluetooth, sound volume etc (see post)
    • Smart Home controls / Smart Light switches (more info)
    • automation bubbles to start Tasker tasks (more info)
    • even start apps on your phone using bubbles on your watch (more info)
Before starting to use Bubble Cloud as your app launcher, please see this post:
Clouds
Bubble Cloud shows your apps, watch face complications and other items as bubbles. Initially these bubbles can be organized into three groups (or “clouds”):
You can also create folders and even assign a folder to the Wear OS tile.
When Bubble Cloud is set as your watch face, the favorite cloud becomes the watch face.  It will have the clock bubble, and it can have a few other bubbles. The rest of the bubbles are accessible via horizontal swipe:
Move bubbles between archive and favorites:
  1. On the watch: Long press bubbles to edit them. Select cloud in the Bubble Edit screen:
    I show how this is done in the following video: move bubbles from favorites to archive and vice versa
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  2. On the phone: Open Wear Cloud Editor from the navigation drawer of the Bubble Cloud app on your phone:
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    Long press cloud symbols to the left of the bubbles to quickly move bubbles to either of the clouds:
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    I show how this is done in the following video: using Wear Cloud Editor on the phone
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Shortcuts and automation
Either way you use Bubble Cloud (watch face or app drawer or even if you don’t use either of them) you can still assign actions to various shortcuts:
  • remap the long press of the main button (and even assign a second action to the double long press)
    (see more info)
  • assign apps, Tasker tasks, Smart light toggles, folders etc to the single or double press of the other button(s) of your watch (see more info)
More
The app does a few more things, regardless of the main way you use it:
The app on your phone even gives you home screen widgets to access your apps, contacts, internet bookmarks, Tasker tasks and Smart Light controls:
Before staring with the home screen widgets, I recommend reading the introductory post on widgets:
Website
The app has a very comprehensive website with thousands of posts about the app:
I recommend in particular the features and troubleshooting sections. They are both spit into articles for the watch related parts of the app and the home screen widget related posts:
Feel free to ask if anything is not clear, or if you have a specific use case in mind, I am happy to help!

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Author: greg

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