Flutter Wear Plugin

A collection of widgets for developing Wear OS (Android Wear) apps in Flutter.


There currently three widgets provided by the plugin:

  • WatchShape: determines whether the watch is square or round.
  • InheritedShape: an InheritedWidget that can be used to pass the shape of the watch down the widget tree.
  • AmbientMode: builder that provides what mode the watch is in. The widget will rebuild whenever the watch changes mode.


Typically all three of these widgets would be used near the root of your app's widget tree:

class WatchScreen extends StatelessWidget {
  Widget build(BuildContext context) => WatchShape(
      builder: (context, shape) => InheritedShape(
          shape: shape,
          child: AmbientMode(
            builder: (context, mode) =>
                mode == Mode.active ? ActiveWatchFace() : AmbientWatchFace(),


App Gradle File

Change the min SDK version to API 23:

minSdkVersion 23

Then, add the following dependencies to the Android Gradle file for the app:

dependencies {
    // Wear libraries
    implementation 'com.android.support:wear:27.1.1'
    implementation 'com.google.android.support:wearable:2.3.0'
    compileOnly 'com.google.android.wearable:wearable:2.3.0'

Manifest File

Add the following to your AndroidManifest.xml file:

<!-- Required for ambient mode support -->
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WAKE_LOCK" />

<!-- Flags the app as a Wear app -->
<uses-feature android:name="android.hardware.type.watch" />

<!-- Flags that the app doesn't require a companion phone app -->
    android:value="true" />

Update Android's MainActivity

The ambient mode widget needs some initialization in Android's MainActivity code. Update your code as follows:

class MainActivity: FlutterActivity(), AmbientMode.AmbientCallbackProvider {
  override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {

    // Wire up the activity for ambient callbacks

  override fun getAmbientCallback(): AmbientMode.AmbientCallback {
    return FlutterAmbientCallback(getChannel(flutterView))