The Pixel Watch does technically support 20mm bands though

The Pixel Watch does technically support 20mm bands though

The Google Pixel Watch ships with a smart connector for its wristbands, but the unique connector means third-party wristbands won’t work. At least not officially. But Google’s “Crafted Leather” band actually opens up support for using third-party 20mm bands on the Pixel Watch.

Most smartwatches marketed to Android users, including the Samsung Galaxy Watch series and the vast majority of Wear OS smartwatches, support the use of the traditional wristband pin connector. The use of quick-release wristbands has become commonplace for this standard, but that hasn’t stopped Apple from using a proprietary connector with the Apple Watch, and Fitbit has also used its own connectors on its smartwatches and trackers.

We’re fans of Google’s connector on the Pixel Watch overall. The quick release button on the watch allows you to pull the band out of place much faster than a pin, and it also provides a nice seamless look to the bracelets.

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However, it’s really frustrating that it’s so hard to find alternative bands for the Watch. Google only sells the Pixel watch bundled with different colors of “Active” bracelets, and currently there are many bracelets late or sold out.

And Seifert at The Verge found that the “Crafted Leather” strap for the Pixel watch actually supports the use of a 20mm strap using the classic pin connector. The “Crafted Leather” strap connector adds lugs to either side of the Pixel Watch to hold the strap in place, but uses only a typical pin connector. However, there is no easy way to remove the pre-installed tape. You will need a pin remover to remove the tape from the bracket, but after that the 20mm tape can be put in place.

Unfortunately, the “Crafted Leather” strap for the Pixel Watch is currently out of stock. The “Ivy” colorway is all over the place and doesn’t even qualify for the waiting list, while “Obsidian” is currently only available in a smaller size. It won’t be a problem for the tape adapter, but if you need a larger size, it would definitely be a shame spend $80 on a band you cannot use.

Hopefully some more affordable third-party adapters will arrive in time.

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