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Why Rebble Web Services?

The Pebble watch is called a smartwatch. That’s because it’s smarter than a normal watch. Part of that intelligence is incorporated into the watch, and part of it is being delivered through web services. Originally, these web services were provided by Pebble Technology, Corp. However, Pebble Technology, Corp. halted operation, and after some time these web services have disappeared as well. That made the Pebble watch a lot dumber. Not as dumb as a normal watch, but things that were possible before, aren’t possible any more. Time to ditch your Pebble? No, because…

Enter Rebble! The Rebble Alliance has created Rebble Web Services, to fill in the void left by the disappearance of Pebble Inc. Most of the services that have disappeared, have replacements now. There’s however one thing The Rebble Alliance cannot do: change every Pebble so it will use the Rebble Web Services. This needs some action by the user. No need to worry, we’ll help you step by step! Read on…

Getting started using Rebble Web Services

So, you have a Pebble watch, and want to start using it. Let’s go!

iOS

Part one: connect the watch to the phone.

Note: you can skip this part if you’re already a Pebble user. Instead, you should check whether you have the latest version of the Pebble app installed on your phone.

Part two: connect the Pebble app to Rebble Web Services.

Part two can also be seen in our video.

Android

Part one: connect the watch to the phone.

Note: you can skip this part if you’re already a Pebble user. Instead, you should check whether you have the latest version of the Pebble app installed on your phone.

Part two: connect the Pebble app to Rebble Web Services.

Weather and Dictation services

So, you started using the Rebble Web Services, but want to add the paid plan for Weather and Dictation services. There are a few things to consider, before you order it:

That being said, these are the steps to add the plan:

In the Pebble app, under Apps, the app The Weather Channel should now be there. Tap the gear button to configure it to your needs.

Sideloading watchfaces or apps

Under very rare circumstances, installing watchfaces or apps through the app store within the Pebble app doesn’t work. In this case, you could try if sideloading the watchface works.

Now, the watchface or app gets installed on the phone and the watch.

Common issues

Cannot add watchface, store says its added, but it’s not on the phone of watch

Sometimes, the locker can get out of sync with reality. Although this situation should resolve itself over time, it’s easy to fix. Simply sideload the watchface (see above). The locker now is no longer out of sync for this watchface. You might have to repeat this for every watchface or app that shows this behaviour.

On Android (9.0+), incoming calls are displayed on the watch as “Unknown caller”

In order to fix “Unknown caller” or altogether missing notifications on incoming calls for Pebble paired with Android 9.0 devices, there is a workaround with Dialer for Pebble app:

This should fix the issue. In case if Dialer for Pebble works inconsistently, make sure it runs in background both on your Pebble (Settings and then Background App) and on your phone.

I subscribed to the Weather and Dictation services plan, but the Weather Channel app and dictation isn’t available

Check your Rebble account and payment info.

This watchface doesn’t show weather info any more, or the info is wrong

Unfortunately, some often used weather services have folded, or changed their API. Watchfaces using those APIs now can’t fetch their weather info any more. See if the watchface can switch API, or choose another watchface. Please note that this is unrelated to the Rebble Weather and Dictation services plan.

Dictation doesn’t work: “Error occurred. Try again.”

Open the Pebble app on your phone, and go to Settings. Tap Voice Language. Change it to any other language. Then, change it back to your preferred language.

I need to switch accounts, or I removed and reinstalled the Pebble app

To sign out from the Rebble website, you have to remove cookies (for .rebble.io and auth.rebble.io) from your browser. How to do that, depends on the browser. Now head to Rebble auth and sign in with the right account.

To configure the Pebble app to use the account you just signed in to, go through boot.rebble.io again.

Events from my calendars don’t show up in Timeline or Quick View

Open the Pebble app on your phone, and go to Apps. Tap the gear next to Calendar. Here, you can choose the calendars from which events will appear in your timeline.

General hints

More help

Join us on the officially unofficial Pebble Dev Discord server, then head to #rebble-help and post your issue!