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Here is how to get Pebble smartwatch notifications to work on Windows Phone

Pebble is arguably one of the most important smartwatch brands available to consumers these days. Indeed, the private company has been very successful in raising money for its new Pebble Time device, suggesting that the company has some legs.

However, Pebble and Windows Phones are two things that do not match. We detailed the story of the failed attempt at bringing the Pebble app to Windows Phone before so today we want to talk about that 'demo' app for notifications.

We will also tell you where you can get it and how it works in our hands-on video.

Hands on video of Pebble Connect

First discovered a few weeks ago, the app is an internal beta used for testing Windows Phone notifications with a Pebble smartwatch. It does not have more advanced features like access to the Pebble Store (for installing apps), music controls and more.

However, it can hook into your Windows Phone notification system to alert you to phone calls, email, general notifications, even when music stops/start playing (the 'Media' option).

And yes, it runs in the background.

Can I download it from the Store?

Unfortunately, since it is a private beta, none of us have permission to download it to our phones. Many people have noticed the 'Download and install manually' option, but this too will not work for sideloading due to restrictions placed on the APPX.

But, there is a way. Here's how.

Sideloading the modified Pebble Connect app

Luckily, through various friends, we have found a way to remove those restrictions. As a result, we have a modified version of the Pebble Connect APPX.

This version can be sideloaded to any Windows Phone 8.1 device using the Windows Phone SDK. Through the SDK, you can developer unlock your phone and manually install ('sideload') the APPX to your phone.

To learn how to developer unlock your Windows Phone, please read our tutorial.

Read: How to Developer Unlock your Windows Phone

Download the modified Pebble Connect APPX file

To grab the modified APPX file for Pebble Connect, simply hit the link up below. Note: this file will only be available for 48 hours, after that, it is up to you what happens to it!

You will need to download this to a PC with the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK and Developers tool installed. Copying directly to your Windows Phone and using local apps will not work.

  • Download Pebble Connect APPX (modified)

Using Pebble Connect

Once installed, you want to launch the Pebble Connect app. You should see a warning about it not being able to run in the background due to its task being disabled. To solve this, follow these steps:

  1. Settings 
  2. Battery Saver 
  3. Usage 
  4. Choose 'Pebble Connect Beta' 
  5. Enable 'Allow app to run in the background' 

Now, you need to pair the Pebble with your Windows Phone (you could also do this step earlier, the ordering does not matter)

Paring your Pebble to Windows Phone

  1. Put Pebble into pairing mode (middle button, settings, Bluetooth) 
  2. On Windows Phone: Settings, Bluetooth 
  3. Your Pebble should eventually show up in the list of devices (it can take some time) 
  4. Tap to pair, follow the instructions 

Once completed, close out the Pebble Connect Beta app and re-launch it. You should no longer see the error message about it running in the background. Instead, you should have an 'allow access to notifications' dialog. Hit 'Agree' and you should now see the Log screen and the Pebble Connect app finding your Pebble.

Pebble Media Alert

A few more things

Just to be clear, this app is only for notifications on your Windows Phone.

  • Cannot install Pebble apps 
  • Cannot install new watch faces 
  • Cannot control music (although there are some media notifications) 

In that sense, Pebble Connect is only partially useful to Windows Phone users. However, if you already have a Pebble that is sitting around, it just became much more helpful to you. At the very least, you can have this app until hopefully someday, Pebble comes around again to Windows Phone.

Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • Can it run in the background? Is that why the error goes away?
  • Of course.
  • Daniel, is there another file you can provide? The one linked seems to have an issue with installing. It won't deploy
  • Try the new link/file
  • Worked great, thank you!  
  • By any chance is there another link available? I missed the opportunity to download it.
  • I tipped them about how I got it to work with photos and even pmed Dan yet no mention of my name :/ I even posted a thread about it, check my threads and pebble threads for it :(
  • Could be that you weren't the only one to send in the tip or, I don't know, maybe Daniel was already writing the post when he got your tip. 
  • I sent it to him around 8 hours before this article. Guess my tip doesent count because this is another appx that's not exactly protected unlike the original appxbundle. Ill install this one too and see if its more stable compared to the original.
  • Why are you so upset about not being mentioned? I tip them all the time but you don't ever see me posting "where's my name????" Maybe you weren't the only tipper?
  • @lkcbharath You failed to mention that this file needs to be modified in order to side load. You did not do the actual legwork here, hence no mention. You literally provided me no information or details to help in this endevour. Sorry, it's nothing personal. If you just download the APPX from the Store, you cannot, I repeat cannot, sideload it.
  • Not entirely true. I downloaded the appx bundle from the site last night and loaded it on my lumia 822 (WP 8.1 Denim DP Unlocked). I didn't need to use the version posted in the article. I do want to try this version though, to see if there are any difference. One difference I noticed with the article and my experience. I didn't have to go into the settings and toggle the run in background setting.
  • What s are you referring to? I have the original appx file with a nokia 1520 dev unlock and trying to side load through sdk, microsoft visual studio express 2013 but keep getting an unable to install error. help please?
  • i got the appx from here: ans used this site yo get the package installed: some users did say that they just had to keep trying in order for the app to install
  • There you are lkcbharath... You got your mention!
  • :) Rename the .zip to .appxbundle
  • Just one question. Does Pebble have touch screen ?
  • After reading the in-depth story of how Pebble basically walked away from an integration with Windows Phone being handed to them, I lost any desire to want to support that company.
  • Don't blame you there... This is why MS has to have their own $hiznit, and not rely on others... They're big enough to support themselves..
  • I'm not sure if Microsoft was ready to make an app for Pebble and just publish it, they wanted to purchase Pebble. Not only did they want to purchase it, they wanted it to ensure that Windows Phone got preference over Android and iOS for features. I mean if you think about it, why would Pebble give special features to an OS that barely has any grip over the marketshare? I'm not familiar with the whole situation, but I sure as hell know that it is not something to get upset over, Pebble is the least of your problems considering how many wearables don't support the Windows Phone platform. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • You are over-reading that part of the article. Two companies merely exploring mutual ways to benefit from each other is a lot different than a predatory Microsoft that you are portraying.
  • I agree. I'd rather not support a company that has gone out of there way to ignore Windows phones. Particularly when their product doesn't even do as much as my Band... and (my opinion) is ugly as sin.
  • I say this not for the overall sake of the platform, but, I don't see what WE need pebble for... We have the band, and MS has plenty of apps that support it just fine....
  • You da man Rodney! You hit the nail on the head and I think Balmer saw that OEMs were turning their backs on Microsoft and he knew they would need to start making their own hardware..... Let's hope Satya doesn't destroy that! I don't mind MS services being on other platforms, but with Cortana making the jump, I'm not sure it will entice users to come over as hardware is not Apple or Android problem as they have plenty manufactures willing to make good hardware unlike WP, so let's hope WP 10 brings something amazing otherwise Satya may assist in shrinking WP share in America! Oh yeah, I love my band, but also looking forward to B2....i hope that's why paynos Panay and the surface team has gone zero dark thirty!
  • Yep, and as far as supporting W10P I really don't have faith in any OEM besides MS... I wanna say Nokia so bad... MS definitely has the upper hand when it comes to hardware.. They make their own great hardware, and have others doing more for them...
    I just hate to bring it up, because I know yall are sick of it,, but marketing.... That's the last piece of the puzzle that's missing...
  • I'm 100% with you, but I guess Satya only thinks the cloud is the only thing that needs to be advertised or worked on instead of moving every MS product forward along with the, "Ubiquitous Cloud".....You know that's his favorite word...Ubiquitous.....
  • SMDH... This is where I say they are over thinking things...
  • Wrong it's speculation. SPECULATION that Cortana may be available on other platforms.
  • Well, if you're going to have that attitude then you should say that you're speculating that it's speculation..... That is,, if you aim to stay neutral.
  • Agreed
  • I feel that I don't want to support pebble now. I want my devices to sync/notifications to my phone, tablet, pc and maybe xbox one, if I ever buy one. I have no room for blind hatred. If it doesn't make business sense, then good. But otherwise the consumer is king. Give me what I want, not what you want. Microsoft is actually giving me what I want. Microsoft keep it up.
  • Exactly.. We're supposed to expect that MS products will work best with the MS Ecosystem....
  • Yes, it should. Disappointed my w8.1 one drive app doesn't support albums. I have an android camera, so glad that MS is supporting Android.
  • Huhhhh..... I wonder if more WP fans switch to the iPhone, or Android, if they decide to leave...
    Just wondering.
  • OneDrive does support albums now. Check it out.
  • On windows 8.1? I know it does on my phone, not on my surface 2
  • This is great, but I'm hoping MS has a variety of SW form factors up their sleeves..
  • excellent news, i will now look to see if there is a colorscreen stylish pebble watch out there, i dont even know pebble's line of watches, but now i get to research, microsoft band is too expensive for me at the moment and i hear pebble is cheaper and ultimately i want notifications
  • Pebble Time is color. And on Kickstarter still.
  • Sorry, you're misinformed.
    Last year's Pebble Steel is not color & costs $199 (same as the Band).
    The yet to be released Pebble Steel Time, which is color, is $249.
    Neither of which work completely with Windows phones.
  • I hope all of your who get it don't get your bubbles burst of pebble decides to block access to their API breaking this functionality leaving you guys with three options: 1. Switch platforms
    2. Take a loss on hardware that doesn't work with your platform of choice
    3. Use our via their website
  • That Pebble watch looks shit, what is this, the 1990s? Wtf is all the fuss about?
  • Yea yea it's not a band...
  • Their newer watches look better, but they are also more expensive. 
  • Although, I'm not too excited about them, they do have another version that looks a little better... I'm pretty sure there was one they were trying to raid money for that didn't look like a Mickey Mouse watch from WalMart.
  • How about you educate yourself instead of making yourself look stupid?
  • Whoever you're replying to you can't be too smart yourself, because nobody said anything personal to you.. What's wrong with you?
  • Uhh, this is a reply to a comment...
  • Which one, that it looks like shit or Mickey Mouse-ish? Because, being quite educated on Pebbles models, I agree with both. They looks like some Mickey Mouse bullshit.
  • Lol....
  • Confirmed
  • Pebble it's so ugly :/ is this selling well?
  • Yes.
  • Water resistance?
  • Very much so, magnetic charger too.
  • Does it do Facebook Messenger notifications? That works great on Android (I own a Pebble, and want to return to WP)
  • Yes, works with all app notifications
  • If pebble ever decided to support WP I'll buy a device.
  • Well, considering Microsoft developed this app for Pebble and their CEO politely to them to "fuck off", I'll do the same to Pebble IF they ever choose to support WP.
  • Great article Daniel. Thanks for giving WP users at least the option to have some of the functionality that Pebble don't want us to have. Thanks Microsoft for developing it, and your friends for unlocking the APPX.
  • Cheers! Glad you enjoyed it.
  • Daniel I pmed u and tipped you about it, with photos. And link to post, but you haven't even mentioned my name :(
  • A likely story.
  • Doing gods work Rubino. Time to dust off my kickstarter watch. Stupidly backed Agent as well.
  • Excited for this, I email and tweet at pebble almost weekly for an app. I like my band but I have a steel and regular pebble that I would love to get in the mix.
  • Of course, a month after I sold my pebble because I could not do anything usefull on Windows Phone...gota love it..
  • Pebble has some nice SW . Unlike the ms band
  • You do realise that this app is a proof of concept app that was rejected by Pebble, don't you? This app was created by Microsoft specifically to show Pebble how WP can support their watches.
  • Okay, then why turn down  potential new customer like the people on this site wantinig to purhase this watch to work with their windows phone? Especially since the app was basically made for them so they would have to use their own in house resources? That sounds like the perfect deal to me....a win win!
  • Because the CEO does not care what the customers want. I will buy the Acer band.
  • Exactly, but since the CEO seems to have a hatred of everything Microsoft they just walked away from potential customers. If Pebble don't want me as a customer then that's fine, if they do decide to support WP in future though they won't have me as a customer.
  • Wow good stuff! As far as new faces and pebble apps, can you just pair to a friend's ios/android and then pair back over to WP?
  • Could try bluestacks
  • Hmmm....color Pepple & Windows 10...
    Naaah! I'll wait for a Microsoft Watch
    I just have a woman's arm case for small phones on my wrist and put a Lumia 532 there! ;-)
  • Sounds great, I work with pebbles in my day job for now and the lack of WP support has always been a shame. I am UK based, and I cannot install the package, instead I get error - A packaging error prevented this application from installing. Anyone have any ideas how to fix ? Running VS 2015 CTP on Windows 10 with lumia 920 on windows 8.1 developer preview.
  • Download windows phone power tools. Use instructions from link as reference to side load
  • I assume you have the WP8.1 SDK installed and the phone is developer unlocked?
  • I was getting the same error.  I renamed to pebble.appxbundle and was able to deploy
  • Great little piece of help for us, so cheers for that.  That being said, I lost all interest in Pebble when I found out what a douche the CEO is.
  • F' Pebble. I'd wear Sarah Jessie Raphael's panties as a ski mask than buy a product from that d-bag CEO.
  • Ok. I see 3 appx files and trying the largest file gives me an error message of not being able to read input file. Any suggestions?
  • "Error: Package could not registered" help pls... Thanks
  • same issue here
  • Darth, having the same issue with this file also? I messed up something on my Surface and now I can't even install the original file. Must be a Friday the 13th thing!
  • I hope some one can help us...
  • Does it support latest firmware? im on 2.5 and it is working well.
  • Were you able to load the file from the link onto your phone via the SDK?
  • Yup, I have visual studio installed with 8.1 SDK.
    Also, I updated firmware to 2.9 with pebble pro app and the beta app then forces you to re-pair to connect again ( you will see errors)
  • Verify the file you are trying to side load is .appxbundle extension type.
  • Thanks for the feedbak I am trying to deploy the .appx file that is in the zip file from the link provided in this article. It won't deploy. I am trying to the "PebbleConnect_1.1.0.21_scale-100.appx any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • It worked, the first time I downloaded the file it came as a zip file. I redownloaded it and it came as the .appxbundle file. Nice!
  • Can someone please give me a detailed way to get this Pebble app on my Windows Phone? I'm pretty confused on all of this.   Thanks!
  • Side tangent:  Are there any other apps out there worth side loading?  Don't hear about apps outside the Store too often.
  • The YouTube app developed by MS:
  • I am getting the same error. Something must be wrong with the file
  • It says a packaging error is preventing application from installing
  • Why
  • Zewatch2 is compatible with Windows. Just came out on March 5th.
  • Great effort :) But sad that it doesnt work for me. It is paired but not connecting to pebble. I have a Nokia Lumia 820 with latest build of 8.1. EDIT: It works :D My phone & Pebble doesn't show that they are connected via Bluetooth. Strange ! Thanks a lot.
  • Thanks for posting the edit up. I went out and bought a pebble this afternoon right after seeing the article (would've bought the MS Band if it was available here in Australia, but that and the importing costs are another story). I was also stressed when I first saw the supposed 'disconnect' from the pebble. Then I saw your post and face-palmed myself lol. Sure it would be nice to have all the features, but it currently has enough for what I need (mostly calendar reminders) without breaking the bank.   I think pebble should seriously consider official support for the windows phone still. I mean yeah sure that's a small percentage of marketshare but that's still thousands of possible sales of their watches. My next watch (in a couple of years) will surely be the MS band (2.0?) if Pebble doesn't wise up and expand their support. Nothing against Pebble personally, but if they don't give me what I want, I'll go to someone else who does.
  • After what you told us about Pebble.. No thank you....
  • I have an old pebble lying around, so might as well dust it off after my band died
  • Appreciate the article and the efforts of your friends! Pity Pebble walked away from a decent app and growing their userbase, it had alot of potential... now I'd rather buy the acer band.
  • I won't support pebble anyway. They said screw WP so I say screw them.
  • Your loss
  • Not really. Bought a Microsoft band over the weekend. I'm quite happy with it.
  • A BIG THANK YOU TO WHOEVER MADE THIS POSSIBLE!!   The Pebble teams are idiots, but that doesn't mean that the Pebble itself isn't a great (and cheap) piece of hardware. Missing Pebble support is the feature I miss the most from Android, but now that's gone! :)
  • Sad news is Microsoft hasn't released it yet, and maybe never will... They have been sitting on accessory apps for a year and not doing anything with it. App and music control still not supported btw. Runtastic and Caledos runner need Pebble support.
  • Going through all those trouble just for this
  • This is awsome!  But I'm not getting my text messages....and I don't quite understand the Apps section of the app...the checks in the boxes seem to change by themselves.
  • Thanks for the info!  Downloaded and installed on my Lumia 930 and it seems to be working great with my Pebble Steel.  Hopefully neither side will end up breaking this.
  • jasonprahl, can you tell me / us what Pebble app you are using on your Lumia 930? I have a 928 (Verizon) running 8.1 and all I can find that works is Pebble Watch Pro and it is very limited from my view. I do not "think" there are any apps available via PWPro for seeing text or email msgs. I also have a Pebble Steel.
  • You need the app mentioned in the article.  You can't download it through the store.  You have to get the file then sideload it.  There might be multiple ways of doing it but I used Visual Studio 2013 with update 4 and the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK installed.  First you need a Microsoft developer account, which i think is now free.  You have to developer unlock your phone using the unlock tool that comes with Visual Studio.  Then you use the Application Deployment tool for Windows Phone 8.1 (which will get installed with the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK).  Also make sure you are using the one that specifically mentions Windows Phone 8.1 becuase there is another Application deployment tool but it wouldn't let me sideload a .appxbundle filetype.    The Pebble Watch Pro app is only good for installing watchfaces and a few apps.  It can give some notifications but it has to be running in the foreground and is therefore not good for notifications.  You can also use it to update the firmware of your Pebble watch.  However, I found that when my watch was updated to 2.x version of the firmware it kept giving me an annoying message about the version of the phone app not being version 2.x.  So I downgraded my watch to the most recent 1.x version and the phone and watch is happy and receiving notifications.  I think this limits some of the apps you can use but I was fine with that.  Since I just want watchfaces and notifications.  The app mentioned in this article is called Pebble Connect Beta. 
  • You should make a video on it. That would help a lot of people! :)
  • can I get some help with this please?
  • I need help too! :(
  • wont install for you either?
  • I don't really know what to do after I install the link Rubino provided onto my computer. Sorry I'm new to this kind of stuff, side loading and what not. Could you help me?
  • Enter 'windows phone' in the desktop search after loading the SDK. You will find both the phone registration and direct app load applications listed...
  • Returned that crap plastic useless pebble and got a Ms band. And never looked back.
  • Pebble smebble... Who cares really. I never get bothered when something is not made for WP, like the Apple iWatch thing. Sorry cant call it a watch. I have a lot of watches and these are just not watches. I don't count my band in this category either. Also I hear the pebble ceo is a snivelling whining momma's boy. Who wants to support that?
  • Did everything I could up to the stage of downloading the Pebble appxbundle but it did not work. Gotta be a better way or better instructions on what to once in Visual Studio ... Anyone?
  • Enter 'windows phone' in the desktop search after loading the SDK. You will find both the phone registration and direct app load applications listed...
  • THANKS so much. Worth it even with the cost of the dev signup. With no knowledge of the tools, took some hunting to find the direct loader; instructions could have been a bit more detailed. But hey, NOTIFICATIONS!
  • so everything is loaded correctly... App is running in background, I updated pebble firmware.. I get phone, and Cortana notifications but not text notifications.. I enabled it in the app. Any idea why this could be happening?!  Thank you, Casey 
  • Thank you Roderick. That worked (as did a simple reboot. ) Now the main issue seems to be with Pebble itself. I have a Pebble Steel and the Pebble Watch Pro app. Apps are very limited of course. Do not seem to have any email notifications apps available. Like to see it more functional with Windows Phone. But at last I have a Band coming this week to synch with and hopefully not have these same issues.
  • This app notifies you about emails... What is missing for you?
  • Roderick, meant to follow up on this sooner.  It all worked as advertised AFTER I ENABLED BLUETOOTH Duh ... And I also received my previously ordered MS Band about the same time.  Been using that mostly since it does so much more with the Windows Phone.  Pretty happy with all it does.  But also happy to have a viable alternative with some of the same capabilities as the Band.
  • is anyone able to get their messaging notifications to work? I have a lumia 1520.. It's the only notification I can't get to work. Thank you, Casey
  • i keep getting Error - The parameter is incorrect, During the sideload process. Anyone else having this problem?
  • I was able to get mine to work, used Visual Studio 2013 Express to Dev Unlock the phone and Deploy the app. I also had to register as a Developer. On the top bar in VS Express select Tools, Windows Phone 8.1 and go from there.  What I would like to do now is add the Misfit watch face to track steps, anybody know where I can download the file to sideload it as well? Chuck  
  • would someone be willing to email me the appx?
  • Can somebody email me the appx as well? or host it somewhere else?  I'm kindof miffed by this whole 48 hour limited release thing, I check out for a weekend and this happens  :(
  • Still won't install
  • Would you be able to send me a copy of the app, pretty please?
  • sure then you can tell me how to install
  • Where's your copy editor? In a heading font, no less: 6. PARING YOUR PEBBLE TO WINDOWS PHONE Argh. Otherwise, thanks for the article. :)
  • Also having trouble installing.  Phone is shown as unlocked for development by VS.  pebble.appxbundle file copied to phone, and shows up in "install local apps".  When I try to install, I get the message: "Can't download - Sorry, you don't have permission to download this app." Anyone having the same problem?  Any ideas?
  • having the same issue!!!
  • Same here - I wish there were clear step by steps to get this going. I have a pebble and a 1520!
  • Finally figured this out - not sure if there is a better way Had the app downloaded to my desktop Signed up as a dev for 19.00 Installed Visual Studio Express 2013 Installed the Windows phone 8.1 pack Unlocked my phone for dev (has to look that up on you tube) Laucnh Visual Studio Express 2013 Click tools / windows phone 8.1 / application deployment /  Application deployment screen launched - target is Device and i browsed the app i downloaded to my desktop Click Deploy Now the app is installed on my phone!!! Followed the rest of steps in the video on this artical for battery saver and running in background All is working!
  • Do you still have the APPX to share? I can't find it anywhere to dl. 
  • Yes. I'll put together more detailed instructions and upload everything to mega or something. I won't be home until late this evening tho
  • As some stated below, I am also getting the status: Error - Package could not be registered. Any ideas anyone?
  • Thanks godson594. Followed your instructions - all good :) S
  • Thanks Daniel Rubino for making this happen and to the 'friends' that helped hack the package. I'm a long time Pebble user on 'Driod and just making the switch to WP. Enjoying WP so far. When I go to register as a developer, MS wants to hit me up for $20. Anyone else get this? Anyway, I suspect this is a nuisance charge to see how serious you are before they sign you up. While I'm Ok with the fee, I have one burning question before I committ: will I still be able to use my previously ('driod) loaded watch faces? I'm guessing yes - the WP is just sending notifications right?... but if there's someone out there that can confirm I'd be very grateful. Cheers  
  • Well, I'll answer my own post then - watch face is still present.
  • Sign up for app studio, pretty sure it is free to be a dev
  • Has anyone failed to get appxbundle to install? I've been retrying over and over again for over 20min at a time or untill the deployment app crashes with no luck. Error message is "Error - Package could not be registered". I'm confident I've meet all the requirments and am following the proper procedure.
  • Same issue here Error - Package could not be registered  
  • For all the people who have had problems you would think the poster would have a better explanation or follow up!  Somtimes I wonder if they make the posts and just sit back and laugh!!  Is there a problem with the original package or is it somthing we are doing wrong?
  • Can I get the modified APPX file today?
  • Oh, Thanks :)
  • let me know if you get it working and tell me how please
  • it works very well, like described in tutorial. hope soon wiil be music control
  • it still wont install for me, FML!!!
  • Error - Package could not be registered.  How fix it ? :C
  • Can I get the modified APPX file today please ?
  • I'll send you a link later
  • Thanks :)  
  • Please, could you send me a link as well. Thank you :)
  • Send a link to me too please?
  • i found the best links and intsuctions on /r/windowsphone subreddit and searched pebble
  • Thank again Daniel R, using this now ever since released and it is transformative! Need to pull out phone reduced 90%... Works fine with latest Pebble firmware. Just hope I can use it on Pebble Time too!
  • Could you send me a link too please?
  • Did pebble connect beta stop working for anyone? I get message "found pebble and stored data" but then it dumps a bunch of old logs.
  • The app continues to work pretty well with the 1st generation pebble. Have a Pebble Time now too. The Pebble Watch Pro app will send it a phone notificaction but none of the other messaging types seem to work. And so it is that when you try Pebble Connect, it recognises the phone - but sends no notifications. So something / enough changed in the messaging protocol to destroy backwards compatability. BOOOH! Anybody have any ideas / hints / clues as to whether any developers have picked up the code of the Pebble Connect app and doing anything with it for the Pebble Time????
  • @Roderick Laird  - I developed Pebble Watch Pro and can tell you a whole lot changed with the protocol. I got my Pebble Time Friday. Pebble tightened down security and scrambled the Java so that it can't be used to figure out the new protocol. Also the SDK terms of service forbid reverse engineering the protocol using the SDK. I have a request into Pebble to see if I can get access but no response so far. I am also working with MS to try to get permission to use the Accessory API which is used in Pebble Connect. For now my only option is to try to figure out the new protocol changes using an Android device with the Pebble Time. Android has the ability to log all Bluetooth communications but that is very tedious difficult work when you are using it with a device that has a different endianness like the Pebble. Endianness means numbers are stored in a reverse byte order and must be rebuilt byte by byte if you can figure out how many bytes make up the number. I will try to at least get out an update to Pebble Watch Pro when I make any progress but I am thinking probably weeks.
  • I'm having a Star Wars moment "You are the one true hope in the Universe Padawan!". It seems to me you may indeed be the only free agent on the planet with the street cred and technical capabilities to pull this off - given Pebble seemingly assinine politics. Do you need some donations to help this along? Might a Kickstarter help you if you can get access to the API's? There are not going to be a lot of "Joe Publics" with the desire to link a Pebble with a Windows Phone - but I suspect those with the interest have a passionate interest. I am one in that (unfortuantely not huge) population. Let me know if there is something us potential end users can do to help lobby / fund / cheer cheers Rod
  • No communication from Pebble yet. Microsoft has denied my 3rd official request for access to the Accessory API. There is a uservoice petition to get me access to the API. It has 917 votes now. Maybe MS will take notice if it goes over 1000. It is probably the best option for getting access. Here is a link to the petition:
  • OK, I've pushed it over 1,000. Popped in 9 votes with three of my email addresses earlier today and another couple of addresses entered a few seconds ago pushed it from 999 to 1,005. Hope Microsoft is listening!
  • Finally I was able to find and download the modified Pebble Connect APPX file. I followed the instructions here. I have even paired the devices, but the issue for me is that there are two bluetooth devices on WP lists to be connected: 1. Pebble Time 3E40 2. Pebble Time LE 3E40 I can pair the device with 1. but as soon it's connected it disconnects.
    I cannot pair with 2. - there is an error "couldn't connect". So the application is not working for me probably due to the above. Has anyone expierenced such an issue?
  • You would only need to pair the "Pebble Time 3E40" device but that won't work.  The protocol has changed too much with the Pebble Time 3.0 OS. The Microsoft app would have to be updated to get it to work but I doubt that will happen as MS does not appear to be supporting it and I doubt they will try to figure out the Pebble protocol changes necessary to do so.
  • can you let me know where you found one? thanks.
  • So I have tried deploying it via VS13 and I get, Error - Parameter is in correct.  Or if I try to side load it from an SD Card I get "Sorry. You don't have permission to download this app."  Does anyone have any ideas at all??  I am trying to get it on a Lumia 735 :-)
  • i think we need a hacked appxbundle that works, and it has to be sideloaded. that parameter incorrect error seems to be related to one of the parameter value inside the xml files that is blocked by MS.
  • anyone interested to buy a pebble watch?
  • found an alternative way to make it work! steps: remove the pebble watch from you wrist sell it. wait for a good deal on ms band or fitbit buy either (in my case i got an almost 50% off on fitbit surge) install fitbit app pebble could have had my money with pebble time. but no. i wont be made a beggar begging for pebble to make an official app. f*ck you pebble and goodbye.        
  • This works great on Windows Phone 8.1 - however upgrading to Windows 10 (Lumia 640)made it stop! Will this setup begoing to work with Windows 10 or do we pray/force Pebbele to make it work?
  • Great App! Just installed this on the weekend and works good on my Nokia Lumia 735. Although music, watchfaces, weather and pebble apps cannot be controlled with this, I also have the Pebble Watch Pro app working simultaneously with the Pebble Notifications in the background to cater all those options Thanks WC
  • Can someone send me the link to download this app? Thanks! Regards!
  • did anyone saved a copy of this app and can share a download link? do you know if this works with the new pebble?
  • Hi, could anyone post a link to download this appx ? All links have expired by now. Thx