Gadgetbridge for Android

Gadgetbridge is an Android application that allows you to use smartwatch-style notifications and health monitoring without the need for a proprietary application or web service. We have a modified Bangle.js Gadgetbridge app on the Google Play Store or F-Droid (see below)

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How to set up

Extra Setup

Does Gadgetbridge keep disconnecting from your Bangle? It may be that your phone is doing some 'battery usage optimisation' and deciding that Gadgetbridge should be shut down. See for device-specific advice on how to stop this happening.

By default, some features are disabled in Gadgetbridge and you may well want to enable them:

Bangle.js Gadgetbridge app

We have a version of Gadgetbridge for Bangle.js that allows Internet Access (normal Gadgetbridge does not). It is available from:

The Bangle.js Gadgetbridge app is built from the same source code as the normal Gadgetbridge, however the Bangle.js Gadgetbridge app requires extra internet permissions to install and so can provide extra features:

HTTP requests

Must be enabled first by clicking the gear icon next to the Bangle.js you're connected to in Gadgetbridge, and then enabling Allow Internet Access

On Bangle.js just do something like this to make an HTTP request:

  console.log("Got ",data);

For more information check out the Android Integration app's Read more... link.

Right now you must use HTTPS (HTTP is not supported). The low-level implementation is described in How it works internally below.


Must be enabled first by clicking the gear icon next to the Bangle.js you're connected to in Gadgetbridge, and then enabling Allow Intents

Bangle -> Android

On Bangle.js send something like:


This will send a Global Android intent which can cause certain apps/windows to open, or can be used with apps like Tasker.

(The following is not present in Gadgetbridge version 0.68.0 published on F-droid as of 2022-08-18, but works for beta testers of "Bangle.js Gadgetbridge" on Google Play Store. It's also available in the nightly releases, or if building from source.)


Bluetooth.println(JSON.stringify({t:"intent", action:"", category:"android.intent.category.DEFAULT", target:"activity", extra:{"query":'track:"Sittin\' on the Dock of the Bay" artist:"Otis Redding"'}}))

This will search for and play the song "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay". The android device will ask about what app to use.

Gadgetbridge with a Bangle.js can broadcast intents and start activities. Targeting of services is not yet implemented.

The following type of information can be supplied for intents: target, action, category, package, class, mimetype, data and extra. Values to pass with the target key are "broadcastreceiver", "activity" or "service". Intents will default to being broadcast if no target is specified.

Template for initiating an intent from a Bangle.js app:

Bluetooth.println(JSON.stringify({t:"intent", target:"", action:"", category:"", package:"", class:"", mimetype:"", data:"", extra:{someKey:"someValueOrString"}}));

Key/value-pairs can be omitted if they are not needed.

Android -> Bangle

On the Android device, you can send code to execute to your Bangle.js (Programmable must be set to true in the Bangle's settings).

Just send an intent to com.banglejs.uart.tx, with Extra Data of line set to the JavaScript to execute. For example to display a variable from Tasker on the Bangle's LCD (scrolling everything else up), set up:

Action: com.banglejs.uart.tx
Cat: None
Extra: line:Terminal.println(%avariable)
Target: Broadcast Receiver
Variable: Number, Configure on Import, NOT structured, Value set, Nothing Exported, NOT Same as value


You can also get weather from Gadgetbridge. Install the Weather Widget and check out the Read more... link on the app page for more information. An additional app is required to forward the current weather into Gadgetbridge.

If you're using the Play Store 'Bangle.js Gadgetbridge' app, you need to set the package name to com.espruino.gadgetbridge.banglejs

How it works internally

Messages sent to Bangle.js from Phone

Messages are wrapped in the text "\x10" + "GB(...)\n", so that if they're sent to a normal Espruino REPL the GB function will be executed with the supplied data as the first argument.

Currently implemented messages are:

Bangle.js Gadgetbridge also provides:

For example:

// new message
GB({"t":"notify","id":1575479849,"src":"Hangouts","title":"A Name","body":"message contents"})
// message changed
GB({"t":"notify~","id":1575479849,"body":"this changed"})
// remove message
// maps navigation
GB({"t":"notify","id":1,"src":"Maps","title":"0 yd - High St","body":"Campton - 11:48 ETA","img":"Y2MBAA....AAAAAAAAAAAAAA="})
// music
GB({"t":"musicinfo","artist":"My Artist","album":"My Album","track":"Track One","dur":241,"c":2,"n":2})
// Call coming in 
// Set a single alarm, 6:30am, every day of the week
GB({"t":"alarm", "d":[{"h":"6","m":"30:","rep":127}]})

Messages from Bangle.js to Phone

Any line beginning with { will be parsed as JSON by Gadgetbridge, so to send a command, simply use Bluetooth.println(JSON.stringify(json)).

Available message types are:

Bangle.js Gadgetbridge also provides:

For example:

Bluetooth.println(JSON.stringify({t:"info", msg:"Hello World"}))

will display a message on your phone's screen.


You can click Debug -> Fetch Device Debug Logs in Gadgetbridge which will save a log of all data sent to/from Bangle.js to a file on your phone. This is very helpful for debugging and will show if any exceptions/errors have happened on the Bangle, and what commands caused them. You can then connect with the Web IDE and re-issue those commands by copy/pasting them into the IDE's left hand side to help you reproduce.

There's a Gadgetbridge Debug app you can install. When running this will show you the data that is being received from Gadgetbridge. See Read more... next to the app for more information.

Once you know the command that caused the problem you can then disconnect Gadgetbridge, connect with the Web IDE and issue that command by pasting it into the left-hand side of the IDE - for example:

GB({"t":"notify","id":1575479849,"src":"Hangouts","title":"A Name","body":"message contents"})

If there are any errors shown you'll be able to see them and use them to debug what is happening.

Building Gadgetbridge

If you want to build Gadgetbridge yourself there's proper documentation at

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