To learn more about the Gabb Watch and read our tester’s opinions, read our full Gabb Watch review. Or, scroll down to find answers to some common questions about this kids smartwatch brand.
Gabb Watch FAQ
Frequently asked questions about Gabb Watch
Gabb Watch basics
What is Gabb Watch?
Gabb Watch is a kids smartwatch. These internet-free devices combine safety features—like GPS tracking and one-touch emergency calling—with fun perks like voice messages and movement tracking.
Learn more in our full review of the best kids smartwatches.
Is Gabb Watch good?
Yes, we consider the Gabb Watch a good kids smartwatch. It's absolutely painless to set up, and all of our tester’s kids enjoy using it.
Learn more in our full Gabb Watch review.
What makes the Gabb Watch safe?
To cut down on security risks from third-party networks, Gabb Wireless developed its own operating system. Even the maps and content filters on Gabb phones are proprietary.
Plus, parents have full control over incoming and outgoing calls and texts. If a number isn't in the Gabb Watch's contact list, it can't call or be called.
Finally, there's no internet or app store on the Gabb Watch, so your child can't view inappropriate content.
How much does a Gabb Watch cost?
Gabb Watch retails for around $150 upfront with a month-to-month contract, and there's a $25 activation fee on top of that. Cellular service costs $14.99 a month. Shipping is free.
The Gabb Watch is free with a 2-year contract and 50% off with a 1-year contract.
Where can I buy a Gabb Watch?
Gabb Watches are sold exclusively through the Gabb Wireless website.
What age is Gabb Watch for?
We think smartwatches like the Gabb Watch are best for kids between the ages of 7 and 12.
Kids may be ready for a phone by age 13, and children under 7 may not have good self-control when it comes to calling their family members. Our tester’s five-year-old daughter, for example, called her grandparents nine times in one day.
How many contacts can you have on a Gabb Watch?
You can have up to 25 contacts on a Gabb Watch.
The Gabb Watch originally came with just 10 contact slots. The extra 15 slots are available with a software update. The new Gabb Watch 2 already comes with 25 contact slots.
What's new on the Gabb Watch 2?
In addition to the 15 extra contact slots mentioned above, the Gabb Watch 2 includes the following:
- New silver watch option
- 8 new wallpapers
- 4 new themes
- 3 new GabbGo pets (cow, monkey, and octopus)
- Flashlight app
- Repeating tasks
The best part is you don't have to buy a brand-new watch to get most of these features since they're available on the original Gabb Watch with a free software update.
Is the Gabb Watch waterproof?
No, the Gabb Watch isn’t waterproof. It shouldn’t be worn when swimming, bathing, or showering. But since it’s water-resistant, the Gabb Watch shouldn’t conk out if your kid gets caught in the rain, washes their hands, or sweats.
How does the Gabb watch compare to other kids smartwatches?
Gabb Watch features
Screenshot: Suzi Brzezinksi, SafeWise
What does the Gabb Watch do?
Here’s what kids can do with the Gabb Watch:
- Make voice calls
- Leave voice messages
- Text emojis or choose a written text from a drop-down list
- Push an SOS button to quickly call an emergency contact
- Send their location to approved contacts
- Track steps
- Set an alarm
- Set a stopwatch or timer
- Play with a virtual pet
- Turn on a flashlight (may require software update)
Parents can do the following:
- Make voice calls
- Leave voice messages
- Send custom texts
- Control the 10-slot contact list
- Track location
- Create geofences
- Add items to the to-do list
- Lock the watch
Can the Gabb Watch call 911?
No, the Gabb Watch can’t call 911.
Can the Gabb Watch text?
Gabb emojis. Image: Kyle Lemmon, SafeWise
Yes, kids can text emojis or pre-written responses from the Gabb Watch. Since the screen is too small for a keyboard, kids can’t text custom messages. There’s also no voice-to-text option.
Does Gabb Watch have voicemail?
Sort of. The Gabb Watch sends and receives voice messages. You don’t have to call the watch first to leave one of these messages, so it differs ever so slightly from a traditional voicemail.
Does Gabb Watch have games?
A GabbGo T-Rex. Image: Kyle Lemmon, SafeWise
The only game on the Gabb Watch is GabbGo, which incentivizes kids to rack up more steps on the pedometer or to complete their to-do lists. Kids earn virtual coins, which can be redeemed to unlock cool digital pets and to train them.
Does Gabb Watch track steps?
Yes, the Gabb Watch tracks steps.
How does Gabb Watch track steps?
Like other smartwatches or fitness trackers, the Gabb Watch uses a tri-axial accelerometer to track steps. This specialized sensor detects your direction and speed. It converts that data into steps.
Does the Gabb watch have alarms?
Yes, you can set an alarm with the Gabb Watch.
Gabb Watch compatibility
Does Gabb Watch work with Verizon?
Yes and no. Gabb Watch uses the same network as Verizon. If you get Verizon coverage in your area, the Gabb Watch should work just fine.
But you can’t add the Gabb Watch to your Verizon account. You have to buy a cellular plan through Gabb Wireless.
Does Gabb Watch work with AT&T?
No, Gabb Watch doesn’t work with AT&T.
Can Gabb Watch connect to Wi-Fi?
No, the Gabb Watch doesn’t connect to Wi-Fi.
Does the Gabb Watch connect to the Gabb Z2 phone?
No, the Gabb Watch and Gabb Z2 phone are two separate devices that don’t share data.
Can Gabb Watches call each other?
Yes, Gabb Watches can call each other because they each have unique numbers.
Gabb Watch customer service
Does Gabb charge a cancellation fee?
Yes, Gabb charges early cancellation fees, but only if you signed up for a 1- or 2-year contract.
The penalty is $150 for canceling a 2-year Gabb Wireless contract within the first 6 months. Starting with the completion of month 7, the cancelation fee decreases by $6.25/mo. Starting with the completion of month 16, the cancelation fee decreases by $10/mo.
So if you canceled a 2-year Gabb Wireless contract after 1 year (12 months) of use, you would pay a fine of $112.50.
The penalty is $100 for canceling a 1-year contract. Starting with the completion of month 3, the cancelation fee decreases by $10/mo.
Why is Gabb's cancellation fee so high?
You get a free device with a 2-year Gabb Wireless contract and a discounted device with a 1-year contract. The cancellation fees are about the same as if you had to pay full price for the Gabb Watch.
It's mostly a way for Gabb to prevent people from taking a free watch and then never paying service fees. But you wouldn't want to do that anyway since Gabb Watches don't work with outside networks like AT&T.
Can I transfer the Gabb Watch to someone else?
Yes, you can transfer the Gabb Watch to another account. You still have to cancel your account and pay the penalty fees, though.
Make sure you give all of the setup codes to the new owner to facilitate easy setup. If you threw out the box, Gabb's customer service team can share the codes with you after you provide your account PIN.