How to get started with watch face customization on Apple Watch

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Khamosh Pathak

The watch face is the window of the Apple Watch. It’s not just about how you tell the time, but also how you interact with complications (widgets) and apps. Here’s how to get started with customizing the watch face on Apple Watch.

Add a watch face on Apple Watch


It all starts with a new face on the Apple Watch. If you’re bored with the pre-installed Apple Watch faces, you’ll be glad to know that there are some really cool faces out there with just a few taps.

You can have something fun like the Mickey Mouse watch face, something super utilitarian like the Infograph watch face (with eight complications), or something unique to you using the Memoji watch face.

Different watch faces for Apple Watch

To add a new watch face, first, tap and hold the current watch face on your Apple Watch. From the watch face editing screen, swipe left to go to the end of the row. Here, tap on the “+” button.

How to add a new watch face to Apple Watch

You will now see a vertical scrolling list of all available clock faces. Scroll through the list and touch a clock face to add it to your collection.

Tap The Watch Face to add it to Apple Watch

You can also go back and add more watch faces.

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Change watch faces on Apple Watch

Once you start adding new watch faces, you may want a quicker method of switching between them. It’s actually quite easy. Simply swipe from the left or right edge of the Apple Watch screen to the other edge of the screen.

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Swipe in from the left or right edge to change the watch face on Apple Watch

And that’s it, a super fast way to switch between watch faces.

Customize the look of watch faces on Apple Watch

There are a couple of watch faces that completely transform once you start customizing them. The Typograph watch face is a good example. You can change the background colors, hour markers, and symbols.

To customize the look of the watch face, tap and hold the watch face, then tap the “Edit” button.

Enter customization mode for Apple Watch

Here, check out the “Dial”, “Style” and other sections to change the look of your watch face. Scroll with the Digital Crown to try different options.

Customize the face for the watch face

Once you’re satisfied, press the Digital Crown to save your custom style.

Customize the color on the typography watch face

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Add complications to watch faces on Apple Watch

What sets Apple Watch apart from other smartwatches is its huge collection of compatible apps and complications. Each app can provide multiple complications (in different styles) to your watch face.

If you choose a watch face like Infograph, you can have up to eight complications that can show you up-to-date data or act as shortcuts for actions, apps, or shortcut automations.

To add complications to your watch face, simply long press on the watch face you want to customize, then tap the “Edit” button.

Tap and hold on the watch face and choose the edit option

Now scroll to the left until you end up in the “Complications” section. Each complication will now be highlighted. Just tap on a complication to change it.

Now you can see a list of all available complications. Select a complication that you want to add to the watch face.

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Select watchmaker complication

The complication can be previewed in real time. Repeat this process for all the complications on the watch face. Once you’re done, press the Digital Crown to save your complications.

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Reorder watch faces on Apple Watch

Once you’re done trying out all the great Apple Watch faces, you might end up with three or four faces that you want to use on a regular basis. Fortunately, you can switch between the watch faces you use most often with just a swipe or two.

To rearrange watch faces, long press on the watch face.

Touch and hold the watch face to enter edit mode
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From editing view, long press on the watch face you want to reorder.

Tap and hold the watch face to pick it up
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The watch face will now be selected and you will see a horizontal list of all the watch faces (and their places in the list). Then just swipe left or right to move the watch face.

Swipe to move around the watch face
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Release your finger to save the position. You can repeat this process to move other watch faces.


Release your finger after moving the watch face
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Delete a watch face on Apple Watch

Once you’ve narrowed down the clock faces you want to use, you’ll want to get rid of all the ones you don’t like.

Deleting a watch face is pretty easy. Navigate to the watch face you want to delete, then touch and hold the watch face until you enter edit mode. From the watch face, swipe up. Here, tap on the “Delete” button.

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How to delete a watch face on Apple Watch

You can repeat the process to remove more watch faces.

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Now that you’ve customized the watch faces, it’s time to take it one step further. Here are the 20 Apple Watch tips and tricks you need to know.

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