Maybe you want to customize the new Apple Watch you just finished setting up, or you want to revive your love for an older Apple Watch. Either way, the quickest way to do this is to swap your current face for something fresh.
Not only is Apple always adding new faces, but new complications also offer the opportunity to have invaluable information available with just a glance at your wrist. Let us show you how simple it is to completely change the look and functionality of your Apple Watch with just a few taps.
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Note: the instructions presented here should work with any Apple Watch, including the Series 1 through Series 8, as well as both generations of the Apple Watch SE, and the Apple Watch Ultra.
How to change the face of your Apple Watch
- Materials needed: Your Apple Watch, the iPhone it’s connected to.
How do I delete a face I don’t want anymore?
Go to the Watch app on your iPhone and tap on the My Watch section. In there, you’ll see an Edit button, tap this and you’ll be presented with a list of all your created faces, each showing a red delete button to its left. When you pick the one you want to delete, tap the red button, and then tap the Remove option that pops up. This will remove the customized face from this list, and from the available faces on your Apple watch. If you change your mind later, you can always recreate the face from your Face Gallery using the Watch app on your iPhone and the steps mentioned above.
Where can I find new Apple Watch faces?
The easiest way to find new faces when Apple releases them is to look in the New Watch Faces section of the Face Gallery, as shown above. Any new offerings released by Cupertino will appear here.
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If you’ve gone through the plethora of first-party offerings Apple has created and still can’t find something that suits you, consider one of the user-customizable faces the company offers, like the Photos face, which lets you set your own photos as the background or the Portrait face, which does the same with some cool effects for faces, people, and pets.
If you still can’t find something you like, third party apps like Facer can be used to create user-customizable faces that can be added to your Apple Watch. However, there’s a pretty big catch when using third-party options like these. The faces created by Facer and other apps like it essentially work like an app, not an official watch face. This creates some issues with accessing your home screen via the Digital Crown, and may require you to manually relaunch the Facer watch face occasionally. I’d recommend sticking with Apple’s first-party options unless you really dislike all of them.
What are some tips for choosing a face and complications?
Your watch face is a highly personal set of decisions based on your daily activities, aesthetic preferences, and technical needs. There are so many variables involved in choosing, it’s impossible to create a perfect guide for everyone. So, I’ll just offer some general tips below that should help whittle down the many options available to something a bit more manageable.
- Choose form OR function from the start – Some users will want the maximum amount of information a face like the Modular series can provide, while others will prefer a more minimalistic option like Vapor that just suits their aesthetic or matches their current outfit. First, figure out which end of the spectrum you’re on, or choose a medium option like Metropolitan that offers a few complications without cluttering the whole display.
- Decide what information you need most often – Even on the larger Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra screens, space is limited. This means you should save available complications for info you need quick access to multiple times a day. Save anything less important for access via its appropriate app.
- Consider setting up multiple faces for quick swaps between work and play – Need constant access to your activity scores, heart rate, and other metrics on gym days, but couldn’t care less about them on cheat days or while you’re at work? Just set up a couple of faces for each part of your routine. Switching between them takes only seconds, but can save a ton of time later.
- Experiment with the Portrait watch face – This recently-introduced face works like the iOS 16 home screen, allowing elements in the image you choose to slightly overlay the time and date, creating the illusion that your chosen subject is in front of the time. The nifty effects work better with some images than others, so take a bunch of portrait shots of your kids, your pup, or your partner and try out some different placements for the best effect.