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  • [HOW TO] Customize Your Apple Watch's Watch Face


    If you just got your Apple Watch, or are eagerly awaiting your Apple Watch, then you're going to probably want to customize your watch face so that your Apple Watch matches your personality.

    It's extremely easy to do and we're going to show you how in this post.



    When you're looking at your Apple Watch and you see the full-screen clock, you can just tap and press lightly on the display to activate what Apple calls the "Force Touch" gesture. This will bring up the customize button, as shown above. While you're in customize mode, you can swipe left and right between the various Watch faces.

    If you want to go in-depth with your customization, you can tap on the customize button and it will let you actually customize the individual Watch faces so that they look exactly how you want them to.

    The first page of customization has to do with modifying the appearance of the interface of the watch face. Apple calls this "Complexity" and it allows you to control how detailed the watch face so it's as cluttered or minimalistic as you like. As you can see below, you can move the digital crown up or down to modify the complexity of the Apple Watch's watch face:



    You'll notice very subtle changes as you scroll; second ticks appear/disappear, minute ticks appear/disappear, numbers appear/disappear, and so forth.

    Once you're satisfied with the complexity, you can swipe to the right and you can modify the color of the second hand:



    Once again, using the digital crown to scroll up and down, you can flick between color choices for the second hand. There are various options that differ based on the watch face you've chosen, so you'll have to experiment to find the color you like. For this particular watch face, we enjoy the red on black mix.

    And if you swipe to the right one more time, you will find the editing interface for choosing the different types of information that are shown on the watch face. You can modify the information shown so that the watch face shows almost any information you want:



    Some watch faces can show more information at once than others. This particular watch face can be customized to show up to five pieces of information at once, while some others can only show three or four. To modify what is shown, you can just tap on one of the placeholders and then use the digital crown to scroll up and down through the various information options. The information you have have displayed include the following:

    • World clock time
    • Battery level
    • Stopwatch details
    • Timer details
    • Alarm details
    • Activity levels
    • Temperature/weather conditions outside
    • Time of sunrise & sunset
    • Moon phase
    • Events scheduled in the Calendar app
    • Date
    • Leave it blank


    The presentation of the information varies based on where it's placed on the watch face and the watch face itself, so you have to experiment to get it looking exactly how you want it to.

    If you have any questions, feel free to post in the comments below and we will try our best to respond to them. If you found this guide helpful, please share it so others can stumble upon it for reference on how to use their Apple Watch. We hope you found this guide helpful; stay tuned for more like this one!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [HOW TO] Customize Your Apple Watch's Watch Face started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Is that your wrist/watch? If so, I believe you bought the 38mm..it looks pretty big on your. Or is your wrist really small?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Is that your wrist/watch? If so, I believe you bought the 38mm..it looks pretty big on your. Or is your wrist really small?
      Yes, I have a small wrist.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Understood and thank you for clarifying.
    1. vcf's Avatar
      vcf -
      Yep I have small wrists to but it makes the watch look big the small is just to small
    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      Im buying a Moto 360 and side loading it to work with my iPhone
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by docmagoo2 View Post
      Im buying a Moto 360 and side loading it to work with my iPhone
      Didnít they release an official app?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by vcf View Post
      Yep I have small wrists to but it makes the watch look big the small is just to small
      I think it's perfect. I would have preferred the better battery life of the 42mm though.
    1. teddy2789's Avatar
      teddy2789 -
      Unable 2 follow alone...Still waiting 4 mines...
    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      Didnít they release an official app?
      Did they? I didn't know that...
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by docmagoo2 View Post
      Did they? I didn't know that...
      Just did a quick search. Apparently it isnít out yet, but is in development. At least, according to The Verge.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      Just did a quick search. Apparently it isn’t out yet, but is in development. At least, according to The Verge.
      Yes, we are keeping close tabs

      Post 1
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    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      Interesting! I'll be keeping a close eye on this! Was resigned to using the method from Mohammed Abu-Garbeyyeh who side loaded his Moto 360 to work with his iPhone!