Change the watch face on your Apple Watch

You can choose different designs, adjust the colors, and add complications to your watch face. You can even set the time ahead. 

How to switch the watch face on your Apple Watch

  1. From your watch face, swipe left or right from edge to edge.
  2. Stop when you get to the watch face that you want to use. 

Learn about all the Apple Watch faces and their features.

Not all watch faces are available in all countries or regions. Hermes and Nike watch faces are available only on those models.

How to customize the watch face on your Apple Watch

  1. Press the Digital Crown to go to the watch face.
  2. Firmly press the display.
  3. Swipe left or right to choose a watch face, then tap Customize. 
  4. Swipe left or right to select a feature, then turn the Digital Crown to change it. For example, you might change the color of the second hand or the markings on the watch face. 
  5. Swipe all the way to the left to edit complications. Tap a complication to select it, then turn the Digital Crown to change it. You can also add complications from other apps
  6. When you’re finished, press the Digital Crown to save your changes. 
  7. Tap the watch face to set it as your current face.

You can also change the watch face from your iPhone. Open the Apple Watch app, then tap the Face Gallery tab. 

 

How to add more information to your watch face

You can add complications, or information from apps, to some watch faces. Your Apple Watch has complications that show your battery life, the date, and more. You can also add complications from some third-party apps. To see which apps have complications:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the My Watch tab, then tap Complications.

To choose the ones that you want, tap Edit, then use these steps: 

  • To add a complication, tap the add button . After you add the complication in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, you can add it to your watch. Go back to your watch face, firmly press the display, and tap Customize. Then tap a complication and turn the Digital Crown to choose the information that you want to appear.
  • To remove a complication, tap the delete button . Then tap Remove.

How to create a new version of a watch face

  1. Press the Digital Crown to go to the watch face. 
  2. Firmly press the display, swipe all the way to the right, then tap the add button the Plus icon.
  3. To choose a watch face, turn the Digital Crown, then tap the one that you want. This sets your current watch face to the one that you just created. 
  4. To customize the watch face, firmly press the display again and tap Customize.

How to delete a watch face from your Apple Watch

  1. Go to your current watch face, then firmly press the display.
  2. Swipe left or right to the watch face that you want to remove. 
  3. Swipe up and tap Remove.

If you want to, you can create the watch face again later.

 

How to change the time shown on your Apple Watch

  1. Open the Settings app on your watch, then tap Clock.
  2. Tap +0 min.  
  3. Turn the Digital Crown and choose how far ahead to set your watch. 
  4. Tap Cancel or Set.

You can only set the time shown on the watch face ahead. Your alarms, notifications, World Clock, and any other times will still match the actual time. 

 

How to hide Now Playing on your Apple Watch

When you play music, Now Playing automatically opens. Here's how to change the setting: 

  1. Open the Settings app on your watch. 
  2. Tap General > Wake Screen. 
  3. Turn off Auto-Launch Audio Apps. 
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