Change the watch face on your Apple Watch

Choose a design, adjust the colors, then add complications to your watch face. You can even set the time ahead. 


Switch to a different face

To choose a face on your Apple Watch, use these steps:

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

Customize your watch face

  1. Press the Digital Crown to go to the watch face.
  2. Firmly press the display.
  3. Swipe left or right to choose a 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 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 customize your watch face from your iPhone. Open the Apple Watch app, then tap the Face Gallery tab. 

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. Go to the My Watch tab and tap Complications.

Then choose the ones that you want: 

  • To add a complication, tap Add icon. 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 Delete icon. Then tap Remove.
  • To rearrange the order, touch and hold Rearrange icon. Then drag and drop the complication.  


Add a new watch face

You can make multiple versions of any watch face. To create one: 

  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 Plus icon.
  3. To choose a 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 face, firmly press the display again and tap Customize. 

While you can get new complications from third-party apps, you can’t install new watch faces.


Delete a watch face

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

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


Change the time shown on your watch

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

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. 

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