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The 12 Best Custom Apple Watch Faces

Brent Dirks Updated 19-12-2019

On an Apple Watch, the watch face is your main way to interact with the device. Along with the most important task—telling the time—it lets you view other data and even jump directly to apps using complications.

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And just like on iOS devices, you have many ways to customize the Watch’s home screen. While some focus on providing as much data as possible, Apple includes several options with great visuals.

We’re highlighting some of the best Apple Watch faces that can help your device stand out.

How to Change Your Apple Watch Face

There are two different ways to add or change an Apple Watch face—on the watch itself or using the companion Watch app on your iPhone. On the iPhone’s Watch app, head to the Face Gallery section. Using an Apple Watch, Haptic Touch the screen and use the Digital Crown to scroll to the New section with a Plus.

Make sure to take a look at our complete look on how to customize your Apple Watch with watch faces How to Customize Your Apple Watch With Watch Faces All Apple Watch users should customize their watch face. Here's how to change your Apple Watch face, add complications, and more. Read More for further instructions.

Cool Apple Watch Faces

For a slick look, these cool Apple Watch faces tell the time in style.

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1. California

California Apple Watch Face
The California Dial—made up of half Roman and half Arabic numerals—has been a staple of high-end watches for decades. You can bring that elegance to an Apple Watch with the aptly named California face.

It lets you customize the numbers on the dial for the regular California style or other options, such as all Roman. There are a number of different colors to select from as well.

The full-screen face option on the Series 4 and Series 5 watch features two complication spots. There are four complications spots in the smaller circular face.

2. Timelapse

Timelapse Apple Watch Face
Another jaw-dropping face, Timelapse features a number of beautiful locations around the world. These include New York, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Shanghai, and Mack Lake in California.

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Using the namesake photography technique, the landscape or cityscape will dynamically change depending on the time of day at your location. So even if you’ve never actually been to the locations, you can experience a bit of their beauty on your Apple Watch face.

The two complication slots are nicely situated and don’t distract from the face at all.

3. Astronomy

Astronomy Apple Watch Face
You can reach for the stars with the Astronomy face. There are three distinct faces to select from: a 3D model of the Earth, the Moon, or the solar system.

On the Earth face, you can see the real-time progression of the sun across the planet. And the face shows your exact location with a green dot on the map. On the Moon face, you’ll see its current phase. Finally, the solar system option shows the relative position of all the planets. There are two complication spots to customize.

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Turn the Digital Crown on each face for a unique look back and forward on all three options. The Earth face will show the exact time of the sun over our planet and the Moon option will show the dates of the different phases. Finally, for the solar system, you can see the planets’ positioning in the far past or future.

4. Photos

Photos Apple Watch Face
Photos is the most customizable face available. You can select to view a photo album synced to your watch, recent memories, or 10 custom photos.

A new photo will appear each time you raise your wrist or tap on the screen. One of the best ways to customize this face is with a Live Photo from your iPhone or iPad. A Live Photo will automatically animate each time you view the Watch’s screen. So you’ll be able to see a second and a half of video from before and after the photo.

There are two complication spots available no matter what photo you select. You can also select to see the time on the top or bottom of the photo.

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Cute Apple Watch Faces

Looking for something adorable? These cute Apple Watch faces fit the bill.

5. Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse Apple Watch Face
Any fan of Disney is sure to love the Mickey Mouse watch face. You can select from the iconic Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse as the centerpiece of the face, and even have the option to customize the look of their clothes with many different color options.

There are three complication spots available. And trying touching the famous characters for a fun surprise—they’ll speak the time.

6. Numerals Duo

Numerals Duo Apple Watch Facer

The Numerals Duo face is sure to turn heads. The face shows the large numbers of the time in a font specifically designed for the Apple Watch. This minimalist option doesn’t have any complication spots. But there’s a huge number of different color options to choose from and even three different styles of numbers.

7. Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope Apple Watch Face
As you could probably guess by the name, Kaleidoscope takes its cues from the children’s toy. Along with the ability to select your own custom photo, there are 16 other images to select from.

The face uses a special algorithm to highlight different elements that change throughout the day. A full-screen version is available only on the Series 4 and Series 5 watch; there are also three alternative styles to select from. Plus, the circular faces have three complication slots to use. There are no complications on the full-screen version.

8. Color

Color Apple Watch Face
Running the gamut of different hues, the Color face is made to match up perfectly with the official Apple Watch Sport bands. Series 4 owners can take advantage of a minimalist full-screen option without any complications. There’s also a circular and dial option that uses the selected color and has four complication slots.

As a unique customization option, you can also place a special monogram on all these options.

Beautiful Apple Watch Faces for the OLED Screen

Make the most of the stunning OLED display on your Apple Watch with these faces.

9. Solar

Solar Apple Watch Face
While the Solar face is definitely minimalistic, it’s also another beautiful choice. Taking into account your exact location and time, the face will show the position of the sun relative to the horizon. You can turn the Digital Crown to see the exact time of the sunrise, sunset, dawn, dusk, solar noon, and solar midnight.

The face will change color to represent the color of the sky throughout the day. Plus, there are two complication slots available.

If you find the complications useful, check out our list of the best Apple Watch complications The 10 Best Apple Watch Complications You Must Use Here are the best Apple Watch complications to add handy information to your Apple Watch at a glance. Read More .

10. Solar Dial

Solar Dial Apple Watch Face
Another option taking inspiration from the sun, the Solar Dial features a 24-hour dial that moves opposite of the sun and shows the day and night. You can turn the Digital Crown to track the path of the sun throughout the day.

You can select from an analog or digital clock on the center of the face. There are four spots for complications.

11. Motion

Motion Apple Watch Face
If you’re looking for one of the best Apple Watch faces, it’s hard to go wrong with Motion. There are three different collections to select from: butterflies, flowers, or jellyfish. When you raise your wrist or tap the display to check the time, a different object from each collection will animate on the screen.

Apple has made sure to keep all three collections interesting and unique. There are 25 different species of butterflies and six jellyfish species that move in slow motion. But the flower option is the most impressive; it has nine different flowers that move from bud to bloom. The entire process was captured with thousands of time-lapse images.

Each of the collections has room for up to three complications.

12. Fire and Water

Fire Water Apple Watch Face
The Fire and Water face definitely shines on the larger screen of the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5. On those devices, the different elements will envelop the entire OLED screen.

Both the fire and water films were shot in a custom model to help them interact with the dial and act like they are truly contained in the watch face. The final result is stunning. You can select to see only one of the elements or a random selection of both.

A circular version of the face is also available for Series 4 and Series 5 wearers, as well as older versions of the watch. That doesn’t take up the entire screen, but has three complication slots. No complications are available on the full-screen edition.

Grab a Cool Band to Complement the Best Apple Watch Faces

Thanks to a wide variety of options, the Apple Watch faces offer a little something for every type of user. While there are many faces that focus on providing as much information as possible, other beautiful choices show off the crisp screen and processing power of the wearable device.

The perfect way to accompany a beautiful face is to add a fashionable band. Check out some great Apple Watch bands that won’t break the bank 11 Great Apple Watch Bands That Won't Break the Bank Tired of your old Apple Watch band? Why not replace it? Here are some inexpensive third-party Apple Watch bands to check out. Read More next.

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  1. Pete
    March 14, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Did you have a deadline and word count or something? This is a list of Apple Watch faces. MakeUseOf.com has some great articles and sometimes they are fairly common knowledge and that is fine, they might present something to a less educated user. This article isn’t helpful and it should fall far short of your editors standards. It’s an insult to loyal readers.