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.
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 eight beautiful faces that can help your Apple Watch stand out.
How to Change the 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, Force 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 for further instructions.
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 probably 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. To help further customize each face, complications can show information from a number of different sources or allow one-touch access for many Apple Watch apps. As a nice touch on each of the Motion faces, the complications will automatically change color to match the main hue of the 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.
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.
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.
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.
Turn the Digital Crown on each face for a unique look back and forward for 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.
5. Fire and Water
The Fire and Water face definitely shines on the larger screen of the Apple Watch Series 4 (our Watch Series 4 review). On that device, 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 wearers and 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.
There are two other similar faces available. Liquid Metal takes inspiration from the material that makes the Apple Watch, while Vapor shows how different colors can interact.
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 minimalistic full-screen option without any complications. There is 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.
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 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.
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 most fun 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 the second and a half of video 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.
Grab a Cool Band for Your Apple Watch Face
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, these beautiful choices show off the crisp screen and processing power of the wearable device.
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