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The best Apple Watch faces and how to use them

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When it comes to smartwatches, the Apple Watch really stands out. Not just for its premium design and next-gen features, but also for its incredible level of customisation. And complications.

Why you need complications in your life…

Complications are the main features of the Apple Watch. They’re basically small widgets that live on the watch face and provide useful info - such as the weather, your appointments, activity goals, or the current date and time.

The term "complication" has a long history in watchmaking. It refers to any feature beyond the essential timekeeping elements that make a watch more useful or valuable.

One of the coolest things about owning an Apple Watch is the ability to personalise its face.

With a wide range of watch options available, you can tailor the watch face to suit your lifestyle and make it feel like it’s truly yours. From monitoring your health stats to keeping up with your schedule, the right watch face can streamline how you access essential information throughout your day.

In this article, we'll explore the different types of Apple Watch faces, highlight five of the best options available, and then give you a step-by-step guide on how to add and customise your watch face to make the most of your device. Let’s get into it.

What Kind of Apple Watch faces are available?

Apple offers a great selection of watch faces that cater to lots of different styles, lifestyles, needs and wants. and requirements. Here are the main types of faces that are available:

  • Infograph faces. Designed for those who want to see as much information as possible at a glance. They can display multiple features at once and are perfect for busy types who need instant access to various data points.

  • Activity faces. Geared towards anyone that’s into their fitness. These prominently display your activity rings, workout stats, and other health-related metrics to keep you motivated throughout the day.

  • Modular faces. Great if you need detailed data displayed in an organised manner. Known for their versatility, these watch faces can be customised to show lots of information in a clear, structured format.

  • Analog faces. For those who prefer a traditional look, analog faces give you the classic appearance of a traditional watch, with modern smartwatch features still easily accessible.

  • Digital faces. These faces give your Apple Watch a modern look with a digital time display, plus options for customising the additional information you want to see on-screen.

The best Apple Watch faces

Now that we’ve told you about the different types of watch faces available, let us show you a few of our favourites. How good do these lookj?

Infograph

The Infograph face is one of the most popular choices for Apple Watch users. It offers a central area for time display and up to six complications, making it highly functional. You can customise it with weather updates, calendar events, heart rate monitoring, and more. The ability to see so much information at a glance makes it ideal for those who need to stay on top of their schedules and health metrics without navigating through multiple screens.

California

If you prefer a blend of classic and modern, the California watch face is perfect. It offers a traditional analog look with a twist, providing different numeral styles such as Roman or Arabic. This face supports up to five features, allowing you to keep essential info handy.

GMT

This watch face is designed for travellers and anyone who work across different time zones. It features two dials: the main one shows your local time, while the outer dial can be set to any other time zone. This watch face is particularly useful for professionals who need to coordinate with colleagues in different parts of the world. With space for up to four features, you can add additional useful data like the weather and date.

Activity

Here’s one for fitness fans. The Activity face prominently displays activity rings that track your movement, exercise, and standing goals. It helps you stay motivated by keeping your progress visible at all times, and you can add complications related to your workouts - such as heart rate and workout history, or current temperature, ensuring that you have all the information you need to stay on top of your fitness goals.

Siri

The Siri watch face leverages the power of Apple’s virtual assistant to give you dynamic, relevant information throughout the day. Based on your usage patterns it provides timely information including reminders, calendar events, traffic updates, and news. This face supports up to eight complications, making it easy for you to manage daily tasks efficiently.

How to add and customise Apple Watch faces

Adding and customising Apple Watch faces is quick and easy. Just follow these simple steps:

Adding a New Watch Face

From the Apple Watch

1. Press firmly on the watch face to enter the customisation mode.

2. Swipe left until you see the option to add a new face (a "+" icon).

3. Tap the "+" icon.

4. Browse through the available watch faces and tap on the one you want to add.

5. Customise the new face by adding complications or changing the colour and style.

From the iPhone

1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the “Face Gallery” tab at the bottom of the screen.

3. Browse through the faces and tap on the one you want to add.

4. Customise the face by adjusting the complications, colours, and styles.

5. Tap “Add” to sync it to your Apple Watch.

Customising an existing watch face

From the Apple Watch

1. Press firmly on the watch face to enter the customisation mode.

2. Tap “Edit”.

3. Swipe left or right to choose a different element of the face (such as colour or complications).

4. Use the Digital Crown to scroll through the available options and select your preferred settings.

5. Press the Digital Crown to save your changes and tap the watch face to set it.

From the iPhone

1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

2. Tap on “My Watch” at the bottom of the screen.

3. Under “My Faces”, tap the watch face you want to customise.

4. Make your desired changes by selecting different colours, complications, and styles.

5. The changes will be automatically synced to your Apple Watch.

Any more questions?

If you want to learn about more the features on your Apple Watch, check out our Apple Watch: everything you need to know article. Or read our piece on how to pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone.

If you’re looking for a new smartwatch, here’s why Apple Watch is such a good choice. And remember, if you’ve got any questions our expert in-store colleagues are always happy to chat about tech.

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