Apple surely knows how to make its products stand out from the masses.
The Apple Watch specifically has garnered a massive fanbase over the years, mainly because with each new release, the technology giant offers something fun and innovative to keep their customers hooked to the smart device.
One of the most impressive features of the Apple Watch is Faces. It allows you to personalize the wearable using groovy interface elements.
When watchOS 9 was launched, it introduced various new Faces to allow more customization options for the users. I’ve been trying out the latest Faces that Apple has come up with, and I couldn’t resist rounding up all of my favorite ones in this post.
If you’ve just bought an Apple Watch and are still trying to get the hang of its features, stay with me to learn everything about Apple Faces and how you use it to personalize the wearable.
What are Apple Watch Faces?
To put it in the most straightforward way possible, an Apple Watch Face is the first thing you see when you look at your watch. It’s literally the “face” of your watch, so you can consider it as your wallpaper, but one that comes with functionalities.
You can add interface elements or complications to the clock to make the wearable more personal while making it easier to get valuable data or launch an app quickly.
Since watch faces are highly customizable and interactive, you can personalize them by changing the color, style, font, view, dial, timescale, image, and more. This makes the faces completely unique to the one sporting the watch. You can use the color and style palette to make a face that flaunts your unique personality and taste.
Most of the updates of the watchOS offer new faces that provide you with more personalization options.
There are two simple ways to add new faces to your Apple Watch, so you can choose the one that’s convenient for you.
#1. On Your iPhone
Step 1: Start by opening the Watch app on your iPhone. You should probably already have it installed on your device, as it comes preinstalled.
Step 2: Once you open the app, you should see a screen like this:
You’ll see all the watch faces you had previously installed and various other options.
Step 3: To add a new face, tap on Face Gallery.
Step 4: You’ll see a list of different faces divided by categories available on your Apple Watch.
Step 5: Tap on your desired watch face and customize it to your liking by adding complications, changing the view, etc. Finally, tap on ADD to save face to My Faces.
From My Faces, you can set it as your current watch face, and that’s it.
#2. On Your Apple Watch
If you’ve already installed a few faces on your watch, you can change from among them by simply swiping left or right on the watch’s screen.
However, to add a new watch face, follow the below steps:
Step 1: Enter Customize mode by touching and holding the screen.
Step 2: Swipe left all the way to the end until you see the New button. Tap on it.
Step 3: Swipe up/down or turn the digital crown to browse available watch faces. Once you come across the one you like, tap Add, and that’s it.
You can further customize the faces as per your liking. Over the years, I’ve tried and tested several watch faces and grown attached to some of them because of their appearance and function.
Wondering which Apple Face might be best for you? Here are some of the best options to choose from.
If you’re a fitness enthusiast or just trying to keep your physique in check, then Activity Face is your best bet.
This face comes with several complications to give you information about your physical health. The workout complication helps you prepare for the next workout session, while the Heart Rate complication gives you a brief on your vitals. On the other hand, the Lose It complication keeps track of your meals and daily calorie intake.
Since these numbers are right on the Watch Face, it’s pretty easy to know how you’ve been doing lately health-wise and take active steps to improve your lifestyle. You can customize the color and time format of the face to suit your style.
Developed by an artist named Geoff McFetridge, this watch face features the drawing of a literal face in which time is presented as “eyes” that blink with every passing minute.
Geoff mentioned that the rationale behind the design was to make the user experience time more intimate. You can customize the watch by changing the human face to give your wearable a unique look while also serving as an excellent conversation starter.
I found Astronomy Face the most suitable for someone who loves ethereal realistic images of the Earth, Moon, constellations, or the solar system.
Not only does it display majestic celestial photos, but it also gives you some interesting insights, such as when’s the next full moon. You can add complications at the top and bottom of the face.
Space enthusiasts would totally appreciate this face and the complications that can be added.
If you have a family or a loved one who lives overseas, you can keep a watch on their time zone along with your own with the GMT Apple Watch Face.
This face comes with two dials. The inner 12-hour dial shows the local time, while the outer 24-hour dial lets you keep track of another time zone of your choice.
The colors of the dials are customizable, enabling you to distinguish between the time zones clearly. There’s also room for four complications in the corner.
People who obsess over information and complications would love the Infograph face. This face has space for up to 8 complications, with 4 in the corner for extra data.
Put the weather and the maximum and minimum temperatures on display at all times while also adding shortcuts to some of your favorite apps like Music, Health, Activity, and more.
You can customize the apps on display and choose the ones you visit most frequently.
Are you a Selenophile like me? If you said yes to that, this is the best face for your watch. The latest Lunar face of the Apple Watch has completely hooked moon and space enthusiasts.
It provides information about the different phases of the moon and how they relate to the calendar of your choice (between Hebrew, Chinese, and Islamic).
You can watch how the moon’s phases change by turning the digital crown and moving through the days of the month. Choose between analog and digital clock while being able to add up to four complications.
Memoji face allows you to create and personalize your very own cute digital avatar and add it to the watch to give it a unique look. The avatar is highly interactive as it responds to your taps by making fun expressions.
If you have the Memoji app, you can create a fun character right from the watch itself or use iPhone, Mac, or iPad for it. You can also choose an avatar from the Memoji stock if anything in there tickles your fancy.
Meridian is a similar but more minimalist yet sophisticated version of Infograph. In this face, you can have up to 4 complications around the center in a diamond format to give your watch a neat and bold look.
The face color and detailings are customizable, giving the simple face a unique look. This design is where style and function converge. If you’re not a fan of animations and graphics, I suggest Meridian for your Apple Watch.
Apple takes a trip down memory lane while being grounded in the modern era with its Metropolitan watch face that subtly references the great history.
In this design, the twelve numbers of the watch are arranged radially around the dial, as opposed to the conventional watches in which all the numbers face the same direction.
The arrangement references the Roman numeral dials. If this classic design catches your interest, then you can customize the color of the basic design while adding up to 4 complications.
Modular is a functional and fashionable Apple Watch face you can use if you’re a fan of numbers and data.
The face gives a futuristic look to your watch, thanks to the hoard of information you can add to the watch, along with the digital time at the top right corner.
The latest update allows you to give the face a glow-up with beautiful color gradients. You can add many different complications and make your watch highly functional yet aesthetic.
Photos are one of the simplest variants of Apple Watch Faces. If you’ve recently clicked an enthralling photo of the mountains and want to flaunt it, you can add the photo to the face.
Simply go to the face gallery and tap the picture you want to add, and voila! You can use any photo for the face gallery and personalize the appearance of it.
If you want an unobstructed view of the photo, you can remove the complications and make space for time.
As the name suggests, the Timelapse watch face displays a timelapse of the natural scenery of your choice. Be it a sunset, sunrise, or a mesmerizing evolution of the cityscape; your watch will gradually show the development of a scenic location.
The animation runs for 24 hours on a loop, and you can tweak the video to make it more of your style. This is another very cool customizable Apple Watch face you should consider adding to your wearable.
Are you a fan of Toy Story and want to jazz up the look of your Apple Watch with the avatars of Buzz, Woody, or Jessie? Then you would love the Toy Story face that Apple has created to expand its Disney tie-ins.
Previously, you could only choose from Mickey and Minnie Mouse faces, but now we’re getting more options gradually.
The best part is you can customize the characters’ poses while also being able to hear their voice lines. You can prompt the characters to speak by tapping on them. You can choose from the staple Toy Story characters Woody, Buzz, and Jessie. You’ll also find Bullseye, Hamm, Rex, and more in the Toy Box option.
The portrait face on the Apple Watch is highly-customizable and allows you to make your pictures more dynamic. Take your photos in portrait mode and enhance your face, blurring the background to let the object of the photo pop.
You can then customize the portrait by adding modern, classic, or rounded designs while adding complications to the top and bottom. With the new update, you can add your pets’ photos and give your furry friends a dynamic look.
If you love the sight of typography, you’re going to prefer the Typograph watch face. It gives your watch an abstract and sophisticated look.
The time is written in a quirky font on this watch’s face, and the analog dial is placed at the center. You can personalize the font and typeface based on your taste.
For a “classy” look, you can switch to numerals instead of sticking to the good-old digits. You can also change the colors to fit the mood of the day.
There, you have the best Apple Watch faces to give the wearable a personal touch and make it more pleasing to look at.
One of the many things you would love about these faces is their many personalization options. From style and colors to font and more, you can make a face that pops out your personality or display something you’re passionate about.
This is your chance to get your creative juice flowing and create a quirky face for your Apple Watch!
Adnan is a BMS graduate and a senior writer for Geekflare who loves breaking down complex topics into easy-to-understand pieces. He has also written for sites like Sparkian and Techkle. Besides work, you can find him on the football turf or… read more