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How to change your Apple Watch face

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Apple Watch Series 6 Apple Watch Se (Image credit: Daniel Bader / iMore)

With just a swipe, you can change your Apple Watch from chronograph to color, modular to utility, Mickey or Minnie Mouse to simple, motion to solar, astronomy to... well, you get the idea.

Each Apple Watch has a different information density and character, and a different capacity for complications and customization, so the best Apple Watch face for you could be endlessly different to the next person's. Changing your watch face is really easy to do once you know how and you can read on to find out how to do it if you don't already!

How to change the watch face on your Apple Watch

Changing a watch face is easier than ever. It takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, you'll want to change your watch face every time you change your clothes.

  1. Navigate to the watch face on your Apple Watch by pressing the Digital Crown.
  2. Swipe left or right to cycle through available watch faces

Note: The key to switching faces when swiping is to start from the very edge of the screen. You can start from off the edge of the screen to ensure you are far enough over.

Change Apple Watch face on Apple Watch: Swipe left or right to select a new watch face on Apple Watch (Image credit: iMore)

How to add an Apple Watch face to your list via your iPhone

You can add any number of different styles to the list of watch faces you can switch between.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the Face Gallery tab.

Add an Apple Watch Face via iPhone: Open the Watch app on iPhone, then tap Watch Gallery (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap a watch face from the list to select it. They are organized by type.
  2. Tap Add.

Add an Apple Watch face via iPhone: Tap a watch face, then tap Add (Image credit: iMore)

The new watch face will automatically be added to your Apple Watch as the current display.

How to add an Apple Watch face to your list via your Apple Watch

  1. Navigate to the watch face on your Apple Watch by pressing the Digital Crown.
  2. Long press on the watch face to open the customize menu.
  3. Swipe from right to left and select new.

Add Watch Face via Apple Watch: Long press on watch face, swipe from right to left, tap on New. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Swipe up or down or rotate the Digital Crown to scroll through available watch faces.
  2. Tap Customize to customize the color, style, and complications of the watch face.
  3. Press the Digital Crown to confirm your changes and save the watch face. It will then be shown in the scrollable list with your other watch faces.

Add Watch Face via Apple Watch: Swipe up or down or scroll using the Digital Crown, tap on the watch face you want to use and tap Add Face, customize complications and colors, press the Digital Crown (Image credit: iMore)

How to remove an Apple Watch face from your list via your iPhone

If your list of watch faces is getting too long, you can remove ones you don't use.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the My Watch tab.
  3. Under My Faces, tap Edit.

Remove an Apple Watch face via iPhone: Open Apple Watch app, tap on My Watch, tap on Edit (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap the red remove button (-) on the left side of a face.
  2. Tap Remove on the right side of the face to remove it from your list.

Remove an Apple Watch face via iPhone: Tap on the red delete icon to the left of the watch face you want to remove, then tap on Remove. (Image credit: iMore)

The watch face will automatically be removed from your Apple Watch.

How to remove a watch face via your Apple Watch

You can remove a watch face from your list right on your Apple Watch.

  1. Navigate to the watch face on your Apple Watch by pressing the Digital Crown.
  2. Long press on the watch face to open the customize menu.
  3. Swipe left or right to select a watch face.
  4. Swipe up on the watch face you want to remove.
  5. Tap Remove.

Remove a watch face via Apple Watch: Long press on your watch face, swipe left or right to find the watch face to remove, swipe up on the watch face to remove, tap Remove (Image credit: iMore)

How to organize your list of Apple Watch faces

You can order your watch faces so that specific ones are next to each other, or listed by color, or however you want them to be organized.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the My Watch tab.
  3. Under My Faces, tap Edit.

Remove an Apple Watch face via iPhone: Open Apple Watch app, tap on My Watch, tap on Edit (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Press and hold the organize icon on the right side of the watch face. It looks like three lines (☰).
  2. Drag the watch face to its new position on your list.

Organize Apple Watch faces via iPhone: Tap and hold on the organize icon (three lines) and drag the watch face up or down to its new position (Image credit: iMore)

The new order of watch faces will automatically appear on your Apple Watch.

Don't forget to customize your watch faces

Though you now know the various ways to change your Apple Watch face, don't forget that each watch face has a number of customizable features too.

You can long-press on a watch face in order to see what Apple Watch complication and customization options are available in order to have the absolute best Apple Watch experience.

Updated May 2022: Updated for iOS 15 and watchOS 8.

Rene Ritchie
Contributor

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.