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How to share watch faces on Apple Watch

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Watch faces are the backbone of the Apple Watch. Not only is it how you tell time, but adding complications and customizing the layout of watch faces let you access all the essential information you want at a glance.

In watchOS 8, you have access to the feature that allows you to share watch faces, which means if you've created any fantastic watch faces, you can now pass them along to your friends and family. Here's how to share watch faces on Apple Watch.

How to share a watch face from your Apple Watch

You can share a watch face directly from your best Apple Watch without even having to touch your iPhone. Remember that you need to have an Apple Watch running watchOS 8 or later.

  1. Make sure the watch face you want to share is active
  2. Long press the watch face on your Apple Watch screen.
  3. Tap the Share button.
  4. Tap Add Contact.

Share A Watch Face On Apple Watch: Long press the watch face you want to share, tap the share button, and then tap add contact. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap the contact you want to send the watch face to.
  2. Tap the number you want for that contact.

Share A Watch Face On Apple Watch: Tap the contact you want and then tap the number you want to send it to. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap Create Message if you want to add a message.
  2. Tap **Send

Share A Watch Face On Apple Watch: Tap create message if you want to add a message, and then tap send. (Image credit: iMore)

How to share a watch face from your iPhone

If you don't want to share from your Apple Watch, you can always share your favorite watch face from the Watch app on your iPhone.

  1. Launch the Watch app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap the watch face you want to share.
  3. Tap the Share button.

Share A Watch Face On iPhone: Launch the watch app on your iPhone, tap the watch face you want to share, and then tap the share button. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap the sharing method you want to use. AirDrop, email, message, etc.
  2. Find the contact you want to send the watch face to.
  3. Tap Send.

Share A Watch Face On IPhone: Tap the sharing method you want to use, fine the contact you want, and then tap send. (Image credit: iMore)

I used Messages as my sharing method in the example above, but there are many options. The steps may differ slightly, depending on what method you select, but choosing the contact to send the watch face to and then sending them the watch face is almost universal.

How to use a shared watch face

Once you've received an Apple Watch face via email, message, or another app, you'll need to add the watch face to your collection.

  1. Tap on the watch face link someone sent you.
  2. Tap Add to My Faces.

Add Watch Face Thats Been Shared: tap on the watch face link and then tap on add to my faces. (Image credit: iMore)

Now, you're free to use this watch face whenever you want. You can even edit the watch face if you want to change the complications around.

Make your watch face unique to you

The watch face of your Apple Watch is one of the only ways you can customize your display, meaning it's the best way to put a little bit of yourself into your best Apple Watch. So make sure you know how to change your Apple Watch face and explore all the different options to find the most functional watch face for you. And, of course, never forget to share them!

Luke Filipowicz
Luke Filipowicz

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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