Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring new options for the watch face, part of Apple watchOS 2 New Features.
- Let's start with the first thing that you see each time you use the Apple Watch. The actual watch face. Of course there are a bunch of different layout options available for this base screen where you check the time. In the Watch OS 2 update, we have a handful of new watch features to choose from. Now I'm going to start with a force touch here on the watch face, and that gets me into the customize mode. From here, you can flip left and right through the different watch face options. And I want to go to this option labeled Timelapse.
With this option, you're going to see a timelapse animation when you wake your watch. So I'm going to select that, and we'll see that animation here. Now I want to see that in action, so I want to put the watch to sleep and wake it up. One way I could do that would be to just wait a few seconds until the face goes to sleep, or I could cover it with my hand, and that will put the face to sleep. So now I'm going to wake it up just by tapping on the screen, and you'll see when the watch face wakes up, you see that timelapse animation. Now there are other timelapse scenes that you can choose from so again, I'm going to force touch to get into customize.
I'll choose the Customize button down here at the bottom of the screen, and then I can roll the digital crown to go through these different options. So let me choose a different scene here. Let's go to this lake scene. And so I'll click on the digital crown to set that. I'll choose that watch face, and now I have a completely different timelapse animation. So you can choose whichever you want, and it will even change to a nighttime scene when you check your watch at night. I'm going to force touch again and look at some other watch face options.
Flipping over here, you'll see that there are two new options, one labeled Photo Album, and one simply labeled Photo. These watch faces require that you have some photos synced to your watch. So for a moment, I'm going to jump over to my phone. Here on my iPhone, I'm going to go into the Apple Watch app and I'll scroll down to the settings for photos. I'll select that. I can go here and choose which photos I want to sync with my watch.
You can only sync one album at a time, so you'll need to choose an album that you already have in the photo library on your phone, or go to the Photos app, create a new album then come back here and choose that album to sync. So you can see that I made an album called For Watch, and any photo that I put into that album will get synced over to the watch. Okay, so let's go back to the watch. We're on the screen where we're choosing watch faces. So I'm going to select the photo album watch face.
I'll just tap on that, and now it's set. So it's going to pull one photo randomly from that album that I synchronized. But the next time the watch face goes to sleep and I wake it up again, it's going to show me a completely different photo from that same album. But you might choose to stick with just one photo consistently, so I can force touch, and that's when we would go over to the watch face that's simply called Photo. So I'll select that, and now I've got this one photo that's set as my watch face.
But if I do a force touch, you'll see that there's no way to change to a different photo. To do that, I'll have to create a new watch face. So what I'll do is I'll swipe all the way over to the far right where we have this option to create a new watch face, and I'll tap on that. Basically, you're just creating a new version of any one of the existing watch faces. So I'm going to scroll until we get to the Photo option. I'll tap on that to select it, and now I have a new photo watch face. And of course, I can customize this one.
I can do a force touch, now there's a Customize button at the bottom, I can tap on that, and I can use the digital crown to zoom in on the picture or zoom out on the picture, so I can get a grid of the photos here. And I could tap on one of these photos. Or I can just swipe left and right through my photos and choose the one that I want. When I'm done, I click the digital crown, and that photo is set as this watch face. So now I have a photo watch face here. If I scroll over here, I also still have a photo watch face over here.
So I'm going to go back and choose that one that we just made, tap on it, and now that's set as my watch face. So you don't have a lot of customization options in the photo watch faces, but there are some new options on some of the other watch faces. So let's select a different one. I'm going to do a force touch, and let me flip over, I want to go to the watch face that's called Color. This is not a new watch face, but there is a bit of a new feature here. I'm going to tap on Customize. And as I customize this watch face, I can change the color, or if I swipe over, I can change the complications.
But we're going to focus on color for now. So of course I can change the color by scrolling on the digital crown. And in Watch OS 2, you'll see that there are a lot more colors to choose from. These colors pair with the new sport band options that are available for the Apple Watch. So if you want, you can choose exactly the right color on your watch face to match your sport band. All right, so let me click on the digital crown to set that color, and let me switch over to a different face. Let's go to the modular face.
I'll hit Customize and again, I can scroll through different colors on this watch face. But there's an extra little feature on this particular watch face. If I scroll all the way up to the top, there is a Multicolor option. So you can see several different things on this watch face show up in different colors. Now another nice new feature that you can use when you're on the watch face is the time travel option. So let me flip over, I'll click the digital crown to set that, and I want to flip over to the Utility watch face.
And I'm going to select that. So we're at the normal watch face now. We're not in the customization mode. To activate time travel, all you need to do is roll the digital crown up or down. This will roll the clock forward or backward. And I can see a time travel number here with a plus or minus showing me how far I've gone in the past or future. The benefit here is that if they're capable, your complications will show you information from that time in the past or the future.
So since I have the weather complication and the calendar complication, I can get a quick glimpse at my appointments later today and also see what the temperature forecast looks like. When I'm finished with time travel, I can just click on the digital crown and it resets back to current time. So clearly, this does not work on all watch faces, but it is very useful on some of them. For example, if I switch over to the Astronomy watch face, I think it's very useful here.
I'll tap to select that, and I'm going to switch to the solar system view, and now when I roll the digital crown to activate time travel, I can see the position of the planets on different days, and this is extremely useful if you're an amateur astronomer and you want to set up your telescope to see specific planets, you can see which days will give you the best viewing. I'LL click on my digital crown to go back to current time. Now the last thing that I wanted to talk about related to watch faces is the nightstand mode.
First, I want to go into settings on the watch. So I'll click on the digital crown to go into the app chooser, then I'll go into Settings, and I'm going to go to the general settings and scroll down to Nightstand Mode. And I want to make sure that this is turned on. This feature is designed so that when I take my watch off at night, if I set the watch down sideways, as long as the power cable is connected, the watch face will switch to a sideways nightstand mode.
So if I set my watch on a bedside table at night, I can just tap on the screen and see the nightstand watch face. So those are the new options you have with the watch faces in Watch OS 2