Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Watch faces and complications, part of Apple watchOS 3 New Features.
- [Instructor] One nice thing about having a Smartwatch is that you can change the face of the watch at any time. Changing watch faces and the Complications that appear on those faces has always been a part of watchOS. Directly on the watch, itself, I can press down on the watch face and then I can swipe left and right through the different watch faces. I could select one or I can go back into that selection screen, there we go, and I can hit Customize and I can change certain details of those faces.
But for now, I'm going to hit the digital crown just to sort of reset and we'll go back to the normal watch face because I want you to see in watchOS 3 you don't have to go into that configure screen. If you don't want to change your Complications, if you just want to change which face you're using you can do it a little faster, you can just swipe between them. So what you'll need to do is place your finger all the way to the edge off of the screen then swipe all the way to the other edge. This is not going to work if you place your finger in the middle of the screen but from here you can swipe left and right and very quickly switch between your different watch faces.
But you also get a lot more control over this if you go to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. First, when I go into the Apple Watch app on my iPhone we see those faces listed here and these are the same faces that we saw a moment ago on the watch itself. So to choose a face from here I just tap on the one that I want then I see an option here that says, Set as current Watch Face, then I'm just going to take a step back by hitting the back button in the top left corner and you may have to wait a moment for this to update but after a moment that watch face will change on your actual Apple Watch.
So if this is that list of faces that you'll choose from there are a few things that you might want to do to customize this list. First, you can remove any of the faces from this list that you know that you'll never use. To do that I'll hit this Edit button and I'll see this list here and, of course, I can just tap the little red button, next to any of these faces that I don't want, then confirm that I want to remove it. So I can remove a few of these from the list if I know I'm never going to use them. Now while you're on this list you can also change the order that these faces appear.
So if I place my finger on the handle on the far right side of any of these faces I can drag that up or down. Let me scroll through this list a little bit and I just want to get these three faces together that have sort of that regular analog look. When I'm finished I just hit the Done button, in the top right corner, and now you'll see the order of those faces has changed. And now when I swipe through the faces on my watch this is the order that they'll be in. Also, you may want to customize the color and the Complications that appear on each of these faces and we actually breezed right by those options a minute ago.
All you need to do is tap on a face here on the list and now each face will have different options and it's common to find settings like Color, Style, or something similar, and then your Complications. So I typically prefer blue accents on my watch faces so I'm going to go through the colors here, I'll choose blue, and then I could go through and maybe I'll choose a different Style. Maybe I don't want to see the numbers on the watch so I'll select that. Then I can go to Complications and, of course, this will be different depending on the watch face that you choose but this one has a space for four different Complications.
So let's say I want to change the Complication on the top left, I'll tap on that, and then I can scroll through this list of different Complications. When it comes to Complications there's some improvements there as well in watchOS 3. Faces typically have more spaces set up for Complications but that depends entirely on which face you choose and generally, there are more Complications to choose from including Complications that will be available when you install certain third party apps. You should just make sure you browse through the Complications that are available and choose the ones that you want.
And of course when you're done you could scroll down here and you've got the option to set it as your current Watch Face. For now, I'm just going to hit the back button to take a step back and I've just updated that face on my list. Now if all this is not enough for you then you should take a look at the Face Gallery which is one of the buttons down at the bottom of the screen when you're in the Watch app. So I'm going to go into Face Gallery and there are a lot of options listed here for different faces. And you'll see different variations of preset configurations, these already have Colors, Styles, and Complications set up so you could just choose one of these or use it as a starting point and make some changes.
So if there's one that looks good I might tap on it then I could go through and make some of the same changes that we just made. So again, I want to change the color of this one to blue so I'll choose that and then if I hit this Add button it will add that face to the list of watch faces that we saw earlier so there's a lot of opportunity for personalization here. Using these tools I like to set up a very small list of two or three faces that are configured the way I want then I can quickly switch between them.