Apple Watch automatically switching to a watch face

If you regularly use different watch faces for different times of the day, you might be tired of switching between them manually. What if Apple Watch did this automatically? Here how to automatically change your Apple Watch face during the day.

Ideally, Apple Watch should have a built-in setting for changing watch faces at a specific time. Say, a Modular watch face from 10 AM to 6 PM, and a Photos watch face from 6 PM to 10 AM. While this is still a pipe dream, starting with watchOS 7, you can change your watch face at a specific time using the built-in Shortcuts Automation app on your iPhone.

The entire setup process works using the Automations feature in the Shortcuts app. Once it’s set up, you can forget about it. You’ll see a notification when the shortcut is triggered.

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To start the setup process, open the “Shortcuts” app on your iPhone and then switch to the “Automation” tab.

Go to the Automation tab in Shortcuts

Here, tap the “+” icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

Tap Plus button from Automation tab

Select the “Personal Automation” option.

Tap Create Personal Automation

From the “New Automation” section, choose the “Time Of Day” option.

Tap Time of Day

Here, select the “Time Of Day” option and enter the time when you want to change your watch face. From the “Repeat” section, make sure that the “Daily” option is selected. Then, tap the “Next” button.

Select Time and Choose the Done Button

You will now configure the shortcut part of the automation. Here, tap the “Add Action” button.

Tap Add Action

From the search bar, search for and select the “Set Watch Face” action.

Choose Set Watch Face Action

Now, from the “Actions” tab, tap the “Face” button.

Tap Face Button

You’ll see a list of all your watch faces. Choose the watch face you want to switch to.

Choose One of Your Watch Faces

The shortcut is now ready. Tap the “Next” button.

Tap Done Button After Defining Actions

Annoyingly, automations in the Shortcuts app don’t actually trigger automatically by default. They need to be triggered from a notification. Fortunately, you can disable this feature. Tap the toggle next to the “Ask Before Running” option.

Tap Toggle Next To Ask Before Running

From the pop-up message, choose the “Don’t Ask” option. Your automation will run automatically in the background, and you’ll only see a notification that the shortcut has run.

Tap Don't Ask

Tap the “Done” button from the top to save the automation.

Tap Done To Save Automation

Your automation is now created. At the designated time, it will be triggered and your watch face will change. You’ll get a Shortcuts notifications on your iPhone and Apple Watch.

Shortcuts Notification About Watch Face Change

You can repeat this process to create more automations to set different watch faces at different times.

New to Shortcuts? Take a look at our guide to learn how to use the Shortcuts app.

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