Apple Watch With new Watch Face
Khamosh Pathak

A new Apple Watch comes preloaded with a couple of watch faces. There’s also a huge collection of additional watch faces, ranging from stylish to downright fun. Here’s how to add a new watch face on Apple Watch.

Apple Watch users who are using Series 4 or newer and are running watchOS 7 or higher have access to a lot of different watch faces, all of which can be customized with different styles, colors, and complications.

Love complications? Add the Infograph watch face, with support for eight different complications. All about the style? Try the beautiful California or the Typography watch face. If you like to keep things digital, you can’t go wrong with the Infograph Modular.

Different Watch Faces for Apple Watch

And of course, the most fun of them all is the animating Memoji watch face.

RELATED: How to Create and Use Memoji on Apple Watch

In this guide, we’ll talk about adding a new watch face to Apple Watch directly from the wearable as well as using the “Watch” app on the iPhone.

How to Add a New Watch Face to Apple Watch

The process of adding a new watch face (and switching between watch faces) is very simple. If you want, you can have a dozen different watch faces and switch between them by swiping in from the left or right edge of the screen.

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To get started, go to an existing watch face on the Apple Watch, and press and hold the screen. You’ll then see the watch face editing interface.

Swipe all the way to the right (You can also use the Digital Crown.) until you get to the “New” page. Here, tap the “+” button.

How to Add New Watch Face to Apple Watch

You’ll now see a list of all available watch faces. Swipe up to see more watch faces or scroll using the Digital Crown.

Once you find a watch face that you want to try, simply tap the preview.

Tap The Watch Face to add it to Apple Watch

Instantly, the watch face will be added to the page of your collection.

Typograph Watch Face on Apple Watch

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And that’s it. Your new watch face is ready for you to enjoy.

How to Add a New Apple Watch Face Using iPhone

If you don’t like using the small screen on your Apple Watch for adding watch faces, don’t worry. You can use the dedicated Face Gallery section in the “Watch” app for iPhone.

New Watch Faces for Apple Watch

First, open the “Watch” app on your iPhone and go to the “Face Gallery” tab.

Select Face Gallery Tab from Watch App

You’ll then see new watch faces at the top and a list of all available watch faces. What’s cool is that the Face Gallery actually shows variations of the same watch face with different colors and complications.

Browse through and select a setup that you like. Tap a watch face to see more details.

Select a Watch Face from Face Gallery

Here, you can customize the color, dial, and other design attributes.

Customize the Watch Face

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Once you’re ready, tap the “Add” button. You’ll see an animation that takes the watch face and adds it to the “My Watch” tab.

Tap Add to Add a Watch Face

When you go to the “My Watch” tab, you’ll find the new watch face at the end of the “My Faces” section.

New Watch Face in My Faces Tab in Watch App

And when you lift up your wrist, you’ll find the new watch face set as your new default option.

California Watch Face on Apple Watch


While the default complications are great, Apple fails to provide a nice date and time complication, especially for analog watch faces like the Infograph watch face. Here’s how you can create your own date and time complications on Apple Watch.

RELATED: How to Create Date and Time Complications for Apple Watch

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Khamosh Pathak is a freelance technology writer who specializes in tutorials. His work has also been published on Lifehacker, iPhoneHacks, Zapier's blog, MakeUseOf, and Guiding Tech. Khamosh has nearly a decade of experience writing how-tos, features and technology guides on the internet.
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