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How to download new Apple Watch faces and change them?

Updated on 11 August 2023

With a 52% share of the smartwatch market in 2021, Apple is well ahead of its rivals and remains the undisputed leader. The future looks bright for the Apple brand, which announced the release of the brand new line of Apple Watches with the Apple Watch Ultra, which unveiled in autumn 2022. Did you know that you can change the look of your Apple Watch face quickly and easily? In this article, we'll take you step-by-step through the process.

What are the different faces on the Apple Watch and what are their functions?

From your Apple Watch or iPhone, you can change and personalise your watch face from a vast collection offered by Apple. Make sure you update your device so that you can take advantage of the latest features. As there are so many watch faces, they may not be available on all models or in all countries.

Watch faces give your watch an attractive look. For example, you can opt for a classic digital, chronograph or analogue dial, or a more original dial such as Mickey, Rolex, Hermès, Astronomy, fire and water, infographic, kaleidoscope, memoji, metal, modular, animated, photo, landscape, solar, Toy Story, and many other types.

Depending on which one you choose, each watch face will give you access to a host of widgets and functions, including:

  • Audio book

  • Alarms

  • Calendar

  • Calculator

  • Number of steps

  • Blood oxygen level

  • Heart rate tracker

  • Compass

  • Contacts

  • Mails

  • Messages

  • Maps

  • Music

  • Weather

  • Etc.

To find out more: Which Apple Watch is right for you? For the best value for money, we recommend the Apple Watch 7.

How can I customise my Apple Watch faces?

Replacing the face on your Apple Watch is as easy as A-B-C. Using your smartwatch, simply press firmly on your screen and slide to the left or right to scroll through the different screens on the watch, sorted by type. When you've found the one you want, press Add and it will be automatically set up. To make your watch unique, you can customise the colours of your screen to suit your tastes and add widgets as required. To do this, press firmly on the dial you have selected to enter the personalisation menu and let your imagination run wild!

If you want to delete a watch face you don't like or no longer use from your smartwatch, press firmly on the screen, select the one you want to delete and swipe up to reveal the Delete option. Tap the bin to confirm. To remove a watch face from your Apple Watch from your iPhone, open the Watch app > My Watch > Edit (next to My watch faces) > Delete (the red -). The watch face will be removed from your watch.

How can I download more watch faces on the Apple Watch?

Unfortunately, Apple doesn't yet offer the option of downloading new watch faces from its App Store. However, there is a way to get new ones from watchOS7, which offers the ability to share your smartwatch face designs with other Apple Watch Series 7 users.

What are the best free watch faces?

If you're not sure which watch face to choose for your Apple Watch, here's a selection of the most popular free watch faces.

The most popular basic: Numerals Duo

If you don't want to be bothered with multiple apps on your Apple Watch, this no-frills watch face with its sleek design is for you.

The step calculator: the Activity watch face

If you're the sporty type who likes to know how many steps you take in a day, this watch face is definitely for you.

The Memoji dial (watchOS 7)

If you're a fan of memoji and use them on your iPhone, you'll be able to transfer them to your Apple Watch.

The sun face

Do you like to keep an eye on the sunset? As well as being really pretty, the sun face will tell you how long daylight lasts.

Mickey Mouse watch face

Also available in Minnie, let Mickey tell you the hours and minutes with his arms while his feet tick off the seconds.

So what face have you given to your Apple Watch? If you'd like to treat yourself to an Apple Watch, you can find refurbished Apple Watches on our site at a lower price than the price of brand new for practically the the same functioning quality.


Written by HaziqTech Expert for Back Market UK, Ireland & Australia

When not fighting the good fight for environmental sustainability, Haziq loves making reviews of everything and anything tech-related.

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