Can I Change The Wallpaper On My Apple Watch?

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The ability to customize your watch to your taste is easily one of the best features of smartwatches, so can you change the wallpaper on an Apple Watch?

You can change the wallpaper on an Apple Watch. The possibilities are endless. Many apps offer different choices. Third-party apps also allow you to create watch faces.

There are many different watch faces available for the Apple Watch. Some of the faces are even customizable within the face app. You can also download third-party watch face apps.

Changing the Wallpaper on an Apple Watch

Changing your Apple Watch background can make it feel personalized to you and your needs, whether you use it to work out, control your smart devices, or adjust the time position.

If you are a visual learner, we have a YouTube video to help you out:

Watch Faces

Be warned that having your Apple Watch set to “Always on Display” decreases battery life and lasts between 18 and 36 hours.

Add Watch Faces to your Available Watch Faces

Before you change the watch face on your Apple Watch, you want to add different watch faces to your Apple Watch’s available faces list. Here is how to do that.

  1. Press the Digital Crown knob on your Apple Watch
  2. Long Press and hold the screen
  3. Swipe until you see a Plus icon (+)
  4. Select the Plus icon
  5. To browse the available watch faces, rotate the Digital Crown Knob
  6. Tap Add to select a watch face you want to add to the available faces on your Apple Watch

If you want to select the face you just added, you can double-tap your Digital Crown to select it immediately. If you see your Digital Crown is red while doing this, we’ve got more info for you!

Make sure you have a matching Apple Watch band attached to your clock face. They come in all different materials, including stainless steel and nylon!

If you want to add multiple and browse the list, follow the next section.

Changing the Watch Face 

If you want to change the watch face of your Apple Watch, there are some simple instructions to change your watch face using only your watch controls.

  1. Press the Digital Crown knob on your Apple Watch
  2. Swipe left, or right to choose from the available watch faces on your Apple Watch
  3. Tap the watch face you wish to use

Now that watch face will be saved until you change it again. 

You can always go to your watch and customize your watch face or select a different one directly from the watch.


When you are changing your watch face and swiping from left to right to look at the different watch faces, there is an option to edit.

By selecting this edit option on the customization screen, you can alter the look and features of each watch face. 

Once done, just tap the watch face to select it as your default watch face.

There are many quality-of-life improvement apps for your Apple Watch. Peloton is the most popular fitness bike to sync up with the Apple Watch.


There is an app available for your iPhone called Clockology. Clockology displays different custom watch faces so that you can change the clock face on your Apple Watch. 

The downside is the app must always be running on your watch.

Clockology on Facebook

There is also a large Clockology community of over 800,000 members on Facebook that allows you to search for many custom watch faces designed by the community.

Change Apple Watch Wallpaper to your Own Photo

One of the easiest ways to customize your Apple Watch is by using one of your own photos from your camera roll as the wallpaper on the Apple Watch.

  1. Open the Watch app on your phone.
  2. Scroll down to find the Face Gallery tab selection and choose it.
  3. Select “Photos” from the “Face Gallery” or open the Photos app on your iPhone
  4. From here, you can select up to 24 different photos from your camera roll to be your wallpaper. The 24 photos will be a slideshow and randomly change on the watch face.
  5. Once you have your photos selected, click Add at the top of the screen
  6. Click ADD next to the image of your new watch face to upload the pictures to your Apple Watch Face.

There you have it! Your photos watch face wallpaper slideshow should be displayed. 

Select one image instead of multiple images if you don’t want a slideshow, select one image instead of multiple images.


Updating your wallpaper is a simple but rewarding task that, at this point, you should be able to do. 

Cycling through watch faces can bring a mundane watch to the future of smartwatches.

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