How to Change the Background on Your Apple Watch


Use your own photo as Apple Watch wallpaper. This article includes instructions for how to change the background on your Apple using your own photos as the background for your Apple Watch.

What to Know

–> You can change your Apple Watch face to other faces that include multiple complications and a variety of clock face styles.
–> You can also use your own photos as the background or wallpaper on your Apple Watch.
–> To use one of your photos, you’ll need to set it through the iPhone app for the Apple Watch.

How to Change Your Apple Watch Background

If you’re looking for something a little different on your Apple Watch face, you can quickly change the watch face to one of Apple’s pre-designed selections. If you’re looking for something that’s a little more personalized, you can you use your own pictures to create an Apple Watch background that reflects your personal style.

The easiest way to use your own photos as your Apple Watch background is to set up a display of your favorite photos. To do that, you’ll first need to favorite pictures in the Photos app so they’ll show up on your Apple Watch.

Step 1 Open Photos on your iPhone.

Step 2 Tap a photo you want to add to Favorites.

Step 3 Tap the heart on the photo page to favorite it. You can repeat this with as many photos as you like.

Once you’ve selected photos to share with your Apple Watch, then you can use the Watch App on the iPhone to set up a watch face that displays those images.

Step 1 Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

Step 2 Tap Face Gallery at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3 Scroll down and tap Photos. This watch face will display selected photos on your Watch. If you added more than one photo, it will cycle through them each time you raise the face of your Watch.

Step 4 Oh the Photos screen, show down to Content and make sure Album is selected. This ensures that the photos being displayed are from the Favorites album.

Tip: You could also tap Photos and choose the photos you want displayed on your Watch, or you could choose Dynamic to display photos from your recent Memories.

Step 5 Scroll a little further down the page and select whether you want the time to appear at the Top or Bottom under Time Position.

Note: There are some things you cannot change. For example, when using a photo for a watch background, you won’t be able to change the color because the photos will automatically color the watch face.

Step 6 Then, choose the Complications you would like to have display Above Time and Below Time.

Step 7 When you’re finished, tap Add and the watch face will be added to, and automatically synced with your Apple Watch.

How to Change Your Watch Background on the Apple Watch

Once you know how to create new backgrounds for your Apple Watch, you can create as many photo galleries, or even individual photo backgrounds as you want, and each of them will be enabled on your Apple Watch. Then, all that’s left is to change them up whenever you’re ready.

Note: Only the last Apple Watch face you created will be displayed on your Apple Watch. You can, however, change them at any time from the Apple Watch or the Watch app on your iPhone.

Step 1 Lift your Apple Watch to display the face.

Step 2 Hard press the face to open the Watch Face Gallery.

Step 3 Scroll through the gallery to find the face you want to use. When you do, tap it to activate it. Repeat the process any time you want to change your Watch face.

Tip: You can also choose Edit to edit some of the complications on the Watch face. However, not all complications will be available to edit, even if they are displayed on the Edit screen. For those that are, tap the complication and then choose the new option.

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