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The best Wear OS watch faces to download

Change up your smartwatch with one of these fun watch faces
The best Wear watch faces
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So you've got your Wear OS smartwatch, made your way through that tutorial and now you're ready to see what your watch is made of.

One thing you know it's going to be able to do, of course, is tell the time, and you should be able to find a bunch of watch faces already pre-installed onto your device.

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But what about if you want a little more personalization?

Regardless of whether you've picked up a new Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3 or Fossil Sport, or you're still rocking a Fossil Q Explorist HRor Ticwatch E, you have the power to mix things up in the watch face department.

We've picked some of our favorites that you can download from the Google Play Store now, which you can do directly from any Wear OS watch if it's running Wear 2.0 or above.

Got any personal choices that you think warrant a mention? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ultra

The best Android Wear watch faces

Not only does Ultra pack plenty of info on the screen of your smartwatch, it also manages to look cool and funky while doing so. Some features are locked behind a premium upgrade, but there's plenty to enjoy for free, including weather and battery widgets.

Free, Google Play

Digitless v2.1 in Seafoam

The best Android Wear watch faces

Designed to be easy to read and minimize battery drain, the Digitless face sets the time in colorful words against a black background. You'll get extra information along the bottom, which vanish in ambient mode, leaving you with just the the time, in words, in white.

Free, Facer

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Rose Gold Scallop

The best Android Wear watch faces

If you're after something a bit more elegant – thouh light on information – this one's a great look, particularly when used with a gold or rose gold case.

Free, Facer

Google Fit

The best Wear OS watch faces to download

If you're feeling active, Google's taken a leaf out of Apple's book, and geared its Fit watch face around closing some rings to measure your daily exertion. It's a clean digital face, aside from those helpful movement and activity rings, and just like on the Apple Watch it's great to get a sense for your day's work at a glance.

Free, Google Play

Skinny Love

The best Android Wear watch faces

Not a free watch face but a gorgeously well designed one, with letters, numbers and icons carefully sketched out by its creators. There are light and dark modes, as well as circular and rectangular designs, with the option to have the seconds shown as a series of dots.

$0.99, Google Play

Timr

The best Wear OS watch faces to download

For something a little bit different on your wrist, check out Timr, which shows the time and the date – and that's about it. You can customize it to suit your own tastes, though, with a choice of 11 different main colors and three background colors to pick from.

Free, Google Play

Folds

The best Android Wear watch faces

This face also prefers to use words over numbers, but does so in a more creative way by "layering" different colored blocks (or maybe that's meant to be paper) on top of each other. We also like Citrus, a similar face by the same maker.

Free, Facer

Watch Face Minimal & Elegant

The best Android Wear watch faces

You have to pay for this one, but once you do you'll receive access to thousands of different watch face options – it's an Aladdin's cave of attractive designs, from digital to analogue and back again, and they can all be customized to suit your personal preferences.

$1.99, Google Play

Vaer Classic Light

The best Android Wear watch faces

A simple but versatile face, the Classic Light is an official creation from watch maker Vaer. So close to resembling Vaer's physical watches, it even has the 100m water resistant marker in the middle – just remember that it isn't actually going to make your Wear watch any more waterproof. We like the dark blue version too.

Free, Facer

Radii

The best Android Wear watch faces

Developed for both round and square watch faces, Radii takes its inspiration from the planets. It displays the date, time and battery life in what looks like an echo of our own planetary system.

You've got the day and date all the way over on the left, while in the center you've got the hour with the minutes next to it, almost like a moon. And then on the right you've got a little red meter checking on the battery life. Reach for the stars, indeed.

Free, Google Play

Pujie Black

The best Android Wear watch faces

Not just a catalog of impressive watch faces but also a watch face designer, so you get an awful lot of value for your cash with Pujie Black. Also has the distinction of adding complications before Wear did, with many different combinations possible.

$1.99, Google Play

Retro LCD Wear Watchface

The best Wear watch faces to style out your smartwatch

We love this retro-tastic watch face, inspired by the Casio classics of the 1980s. As well as telling you the time and prompting feelings of nostalgia, it keeps you updated with the battery status of your wearable.

Free, Google Play

Mustache

The best Android Wear watch faces

Just a great-looking watch face, full stop, with a choice of different color and theme combinations (some of which you have to pay for). You can see weather and fitness data right on the face itself, and tap on-screen shortcuts to jump to specific watch apps.

Free, Google Play

ByssWeather for Wear

The best Android Wear watch faces

An information-heavy, weather-based app that gives you a wealth of real-time data, with satellite images so you can see when rain is expected, and some nice forecast home screens too. There's lots of fun for free, but you do have to pay for some premium features.

Free, Google Play

Pure Watch Face

The best Wear OS watch faces to download

There's nothing like a bit of clean design, and the Pure face gives you the chance to keep your wrist as uncluttered as you could like. You get the time and date, and a whole lot of open space.

Free, Google Play

Pear

The best Android Wear watch faces

This collection of watch faces has a simple goal: it just wants to be modern and minimalistic. You'll get a total of seven different watch faces, which work on both round and square watches. They run the gamut of watch styles, from simple and utility to chronograph, modular and sport. It's also got support for complications, with date and date-of-week complications being built right in.

Free, Google Play

Pixel Watch face

The best Wear OS watch faces to download

If you're the proud owner of a new Google Pixel 4, or if you're just particularly cut up about the continued absence of a real Pixel Watch, this face could be a useful answer. It'll brand your watch like a Pixel product, so you can kid your friends and, just maybe, yourself.

Free, Google Play




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  • JohnnyWynn·

    I just bought a Ticwatch E and installed the Facer app, it drained my battery in just under 4 hours. I thought they fixed this

  • MikeSynnott·

    This is one of the first watchfaces I installed when I got my Ticwatch S. It's excellent; highly customisable - and I love a sweeping second hand!

  • PeteH_UK·

    I love the Pear faces. Just waiting for my Ticwatch C2 to arrive.