Best Wear OS watch faces to download

Change up your smartwatch with one of these fun watch faces
best wear os watch faces
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If you're a proud owner of a Wear OS smartwatch from the likes of Google, Samsung or Fossil, you've got thousands of potential watch faces to choose from. 

With every Wear watch comes a group of pre-installed watch faces ready for you to customize and peruse, but you can also find even more on the Google Play store through third-party apps.

And in this guide, we'll be highlighting the very best of them. If you're looking to mix things up out of the ordinary options, take some inspiration from the watch face apps below.

Pixel Minimal Watch Face

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If you're the proud owner of a Google Pixel Watch and Pixel phone and want to create even more synergy between the two, this app delivers the perfect face.

In fact, any Wear owners can get in on the act with this one - especially helpful if you really crave branding your watch like a Pixel Watch. You can kid your friends and, hey, maybe even yourself.

Free, Google Play

Dots

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Dots is a really simple face, simply dropping time elements into circles and letting you add a dot for showing off battery status, too. There are theme colors aplenty to pick from, and, if you care about the time over packing your screen with lots of complications, this is a really slick operator.

Free, Google Play

Bubble Cloud Wear OS Launcher

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Give your Wear OS smartwatch a bit of an Apple Watch makeover with this bubble-based watch face – your app shortcuts turn into little floating circles, and you can customize the interface in a whole host of different ways.

Apps can be sorted into folders, too, if needed. If you love using Google's Tiles, you can additionally add bubbles to Tiles to fit in more features on a single screen.

Free, Google Play

Material Style

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Material Style is the design language that dominates Android (or at least Google's stock version of Android, anyway), and this watch face brings an approximation of it to your wrist.

There are a total of 600 possible configurations available, and it also offers complication support so you can throw on extra glanceable information when you check in on the time.

Retro Rocket

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This is a really fun face to put on your smartwatch screen. The stars mark the hours as the rocket orbits around to tell you the time. There are dark and light-colored themes and both options keep the complications away, letting that space-inspired face fill the display on your Wear watch.

$0.99/£0.99, Google Play

Bits

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You've got plenty to enjoy with the Bits watch face, which puts widgets front and center. The digital hands telling the time are actually a widget, even. It's up to you which ones you have on display, how you arrange them and the colors you use. Ideal for those who like lots of information in a pretty package.

A/D

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The A/D watch face sticks to the basics, but its minimal aesthetic features such a good design that we feel compelled to include it here. Just about every aspect of the design can be configured as well – the fonts, the colors, the numerals, the complications, and more. Great fun.

Primary Watch Face

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Primary Watch Face crams that main watch screen with fitness stats, weather updates, the date and lets you keep a close eye on that precious battery life.

There's a free and premium version, with the latter letting you add in widgets, activity tracking, a missing notifications indicator and even battery consumption graphs. 

Go for the free option and you'll still get to show off the time, battery status, the date all in its slick watch face look.

Free (in-app purchases), Google Play

Ranger Military Watch Face

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This is a really nifty analog face option for Wear OS watch owners that makes room to show additional data with sub-dials and is optimized for both circular and square watches. 

Its party trick is a dedicated night mode that makes it a more vibrant and easier place to glance at the time, check your watch-bound compass or see how chilly the temperature really is.

$0.99/£0.99, Google Play

Gauss-Backlight

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There's a huge amount going on in this excellent Facer watch face for Wear OS. You get a choice of colors and complications, and a style that's very sophisticated – see humidity, step count, the moon phases, the time in digital and analog form, and much more.

$4.99/£4.59 a month for Facer Premium, Facer

Rutherford Pro

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No matter what Wear OS watch you're sporting on your wrist, it'll become an instant eye-catcher once you've got the Rutherford Pro watch face installed. See your heart rate, step count, watch's battery level and plenty more on a classic racing car design.

$4.99/£4.59 a month for Facer Premium, Facer

Aviator Mk. 7

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A definite aviator look going on here, as the watch face name suggests - if your smartwatch has a built-in barometer, then you can see your altitude on your wrist. Add in a fine selection of complications and customization options, and it's well worth installing.

$4.99/£4.59 a month for Facer Premium, Facer

Ultra

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Not only does Ultra pack plenty of info on the screen of your smartwatch, but it also manages to look cool and funky while doing so.

There's integration with Google Fit to show off stats and you can even count your cups of coffee on it. Some features are locked behind a premium upgrade, but there's plenty to enjoy for free, including the weather and battery widgets.

Free, Google Play

Digitless v2.1 in Seafoam

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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 time, in words, in white. If you want a really sleek watch face to go with your sleek Wear watch, this is one of the best.

Free, Facer

Rose Gold Scallop

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

Particularly well suited to Kate Spade or other female-focused Wear OS smartwatches, this is free via Facer – and certainly gets the nod from us.

Free, Facer

Google Fit

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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 of your day's work at a glance.

Free, Google Play

Skinny Love

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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/£0.89, Google Play

Timr

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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

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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

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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 analog and back again, and they can all be customized to suit your personal preferences.

$1.99/£1.59, Google Play

Vaer Classic Light

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A simple but versatile face, the Classic Light is an official creation from watchmaker Vaer. So close to resembling Vaer's physical watches, it even has the 100m water-resistant badge 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

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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

Retro LCD Wear Watchface

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We love this retro watch face, which is 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

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Simply a great-looking watch face, 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

Weather for Wear OS

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An information-heavy, weather-based app that gives you a wealth of real-time weather 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. Also, check that your location supports some of the more impressive features like the useful weather radar.

Free, Google Play

Pear

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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 the date and date-of-week complications being built right in.

Free, Google Play


Michael Sawh

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Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011.

Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of T3.com.

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.


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