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The best Wear OS watch faces to download

Change up your smartwatch with one of these fun watch faces

So you've got your Wear smartwatch, made your way through that tutorial and now you're ready to see what that 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. But what about if you want a little more personalization?

Regardless of whether you've splashed the cash on a new Fossil Q Explorist HR, Michael Kor Access Runway or still have a LG Watch Sport or Ticwatch E strapped on, you have the power to mix things up in the watch face department.

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

Got some favorites you think need 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

Classic Watch Face

The best Android Wear watch faces

A watch face that makes full use of the complications widgets available in Wear 2.0, so you can set up customized shortcuts to go with this elegantly styled design. Get weather forecasts, step counts and more, with extra options available for a fee.

Free, Google Play

Digitless v2.0 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 colourful 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

Rose Gold Scallop

The best Android Wear watch faces

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

Free, Facer

Master

The best Wear watch faces to style out your smartwatch

Fantastic-looking and with the option to cram in plenty of data on screen, Master is for those who really want to make the most of the smart in smartwatch. As with many faces, you can upgrade to a premium version to access some additional advanced features.

Free, Google Play

Delta

The best Wear watch faces to style out your smartwatch

Packed with intricate details and fully updated for Wear 2.0, Delta can be customized to show just about anything you want, from music player controls to your latest Google Fit data. Some options, including weather widgets, have to be paid for.

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 one also prefers to use words over numbers, but does so in a more creative way by "layering" different coloured 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

Chronus

The best Wear watch faces to style out your smartwatch

Those of you in the market for a smart-looking Wear face and some rather fine lock screen widgets would do well to check out Chronus, which brings weather and fitness information to the fore on your displays in a very well-designed set of interfaces.

Free, Google Play

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 market 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 out of your $2 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 (similar to the Digital Vintage option shown above). 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

InstaWeather 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

Modern Times Pluto

The best Wear watch faces to style out your smartwatch

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we haven't seen many watch faces quite as aesthetically appealing as this one on our travels. As well as battery indicators for watch and phone, and the time and date, the face has an ambient mode you can customize.

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 from 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

Oreo Watch face

The best Android Wear watch faces

We love the layout of this face, in particular the way it shows the current weather conditions in the top left complication. The blue on the bottom half reminds us of the classic Casio backlight too.

Free, Facer




12 comments

  • stuarth says:

    Please look into watches and the associated use

    of "complications", not even Apple can usurp that technology.

  • Magicwatchface says:

    ugly watch face

  • KaratWatchFaces says:

    Hi to everyone who loves android wear devices!

    Check out my very new premium watch face on Play Store: https://goo.gl/GYOoMn

    Ultimate elegance on your wrist :) 

  • shashwat767 says:

    Guys check out this watchface I have made and let me know what improvement you would like for me to make in the same. Looking forward to hearing from you and improving the application accordingly.

    Playstore link: https://goo.gl/5ilVss

    A simple, effective and elegant design to go on your wrist that would work well with many different outfits! 

  • TonyGotSkilz says:

    The comments have better watch faces than the article. I actually just purchased 2 from the comments and 0 from the article. Typically advertising in comments is a dick move but here it worked well. 

  • AnArtfulPenguin says:

    The LCARS looked sweet but it's no longer on the app store.

  • appglobe says:

    Hi to everyone! Here comes some self-promotion for Ksana Sweep Watch Face:

    https://goo.gl/Xg6SOv

    Ultimate elegance if I may say so my self :-) 

    • MikeSynnott says:

      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!

  • Wbm says:

    woould like to see more military style faces.

  • Jiupuk says:

    Ugly. Most of them

  • BrandyWise says:

    They all look like watch faces that a 4-year old would love. Unfortunately, there is nothing for adults and Android in its 'wisdom' has taken away the actually good looking watch faces. Yuck. Feel like throwing my watch away.

  • JohnnyWynn says:

    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

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