Unlike Android Wear, the Apple Watch doesn't have third-party watch faces. But that doesn't mean that those looking for the best Apple Watch faces are short of customisation options. Complications offer a way to customise your Watch experience outside of Apple's own digital walls.
The great thing about complications is that they give you the information you want quickly. Well, at least until the Siri watch face in watchOS 4 comes along later this year. If you've tried to set up complications on your Apple Watch, you know it can be difficult to know where to begin. Which watch face do you choose? Which complications should you use? How many should you set up?
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So we've put together our own watch face and complication combinations, all grouped by activity. Going flying? We've got you covered. Want the perfect face for your morning commute? We know just the thing.
There are what feels like hundreds of more combinations out there, and the ones you'll find below are just some examples of mixing and matching apps and designs. Be sure to let us know what faces and complications you're using.
The News / Sports Junkie
This combination is all about keeping you in the know. The Washington Post takes the spotlight as the main complication in the Modular watch face, while the Dark Sky app tells you the weather. At the bottom, Spark, Calendar and ESPN give you at-a-glance info of your inbox, the date and sports scores.
Commuting is all about getting to your destination as quickly and as efficiently as possible. We've got Lyft in the center (again leveraging the Modular watch face) offering at-a-glance info should you hail a ride. Below that, ETA keeps you updated on traffic and public transportation delays, Carrot Weather tells you if it'd be wise to take your umbrella, and Citymapper keeps you updated on when you'll reach your destination. You've no excuse to be late.
The Activity Tracker
You love to walk, you need to know how many glasses you've drank today and you're obsessed with counting calories. That's why you've got heart rate and Lifesum complications on your watch face, and a Workout complication poised to go at any moment.
If you're big on running, the Activity Analog watch face is your workout buddy. You've also got Apple's stock Workout app alongside the more fully-featured Runtastic. And finally, there's Lifesum up at the top, which will help you keep an eye on your water intake. If you're hitting the weight room, the Gymatic Apple Watch app also has a complication worth considering.
When you reach the office, it's time to change it up. That's why the calendar is the Modular face's centerpiece here, and why Spark (one of the best Apple Watch email apps) is providing a quick look at your inbox. You've then got Reminders at the bottom next to Streaks, a to-do list with six dots that illuminate on your watch face as you make your way through the day's tasks. All getting a bit too much? That's why we've included the Breathe complication.
The Globe Trotter
When you're bouncing around the world you need your next destination quick. That's why Hotwire, which displays car rentals, hotel reservations and flight plans, is the centerpiece. You've also got Citymapper, World Clock, your boarding pass and iTranslate. C'est très bon!
The Frequent Flyer
Getting from your front door to your plane seat can be a stressful experience, but maybe this will ease the journey. All your boarding information is displayed centrally using the App in the Air complication, while you can keep an eye on meetings with Calendar, keep see the time at your destination with World Clock, and have a quick shortcut to your tunes. Again, take your pick of weather app to make sure you're prepared for the journey. You're like George Clooney in Up in the Air, just without the existential crisis.
AKA the Bear Grylls combo. You've got Carrot's super weather app as the centerpiece, with Maps, Night Sky and Sunset / Sunrise all keeping you in tune with the great outdoors. Plus, your activity rings so you can see how much you're going to hurt in the morning.
The Smart Home lover
If you're in Apple's ecosystem that might also include some smart home tech, which is why we've added the HomeKit complication, while you've also got quick access to Remote if you want to control your Apple TV. And of course, don't forget a handy timer for cooking. Home sweet home.
The Fun One
Just let loose and click on Mickey, he'll tell you the time. Get the weather from the sarcastic Carrot, use Magic Guide for theme park ride times, and hatch your Pokemon with Pokemon Go - all at the same time.
The Fancy One
Just need something visually interesting for the night? Head on over to the Chronograph watch and turn on the white watch face. It's got a nice pop, especially when you turn off all the optional complications.
You don't need much. You're simple - but classy. You just want the time and date, and you want it in the sleekest way possible. Take on the Numerals watch face, get a nice calm color going, and then strut your stuff.
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