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 personalise your Watch experience.
The great thing about complications is that they give you the information you want in an instant. Well, except for watchOS 4's new Siri face, which is designed more around information when it thinks you need it. 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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Apple partly corrects this in the watch face gallery in the Watch app, but they only recommend faces based on specific apps rather than activities. So we've put together our own watch face and complication combinations grouped by activity. Going flying? We've got you covered. Want the perfect face for your morning commute? We know just the thing. Love the hell out of Siri? Here ya go.
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. The best part? A lot of these gain new life thanks to LTE in Apple Watch Series 3. 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 brand new Apple News takes the spotlight as the main complication in the Modular watch face. Unlike other news complications, this aggregates news from a whole bunch of sources. You've got the Dark Sky complication up at the top telling 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're looking to lose some weight and want to track your activity and calories on your journey. That's why we've got the Workout complication up top ready for your next workout, a heart rate complication on the other side so you can check in on your vitals and the Lose It! complication down at the bottom letting you know how you're doing on the food front. The digital activity face is the centerpiece here, so you can easily keep track of your beloved rings, calories, exercise minutes and stand hours.
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.
You're a busy person, and you need to be on the move and ready to go at all times. This face is for you. We've got the date and time up top, with the calendar complication below it, quickly telling tell what time it is and what you've got next on the agenda. On the bottom, you've got the Mail, Phone and Just Press Record for those moments you need to check your email, make a quick phone call or record a note. All of this will work perfectly whether you have an Apple Watch reliant on an iPhone or the new Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE.
The Assistant Lover
The Siri face is brand new to watchOS, and if you're looking for an assistant to be proactive about your day and what you need to get done, you're not going to find a better watch face. The Siri complication sits up at the top, so if you need to get something done and don't have your iPhone around she'll do it. Below, you'll see a carousel of guidance, notifications and more.
Love to cook? Then you know there are small things that can make your time in the kitchen easier. This face is built for that, with the Kitchen Stories complication at the bottom as a quick slot to your ingredients list. The timer complication sits next to that for obvious reasons, with reminders next to it to help you remember all those extra essentials. Up at the top, we've got the Breathe app for those moments you just need to zen out while the pie is in the oven.
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. 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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