Garmin launches watch face creator app

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Garmin has launched Face-It, a watch face creation app for its range of Connect IQ compatible devices.

Face-It is available on the App Store and Google Play, and enables users to select photos from their smartphone and turn them into watch faces.

Essential reading: Best Garmin Connect IQ apps

The Face-It app can create custom watch faces for the following Connect IQ compatible wearables: Fenix 3, Vivoactive and Vivoactive HR, Forerunner 230, 235, 630, 735XT and 920XT. There's also support for D2, Bravo, Epix, Quatix and Tactix.

How to install a Face-It watch face

Garmin launches watch face creator app

So how do you install one of these watch faces?

It's pretty easy, just install the app and fire it up on your phone. You'll then be asked to choose a picture from your phone's library. You can then choose whether you want the face to be analogue or digital, but those are the only options.

When you've designed the watch face hit Send to device. All that will happen is that Garmin Connect will fire up and you need to sync the your device as normal. You can also connect up your device via USB to a PC and sync via Garmin Express.

And as we expected, the results are...not the best, as you can see from the above pictures of our Fenix 3. Garmin universally opts for low res screens to keep battery life to a minimum. That means that you'll need to choose your image carefully, and not put your expectations too high. However, it's a bit of free fun and well worth trying out.

More seriously, it's evidence that Garmin is starting to take Connect IQ seriously. The store has boosted quality over the last year, and perhaps the Face-It app shows that better quality screens – perhaps aping the Polar M600 which doubles as a smartwatch – are on the way.

You'll need to watch this space during IFA 2016 to see if any new Garmins hit the show floor.

Garmin launches watch face creator app

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