21 best watch faces for Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2

Style your wrist with these top watch face picks
Best Samsung Galaxy Watch faces
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If you're the owner of a Samsung Galaxy smartwatch, you can quickly customize your device with some awesome watch faces.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2 aren't just two of the best smartwatches you can buy, they're also two of the most customizable too. It's good news if you like watch faces too.

Samsung includes a bunch of faces already preloaded onto its watches and additionally includes more that can be found inside of its Galaxy Wearable companion app.

To find new watch faces, tap Discover tab and you can delve into the Galaxy Store to find more free and paid-for faces to try out.

The good news is that there are now some really good options worth hunting out in that storefront. If you own the Galaxy Watch 3, you now also get support for animated watch faces to help bring that screen to life.

We've spent a fair amount of time with both watches now, which means we've also done our own trawling of the Galaxy Store to find our favourite faces.

These are the ones that didn't get deleted on our Galaxy Watch 3 and Watch Active 2.

1. AWF One

16 best watch faces for Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2

If you're yearning for that Samsung phone feel on your Samsung smartwatch, this is what this watch face is all about. It pulls in those familiar app icons that offer shortcuts to your most used features and frees up ample room to show off time, date and discreetly show off current battery status. It won't sap that watch battery and there's even an ambient mode to revert to a simpler watch face look too.

2. KRT Modular

16 best watch faces for Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2

A watch freebie from the Samsung Galaxy Store, this face spreads your data around the screen with a big spot saved for the time and supporting 4 app shortcuts in total. It can also display heart rate, battery status, and step counts. You can tinker with the main color here too, but we are definite fans of the green on black case look on the Galaxy Watch 3.

3. My Day

My Day watch face for Samsung Galaxy Watch

The My Day watch face made its debut on the first Samsung Galaxy Watch and we're glad to see it's stuck around for the new watches too.

As you might have already deduced, this one gives you a glanceable look at – drumroll, please – your day. It syncs with your calendar to give you a tab for when you're getting close to events, and clicking it pops open the details in a mini-screen.

Since this is a Samsung-own face, there's also room to customise. If you hold down the face, you'll be given the option to change the style of the hands, as well as mute/unmute toggling for the ticking sound.

4. Weather centre

Weather Center watch face for Samsung Galaxy Watch

This is absolutely one our favourite new Samsung watch faces and it's one for Galaxy Watch 3 owners.

Surprise, surprise, it's all about the weather displaying the chance of rain and uses small weather icons to display forecasts by the hour.

Best of all, the real-time weather conditions form the backdrop for the face. So if it's cloudy, moving clouds appear or you'll see water droplets when it starts to pour with rain.

It's a bit of a battery hog, but if you can live with that, it's a great watch face addition to Samsung's collection.

5. Tomcat

10 best watch faces for Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2

This is one that sticks out from our time with the first Galaxy Watch and one we enjoy rocking on the Active 2.

Found under the Classic category, Tomcat is an analogue-style face that matches a black watch face with orange hands that offers a really nice, clean look.

There's room for three widgets to show off data like battery status, step counts and the weather. It's one of the nicest analogue faces that looks the part on Samsung's smaller smartwatch.

6. Simplicity digital 10 bettle

10 best watch faces for Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2

Another one for the Watch Active 2, this one used to be a paid for watch face, so it's nice to see it's recently gone free.

The black font on sky blue keeps things really simple showing off information like the date, time, step counts and heart rate data. It's not one you can customise yourself, but it does manage to cram in a lot of data when you accept to share your sensor data.

If you're looking for digital face option and one that's a good match for the blue Active Watch 2, this is one of our faves.

7. Acentric

Acentric watch face for Samsung Galaxy Watch

The Galaxy Watch 3 is designed to be a dressier Samsung watch with its leather band and high grade watch case. Samsung includes a range of analogue faces and Acentric is the one that stands out for us.

It's a face that includes multiple sub-dials that can show off information like battery status and step counts a bit like you'd find on a hybrid smartwatch. You also have the ability to customise those dials to display additional information like the weather, heart rate and displaying time from another time zone.

8. Color Pie

Color Pie watch face for Samsung Galaxy smartwatches

Sometimes the simplest watch faces are the best faces and that's definitely how we feel about Color Pie.

Available for free in the Galaxy Store, it puts the time front and centre with the second hand replaced with a moving line of color that changes hue every time it hits 12.

There's no room to customize, though that would ultimately defeat the purpose of what is an attractive, minimalist watch face option.

9. Friss 44 Core

16 best watch faces for Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2

One for Galaxy Watch 3 owners only, it's one that you need to see live to get a sense of its trippy look. It's one of the best animated watch faces we've found and if you're worried about that animated look hitting the battery hard, there's also an eco mode that adjusts the look. It'll still gives you a big hit of additional data including steps and heart rate and will also support reminders to make sure you keep moving during the day.

10. Matveyan Digital watch

16 best watch faces for Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2

This feels like a digital watch that shouldn't work as it tries to cram in a lot around the edge of the screen, but it surprisingly works well. The splash of colour in the centre gives it a nice, stylish look, and you can quickly access contacts, messages and music features without jumping into the main app screen. You can adjust the colors used and there's also an always-on display mode if you want to stare at it 24/7.

11. Jibber Jab stripe face

16 best watch faces for Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2

There's a lot of quite fun, cartoon-style watch faces available, and this is the one we've found that makes great use of that vibrant AMOLED display and can still make it easier to absorb your info at a glance. You can adjust shortcuts by simply tapping on the screen and adjust background colors if you fancy going for a darker, black and white look that also looks great too.

12. SzaZs Cold

10 best watch faces for Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2

This is a big digital-love in that goes big on stats you can view and making sure the time is front and centre.

It finds room to show off battery, step counts, calorie burn and heart rate, which all sit and above and below the time. There's also a very small floating ball that floats around the edge of the screen if you want a nicer way to count down the minutes.

You can't tinker with the font color unfortunately, but we kind of like how that electric neon blue looks on the black watch face. If you do a search, you should be able to find it in more colors too.

13. BoSSWatch Yin Yang

10 best watch faces for Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2

Mixing an analogue watch face with an LCD one, this face feels like a bit of throwback to retro watches.

It nicely embraces that yin yang design to show off battery, heart rate, step counts, data and time without making things feel too overcrowded.

It's a good example of a Samsung watch face that merges analogue and digital looks in a really attractive way.

14. Fresh

Fresh watch face for Samsung Galaxy Watch

Fresh is a mash-up of analogue and digital elements that come together that uses the heart rate icon as your second watch hand as it streams past widgets that display the date, step counts, elevation and calorie burn.

The contrasting minute and hour hands also look great and it's one of the more stylish face options you can find in the Galaxy Store.

15. Fit future

Fit Future watch face for Samsung Galaxy Watch

There's plenty of watch faces that put your fitness stats front and centre and this one that appears on the Watch Active 2 and the Watch 3 is one of the best at doing it.

The icons are nice and big, the color is great and it comfortably looks the part on both of Samsung's new watches.

16. Step Challenge 2

Step Challenge 2 watch face for Samsung Galaxy Watch

Samsung offers some of the most rewarding and motivating fitness tracker features you can find on a smartwatch and this watch face is designed to play nicely with one of those key features.

If you are planning to take on a fellow Samsung smartwatch owner in a challenge to see who can rack up the most steps, this face is able to display progress against your competition.

So you can quickly find out if you're comfortably ahead of need to step up your step game.

17. Earth our home

Earth Our Home watch face for Samsung Galaxy Watch

Another face that takes advantage of the new live faces support on the Galaxy Watch 3, this simple face displays the time and our planet slowly spinning on its axis.

It's just a really lovely option to look at and also there's also something quite calming seeing the world spinning. This is another one to hunt out in the Galaxy Store.

18. Under the sea

Under The Sea watch face for Samsung Galaxy Watch

No, this isn't paying homage to Sebastian the crab. Instead it's giving you that feeling of having a fish tank on your smartwatch.

Along with displaying the time, it can will also show off battery status, daily step counts and heart rate all while a trio of fish gently bob up and down on the display.

This is one you'll find swimming around in Samsung's Galaxy Store.

19. London's night

Londons Night watch face for Samsung smartwatches

Taking full advantage of one of the best smartwatch screens in the business, London's night drops that city skyline onto your watch face, while making room for additional widgets and of course the time up in the sky.

It's a really good example of how to fit in those data widgets without breaking up the great imagery used as the face's backdrop.

It's a slight shame you can't tinker with the colors, but we can deal with Big Ben and London Eye dressed up in pastel purple.

20. Surfing On Beach

10 best watch faces for Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2

If you're looking for watch faces outside of the ones lurking inside of Samsung's store, you'll find plenty of good ones inside of the Facer app, where you can also make your own faces as well. It's an app that's available for both Samsung and non-Samsung phones as well.

This surf-themed one offers great colours and does a really nice job of discreetly adding in details like date, current heart rate, temperature and step counts.

21. No.7

10 best watch faces for Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2

Another one from the Facer watch face library, this one carries that round watch theme to section off your stats and leave plenty of space to show off the time as well.

The colors look great on the darker Galaxy Watch Active 2 case designs and it's easy to absorb information when you glance down at your wrist.