Best watch faces for Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, Watch 4, Watch 3 and Watch Active 2

Style your wrist with these top picks from the Google Play and Samsung Galaxy stores
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If you're the owner of a Samsung Galaxy smartwatch, you can quickly customize your device with some very smart, fun and stylish watch faces.

The newer Galaxy devices - the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series - run on Google's Wear OS, which offers its own sizeable collection of faces and also provides access to the Google Play Store for a chance to download even more.

If you have an older Samsung device, like the  Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 or Galaxy Watch Active 2, there is still plenty to enjoy, as well. The Tizen-based smartwatches will still be supported for a few more years, and you can still find some great watch faces for them via the Samsung Galaxy Store.

We've spent a fair amount of time with all of Samsung's various smartwatches, which means we've also done our own trawling of the Galaxy Store and the Google Play Store to find our favorite faces. Let's explore.

Best faces for Galaxy Watch 5 / Watch 4


E-Look Watch Face

Wareabledata rich watch face samsung

An animated option for Watch 5 / Watch 4 owners, this digital face fits in eight data fields, letting you see information like temperature, daily step count and even phone and battery life along with the date and time.

 It sounds like it's squeezing a lot in, but it actually does a very good job of giving you lots of data to glance at and still looks very slick. It also offers an always-on display mode, too.

Free, Google Play


Pixel Minimal Watch Face

Wareablepixel minimal watch face samsung

If you want to add more of a Pixel Watch feel to your Samsung smartwatch, this is currently one of the best watch faces to do it.

You can display simple details like the time, date and temperature, with a premium mode letting you add additional widgets to show off data like real-time heart rate and battery status. If you like a more uncluttered face look and something that screams Wear OS, this is the one for you.

Free (with in-app purchases), Google Play


G-Over Watch Face

Wareablefacer watch face samsung

Offering a mix of analog and digital looks, this is another watch face that will let you glance at the time on one side while also keeping a close eye on step counts and things like the weather.

You can adjust colors, there are eight data fields and it works with Wear OS widgets, too, to make it one of our current favorites.

Free, Google Play


Analog Watch Face

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If you like your faces customizable, that's what this analog-style watch face promises. You can stick to just showing off the time or add in custom complications, customize all parts of the watch face and it supports hidden complications when in ambient mode.

Free, Google Play


A/D Watchface

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This is definitely one of the sleekest faces we've spotted in the Google Play Store - and it's a really good fit on Samsung's latest smartwatches. It displays time in both digital and analog and hosts multiple complication spots that you can configure where they live on the face.

You can adjust the look of the watch's face color and the font style on the digital watch display. It also works with background complications, and, while is best optimized for square devices, it worked fine on our round Galaxy Watch.

Free, Google Play


Forty-Five Color

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If you love watch faces, Facer (linked below) is your best friend - and it's already got some pretty slick faces for Samsung's Wear OS smartwatch. 

This Facer Premium option puts that time at a slant but still offers space to show off additional stats like step counts and heart rate data.

$1.99 / £1.99, Google Play


RUP-XC1

Wareablesamsung facer watch face

Another Facer Premium option, we're big fans of its highly stylized look. It puts the time and date at the front and center using a mix of gauges and complications to show off your additional smartwatch stats. You can customize colors, choose whether to display time in 12/24 hour modes and also select between metric and imperial measurements, too.

$1.99 / £1.99, Google Play


BA | Simply Info 4.0

Wareableba simply info watch face

It has 'Simply' in the name, but it's far from a simple watch face to look at. It crams in a lot and it shouldn't work, but it still manages to make checking in on the weather, step counts, battery life or checking the date nice and easy to do. 

You'll need to have a Facer Premium subscription to grab it, but it's one worth having in your watch face tray.

$1.99 / £1.99, Google Play


PD - psychadelic girl

Wareablepsychedelic watch face samsung

If you like your watch faces with a big splash of color, we think you're going to have a lot of time for this watch face.

It's a free digital face option from Facer that can show off battery status, daily step counts and heart rate data. You can change the time format but you can't change the colors, and the chosen shades are bright and brash in the best kind of way.

$1.99 / £1.99, Google Play


Kitchen Sink

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Apart from loving the name of this face, this Facer freebie displays the time in analog and digital looks and shows off battery status, daily step count progress, the weather and real-time heart rate data. It works in both always-on and dim watch modes and is a data-rich option that, crucially, looks the part, too.

Free, Google Play

Best Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Watch Active 2 faces


AWF One

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If you're yearning for that Samsung phone feel on your 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 the time and date, and also discreetly shows off the 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.


KRT Modular

Wareablemodular galaxy watch tizen face

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 supports four 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.


My Day

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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 newer Tizen 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 customize. 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.


Weather center

Wareableweather face tizen samsung

This is absolutely one of our favorite Samsung watch faces. 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.


Tomcat

Wareabletomcat tizen galaxy watch face

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 analog-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 analog faces that looks like the part on Samsung's smaller smartwatch.


Simplicity digital 10 bettle

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


Acentric

Wareableacentric watch face tizen

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 analog 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 as you'd find on a hybrid smartwatch.

You also have the ability to customize those dials to display additional information like the weather, heart rate and displaying time from another time zone.


Color Pie

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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 center 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.


Friss 44 Core

Wareableanimated tizen galaxy watch face

For Galaxy Watch 3 owners only, this is one that you need to see live to get a sense of its trippy look. It's one of the top 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 give you a big hit of additional data including steps and heart rate, of course, and will also support reminders to make sure you keep moving during the day.


Matveyan Digital watch

Wareablematveyan tizen watch face

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 stayed on our wrist for quite a while after first appearing. 

The splash of color in the center 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.


Jibber Jab stripe face

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There are 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.

It's still easy to absorb your info at a glance, and you can adjust shortcuts by simply tapping on the screen. You also have the option to adjust background colors if you fancy going for a darker, and black and white looks great, too.


Szasz Cold

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This is a big, digital love-in that goes huge on stats you can view, while still making sure the time is front and center.

It finds room to show off the battery, step counts, calorie burn and heart rate, which all sit 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.

BoSSWatch Yin Yang

Wareableyin yang watch face samsung

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

It nicely embraces that yin-yang design to show off the 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 analog and digital looks in a really attractive way.


Fresh

Wareablefresh watch face tizen

Fresh is a mash-up of analog 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.


Fit future

Wareablefit future tizen samsung face

There are plenty of watch faces that put your fitness stats front and center, 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 when displayed on both of Samsung's watches.


Step Challenge 2

Wareablestep challenge samsung watch face

Samsung offers some of the most rewarding and motivating fitness 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 the need to step up your step game.


Earth our home

Wareableearth watch face tizen samsung

Another face that takes advantage of the 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 about seeing the world spinning. This is another one to hunt out in the Galaxy Store.


Under the sea

Wareableunder the sea watch face samsung tizen

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

Along with displaying the time, it can 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.


London's night

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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.


Surfing On Beach

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If you're looking for watch faces outside of the ones lurking inside Samsung's store, you'll find plenty of good ones from 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, too.

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


No.7

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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.


How we test



Michael Sawh

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Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of T3.com.

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.


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