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How Do I Set My Photo as a Watch Face on My Apple Watch?

With the release of WatchOS 2, Apple Watch users can now set their own picture as the watch face. This new feature allows you to personalize your Apple Watch and make it truly yours. Learn how to set your own watch face in this tutorial.

Before you follow the the steps below, make sure that your Apple Watch is running on WatchOS 2 and your iPhone is running on at least iOS 9. You can check for an Apple Watch software update in the Watch app -> General -> Software Update. To update your iPhone, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update.

1. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone.

Apple Watch app

2. Inside the Watch app, select the Photos option.

Apple Watch Photos option

3. Select the Synced Album option. By default, it is set to Favorites.

Apple Watch synced album

4. Pick the album that you want to transfer over to the watch. Photos inside the selected album can be viewed even when your iPhone is out of range.

Apple Watch synced album

5. If you have more than 100 photos in the selected album, many of them will not be transferred to the watch because it can only receive a fixed number of photos. Luckily, you can raise the limit to 250 or 500 photos in the Photos Limit option.

Apple Watch Photos Limit

Apple Watch Photos Limit

6. Force-touch the watch face of your Apple Watch to select a new face. Scroll to the right side, and select either Photo Album or Photo. While the Photo Album option shuffles through all the pictures inside your synced album, the Photo option just displays a single photo of your choice.

Apple Watch Photo Album Watch Face

7. To select the photo, tap Customize.

Apple Watch Photo Watch Face

8. Use the Digital Crown to zoom out to see the full album, and then tap on your favorite photo.

Apple Watch Photo Watch Face

9. When you select a picture, it will be zoomed in to full screen so that you can get a clearer view of how it looks as a watch face. Confirm the change by pressing the Digital Crown again.

Apple Watch Photo Watch Face

10. Your new watch face has been created.

Apple Watch Photo Watch Face

Lê Hoàng
Lê Hoàng
When not creating exciting new Android games, Lê Hoàng is here crafting tutorials, tweaks, and fixes for your enjoyment.


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