When it comes to customising and personalising your Apple Watch, the watch face you set on the display is of paramount importance. It should fit in with your personal style, display information that’s most important to you, and look good. While Apple doesn’t allow third party watch-faces on the Apple Watch, the company does offer a pretty large library of faces itself. So, here are the best Apple Watch faces that you should check out.

Best Apple Watch Faces

Note: As one would expect, I am ranking these faces based on my personal preference. I would recommend that you go through the entire list.

1. Infograph

My personal favourite Apple Watch face, and the one you’d likely see me sporting on my watch most often is the Infograph watch face. This watch face brings a total of eight complications to the screen, which means there’s ton of information on here, which is great for me.

infograph apple watch face

Also, the watch face makes great use of space, and it just looks amazing to me. Some people might find this to be too loaded with information, and if that’s the case you can either choose a different watch face from the rest of the list, or you can just turn off some of the complications from Infograph as well. Personally, I even use some of these complications as quick-launchers for third party Apple Watch apps that I use, such as Spotify and Overcast.

2. California

This is the watch face I usually go with on slightly more formal occasions where the Inforgraph watch face might feel a tad out of place.

This watch face brings the basics right up-front and looks really classy. You get the time, obviously, along with a bunch of options for the dial-markers including Devanagari if you want hindi numerals.

california apple watch face

You can go full-screen or circular with the watch face. I prefer full-screen which gives me access to two complications. However, if you go circular, you’ll get four extra complications on each corner of the watch face. So if you want extra information on your wrist, you can go with that.

Another thing I really like about this watch-face is that it has one of the best looking Always-on-Displays of any Apple Watch face.

3. Liquid Metal, Fire/ Water Watch Faces

Technically these are separate watch faces, but they are basically the same thing, except for the element used. These watch faces show awesome animations every time you tap the screen or wake your watch.

The animations were recorded by Apple, and you can choose between water, fire, and liquid metal in the watch faces.

fire water apple watch face

These are by-far the coolest looking Apple Watch faces you will find. The animations are insanely captivating to look at, and I would recommend you keep the dial shape to full-screen for a more immersive animation. However, if you want complications on the screen, you can opt for a circular dial shape as well.

4. Meridian

Meridian is like a slightly more casual version of California. It offers a refined look to your watch while still being slightly playful. Meridian only offers a full-screen look, but includes four complications in the middle of the screen that you can customise.

meridian water apple watch face

Meridian’s always on display is pretty decent as well, and after California, I think this is the best AOD watch face for Apple Watch.

5. Simple

As the name suggests, this is the simplest watch face you can find, which is why it can be the perfect choice for any minimalists reading this list.

The Simple face lets you choose the dial design, so you can go completely minimal with just the watch-hands if you like, or add the hour-markers to your watch face.

simple water apple watch face

The watch face does include complications, but I would suggest that you turn them all off, and just keep the date complication on for the cleanest, most minimal Apple Watch look you can get. Check out the screenshot below.

6. Siri Watch Face

I don’t know how dependent you are on Siri for running your day to day life, but if you like Siri’s context-aware suggestions, this watch face can make your life a lot easier.

The clean-ish looking watch face shows you the time, along with a bunch of Siri cards that surface information based on what Siri thinks you might need to know at that given point in time. It will show you your upcoming events, the weather, sunset/sunrise times and more.

siri water apple watch face

It’s pretty great for anyone who wants a smart-assistant right on their watch face.

7. Numerals Duo

If you’re looking for a watch face that’s perfect for a casual outing with your friends, or maybe a trip to the beach, check out Numerals Duo. This watch face displays just the time in two-toned numerals on your watch screen and looks pretty nice.

numerals duo water apple watch face

There are a bunch of color-schemes that you can choose from, and a couple of styles as well.

8. Solar

If you like slightly more interactive watch faces, check out Solar. This watch face tracks the movement of the sun around your location, and has a clock that runs opposite it to display the time. Check out the screenshot.

solar water apple watch face

Moreover, you can rotate the Digital Crown to move ahead in time and see the position of the sun throughout the day. The face even marks the twilight, sunset, dawn, and other times right on the watch face itself.

solar water apple watch face 2

9. Toy Story

Who doesn’t love Toy Story? It’s one of my favourite animated movies of all time, and if you’re a die hard fan of the movie, the Toy Story watch face will definitely interest you.

The watch face features fun little animations from all the main Toy Story characters, so you can have Buzz Lightyear, or Woody play around on your wrist. You can tap on the watch face to see more animations from different characters as well.

toy story apple watch face

Pro-tip: This is also a great way to keep a young kid playing around with the watch, in case you’re looking for something to distract your kids at times.

10. Photos

Lastly, there’s the ‘Photos’ watch face, which does pretty much what you’d expect it to do. You can choose a photo from your library and use it as the watch face on your Apple Watch.

photos apple watch face

You can also choose a bunch of up to 24 photos for the face and your watch will randomly shuffle between them so you get a fresh picture every time.

Best Apple Watch Faces by Use-cases

  • Most Informational: Infograph
  • Most Minimal: Simple
  • Coolest Looking: Fire/Water, Liquid Metal
  • Best for Informal Wear: Numerals Duo
  • Best for Formal Wear: California
  • Best Always on Display: California

Personalise Your Apple Watch Completely

As I said before, watch faces are the most important aspects of personalising your Apple Watch and making it uniquely yours. Of all the faces that Apple ships with its smartwatch, these are my picks for the 10 best Apple Watch faces that you should try on your watch. If you think some other watch face deserves a spot on this list, do let me know in the comments below and I’ll definitely reconsider my choices.

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