7 Best Apple Watch face apps in 2021

Best third-party apps for Apple Watch faces

WatchOS offers a wide range of watch faces to choose from, along with tons of different customizations. However, sometimes it might not be enough for many Apple Watch lovers who want more personalization options and flexibility. To satisfy your thirst for more, here are some of the best Apple Watch face apps we bet you’ll love.

  1. Watchsmith
  2. Facer
  3. Watch Face albums
  4. WatchMaker
  5. Buddywatch
  6. Watchfacely
  7. StepDog

1. Watchsmith: Editor’s Choice

Watchsmith app for Apple Watch faces

What sets this app apart from the others is that instead of offering watch faces, the app offers over 37 complication types for different Apple Watch in-built faces that are fully customizable.

Moreover, the complications are not just static; they’re dynamic. This means that you can customize your complications in such a way that it changes throughout the day.

From weather in the morning to calendar in the noon to astronomy in the night, you can choose the dynamicity of the complications as per your choice.

Subscribing to the premium even unlocks more options. Further, the app is perfectly integrated with the Apple Watch, making the option of setting complications feel more natural. The app comes with selectable quick actions, golden hour, a timezone calculator, and an accurate Time & Moon phase.

Pros

  • Rich, dynamic complications
  • Perfect integration with the Watch app
  • Offers multiple in-app features

Cons

  • Requires subscription to unlock all contents

Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $1.99)

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2. Watch Faces by Facer: Most popular app

Watch Faces by Facer app for iPhone and iPad

Facer is one of the most popular apps for watch faces, which comes with a wide variety of design options.

The built-in editing options let you create a custom watch face to share with people worldwide. The app offers a template and instructions for you to create your watch face. Additionally, you can also download and try out the faces created and shared by other users.

The app is directly integrated with the Apple Watch app, and adding a face to the watch is just two taps away. However, the app has minimal free watch faces available. You will need a premium subscription to access the app completely.

Pros

  • Create your watch face
  • Integrated directly with the Apple Watch app
  • 15,000+ collection

Cons

  • Limited free watch faces
  • There’s a learning curve

Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $0.99)

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3. Watch Face Albums: Faces in albums

Watch Face albums for Apple Watch iPhone app

Watch Face Albums is an apple watch wallpapers app that lets users download many beautiful and aesthetic wallpapers for Apple Watch. The app features thousands of different categorized albums, each containing a set of beautiful wallpapers of that category.

The app also features a ‘Today Free’ section to download free watch faces and wallpapers. However, the app isn’t directly integrated with the Apple Watch.

This means that you’ll first have to add that image to your Photos app, then choose to create a watch face from Photos. Besides that, the app offers a premium membership to access many more beautiful contents.

Pros

  • Beautiful wallpapers
  • Lots of different categories
  • A ‘Today Free’ section for downloading free watch faces

Cons

  • No direct integration with the Watch app
  • You need to save the images first in the Photos app

Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $0.99)

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4. Watch Faces 100,000 WatchMaker: A DIY watch face maker

Watch Maker App for iPhone and iPad

Another watch face app that you can try out is WatchMaker. The app offers unlimited customizations and faces to create your watch face. Along with the free faces, there are paid ones too, like animated options.

What’s unique about this app is its option to follow designers! You can follow those with the best faces design within the app. However, creating faces is limited in the free version.

Also, the availability of free faces is decent. To use all that’s in the app, you have to opt for a subscription.

Pros

  • Plenty of customization options
  • Option to follow your designer

Cons

  • Limited options to create faces in the free version

Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $0.99)

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5. Buddywatch – Watch Faces: An easy to use watch face app

Buddywatch Apple Watch Face app for iPhone and iPad

A well-designed app with a simple and easy-to-navigate UI, Buddywatch offers many beautiful faces. A prominent feature differentiating this app from others is providing recommendations for the right watch band to pair with the watch face as you scroll through the list.

If you find a watch band that you want to use, clicking ‘download‘ takes you straightaway to the Apple Watch app, where you’ll see the right watch face to go with that band.

Here you can personalize the face even more, and the app also alerts the apps required for adding any complications. The search tab in the app is well-designed with various categories to offer, such as health, sport, and essential, and so on, to better help with what you are searching for.

As the name suggests, you can create a watch face and share it with your buddies.

Pros

  • Simple and easy-to-navigate UI
  • Offers recommendations for the perfect watch face to go along with the watch band
  • Many different categories
  • Share watch faces with friends

Cons

  • Requires subscription for all the features

Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $1.99)

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6. Watchfacely: Beautiful watch faces collection

Watchfacely Apple Watch faces app for iPhone and iPad

Watchfacely is another excellent option for different watch faces. The number of downloads and likes highlighted under each watch face gives you a brief idea of the famous watch faces.

When tapped ‘View All,’ you’re provided with an endless list of options to choose from. However, while adding a face, if the required app for any complication on that watch face is missing on your iPhone, you’ll be prompted to download that app.

The pro subscription in the app plays a significant role as you’re provided with only two free download face options per day and have to go for the subscription if you need to download more than two faces.

Apart from this, you can also upload your custom watch face in the app to share with people.

Pros

  • Get a glimpse of total downloads and likes on any watch face
  • Upload your watch face and share it with people
  • Endless list of options

Cons

  • Requires respective apps for any third-party complication
  • Allows to download only two watch faces per day in the free version

Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $3.49)

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7. StepDog: A must-have for pet owners

StepDog - Apple Watch Face Dog app for iPhone and iPad

While this app has just one modular face to offer, it’s a must-try app for anyone who needs a virtual pet for themselves. The app offers tons of customization.

The main aim of this app is to count your steps. You have to set a particular goal and then complete it. Once completed, the dog will then go to sleep. Additionally, you can watch your dog walk, run, eat, scratch, and sit all on your Apple Watch. You can even switch your dog for a cat and set it in the watch face.

However, the biggest flaw of this app is the need for a subscription for selecting different dogs or cats, their foods, toys, and so on. Yet, all in all, I recommend trying this app once.

Pros

  • Helps to complete the step count goal
  • Many different breeds of dogs and cats to choose from
  • Various animations of the animal throughout the day

Cons

  • Requires subscription for any customization

Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $0.99)

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These are some of the best watch faces apps you can try. With watchOS 8 coming this fall, you can also set Portrait photos as your Apple watch face. Excited? Me too! Share your favorite watch face app in the comments below.

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