Make your Apple Watch your own with these great customisation tips
A pple has gone to great lengths to ensure you can have the Apple Watch just the way you want it with just a few small, easy tweaks.
21 Adjusting the watch face
Performing a deep press on the watch face displays all the faces that are available. Swipe left and right to choose a face and tap to select it.
22 Finer face options
Tap Customise below a watch face. Dots at the top of the screen indicate the number of features of the face that can be modified, such as a highlight colour and how many numbers are shown around the face. Swipe horizontally to switch between them. Rotate the Digital Crown to modify the feature.
23 Adding complications
Some watch faces provide other details besides the time (known as complications). They are always the last page of a face’s customisations. They can display things such as the date, the temperature or your next calendar event. Tap the grey outline around a complication to select it, then rotate the Digital Crown to change it.
24 Removing Faces
You can remove a face from the selections by sliding it up and tapping Delete. Don’t worry you can add it again using New. 25.Adda monogram The Colour watch face’s complications include an empty box near the centre. Tap it and rotate the Crown to display your monogram. Set it to display any four characters in the iPhone app, under My Watch > Clock > Monogram.
26 Adding new faces
Swipe through the available faces until you reach ‘New’. Tap it and use the Digital Crown to add a new face. The same face can be added more than once with different customisations.
27 Wrist raise detection
To stop the screen turning on when you raise your wrist, and so only when the screen’s tapped or a button is pressed, open the Settings app > General and turn off ‘Activate on Wrist Raise’.
28 Wrist raise function
If ‘Activate on Wrist Raise’ is on, further down its Settings page you can choose whether the gesture shows the watch or your last app.
29 Mute sounds
In Settings > Sounds & Haptics you can adjust the volume of ringer and alert sounds, or turn on the mute options. (Unlike Do Not Disturb you will still get a tap on the wrist for alerts.)
30 Mute with a gesture
If an alert plays a sound, cover the screen to mute it. If covered for three seconds, a vibration tells you the Mute feature has been enabled.
31 Adjusting haptics
Scroll down the Sound & Haptics settings to find a Ringer and Alert Haptics slider. Tap the icons either side to adjust the intensity of taps.
32 Prominent Haptic
Further down that page, this setting gives a more intense tap before an alert arrives.
33 Controlling Glances
In the iPhone app, tap My Watch > Glances to enable up to 20. Drag the grips to reorder them from left (top) to right (bottom).
34 Changing brightness
The vibrancy of your Watch’s display can be adjusted in Settings > Brightness & Text Size.
35 Adjusting Text Size
In Settings > Brightness & Text Size, the Text Size slider only works in some apps, but it affect Mail’s messages and Maps’ road names.
36 Using bold text
Text too feint? Switch on the Bold Text setting (below the Text Size slider), tap Continue and wait for your Watch to restart.
37 Make switches clearer
In the iPhone app, under My Watch > General > Accessibility, On/Off Labels adds a 1 and a 0 to switches to distinguish their state – helpful if you also have the Grayscale option turned on.
38 Enlarge the display
Also in Accessibility, turn on Zoom and double-tap the screen with two fingers to activate it. Rotate the Crown to adjust the zoom level.
39 Reduce Motion
This Accessibility setting replaces animations when moving between the Home screen, apps, and the watch face with a crossfade.
40 Reduce Transparency
Below the Reduce Motion setting is one marked Reduce Transparency. This removes the visual see-through effect used in some apps, potentially making text more legible.
The range of Apple Watch face options is superb, and you can add complications and other personalisations, such as a monogram. Complications don’t have to appear in the positions where Apple has placed them, or even be visisble at all. Perform a deep press on a watch face to view all its customisations. You can create variations of a face.