Cre­ate an An­droid Watch face

MARIE BLACK re­veals how to pro­duce a cus­tom watch face

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You’ll get a choice of watch faces for your An­droid Wear smart­watch, but if none fit your ex­act needs it’s re­ally easy to cre­ate your own us­ing a sim­ple app.

1. Down­load the WatchMaker Watch Faces app from Google Play ( fave.co/2Cn6p0d). There is a free trial ver­sion, which we rec­om­mend you try first to see if it’s what you’re look­ing for, but if you de­cide to stick with it and un­lock all the fea­tures you’ll want to pur­chase the pre­mium ver­sion for £2.99.

The pre­mium ver­sion un­locks 40,000 watch faces with 50 new faces added ev­ery day; the abil­ity to use your own photos and im­ages; more wid­gets; more fonts; an­i­mated GIFs, and more.

2. Launch the app, ac­cept the per­mis­sions, then choose your smart­watch from the list. We’ve se­lected the Huawei Watch 2. You’ll be prompted to in­stall the com­pan­ion app on your watch.

3. Now you’re ready to get creative. From the main screen tap the watch icon with a ‘+’ sym­bol at the top right cor­ner. This will open a new ‘Un­ti­tled watch’ – tap the pen­cil icon to give it a more ap­pro­pri­ate name and be­gin cus­tomiz­ing it.

4. To start adding items to your watch face click the large ‘+’ sign be­low the pre­view. We rec­om­mend you start with a back­ground im­age, as­sum­ing you want one, so select Im­age on the next screen. You’ll be prompted to un­lock the Pre­mium ver­sion to do this – you can con­tinue ex­per­i­ment­ing with the free ver­sion, but if you de­cide to use this you’ll need to pur­chase the app. Now browse to and select the photo you’d like to use in your Gallery.

5. It’s un­likely that the im­age is go­ing to be an ex­act fit for your watch face, so you’ll want to zoom in on the pic­ture to fill all the avail­able space. Scroll down and play around with the Width and Height pa­ram­e­ters un­til it fits. You can also use con­trols here to move items around on screen, which may be prefer­able to drag­ging them with your fin­ger if you’d like to keep ev­ery­thing cen­tral.

6. The next most im­por­tant thing for a watch face is the time. Tap the ‘+’ icon be­low the pre­view and this time select Time from the menu. It will place on screen a dig­i­tal clock. Once again use the set­tings be­low to re­size and move around the text. De­pend­ing on your back­ground im­age you may also want to change the text colour and font in or­der to make it eas­ier to read at a glance.

7. We’ve also added a date to our watch face, which is avail­able when you tap the ‘+’ icon and choose Date from the menu. Use the same con­trols to ad­just its size, colour, po­si­tion and font.

8. You’ll find var­i­ous op­tions in the menu for items you can add, from Wi-Fi sig­nals to bat­tery me­ters and a count­down clock. A lot more func­tion­al­ity is avail­able in the Ex­pres­sion menu, where you’ll find op­tions to add lo­cal weather, a sec­onds clock and so on. Have a play around, and if you change your mind about adding a par­tic­u­lar item just tap and hold it un­der the pre­view win­dow and click the cross that ap­pears to re­move.

9. When you’ve fin­ished cre­at­ing your watch face, pre­view it on your smart­watch. Scroll along the var­i­ous icons now ap­pear­ing un­der the pre­view win­dow to the far right, then tap the icon de­pict­ing a watch with an ar­row.

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