How to add watch faces in Wear OS

Wear OS continues to get better with every update. The developers have liked the platform, which is good news because it means we have hundreds of watch faces to choose from. You can add new faces to any of the best Android smartwatches to match your taste and style. Adding a new watch face in Wear OS is a simple process. You can do this from the watch or the Wear OS app. That is how.

Install a new watch face from your watch

The most direct way to install a new watch face is to do it from your watch. That is how.

  1. Tap your watch to wake it up.
  2. Hold your finger on the watch face for a few seconds to open the library.
  3. Swipe all the way to the right of the watch face library.
  4. Tap Add more watch faces.

Install a new watch face from the Play Store

Google Play Store is the best repository of watch faces for Wear OS. Make sure your Wear OS smartwatch is signed in to your Google account for it to appear in the store.

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Check the box next to the destination device.
  3. Select the watch face or watch face app you want to install.
  4. Tap Install.

Use a new watch face from your library

Next, you’ll select a new face from your library and make it your new Wear OS watch face. This process changes the active watch face to a new one.

  1. Tap your watch screen to activate it.
  2. Press and hold your watch screen for a few seconds to open the library.
  3. Swipe between available watch faces.
  4. Tap the watch face you want to install.

Third-party face libraries for Wear OS

You don’t need to stick with the small library of watch faces provided by Google. Several third-party libraries are full of watch faces for your Wear OS smartwatch. Most are free. They’re easy to find on the Google Play Store or Galaxy Store and open up a new world of watch customization. You can download these libraries directly to your smartwatch this way:

  1. Tap your watch screen to activate it.
  2. Find the Play store and touch it.
  3. Find the app you want, such as Facer.
  4. Tap Install.


You can follow a few simple steps if you’re having trouble adding new Wear OS faces to your watch. The most common problems include apps not downloading to your smartwatch from the Play Store and terrible battery drain. Here’s how to fix these problems.

Watch faces not downloading to your watch from the Play Store

This is a common problem, although it’s becoming rare since the Wear OS 4 update. Here’s the situation: You browse the Play Store on your watch and find a watch face or third-party library that you want to download. you touch Installand nothing happens or they may give you a Download Pending message.

No one is sure why this happens, but it’s easy to fix. First, turn Wi-Fi on your watch off and on again. If that doesn’t work, go to the Wear OS app on your phone and sync the apps again. Any of those measures should fix it, but your best bet is to upgrade to Wear OS 4.

Your battery is draining like crazy

A common cause of excessive battery drain is watch faces. The more animations and interactive tools there are on the watch face, the more power that watch face needs. You can stop battery drain by choosing a simpler watch face. If your watch has an AMOLED screen, choose a black dial and save more power.

Show off your new watch face

Use apps like Facer to get huge libraries of watch faces created by professionals and everyday users. They integrate with Wear OS, so all you need is to find the one you like and install it. When you’ve set up the watch face that suits you best, show it to everyone you know.

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