How to Make a Picture on Your iPhone an Apple Watch Face

Apple Watch Face

Quickly set a picture in your iPhone’s gallery as an Apple Watch face.

Apple has done a tremendous job when it comes to providing options for watch faces. However, there’s always a limitation to the customization you can do to the watch face to make it more personalized. To make it reflect more of you.

Fortunately, with Apple Watch’s Photos Watch Face, you can set almost any picture present in your iPhone’s gallery a watch face on your Apple Watch. This neat little feature allows you to make your Apple Watch feel much more personalized than ever by having your favorite picture as an Apple Watch Face.

Moreover, setting a picture as your Apple Watch Face is easier than ever and can be done right on the fly without even having to jump through hoops of the menu. However, the most convenient way of setting an image present in your iPhone gallery as your watch face is through iPhone rather than your Apple Watch.

Set a Picture from Photos App on your iPhone as your Apple Watch Face

Setting a picture present on your iPhone as an Apple Watch face is a very straightforward process. In fact, the process is so simple that it will only take you two taps to set the picture as your Apple Watch Face.

To set an image as your Apple Watch Face, first, from your iPhone, head to the ‘Photos’ app either from the home screen or the App Library of your iOS device.

Next, in the ‘Photos’ app, tap on the ‘Select’ button present at the top right corner of the screen to enter the image selector.

Then, scroll to locate and tap to select the picture from the grid that you wish to set as an Apple Watch Face. Once selected, tap on the ‘Options’ button present on the bottom left corner of the screen to continue. This will bring up an overlay menu on your screen.

Note: You can select up to 24 photos to create an Apple Watch Face. A new image will appear every time you raise your wrist to wake up the screen.

After that, from the overlay screen, scroll down till you locate the ‘Create Watch Face’ option and tap on it to proceed. This will redirect you to the ‘Watch’ app on your iOS device.

Then, on the next screen, tap on the ‘Photos Watch Face’ tile to set the picture as your Apple Watch Face. In case you wish to set the picture as a kaleidoscope face, tap on the ‘Kaleidoscope Watch Face’ tile to proceed.

On the next screen, you can also add a tint to your picture to make it look much more appealing. To do so, locate the ‘Colour’ section and tap on the individual color option to select it. You will be able to see the preview of the color tint on the Watch Face thumbnail present on top of the page.

After that, if you had selected multiple photos at the time of selection but now wish to reduce the number, locate the ‘Content’ section and tap on the ‘Photos’ option to proceed.

Then, on the next screen, tap on the ‘Select’ button present in the top right corner.

After that, tap on the individual thumbnail to select the photos and then tap on the ‘Done’ button present on the top right corner to confirm the selection.

Then you can also change the time position on the Watch Face. To do so, locate the ‘Time Position’ section and tap on the ‘Bottom’ option to bring it to the bottom position. The preview of your selected option will be available on the Watch Face thumbnail.

Next, to select complications for the Watch Face, locate the ‘Complications’ section and tap on the ‘Above Time’ option to choose a complication that will be displayed just above the time on your Watch Face. Similarly, tap on the ‘Below Time’ option to choose a complication that will be displayed right beneath the time.

Once, you have adjusted the preferences to your desire and requirements, head to the top of the page and tap on the ‘Add’ button to set the image as your Apple Watch Face immediately.

There are more complex and longer methods to set a picture in your gallery as an Apple Watch face, however, this by far, is the most straightforward and easiest method to achieve the desired results.


There you go folks, hopefully, with this guide, you will be able to set any picture present in your gallery as an Apple Watch Face quickly and efficiently.