How to get the most out of your Apple Watch’s face with third-party complications

Things have to get complicated

If you want more data at a glance you need to master watch face complications, which are anything on your watch face that isn’t a clock. With the release of WatchOS 2 last September Apple started allowing third-party developers to create complications, which is when the Apple Watch’s capabilities really took off.

As with any new technology, there are plenty of people who only use the most basic features of the Apple Watch, leaving them with a really expensive device on their wrist that isn’t serving its true purpose. If you want to maximize the value of your watch face you need to learn to use those complications.

Customizing your Apple Watch face

Say what you will about the Apple Watch, but it’s nothing if not easy to use. Adding complications is simple, only requiring a few basic steps.

For this example I’m sticking with the Modular watch face. It displays the most info, and if you’re looking for easy-to-read this is the one for you.

  1. Start by Force Touching the center of the screen. The watch face selector will pop up, allowing you to scroll through all the available faces. Choose the modular one and tap on Customize.
  2. Swipe from right to left to switch to the complication customizing screen. You’ll know you’re there when you see a bunch of boxes surrounding all the spaces on the face.
  3. From there, click on the complication you wish to change. Use the digital crown to scroll through all your complication options and choose the one that’s right for you.
  4. Once you’re satisfied push the digital crown twice to return to the home screen. Time to enjoy your brand new watch face!

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