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Quick Tip: How to Change the Watch Face on Android Wear

A lot of you early adopters are buying and receiving your Android Wear smartwatches, so we thought it would be a good time to start showing you around the OS, teaching a few of you the basics of Google’s new wearable platform.

Android Wear is very simplistic, and most settings can be accessed by simply using your voice. However, the OS was made to be touched and interacted with, so if you are not in a position to talk to your watch – you are in a movie theater for example – then it is good to learn a few tricks.

The first step all Android Wear device owners should know is how to change your device’s watch face. Both the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch come with a lot of different pre-loaded watch faces, so let’s take a look at how to switch through them all. 

Manual Instructions

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  1. From your homescreen while the display is powered on, long press on the screen.
  2. You will see all of the watch faces offered by your device. You can scroll right or left through these options.
  3. Once you find a watch face that you like, tap on it to set it as your permanent watch face.

Want to change again? Follow the same steps.

Voice Instructions

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  1. From your homescreen, say “Ok Google.”
  2. Once you see the visual prompt to begin your query, say “Settings.”
  3. Once in your Settings menu, scroll towards the bottom to where it says “Change watch face.”
  4. From here, scroll through the many different faces, then tap on the one you would like to set.

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Still not happy with the watch face you chose? Repeat the above steps.

We are still waiting for more developers to make additional watch faces available through Google Play, and seeing as how we are big fans of Android Wear, we will keep you all informed when more watch faces are made available for everyone to download.

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  • coolsilver

    I’m still trying to find difference between simple and increment faces on G Watch. I figure tomorrow it may change to 1 of the other 2 backgrounds.

  • Pratik Holla

    Whats holding up the watch faces from showing up? Seems like a basic thing they should have nailed down on launch day.

  • bluebanzai

    Tim: “so if you are not in a position to talk to your watch – you are in a movie theater for example”

    Why are you messing with your watch faces while you’re in a movie theater!? WATCH THE FLIPPIN MOVIE AND DON’T BOTHER EVERYONE ELSE TRYING TO!!!1!

    • Breathe blue, breathe…

      Maybe it’s during the previews or pre-movie commercials…

      • bluebanzai

        Psssh you know the jerks I’m talking about, though.
        I think a more prudent example would be a library or while at a coffee shop with live music or do people not go to those anymore?

  • PoisonApple31

    So what do we do when we accidentally clear out all of our notifications? It’s not like I had a ton when I turned the watch on! Just go for a walk?

  • Suicide_Note

    Thank you, Tim.

  • I think I’m going to create some watch faces for the 360 when it’s released. Inspired by Swiss Excellence.

  • Curtis

    I prefer digital watch faces, but these analog faces are better looking IMO.

  • I want a face that resembles a fancy Swiss made watch with smooth sweeping Swiss movement on the Motorola 360 though

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Tip 1: Put watch on wrist

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      • Ryan N

        Ha. Dick watch.

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