How to create customized watch faces in watchOS 2

The just released watchOS 2 includes a variety of new watch faces. Even cooler, it lets you turn your favorite photo into a new watch face. (My new watch face is the face of my two-week old granddaughter. Can I get an "awwww"?)

First, let's look at how to change the watch face without using your own photos:

  • With the watch face showing, firmly press the display, then swipe to see the faces in your collection. When you find the face you want, tap it. You can add special functions—sometimes called complications—to your watch face, so you can instantly check things like stock prices or the weather report.
  • Add features to the watch face. With the watch face showing, firmly press the display, then tap Customize. Swipe to select a feature, then turn the Digital Crown to adjust. On some faces, you need to tap a feature to select it. When you’re finished, press the Digital Crown to save your changes. Tap the face to switch to it. 
  • Add a watch face to your collection. With the current watch face showing, firmly press the display, swipe all the way to the right, then tap the New button (+). Swipe up and down to browse designs, then tap the one you want to add. After you add it, you can customize it.

You can also delete a face from your collection. With the current watch face showing, firmly press the display, swipe to the face you don’t want, then swipe it up and tap Delete. You can always add the watch face again later.

Now back to using your own photos as a watch face. There are two methods. 

Method one: 

  • Firmly press on the Apple Watch clock to get to the watch face customization area.
  • Swipe over to the Photo watch face and then tap on Customize. 
  • Use the Digital Crown to zoom in on the photo that appears, or zoom out to see the entire synced album. 
  •  Swipe up or down, then tap on any one of your photos to make it your watch face. Or swipe left and right to move through your photos on your Apple Watch to choose the one you want to use as a watch face.

Method two:

  • Open the Photos app on your Apple Watch. 
  • Swipe through until you find the one you want to make your watch face.
  • Firmly press the Apple Watch screen. A button called “Create Watch Face” will show up. 
  • Tap that to send your selected photo to your watch face. 

Speaking of new, non-customized watch faces, with the Time-Lapse watch face in watchOS 2, you can choose from a selection of time-lapse videos shot over 24 hours in iconic locations including New York City, London or Shanghai.

To obtain watchOS 2, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone (which must be running iOS 9) and tap through My Watch > General > Software Update. Make sure your watch is in Bluetooth range of your iPhone and connected to its charger.