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Hands-On With the New 'Face Gallery' for Apple Watch in iOS 10

In iOS 10, there's a new Face Gallery in the Watch app, which is designed to let users customize their Apple Watch faces in watchOS 3 right from their iPhones. Tweaking an Apple Watch face from an awkward angle on a wrist and on a tiny screen can be a hassle, making the Face Gallery a welcome addition to the Watch app.

Face Gallery is accessible through the Watch app in iOS 10, available via a new "Face Gallery" tab, which replaces "Explore" and "Featured" tabs that have been combined into a new "App Store" tab.

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"My Watch," the section the Watch app opens to, has been updated with a direct view of all the faces you've added to your Apple Watch, allowing for quick tweaks to complications, colors, and other options. Creating entirely new watch faces on the iPhone is done through Face Gallery, which displays all of the available watch faces in one easy-to-see scrollable grid.

Selecting a watch face opens up full customization options for choosing the look of the face, its color scheme, and the complications you'd like to use with the face. Faces created on the iPhone are then synced over to the Apple Watch by tapping "Add", and then you can swap between them with left and right swipes through the revamped watchOS 3 interface.

Face Gallery will be available in the fall when iOS 10 and watchOS 3 are released to the public.

For details on new features coming in iOS 10, make sure to check out our iOS 10 roundup. Don't miss out on our previous videos, which have covered watchOS 3, tvOS 10, and macOS Sierra:

- WWDC 2016 Overview in Seven Minutes
- iOS 10's Overhauled Lockscreen
- The New iOS 10 Photos App
- The New iOS 10 Messages App
- macOS Sierra - Siri
- iOS 10 Hidden Features
- watchOS 3 Overview
- iOS 10's Redesigned Apple Music Experience
- 3D Touch in iOS 10
- The New Home App for Controlling HomeKit Devices
- Everything New in tvOS 10
- Apple's Upcoming Apple TV Remote App

We've also got roundups for all of the upcoming operating systems, including watchOS 3, macOS Sierra, and tvOS 10.

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41 months ago
While not there, it's another step closer to 3rd party watch faces.
Rating: 8 Votes
41 months ago
To me, watchOS 3 was the biggest news and surprise of WWDC.

I'm really looking forward to that and iPhone 7 running iOS 10 this fall.
Rating: 6 Votes
41 months ago
I want my Watch to have a Star Trek next generation graphics.
Rating: 5 Votes
41 months ago
Here's my current face gallery...
Rating: 4 Votes
41 months ago
I'd say it's 100% certain that 3rd party watch faces are coming. But there needs to be an API built first (and whatever security concerns have to be dealt with). I'm sure they're definitely working on it, but not as a top priority. I'd bet we'll see this in watchOS 4.

Besides. It's another revenue stream. So it's definitely coming.
Rating: 4 Votes
41 months ago
I think Apple did a phenomenal job with watchOS 3. The finesse, the features, the restraint, the UX, the boost in performance, the choices across the board. Phenomenal is the word. Damn, one less reason to fire Tim Cook. MR won't sleep tonight. Oh but yeah, this comment means I'm incapable of criticising Apple. That's always a great next-best argument. If you can't counter the point, attempt to discount the point-maker.
Rating: 3 Votes
41 months ago
They still have some stability issues to work out (obvious, as it's only a beta.) Especially with bluetooth (I haven't dug around enough to find out what they've changed in that area, if anything, but something's changed.)

I setup a custom modular face, and had been using it since the day iOS 10 (iPhone 6 Plus) and watchOS 3.0 betas came out.

Today, I noticed that my watch face was set to the default "Activity Digital" face somehow. Tried setting it back to my custom face, and noticed that mine was completely gone off the watch.

Opened the My Watch app on my phone, and it was gone from there too. Tried adding it back to my watch, and nothing happened. Tried customizing the default modular face right on the watch ... nothing happened. It was like it was completely ignoring my taps.

Powered-off the watch, and powered it back on. No difference.

Turned off bluetooth on my phone, and then turned it back on. Suddenly it started working again.

Been having other really odd bluetooth issues with my phone and my car's head unit as well. Only unpairing my phone from my car, "forgetting" my car on my phone, and then re-pairing them seems to fix it, until the issues start happening again. Issues range from really loud Siri and hands-free voice calls (even though I had turned them down prior), to skips in songs after completing a hands-free call, requiring a complete unpair-repair before songs won't skip anymore. (By "skip", I don't mean skip a whole song. I mean skip like a record skipping. For those too young to know, this is a record ('') (aka: LP).)

I'll add here that I restored the phone back to iOS 9.3.2 to troubleshoot, in case it was a possible hardware issue. The skipping and hands-free volume issues went away. So, it's definitely something to do with iOS 10.

There's also another common issue with losing cellular data connections when not on wi-fi. A complete "reset network settings" on the phone usually fixes it.

Last several noticeable issue I've been having are (for which I currently have no knowledge of a circumvention):

- Any videos on a website automatically playing when the page loads,
- Some sites just not loading at all, and
- Links on some sites not loading after tapped (like the taps aren't even registering for some reason.)
- Phone will do a soft reset from time to time due to an app crashing hard, but it doesn't happen as often for me as it did with the iOS 9 betas.

Other than those issues, it's been a fairly stable beta for me compared to the iOS 9 ones I used, considering it's the very first one.
Rating: 2 Votes
41 months ago
This is proof AW is a flop
Rating: 1 Votes
41 months ago
I'll be honest. Before this last keynote, I was really sick of the Apple Watch and how incomplete it felt. WatchOS 3 is actually making me excited again like I was when they first announced it. Like it's finally a finished product! Just a refinement of the original features, nothing new. I can see it halving my battery life though. But at least that way the only new feature of Apple Watch 2 will be a double-sized battery to keep it at 18 hours! It'll be like iPad 1 > iPad 2. The first gen of both had a lot of wasted empty space, so they could keep costs down and make it much thinner the second time while adding a bigger battery! (Fingers crossed)
Rating: 1 Votes
41 months ago
Anyone else notice that the "Activity Digital" watch face has DIGITAL SECONDS on it?

Rating: 1 Votes

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