If you use one of the Infograph watch faces on your Apple Watch, you may be surprised to find that the colors have drained from your chosen complications since you updated to watchOS 6.

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Despite how it may first seem, the sudden grayscale look is not a bug, but an intentional watch face change that Apple describes as "new monochrome complications in Infograph and Infograph Modular" in the watchOS 6 release notes.

The way Apple has implemented the feature is a bit confusing initially, because the monochrome style appears by default if you've selected one of the various accent colors for your watch face. The chosen accent remains, but the complications display in monochrome.

If you don't like it, you can reinstate color complications by following these simple steps.

  1. On your Apple Watch, hard press on the monochrome Infograph watch face.
  2. Tap Customize.
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  3. On Infograph watch faces, use the Digital Crown to scroll up and select either the Black or White color option. On Infograph Modular faces, scroll up and select Multicolor.
  4. Press the Digital Crown twice to confirm your selection and exit the customize screen.

You can do the same thing in the Watch app on iPhone. Select the My Watch tab and tap the offending watch face under My Faces, then select Black, White, or Multicolor from the color options.

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Top Rated Comments

iSRS Avatar
21 months ago
To those who say their Series 4 did not do this, were you previously using the black or white face? If you were using any of the colors, volt, red, anything other than black or white, your watch likely did do this.
This article isn’t a “fix” it’s telling you to change your color on that face from literally any color except black or white.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xplora Avatar
21 months ago
This article fails at explaining what Apple has done. Simply, Apple has changed all the colour accents to have monochrome complications, leaving only the black, and white accents with colourful complications. So, no, you cannot go back to your chosen accent colour if you want colourful complications.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmChimera Avatar
21 months ago
Wait but I can’t set an accent color for the dial anymore?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tom.humphrey Avatar
21 months ago

Wait but I can’t set an accent color for the dial anymore?
This was my first thought as well after reverting my watch back to colours. Sucks a bit
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ScottNWDW Avatar
21 months ago
I loved the info graph watch face, but now not so much because I can't change the accent color to match my band like I used to do,
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Koshkaboo Avatar
21 months ago

This article fails at explaining what Apple has done. Simply, Apple has changed all the colour accents to have monochrome complications, leaving only the black, and white accents with colourful complications. So, no, you cannot go back to your chosen accent colour if you want colourful complications.
This! The article is poor in explaining the problem and making it clear that the solution doesn't actually solve the problem. I had chosen the purple accent color before this and had my complications have color. Now, if I want a purple accent color I have to have monochrome complications. So, yeah, I went and selected black and it "solved" the complications problem...but now I don't have purple accent color any more.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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