The best Samsung Galaxy Watch faces for Galaxy Watch 4, 3, and more

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The gateway to all the apps and features of your Samsung smartwatch, a watch face is the easiest way to customize your experience. We round up the best Samsung Galaxy Watch faces available for Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 3, Active 2, and more.

The best Samsung Galaxy Watch faces

Changing your Samsung Galaxy Watch face is easy, and now picking the best one is easy too. No matter which generation of Samsung watch you’re wearing, we found options worth your time. For watches like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 running on Wear OS, see our picks below for the best Wear OS watch faces. For older devices still running Tizen like the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, skip down to the best Tizen watch faces. 

First, take stock of how you use your smartwatch most. Is your device your no-fail gym partner or a staple accessory for your office wear? Second, choose the face that best serves those needs. For a look that gives your smartwatch the timeless aesthetic of a traditional watch, choose one of the classic styles we found, like Modern Minimalist. For a feature-packed face that gets right to all your top tools, try out a face with plenty of complications and customization. If you just want a face that will brighten your day, we have something for you too.

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The best Samsung Galaxy Watch smartwatch faces for Wear OS

Three samsung galaxy watch 4s rest on a leather surface displaying custom faces.

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In 2021, Samsung left behind its familiar Tizen operating system for a Wear OS co-developed with Google. If your device is one of the select Samsung Galaxy smartwatches running this platform, check out our picks for the best watch faces available below.


Modern Minimalist: The best simple Wear OS Samsung Galaxy Watch face

A samsung galaxy watch 4 on a leather surface displays the watch face modern minimalist.

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With an emphasis on the “watch” half of the smartwatch, Modern Minimalist delivers a clean, classic clock face. This option is best for users looking to subdue the sportiness of their device. You can even customize the face’s accent color to match your case or band. Modern Minimalist features room for two complications, although the top spot is limited to step count or battery life. The complication at three o’clock can be a shortcut to a variety of features, and the icons of many options will also adopt the accent color for subtlety.


Info Brick: The most informative Wear OS Samsung Galaxy Watch face

A samsung galaxy watch 4 on a leather surface displays the watch face info brick.

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Brought to Wear OS in a recent software update, Info Brick is the face for anyone who wants their stats at a glance. With room for three complications, this face allows extra space for either tracking steps or daily activity. The daily activity option (shown above) displays users’ step count, active minutes, and activity calories. The steps option shows a weekly view of users’ steps with days marked if their step goals were reached. The additional two complications on this face can be changed to anything from weather to a media controller, and the color of the face is also, of course, customizable.


Active: The best health-focused Wear OS Samsung Galaxy Watch face

A samsung galaxy watch 4 on a leather surface displays the watch face active.

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Basic but still one of the best, the Active watch face features a design that stands out. Oversized numerals in a funky font leave room for just one complication. As the name suggests, this watch face is for users who want their workout a tap away. Users can either set an exercise or choose Samsung Health’s Breath, Daily Activity, or Together icons as their single complication. If you opt for an exercise, the animated athlete icon will act out your activity. (If only hiking with a heavy pack were as graceful as he makes it look.) This watch face is also available to devices running Tizen.


Cute Character: The best animated Wear OS Samsung Galaxy Watch face

A samsung galaxy watch 4 on a leather surface displays the watch face cute character.

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Starting with the disclaimer that this option is solely fun with minimal function, the cute character watch face is one of our favorites. It’s a very simple design with a lively cartoon fruit or vegetable replacing the three on a standard clock face. We’re partial to the carrot guy. He occasionally jumps back into the ground and then peeks out coyly, which is nothing short of adorable. Plus, there has to be some sort of subliminal message to eat healthy behind it, and who doesn’t need that reminder? Customizations include three options for the font of the numerals and the choice of six produce icons.


My Photo+: The most personal personalized Wear OS Samsung Galaxy Watch face

A samsung galaxy watch 4 on a leather surface displays the watch face my photo+.

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Whether it’s a snapshot of your latest vacation or a photo of a loved one, this watch face lets you keep your eyes on whatever makes you smile. You can have up to twenty photos on rotation. That dog at home that no one seems to understand is actually the cutest dog alive? Plenty of room to throw him in a few times. In addition to very personal backgrounds, this watch face allows for four complications of your choosing and flexibility on where the clock lands on your photo. If your watch is running the most recent software update, you can even set a GIF rather than a static photo.


Venom: A feature-packed Samsung Galaxy Watch face from the Google Play Store

A samsung galaxy watch 4 rests on a leather surface displaying the watch face venom by thema.

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In addition to the preloaded watch faces available, users can shop for endless options on the Google Play Store. This face by Thema offers tons of functionality while still feeling neat and refined. Venom is also highly customizable. With the free version, you can choose the font color as well as a main and secondary color for the background’s watercolor effect and change the units of measurement. Paying for premium will let you select widgets, shortcuts, and more.

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If you’re wearing one of Samsung’s smartwatches running on Tizen, there are plenty of watch faces to choose from for your device as well. Browse some of our top picks for fitness, health, and style.


Digital Neon: The best easy-to-read Tizen Samsung Galaxy Watch face

A galaxy watch active 2 screenshot of the tizen watch face digital neon.

Simple and highly customizable, Digital Neon offers a straightforward look at the basics. This Samsung Galaxy Watch face is primarily filled by a digital clock but also features three small icons. These complications can be set to one of 28 different functions depending on users’ needs. You can also choose from a variety of neon colors for the monochromatic look.


Simple Analog: The best traditional Tizen Samsung Galaxy Watch face

A screenshot from a samsung galaxy watch active 2 of the tizen watch face simple analog

Another really basic watch face with loads of customization options, this is the face for Analog lovers. Users can choose from a light or dark background to establish the desired mood for their device. Additionally, the design itself can be increased in size by up to five times. Finally, the right-hand complication (a heart rate icon in the image above) can be changed to any of 23 features.


Fresh: The best fitness-focused Tizen Samsung Galaxy Watch face

A screenshot of the fitness-focused tizen watch face fresh.

A cool look for watch-wearing fitness buffs, this is the pick for users who don’t want to overload their watch face with visuals. Instead, Fresh replaces cornerstone clock numerals with basic fitness stats like steps and calories burned so you can check in on your stats every time you check the time. We also like the slightly three-dimensional look of the differently toned quadrants. The one drawback is that this face can’t be customized, so it may or may not match the band on your Samsung Galaxy Watch smartwatch. 


Live Wallpaper: The best-looking Tizen Samsung Galaxy Watch face

A screenshot of the tizen watch face live wallpaper displays one of three design options.

For a watch face that’s on the move as much as you are, Live Wallpaper offers less static backgrounds for your Samsung device. The effect of this option is mesmerizing in the same way as old-school screensavers. Plus, it’s somehow comfortably calm and simplistic even with the movement. The image above shows just one of three looks for the Live wallpaper feature. While these faces are not hugely customizable, they’re very cool without any changes.


Breathe: The best Tizen Samsung Galaxy Watch face for mindfulness

A screenshot of the tizen watch face breathe displays the animated background users can follow to center their breathing.

For an even more dedicated calming background, the Breathe watch face features a slowly pulsing graphic that users can match up with their breath. This is the perfect tool to keep on hand for on-the-go stress relief. For more direct breath work, users can even tap the watch face to start the watches’ breathing feature properly. And because nothing is more jarring than a heinous color scheme, you can customize the dial, hands, and pulse color of the design to a look that feels good too.


Pixel Heart: The best Tizen Samsung Galaxy Watch face for heart rate tracking

A screenshot of the tizen watch face pixel heart.

A bright red, pixelated heart marks a watch face focusing on just what you would expect, heart rate data. In addition to the time, the face displays your current heart rate whenever you wear the device. For users concerned about their cardio performance, or for those just trying to keep their heart rate top of mind, it’s a very in-your-face way to do so. Unfortunately, this watch face offers no customization. But if tracking your heart rate is a priority, it’s still a solid choice.


FAQs

Q: Where do I find watch faces for my Samsung smartwatch?
A: You can find watch faces for your device in the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app. The exact steps for adding new watch faces will be a little different for each device.

Q: Can all watch faces be customized with complications?
A: Customization varies from one watch face to the next. Some only allow for font or color changes, while others allow for the addition of complications. Explore the options for each face in your Samsung Wearables app.

Q: Do watch faces affect battery life?
A: Yes, some watch faces may negatively impact the battery life of your device. We recommend using static, stock watch faces to get the best battery life out of your watch.

Q: Are custom watch faces free?
A: A variety of free, customizable watch faces are preloaded on Samsung Galaxy Watch smartwatches. You can find additional free options available for download as well as options for purchase.

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