Complications are one of the ways you can customize your Apple Watch face (as well as choose from a multitude of designs and colors). Complications display information from apps and can be added directly to watch faces. Some basic examples include date, time, and battery life.
Adding complications Single Watch Face is a convenient way to view the information you’re looking for with a quick glance at your Apple Watch. Plus, you can have multiple watch faces on your device, each with different combinations of complications to best suit your needs for specific tasks.
For example, I have a modular watch face (which has five complication slots) that shows the date, weather, and battery life, as well as links to the Activity and Heart Rate apps; and an activity dial (which has three complication slots, of which I chose to use only one) that shows the progress of my activity both numerically and visually (by the degree of closure of each ring), with a shortcut to the workout app.
How to add and edit complications on your Apple Watch
1. Swipe left and right on the watch face until you reach the watch face you want to customize.
2. Press firmly on the display until you feel a little touch. Tap Customize.
3. Scroll all the way to the left. You will see boxes where complications already exist or can be added. Tap the complication slot you want to change.
4. Rotate the Digital Crown to scroll through the different complications that can be added to the watch face.
5. Press the Digital Crown to save your changes.
How to add and edit Apple Watch complications using your iPhone
You can perform the same steps outlined above on the Watch app for iPhone, which I personally find the easiest method to add and edit complications.
1. Open the Watch app for iPhone. Go to the My Watch tab.
2. You will see all the faces currently installed on your Apple Watch in My Faces. Select the watch face you want to change.
3. Tap the complication you want to edit, then scroll through the list and select the complication you want. If you don’t want to have a complication in a specific slot, scroll to the top of the list and select Off.
4. View a current list of watch faces with their customizable features and complications available here.
How to add watch complications from third party apps
You can add some third party apps to Watch faces as complications.
1. To see which third-party apps have complications, open the Watch app for iPhone. Go to the My Watch tab.
2. Tap “Complications”. If you don’t have any third-party apps that can be added as complications, you’ll see a message that says, “You don’t have any face complication apps installed on your Apple Watch yet.”
3. To add a third-party watch complication, tap “Edit”, then the “+” symbol. To remove a third-party complication, tap the “-” symbol, then “Remove”.
4. By tapping “+”, you have added the complication in the Watch app and you can now add it to your watch by following the steps described above.
5. If you’re looking for complicated third-party apps, check out these listings from iMore and Lifewire.