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The best Samsung Galaxy Watch faces for style and utility

Whether you’re rocking the latest Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 or a trusted older model like the Galaxy Watch 2, the best way to customize your watch experience is with a new watch face. There are thousands of Samsung Galaxy Watch faces to suit all tastes and moods, from classic and traditional styles to sporty models for amateurs or the dedicated.

We’ve picked out some of the best Samsung Galaxy Watch faces for newer watches running Wear OS and older models running Tizen, and all of them are available from the Google Play Store, Samsung Galaxy Store, or the independent watch face app Facer. Then, we’ll answer some of your questions about Galaxy Watch faces, like where to find more and how to ensure they’re compatible with your watch. Your new favorite watch face is somewhere on this list!

Some of these watch faces are compatible with watches running Wear OS, such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro, while others are designed for Tizen watches like the Galaxy Watch 3, so make sure you check out the “Compatible with” section for each face. Not sure how to get new watch faces? See below our picks for a quick guide.

Our favorite digital watch face: RZ 168 Classic (requires subscription)

RZ 168 watch face on a Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Compatible with: Tizen and Wear OS watches

Keep things simple with this free, classic digital watch face. As well as a 12- or 24-hour time display, it has a BPM monitor, step counter, day and date display, weather widget, and simple watch battery indicator. It’s the perfect watch face for those who long for the days of digital simplicity. Unfortunately, it’s only available as part of a Facer Premium subscription, which will set you back $5 a month.

Facer

Our favorite minimalist watch face: Pixel Minimal

The Pixel Minimal watch face for Galaxy Watches.

Compatible with: Wear OS watches

A lot of watch faces are exceptionally “busy,” with information rammed into every single part of the face. If you want a watch that’s a bit calmer, then you might be interested in the official Pixel Minimal watch face. It has the time, the date, and the Wear OS logo — and you can even remove the logo. There’s a load of customization options, and if you pay for premium, you can add widgets to it as well. But why would you do that when you’ve got an excellent minimalist face already? A great one to download if you’re looking for a simple interface or if you want something you can make really personal.

Google Play Store

Our favorite workout watch face: Health Dashboard

The Health Dashboard watch face for Galaxy Watches.

Compatible with: Wear OS watches

It’s easy to find free health- and fitness-based watch faces, but many fall into the trap of making everything too complex and busy. Samsung’s Health Dashboard is one of the best because it keeps the layout and goals simple. Your activity levels are shown around the edge and include how far you’ve climbed, steps, and how far you’ve run. It’s everything you need and nothing you don’t. Tap the Work out message to launch straight to tracking an activity. It’s wonderfully simple and our pick for the best workout watch face.

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Our favorite mindfulness watch face: Breathe

Breathe watch face for Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Compatible with: Tizen and Wear OS watches

This watch face is a popular choice if you’re looking to achieve inner calm or want to take a quick break from stress. Breathe is a free watch face that calms you by asking you to time your breathing to its gentle pulsing. You can use either the normal watch face or launch into the dedicated breathing app to help you calm down. The pulse color, hands, and dial are all customizable, so you can choose your favorite stress-busting color.

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Our favorite elegant watch face: Concourse d’Elegance Noir

Concours D'Elegance black and gold watch face on a Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Compatible with: Tizen and Wear OS watches

This watch face is about as simple as they come: just an analog face showing the time and date, along with a handy battery indicator. But its simplicity is underlined with some serious elegance. We love the rich gold contrasting against the black background, and that touch of luxury makes this face great for a night on the town or a day at the office. It’s free as well, so you’re not even being charged for all that elegance.

Facer

Our favorite futuristic watch face: GRR New Moon H

GRR Moon Space II watch face on a Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Compatible with: Tizen and Wear OS watches

The Galaxy Watch is a futuristic device, so why not pair it with a futuristic watch face? The New Moon H face throws back to the classic age of science fiction with a style that’s spacey and bright. It has a dual analog and digital display and also shows the date, moon phase, BPM, miles/kilometers, and steps. You can tap the screen to change the color if the default blue doesn’t suit your mood or style. Sure, it’s hardly lowkey, but we love that about it.

Facer

Our favorite geeky watch face: Classic  Zelda Master Sword

Classic Zelda Master Sword watch face on a Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Compatible with: Tizen and Wear OS watches

Here’s something for the gamers among us. Fans of Zelda will love this geeky watch face, which has the date and time in a 12/24-hour format and cute little hearts to count down your watch battery. Link’s little buddy Navi’s on hand, too, with your phone’s battery indicator. There’s also a weather and temperature indicator and step counter. The pixel art really is the star of the face, though, and it’s sure you give you a little warm glow of nostalgia every time you open your watch.

Facer

Our favorite weather watch face: GS Weather 4 ($2)

Compatible with: Tizen and Wear OS watches

If you’re the kind of person who just has to know what’s happening with the weather — or if you’re the friend always telling people about the upcoming blizzard or storm — this is the watch face you need. GS Weather 4 is one of the most detailed weather-based watch faces around, displaying wind speed, sunset time, humidity, and moon phase alongside time, day of the week, and temperature. It also tracks GPS coordinates, heart rate, and steps. However, it can be a little buggy, with selected colors sometimes resetting, and it may drain your battery. Also, it’s an incredibly busy watch face, with information crammed into every corner. As a result, you may find it a little tough to read.

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Our favorite analog watch face: Luminus Metro

Luminus Metro watch face in white for the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Compatible with: Tizen and Wear OS watches

Simple, sleek, analog. The Luminus Metro watch face is our pick for those who want to see the time, day, and date without any confusing features. There’s a step tracker, BPM display, and weather widget, but these don’t detract from the overall sleek style of this white watch face. It’s perfect for those who want something with no frills.

Facer

Our favorite fun watch face: ACD History Vikings ($2)

ACD History Vikings watch face on a Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Compatible with: Tizen watches only

Finishing up with a fun pick, Vikings seem to be everywhere right now, and what could be better than having an ax for the hour hand and a sword for your watch’s minute hand, set against a shield inscribed with runes? This cool watch face also has a digital clock, and the notches on the shield help you keep an eye on battery life. You can change the color of your shield, and it comes with full-color and low-color options for earlier Galaxy watches. Unfortunately, it’s only available for Tizen-powered watches, which is a real shame.

Samsung Galaxy Store

Frequently asked questions about Samsung Galaxy Watch faces

Where do I get watch faces from?

You can download new watch faces directly from the Galaxy Wearable app or from the Galaxy Store app on your iPhone or Android phone. There are also some great third-party apps available, like Watchmaker and Facer, that have a vast selection of faces for your smartwatch.

How do I add faces to my Samsung Galaxy Watch?

It’s easy to add watch faces to your watch. Once you’ve downloaded your watch face of choice, you can simply tap Install on the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro. On older watches, tap Install > Apply. If you want to customize watch faces, simply touch and hold your watch’s screen to enter edit mode. Tap a watch face to select it. You can also tap Customize to change features (such as the color of the background). Add widgets, too, if they’re available. When you’re finished, just tap OK.

Are watch faces free?

There are lots of free watch faces to choose from. Some may have fewer options for customization than paid faces, but you’ll find options to suit all budgets available.

How do I know which faces are compatible with my watch?

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 runs Wear OS, so you’ll need a Wear OS-compatible face. Older watches like the Galaxy Watch 3 run on Tizen OS, so pick a watch face that’s marked as compatible with Tizen.

How do I choose the best watch face?

Think about how you use your watch. If it’s your gym buddy, you’ll probably want a sporty face. If you wear your watch to the office every day, a classic style like Concourse D’Elegance Noir might suit your needs better. On a day off, you might want to switch to something more fun, like the Death Star Enhanced face. One of the joys of the Samsung Galaxy Watch series is that you can swap out your watch face whenever you like, so feel free to download a selection of fun, geeky, futuristic, and elegant faces so that you can change them depending on your mood.

Do watch faces affect battery life?

Watch faces can drain your battery life faster than you expect, especially those with large amounts of moving elements or those which update data very often. To conserve battery life, stick to a darker-colored watch face. You may also find watch faces from third-party apps like Facer drain your battery much faster than faces from the Galaxy Store.

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