In iOS 10 and watchOS 3, creating a custom photo face on your Apple Watch is a many-step process. The upcoming iOS 11 and watchOS 4 make it quick and easy. I’ve been trying out a number of new features since installing the betas, and I really like this one. You can use this method to create a regular photo face, or one of the new kaleidoscope faces. Note that if you use your photo as a kaleidoscope face, you won’t really recognize your photo. Rather, it’s an ever-evolving abstract pattern using the color palette within your photo.
Here’s what you do, once you have iOS 11 and watchOS 4 installed on your devices:
- Select any photo in your Photos app.
- Tap the box and arrow icon in the bottom left corner, which opens up the share sheet.
- Swipe along the bottom row until you see the option to “Create Watch Face.”
- Tap Create Watch Face, which brings up a menu, “Choose Watch Face.”
- Select one of the two choices, Photos Watch Face or Kaleidoscope Watch Face.
- Customize it however you’d like and tap “Add.”
That’s it. Creating either the kaleidoscope or regular photo face this is incredibly intuitive and fast.
Both iOS 11 and watchOS 4 will be released to the public this fall.