If you regularly use different watch faces for different times of the day, you can get tired of manually switching between them. What if Apple Watch does this automatically? Here̵
Ideally, the Apple Watch should have a built-in setting for changing the watch faces at a specific time. Suppose a modular watch face from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a photo watch face from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. While this is still a pipe dream, starting with watchOS 7, you can change your watch face at a specific time using the built-in Shortcuts Automation app on your iPhone.
The entire setup process works using the automation feature in the Shortcuts app. Once it’s set up, forget about it. You will see a notification when the link is triggered.
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To start the setup process, open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone, then switch to the Automation tab.
Here tap on the “+” symbol in the upper right corner of the screen.
Select the “Personal Automation” option.
In the New Automation section, select Time of Day.
Select the “Time of Day” option here and enter the time at which you want to change your watch face. In the Repeat section, make sure that the Daily option is selected. Then tap the “Next” button.
You will now configure the linking part of the automation. Here tap on the “Add Action” button.
In the search bar, find and select the “Set Watch Face” action.
Now, on the Actions tab, tap the Face button.
You will see a list of all of your watch faces. Select the watch face you want to switch to.
The link is now complete. Tap the “Next” button.
It’s annoying that automations in the Shortcuts app don’t automatically trigger by default. They need to be triggered by a notification. Fortunately, you can turn this feature off. Tap the switch next to the “Ask Before Running” option.
In the pop-up message, choose Don’t Ask. Your automation will run automatically in the background and you will only see a notification that the shortcut has taken place.
Tap the Done button at the top to save the automation.
Your automation is now created. At the appointed time, it will trigger and your watch face will change. You will receive a Shortcuts notification on your iPhone and Apple Watch.
You can repeat this process to create more automations for setting different watch faces at different times.
New to shortcuts? Check out our guide to learn how to use the Shortcuts app.
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