Customize your Apple Watch to keep track of your activity

One of the best features of the Apple Watch is its ability to monitor different fitness activities. Throughout the day, you will receive various notifications nudging you to get up and workout or stand.

Did you know that you can keep better track of this thanks to an included watch face? Apple has included the Activity Watch Face, which shows the time, along with your Calorie goal, Workout goal, and Stand goal.

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How to add the Activity Watch Face

If you are ready to take control of your workouts and health with the Apple Watch, here’s how you can add the Activity Digital Face.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone
  2. Tap Face Gallery at the bottom
  3. Under Activity, select the watch face for you

Apple has included three different options to choose from. After you have selected the right watch face for you, tap the Add button at the top of the specific watch face.

Customize the Activity Face

The first watch face is just an analog clock with the Activity Rings placed within the clock.

The second watch face is also an analog clock but breaks the three rings into separate options. Your various progress is shown within these rings, giving you an idea of how much you have already done. To the right, Apple has included the day of the week and the date of the month.

The final watch is a fan favorite, as there is a digital clock at the top, with the Activity progress shown below. In the bottom left-hand corner, you also have an overview of how close to closing your rings you are.

Finally, All three watch faces include two different complications found in the top right and left corners. At the bottom, there is another complication, which you can go through and select when setting up the watch face for the first time.

Best complications

This section is definitely up for debate, and these selections may not work best for you. However, if you are truly dedicated to working out and keeping track of everything, here are some of our favorite complications:

  • Heart Rate – Keep an eye on how hard your heart is working while you’re trying to shed a few pounds.
  • Activity – A brief breakdown of your workouts and activity is updated throughout the day. Possibly best combined with the Activity Analog watch face.
  • Calendar – Be sure to keep an eye on what is next on your daily calendar. This will help to make sure that you’re workout doesn’t last for too long.
  • Music – Who doesn’t want to listen to music while working out?
  • Podcasts If music isn’t your cup of tea, you have an option to open the Apple Podcasts app to catch up during your workout.
  • Stopwatch – This may be the best option for those who regularly go on runs or timed walks.
  • Workout – Shows the user the progress of their workout, along with which workout is being performed.

These are just some of the best stock Complications that you can use on your Apple Watch. However, there is a slew of different options for those who want to rely on third-party applications.

You will have to find the best complications for your needs. You can also head over to the App Store from the Watch app to see if a new app has arrived to help.


The Apple Watch never ceases to amaze us, and with the release of watchOS 5 this Fall, things will get even better. If you run into any issues, be sure to let us know in the comments below, and we’ll be sure to help.

In the meantime, sound off and let us know of some of your favorite Apple Watch faces and different complications.


  1. The apple watch is garbage for swimming. It is too stupidly designed to actually give you workout information WHILE you are swimming. My cheapo brand watch has an analog sweep hand and it’s waterproof without having to punch a gazillion buttons. Hey stupid Apple engineers, I workout WHILE I am working out, not after I am working out. Do you think it would be impossible, for instance, to have an analog watch face, you know, like on a timing clock, so I could actually do intervals. You know. Intervals. Like athletes do. And put some of those split times on the watch face so I can see them in real time. Once this stupid watch is in water mode, all you get is a stupid digital count timer. Garbage. Just garbage.


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