How to change Storage limits for photos on your Apple Watch and other Photo tips n tricks

Photos app on Apple Watch with photo of dog

The Apple Watch handles Photos pretty well when compared with other smartwatches. You can not only browse your photos using the Photos app, but you can create watch faces that show a photo. You can also view Memories directly on your Apple Watch, along with Live Photos. These features, however, consume storage on the Apple Watch, and depending upon the model of your Apple Watch, you only have a certain amount of storage.

In this article, we will look at some of the settings that allow you to control and manage the storage required for Photos on your Apple Watch.

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How to change Storage Limit for Photos on your Apple Watch

  1. From your iPhone, Launch the Watch app
  2. Make sure you are on the ‘My Watch’ tab at the bottom of the screen
  3. Scroll down and tap on ‘Photos’Photos on Apple Watch
  4. Scroll down to the section under ‘Album’
  5. Tap on ‘Photos Limit’ hereIncrease Photo Limits on Apple Watch
  6. Here you can set up the number of Photos limit for your Apple Watch

Essentially, this feature allows you to change the storage limits for Photos and you can select a value between 25 and 500 Photos.

How to find the amount of storage occupied by Photos on your Apple Watch

You can directly check which media types are consuming how much space and storage directly from your Apple Watch.

  1. Start by tapping on the Settings app on your Apple Watch
  2. Next, tap on General
  3. Scroll down and choose ‘Storage’Checking Apple Watch Storage for Photos

Here you will see the amount of free Apple Watch storage that is available to you.

This should give you an idea before you increase the limits for photos storage or decide to sync your featured photos / albums and memories from your iPhone with your Apple Watch.Check Photos Storage on Apple Watch

The storage graph also explicitly shows you the storage being occupied by ‘photos’. When you scroll down on the screen using your digital crown, you can pinpoint exactly how much storage is being consumed by your photos in MB.

Unable to see Photos on Apple Watch? Here’s why

Are you unable to see any photos on your Apple Watch? The most likely reason for this is that you may not be using the right synced album. Your Photos need to be in the synced album before you can view them on your Apple Watch.

By default, the Photos that are there in your Favorites album on your iPhone will show up on your Apple Watch.

  1. Open the Watch app on our iPhone
  2. Go to Photos > Sync Album and then select the albumUnable to See Photos on Apple Watch

Give it some time as the Photos sync up between the devices. You should now be able to see your synced photos on your Apple Watch.

How to view Memories on your Apple Watch

In watchOS 10, the Dynamic Watch face is one of the best options for exploring Memories on your Apple Watch.

Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone,

Tap Face Gallery > tap the Photos watch face > tap DynamicHow to see Memories on Apple Watch

The Dynamic watch face displays photos from your recent Memories and updates when you have new ones.

We hope that this short article was helpful! You should now be able to increase or decrease the storage needed for Photos on your watch, learn how to sync photos between your watch and iPhone, and finally learn how to leverage a watch face to work with your memories.

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Sudz Niel Kar
I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products, have a BS in Computer Science and an MBA specializing in emerging tech, and owned the popular site AppleToolBox. In my day job, I advise Fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health and fitness-tech evolution and keeping a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships, and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Watch and closely monitor my HRV and other recovery metrics.


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