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Making date and time complications for Apple Watch



Khamosh pathak

The Apple Watch is a great smartwatch, but it̵

7;s not the best timepiece. While Apple offers rudimentary date and time widgets, you may want to create your own complication that works well with your setup.

Take the Infographic watch face, for example. It’s probably the best Apple Watch watch face because you can use eight complications at the same time and the time is displayed in analog. But if you want to see the time in a digital format, you can only put it in one place, and even then it also shows the number of seconds (which can be quite distracting).

Make a complication with the Watchsmith app on the iPhone

You can create your own digital clock complication quite easily with the free Watchsmith app. Below you can see the difference between the standard time complication (left) and the one we will be creating with the Watchsmith app (right).

As you may have noticed, the standard time complication is hidden behind the analog hands. The adjusted complication is automatically adjusted.

Watchsmith is a custom complication maker app. It’s from the developer of Widgetsmith, which you can use to create custom home screen widgets for iPhone.

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First, download and open the Watchsmith app on your iPhone. Here, make sure the “All watch faces” option is selected at the top. You can now scroll through all of the available complication options.

In this example, we are going to use the “Infograph Top” complication to create a single complication that shows both the date and time. You can also use a different kind of complication if you want.

Tap the “Add Complication” button. Now tap on the ‘Circle’ complication icon.

On the next page, tap the “Standard” button.

Scroll down here and choose the “Hour and Minute” option in the “Time” section.

The following sections let you adjust the font, top color, bottom color, and background color respectively. We’re going for the “Red” color at the top, “Decimal” font, “White” at the bottom color and “Black” background color.

When you are done adjusting, tap the “Back” button.

Tap the “Save” button at the top.

Now tap on the option “Bezel Text”.

Here, tap on the “Default” button to adjust the ring text.

In the “Style” section, choose “Day and date” and then tap the “Back” button.

Now tap the “Save” button at the top.

Your complication is now ready.

Add a custom complication to the watch face

It is now time to switch to your Apple Watch. Add or switch to the Infograph watch face, then tap and hold the watch face. Select the “Edit” button here to open the watch face customization screen.

Swipe left to go to the “Complications” section, then tap the “Infographic Top” complication.

Use the Digital Crown here to go to the “Watchsmith” app section and choose the complication we created in the section above.

You will now see the compilation on the edit screen. To save the watch face, simply press the Digital Crown.

And that’s it, your complication is now ready. You will now see the date and time at the top of the Infograph watch face every time you lift your wrist.

As we mentioned at the top, the Widgetsmith complication will automatically move the numbers so you can still read the time when the hour or minute hand is above it (as you can see in the screenshots below).


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