How to Create a Kaleidoscope Apple Watch Face on iPhone

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WatchOS 4 for Apple Watch added a lot of quality features to the smartwatch, including new watch faces. My personal favorite addition is the new Kaleidoscope watch face that uses either a built-in photo or a photo of your choice to create a colorful image in one of three different styles. We’ll go over how to use the Kaleidoscope watch face and how to create your own Kaleidoscope Apple Watch face on iPhone.

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How to Create a Kaleidoscope Apple Watch Face on iPhone

  • Open the Watch app on iPhone.
  • Tap the Face Gallery tab at the bottom. Scroll down until you see Kaleidoscope. Tap on one of the faces.
  • Here, you can select the image you want to use as the base for the Kaleidoscope design or choose a Custom Photo.
  • Then, you can look at that photo in three different styles: Facet, Radial, and Rosette.
  • If you don’t care for any of the available photos and their designs, you can tap Custom Photo, then select an image from your Photos app.
  • Once you’ve chosen a photo and style you like, scroll down to set your Complications.
  • Tap Add to sync your phone and Apple Watch; once done, your new watch face will appear on your watch.

You can also create a Kaleidoscope Apple Watch face from directly in the Photos app by tapping the Share icon, Create Watch Face, and choosing Kaleidoscope Watch Face. 

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