A picture is worth a thousand words, the old saying goes, and perhaps nowhere is that more evident than in how a picture can instantly evoke a feeling in you. And that is how we got the idea of creating a “gratitude watch” with an Apple watch. Imagine how calming it could be to see a picture that fills you with gratitude every time you lift your wrist! And whenever you check the time – often an action that creates stress – that will be countered with an image that induces calm!
You can create your Gratitude Watch by using the option to create a custom photo album watch face (it’s very easy) on your Apple Watch. The custom photo album watch face option allows you to sync an album of pictures from the Photos app to your Apple watch, and every time that your watch wakes up (i.e. when you raise your wrist, or tap the watch) it will display a different image from that album.
Ready? Let’s get started.
How to Create a Gratitude Watch with Your Apple Watch
The first thing you will need to do is create the album of photos that you want to use on your Gratitude Watch.
To do this, go to your Photos app on your iPhone.
Make sure that you are in the ‘Albums’ view.
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At the top of the screen, click on the “+” to create a new album.
You can call this new album whatever you want; we suggest calling it “Watch” or something similar so that you will always be able to identify it easily.
Now, put whatever images you would like to appear on your Gratitude Watch into your Watch album.
In case you’re not familiar with how to select images and add them to an album from the Photos app on your phone, here’s how to do it:
Go to your images in any album (Camera Roll has them all) and at the top of the screen click on ‘Select’.
After you have selected the images that you want to add to your Gratitude Watch album, click on ‘Add to’:
..and click on your Watch album.
This puts those selected images into that album.
Once you have your watch album set up, go to your Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
Go to the Photos area in your Apple Watch app
Click on ‘Synced Album’ – it may show ‘Favorites’ as your synced Album, or it may not (sometimes it defaults to Favorites).
And select your watch album.
Now the only thing left to do is to set that album as your custom watch face. Here’s how:
On your Apple Watch, with your current watch face displaying, force touch (i.e. push down firmly) to get to the face customization option. This will give you the option to change the watch face.
Scroll to the right (i.e. swiping to the left) until you see a face called ‘Photo Album’.
Tap on that face, and it will become your new watch face!
And that’s how you create a Gratitude Watch with your Apple Watch!