How to customize your Moto 360 watch face with Motorola Connect

With the Motorola Connect app, custom 360 watch faces are a few clicks away

The Moto 360 comes with a set of nice-looking watch faces. Chances are, there's something you like already built in to the software on your new watch. But (and there's always a but) I know nobody would complain if there were a way to alter the colors of the bundled watch faces, right?

With the new Motorola Connect app, this is really simple to do. Read on.

Motorola Connect

First, you'll need to be sure you have the latest version of the Motorola Connect app. You can head to Google play by clicking right here (opens in new tab) and double check that you do. This update includes the software needed to adjust the watch faces and send them over the air to your Moto 360. Pretty darn magical, if you ask us.

Of course you'll need to have connected your 360 to your phone via the Android Wear app. Once you have this done, fire up the Motorola Connect app and you should see your 360 listed as a connected device. Tap on it.

Moto Connect 360

Now you have some options. The one we're focused on is the "Watch faces" item at the top of the list. It even tells you that you'll be able to customize the colors of the various watch faces installed. The little battery icon is a neat touch, too. Go ahead and tap on the watch faces section.

Moto connect watch faces 360

Here's the list (it scrolls side to side with a swipe of the finger) of the watch faces that came preinstalled on your Moto 360. Zip through them, and then choose the Retrograde one because it's the best one. The. Best. One. OK, OK, pick whichever one you like. But it should be the Retrograde one. Below, you'll see a green bar that says "Customize." I'll bet you can guess what happens when you tap it. Yep. You move to a screen where you can customize the colors.

customize watch face moto connect

Again, things are pretty basic and easy to understand here. You can change the overall color of the watch face (and if you hate black bars you'll want to make it black) under the "Background" setting, and change that nifty sweep retrograde second hand color in the bottom section. I went with black and yellow, because black always looks good and yellow always makes black look even better. Yes, I'm a fashionista and you never knew it. You should choose whatever color scheme you like, because this thing is on your wrist and not mine. But you could try black and yellow and see how nerd-fashionistas live life on the edge. Anyhoo, pick the colors you like and up top tap the button that says "Update."

BAM. The face on your watch instantly changes to match the colors you picked in the Motorola Connect app on your phone. You went from this:

Retrograde watch face before

To the black-bar-hiding-magic that is this:

Retrograde watch face after

Mess with all of them, and find the one you like. We have a feeling that Motorola has more in store here, and expect other ways to customize watch faces or even a way to import third-party ones once Google gets some Android Wear APIs squared away.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

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  • this wud be a great article... if I cud buy the darn thing Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly. So much hype, and push for a product, that to many, was released "late", with no availability now that it has been released.
  • Today I went to Best Buy and they ordered one for me. It will ship to my house in about a week. I haven't been able to order one on Hope this helps. Posted via Android Central App
  • I went to best buy last night, and the pickup counter was able to expedite the order, I get mine Monday...UPS just confirmed its shipping for monday. Originally the BB associates said a week, but then another BB associate said she could get it me in 2 days... via some expedited process.
  • Huh, I've got a pre-order in, gonna have to ask about all this... I went to BB last Friday and they told me there'd be NO pre-orders. Granted, BB Puerto Rico has it's own rules and no online presence, it's all kinds of backwards. Went back Tuesday out of curiosity because they'd told me a week earlier they'd arrive Wednesday, and then they tell me they DID do preorders and had already received two pre-orders the day before. Grrr... I placed a new pre-order (backorder?) at that point, I'm like sixth in line, they couldn't give me any ETA tho. Meanwhile, my Moto order still says ETA Sept 24... Sigh.
  • There are watch faces available in the Play Store
  • yea..but some of them have glitches and little oddities. Google has yet to release the official API, so the current watch faces are a workaround basically. I'm trying some free ones, but I'm not paying for any until they're updated with the API once it gets released.
  • Nice. I have the G Watch and would love to see LG pump out something like this for their watches as well. Sure there are options in the play store like Facer but this seems much easier and more intuitive.
  • Fed Ex dude just dropped it off, charged it, updated android wear and now rocking it. Love the app and the watch, blows my G Watch out of the water. Would love to use my G Watch at the gym when the supposed next big android wear release comes out that will allow me to use my bluetooth headset and just my watch for music. So glad I chose the Silver version!
  • Oh so nice of the FedEx man, he delivered, charged and set up your smartwatch! Is that a bundle package? (I KID, I KID!) Posted with my Nexus 7 2012 or Moto X via the Android Central App
  • LOL Posted via the Nexus 5
  • Just got mine from bestbuy its charging :/ but i cant wait to get to playing with it!
  • FedEx dropped off my gray/silver one at home around midday, but I'm still at work! Crap! Posted via Android Central App
  • You are now severely sick. You need to go home before you infect everyone in work. Alternatively, feel free to send your lonely 360 to one of us in the UK who can't buy it yet? :)
  • Need an article on how to get a moto 360. Posted via Android Central App
  • *boooooom*! Nail on the head. Posted via Android Central App
  • been using mines since Monday like it a lot.
  • Can't wait till Monday when mine arrives! Pretty excited about this watch after playing with the demo at Best Buy. Posted via Android Central App
  • Best Buy in NYC started getting their stock yesterday. I picked one up last night and they had plenty in stock! But the sales rep said they were a hot item.
  • That watch face is bizarre. It takes too long to decipher the correct time. At first glance it reads 10:07 in the app screenshots, but it is actually 8:15?
  • That's what I was thinking. It is interesting, but at the same time a little weird that they have to come up with stuff like this to get around the black bar. I'm not a fan of the 360, but if I won one from AC (wink, wink xD) then I would have to rock it with a black background and a digital clock instead of an awkward analog looking one.
  • So, is this an exclusive to Motorola phones, then? Posted via Android Central App
  • Not at all. Works perfectly on my Nexus 5.
  • It works with any Android phone with 4.3 or higher.
  • Retrograde: "Hands travel along a semi circle arc and spring back" What? How are all the hands traveling along an arc and then what or where are they springing back from?
  • When they reach the end of the semi circle, duh.
  • Can this process be completed before the 2010 processor drains the hell out of the extra small battery?
  • Those of you who are receiving yours today, where'd you order from? If you ordered it from Moto, what was your ETA at time of ordering?
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  • So I updated my watch after purchasing (2 days ago) and everything seemed to work perfectly. Now there are 2 dead spots on screen and the Moto 360 isn't showing any of the new faces! The Moto Connect app on my phone is, but they aren't on the watch yet!
  • usfull trick
  • nice ..............................
  • Good watch face
  • Check out "Digital Hybrid 360” (design for Moto 360) It has many features with roller animated and cool colors that you can customize.
  • Hi, guys! Can someone tell if this applies to the Moto 360 Sport? Can we customize clock faces on the Moto 360 Sport? Thank you.