The 8 Best Gear S3 Watch Faces

Give your watch a different look each day

You can choose from thousands of watch faces for Samsung Galaxy Frontier smartwatches and other Samsung wearables. To download new ones on a Gear S3, open the Galaxy Wearable app, and then tap Discover > View more.

For a larger selection of Samsung Gear face watches, download the Facer app from the Play Store.

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Best for Fitness: DT-05

DT-05 Watch face
What We Like
  • It has everything.

  • Well organized.

  • AOD (always on display) has all the info.

What We Don't Like
  • Very busy.

  • No color options.

  • No analog option.

The DT-05 watch face doesn't have the catchiest name, but if you want a ton of information on your wrist, this is a great option for athletes. On the watch face, you get your heart rate, step count, and distance walked (in miles and kilometers) in addition to extensive weather forecasts.

That is a ton of information available at a glance. Of course, the downside is that it's all in a fairly small watch face. It can be a little intimidating and hard to read at first. It also comes with only one color choice and only a digital option. The developer has a dozen or more variants of this watch, each one slightly different from the last. If the DT-05 isn't your style, try the DT-02 or the DT-03.

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For the Nerds: DOS for Moto 360

DOS watch face
What We Like
  • Delightfully nerdy.

  • Easy to read.

  • Uncluttered interface.

What We Don't Like
  • Only basic info.

  • Text is a bit small.

  • Not optimized for a round screen.

This wonderful watch face takes you back to the old days of computing. It's simply a black background with white text reminiscent of the old DOS command line. It gives you the time, day of the week, date, and battery level for your watch and phone. This watch face was originally designed for the Moto 360, but you can use it on a Galaxy Gear S3 as well.

There's no shortage of DOS-based watch faces in the Facer store. This one is the most comprehensive and looks the best. The text is a little small and hard to read, but it contains the right amount of information without being too cluttered.

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Best for the Minimalist: GOLFZON Dark Chronograph

Golfzon watch face
What We Like
  • Minimal design.

  • Nice blue accent.

  • Clean look.

What We Don't Like
  • No digital clock.

  • No customization.

If you're into a super minimal look, look no further than the GOLFZON Dark Chronograph in the Samsung store. It features a slick black-and-white interface with a blue second hand for an accent. The display includes the watch battery level, the day of the week, the date, and that's it. There's some branding on the face which can be a little distracting, but beyond that, this is as simple as it gets. It's great if you just want to get back to basics.

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Best for a Feminine Look: Pink Feminine Watch

Pink Feminine watch face
What We Like
  • Large time display.

  • Simple interface.

  • Good information included.

What We Don't Like
  • Might be too pink.

  • Font can be tricky to read.

  • Weather and steps are very small.

For those who like pink, here is a great watch face that transforms your husky Samsung Gear S3 into something a bit softer. This is a very simple face with weather, time, day, date, and steps information in one easy-to-follow column.

The script-like font makes some of the numbers tricky to read at a glance. Also, the font for the weather and the step count can be difficult to read because of the size. Nonetheless, this is a beautiful watch face with just the right amount of femininity. 

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Best for a Night Out: Luxury

Luxury watch face
What We Like
  • Classic, elegant feel.

  • Gorgeous AOD.

What We Don't Like
  • Distracting brand logo

  • Minimal information.

If you're looking for something that is elegant, sophisticated, and a tad feminine, look no further than Luxury by GRR. This is a classy-looking face with a diagonal separation between black-and-white with gold accents. It looks like something you could wear with your finest formal wear. The face has the time in analog format, plus a window showing the date (but not the month).

There is a bit of branding on the face, which detracts from the overall look, but it's fairly subtle. This isn't really meant to be a watch face you use daily. There are no step counts or weather information; it just shows the time so that you can know when you're fashionably late.

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Best for the Futurist: BSWBlue Energy

BS Electric Blue watch face
What We Like
  • Really stands out.

  • Minimal AOD.

  • Actionable face features.

What We Don't Like
  • No color choices.

  • Information near the edges is hard to read.

If you want a watch face that's a conversation starter, check out the BSWBlue Energy Face in the Samsung store. The electrified border looks like it's straight out of Demolition Man. You will not blend in wearing this watch face. It has a lot of great information right on the face (time, date, battery life, steps, and heart rate), and most of them are actionable, which means that you can tap on those fields to get more information.

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Best for Photographers: PhotoWear

Photo of a dog in the photo watch face
What We Like
  • Simple interface.

  • Works with personal photos.

  • Lots of options.

What We Don't Like
  • Not intuitive.

  • Small text.

  • Only works with the first 10 photos in your gallery.

For photographers, PhotoWear (formerly Photo Watch Face) provides a great way to bring your best photos to your watch. The watch face comes with eight stock options, but it can show any photo in your gallery. The app comes with a lot of options, including time and date format, font color, and frame options. The one missing option is the ability to increase the font size, and the watch face only works with the first 10 photos in your gallery.

To scroll through your photos on the watch, double-tap the left or right side of the watch. Double-tap the bottom to access your gallery, and double-tap the top to access options.

To transfer your photos from your phone to your watch, open the Galaxy Wearable app and tap Add content to your watch > Send images.

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Best Themed Watch Face: LCARS: Official Star Trek

LCARS watch face
What We Like
  • Great implementation of a theme.

  • Lots of useful info.

What We Don't Like
  • Bit of a battery hog.

  • Font is too small.

  • Only non-free watch on this list.

For Trekkies, the LCARS: Official Star Trek watch face is a must-have. Plenty of watch faces are inspired by franchises like Star Wars, Batman, and the like, but this is one of the best implementations of a theme.

That said, it's not all holodecks and replicators. The font is a bit too small, especially near the top where current weather information lives. This is also the only face in this list that carries a price tag, but at $0.99, it's a steal if you want to live long and prosper.

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