The third watchOS 10.2 beta released by Apple this week reintroduces the Apple Watch feature for switching watch faces that was initially removed with the upgrade to watchOS 10.
Users can now choose to use a swipe gesture to switch the active Apple Watch face by enabling the option in the Apple Watch Settings app. With the feature turned on, swiping left or right on the watch face will scroll through the available watch faces you’ve set up.
Switching watch faces with a swipe gesture was the default action in watchOS 9, but Apple updated the interaction due to complaints that it was too easy to accidentally change watch faces. The current gesture requires a long press before swiping to change the active watch face.
With watchOS 10.2, Apple Watch owners who preferred the previous method of changing watch faces can choose to enable the setting if they wish. The option is under Settings > Clock in the third beta.
watchOS 10.2 is available to both developers and public beta testers right now, and is expected to launch to the public in December.
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