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How To Put Pictures on Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch is an easy way to access our iPhone photos remotely. Not only can we access the images, but we can manage storage and delete iPhone photos from your Apple Watch.

However, few people know how to access these photos on an Apple Watch. So let’s see how to put pictures on the Apple Watch.

Quick Answer

There are two general ways to put photos on your Apple Watch. Firstly, you can sync the images in your iPhone to your Apple Watch. Secondly, you can directly take a screenshot on your Apple Watch.

Keep reading the remainder of this article to learn how to use these methods to put photos on your Apple Watch. 

Method #1: Through Apple Watch-iPhone Synchronization

You can use the synchronization between an iPhone and an Apple Watch to your advantage. When both devices are synchronized, you can transfer photos from your iPhone to your Apple Watch.

However, if you use the synchronization feature, you should ensure that your iPhone and Apple Watch are paired.

Here is how to pair an iPhone and Apple Watch.

  1. On your iPhone, go to the Watch app > “Start Pairing”.
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  2. Switch on your mobile data and Bluetooth.
  3. Click “Set Up for Myself” or “Set Up for a Family Member”.
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  4. Pair the Apple Watch manually by tapping the info icon on the Apple Watch.
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    You can also pair it automatically when you place your Apple Watch beneath your iPhone in a scanning manner.

Once both devices are paired, you can get pictures on Apple Watch using any of the options described below.

Keep in Mind

It is only an iPhone that can be synchronized to an Apple Watch. You can not pair any other Apple device, such as an iPad, iPod touch, or Mac computer, to an Apple Watch. Also, you cannot pair non-Apple devices to the Apple Watch.

Option #1: Add Pictures Using Your iPhone Photos Album

The iPhone Photos app lets you transfer the album photos to your Apple Watch Photos app.

To transfer album photos to Apple Watch, go to your iPhone’s My Watch app > “Photos” > “Selected Photos” > “Album”.

Option #2: Add Featured Photos and Photo Memories

Automatic synchronization of featured pictures and memories from your iPhone to your Apple Watch is possible.

To transfer featured photos and photo memories to Apple Watch, tap the Watch app on your iPhone. Then, go to “My Watch” > “Photos” > “Turn on Sync Memories” > “Sync Featured Photos”.

Method #2: Through Apple Watch Screenshots

Another way to put photos on Apple Watch is to screenshot images on the Apple Watch directly.

Screenshot photos can be gotten from images on your Apple Watch browser app. Parrity web browser is suitable for accessing web images and content on your Apple Watch.

Here is how to take a screenshot on an Apple Watch.

  1. Go to the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap “General” > “Screenshots”.
  3. Toggle on “Enable Screenshots”.
  4. To take a screenshot, press the Digital Crown button and the side button simultaneously to capture your Apple Watch screen.

If your Apple Watch is synchronized with your iPhone, the screenshots will also be saved on your iPhone Photos app.

Method #3: Set an Apple Watch Photo Background

Asides from putting new photos on the Apple Watch photos app, we can also change the Apple Watch face image. The Apple Watch face image is analogous to your smartphone home screen wallpaper.

Here are the different ways you can customize the Apple Watch face image.

Option #1: Using Your iPhone

Follow these steps to use your iPhone to change your Apple Watch background photo.

  1. Go to your Photos app and favorite the images you want to include in your Apple Watch.
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  2. Once favorites, click “Share” at the bottom left of your Photos app.
  3. Tap “Create Watch Face” when you scroll down.
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Your Apple Watch will have its new background image.

Option #2: Using Your Apple Watch

Here is how to change the Apple Watch face image using the Apple Watch.

  1. Open your Apple Watch Face Screen.
  2. Long press the Watch face. It will open the Watch Face gallery.
  3. Select the photo you want to use as Watch Face from the group of images that appears. You can edit the photo before setting it as your Apple Watch face.

Why Can’t I Send Photos to Apple Watch?

Cached files, insufficient storage spaces, and outdated iPhone and Apple Watch OS can prevent you from sending photos to Apple Watch.

Here are the ways to fix an Apple Watch that is not synchronizing or receiving photos from an iPhone.

Fix #1: Restart Your Devices

You should close the Apple Watch and your iPhone and restart them. It will clear any residual cache files and refresh your Apple Watch and iPhone memory.

Fix #2: Update iOS and watchOS

If it doesn’t work, you should check for the Apple Watch OS and your iPhone OS. If they are outdated, you should update them.

Fix #3: Create More Storage Space

If your Apple Watch storage space is low, you should delete some files and create more storage space.

You can create more storage space by canceling other photo synching on your Apple Watch.

To stop photo synching on your iPhone, tap Watch app > “My Watch” > “Photos” > and toggle off “Photo Synching”.

Also, you can delete photos on your iPhone to have more storage space. The image will be automatically removed from the Apple Watch since both are synchronized.


Putting photos on your Apple Watch is as simple as transferring files from your iPhone to it or directly taking a screenshot on the Apple Watch. If for any reason, you need to have images on your Apple Watch, the illustrations in this article will help you conveniently put photos on your Apple Watch.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I see my Apple Watch storage space?

To see the Apple Watch storage space using your Apple Watch, go to Settings > “General” > Storage”.

To see the Apple Watch storage space using your iPhone, go to the Watch app > “My Watch” > “General” > “Storage”.

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