How to sync photos to Apple Watch from your iPhone

You may easily recall memories at a glance by having a few images on your Apple Watch, or you can even make a photo Watch face. You have the option to select the images you see, as well as Memories and Featured Photos.

Here, we’ll demonstrate how to transfer images from your iPhone to your Apple Watch. If you’re concerned about running out of storage space on your wearable, we’ll also go over how to restrict the quantity of photos you have.

How to sync photos to your Apple Watch

In order to view your pictures on Apple Watch, you’ll need to sync them using the Watch app on your iPhone.

  1. Open the Watch app on your paired iPhone and go to the My Watch tab.
  2. Scroll down a bit and select Photos.
  3. At the top, turn on the toggle for Photo Syncing.

4. In the Album section, tap Sync Album → choose the album you want to use. You can only pick one.

5. Tap the Back arrow on the top left to exit the settings and return to the main screen.

6. When you open the Photos app on your Apple Watch, you’ll see your synced photos.

Note that it make take a little while for all of the photos to show up on your Watch, depending on how many you’re syncing. You should see the number of photos increases as they sync.

If you want to stop syncing your photos later, return to this spot in the Watch app and turn off the toggle for Photo Syncing.

If you want to see your Memories and Featured Photos on Apple Watch in addition to the album you pick, follow these simple steps.

  1. Launch the Watch app on iPhone → open Photos from the My Watch tab. 
  2. Be sure the toggle for Photo Syncing is enabled.
  3. Then, turn on the toggles for Sync Memories and Sync Featured Photos.

Again, it may take time for these to display on your Apple Watch, depending on the number you have.

If you prefer to only sync Memories and Featured Photos and not a particular album, this is doable. 

  1. After you follow the above steps to enable syncing for those special photos, select Sync Album → choose None at the top.

2. When you open the Photos app on your Watch, you should only see Memories and Featured Photos.

How to limit the number of photos on Apple Watch

Because photos can take up a lot of space on your Apple Watch, you have the option to limit the number of pictures you sync to your Watch.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone → select Photos.
  2. Below Album, tap Photos Limit → choose an option from 25, 100, 250, or 500 photos.

Keep in mind that this number applies to the Photos album you choose to sync. It doesn’t count Memories or Featured photos.

View the number of Photos on Apple Watch

If you want to see the number of photos on your Apple Watch, you can do this in the Watch app on your iPhone too.

  1. Go to the My Watch tab → General → About.
  2. You’ll see the number of pictures on your device next to Photos.

See your photos at a glance on Apple Watch

Syncing photos from your iPhone to your Apple Watch gives you easy access to images of your lover or pets whenever you need it. Do you like looking through your wrist’s photos? If so, comment below with your ideas.

For more, look at how to set a picture as your Apple Watch face.


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