How to Copy Photos to Apple Watch

Nov 2, 2015 - 1 Comment

Copying photos to an Apple Watch

You can copy photos to an Apple Watch to enjoy them on the devices beautiful OLED display. While the screen size is on the small side, that doesn’t mean Apple Watch isn’t a great place to store some pictures and have a few of your favorite memories right on your wrist, so let’s learn how to copy whatever photos you want over to your Apple Watch.


Note that you can sync one album at a time to Apple Watch from iPhone, so Favorites or a custom album are perhaps a good choice for this purpose. Because of this, you may want to favorite a few pictures to show up in that Favorites album beforehand, or create an album with the pictures you want to sync over from the iPhone to the Apple Watch.

How to Sync Photos to Apple Watch by Copying from iPhone Photo Album

  1. Open the Watch app on the paired iPhone, then go to “My Watch” settings and choose “Photos”
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  3. Tap the “Synced Album” option under “Photo Syncing”
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  5. Select the photo album on the iPhone you wish to sync photos from to the Apple Watch *
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  7. Once an album is selected, the pictures will begin syncing from the iPhone to the Apple Watch
  8. Wait a moment or two (or longer if you’re copying a huge library, it is over Bluetooth after all) and then on the Apple Watch, open the Photos app to see the pictures you copied over
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In this example, an album with some foliage was synced over to Apple Watch from the paired iPhone:

A picture copied to the Apple Watch

There you have it, your pictures are now copied over to the Apple Watch, ready to view, share, enjoy, turn into a custom watch face, or whatever else you want to do with them.

Apple Watch with photos copied over to it

This copies the photos to Apple Watch from iPhone, the pictures on Apple Watch will be reduced quality and smaller resolution obviously, and they take up less space as a result.

* You can control how many pictures come over by selecting a limit if desired (25 photos at 5MB through 500 photos at 75MB) if you want a specific number to show up on the Watch by adjusting the “Photos Limit” option in the same settings area of My Watch on the iPhone.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Apple Watch, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Wharf Xanadu says:

    Good for custom watch faces

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