How to Bring Color Back to Infograph Apple Watch Faces After Updating to watchOS 6

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If you use one of the Infograph watch faces on your Apple Watch, you may be surprised to find that the colors have drained from your chosen complications since you updated to watchOS 6.


Despite how it may first seem, the sudden grayscale look is not a bug, but an intentional watch face change that Apple describes as "new monochrome complications in Infograph and Infograph Modular" in the watchOS 6 release notes.

The way Apple has implemented the feature is a bit confusing initially, because the monochrome style appears by default if you've selected one of the various accent colors for your watch face. The chosen accent remains, but the complications display in monochrome.

If you don't like it, you can reinstate color complications by following these simple steps.

  1. On your Apple Watch, hard press on the monochrome Infograph watch face.
  2. Tap Customize.

    On Infograph watch faces, use the Digital Crown to scroll up and select either the Black or White color option. On Infograph Modular faces, scroll up and select Multicolor.
  3. Press the Digital Crown twice to confirm your selection and exit the customize screen.
You can do the same thing in the Watch app on iPhone. Select the My Watch tab and tap the offending watch face under My Faces, then select Black, White, or Multicolor from the color options.

Article Link: How to Bring Color Back to Infograph Apple Watch Faces After Updating to watchOS 6
 
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Arty6

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trying to say this without sounding racist.... totally digging the white watch face. First thing I noticed after updating and the best part of watch OS 6 update IMO.
 

iSRS

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To those who say their Series 4 did not do this, were you previously using the black or white face? If you were using any of the colors, volt, red, anything other than black or white, your watch likely did do this.
This article isn’t a “fix” it’s telling you to change your color on that face from literally any color except black or white.
 

Takeo

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I have the series 4 Nike Apple Watch and after the update my infograph faces changed to monotone volt... everything was in volt. Looked kinda cool but I switched back to multicolour.
 

Arran

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This is probably to improve contrast on the Series 5’s always on display (which runs at reduced brightness).

For example, the tiny brown and blue text in the corner complications on the right hand display are probably illegible at reduced “always-on” brightness - whereas the left hand watch will stay legible.

 

walnuts

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Anyone lose the complication that’s text around the top of the dial? Mine seems to have disappeared and I can’t find an option to put it back...
 

decypher44

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To those who say their Series 4 did not do this, were you previously using the black or white face? If you were using any of the colors, volt, red, anything other than black or white, your watch likely did do this.
This article isn’t a “fix” it’s telling you to change your color on that face from literally any color except black or white.
Thanks for the clarification!! I thought I was missing something or the update went wrong. The article should point this out!
 
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oris

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i can't get my watch to look like the face in the middle of the picture, only blue / white how do i get the pink hands?
watchos6ewatchfaces.jpg
 

Josephine280

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I’m a little confused. When I try to edit the watch face, I already get color options, but they only affect the two complications on the face that are photos—individual contact complications. Those are the only things I don’t want to change the color for. How do I get the color to apply to the rest of the face?
 
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stumpapi

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To those who say their Series 4 did not do this, were you previously using the black or white face? If you were using any of the colors, volt, red, anything other than black or white, your watch likely did do this.
This article isn’t a “fix” it’s telling you to change your color on that face from literally any color except black or white.
This is not the way it worked in WatchOS 5. I routinely would pick a color and have the minute ring change to that color leaving all other icons in color. When I did this in WatchOS 6 it goes into monochrome mode. You change only use black or white to keep colored icons. You cannot change the tint of the minute ring. Either a mistake or bug.
 

macduke

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Didn’t have this problem on Series 4 44mm. I wonder if there are certain complications which cause this issue? If it happens I consistently across users here on MacRumors, then it is definitely a bug of some sort.

Here is my config, and yeah, I haven’t done my exercise yet today and work from home on Fridays, lol:

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roland.g

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At first I thought something was wrong. Then I realized I could change it back. But decided not to. The one thing I didn’t like about the infograph was the overuse of color. This is cleaner. Like they fixed it!!
 

jfim88

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The new face monochrome colors matching band colors are cool!

Delft Blue

 

jacktorrance

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I have a 4 and would like it to be all black and white - how do I do this?
Thanks.

edit: found it
 
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