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Manage a Watch Face Studio project

A project in Watch Face Studio (WFS) contains everything that defines your watchface, from assets to build configurations. When you start a new project, WFS creates the necessary structure for all your files. This guide provides an overview of the key components that make up your project.

Project management

Manage projects on the WFS landing page. The options include the following:

  • My Workspace: view the list of all projects stored on your local machine.
  • Recent Project: view a list of projects you recently worked on.
  • Starred Project: view the list of projects you previously starred.
  • New Project: create a new watch face project.
  • Open Project: open an existing project.

Figure 1. WFS landing page

Each folder has a view type, sort option, and search box. You can view your folders in grid view or list view, and sort by last opened, date created, name ascending, or name descending. You can also use “Move to my Workspace” to move a project to a location that you have designated as a local workspace folder.

Sample projects provided with WFS are loaded with read-only options in the tool. To save your versions of these projects, select “Save as”.

Project settings

The following project settings are available in the Settings window:

  • General tab: you can set the default font. You can also set the bitmap font for the current project. The font you set here is also shown in the Properties menu.
  • Health tab: you can define the step goal to be used for the daily step percentage calculation. It must be a value between 1 and 50,000. To use the step goal defined by the user on their device, select the Sync to device option.
Figure 2. Set Step Goal

  • Data tab: you can manage the text strings for style names, labels, and descriptions for the current project. Each string has a unique text ID and consists of a default text and, if defined, localized texts. This text ID is used to display the text string on your watch face design.

To facilitate reusing text strings, you can export and import the text strings in a format specific to Watch Face Studio.

Figure 3. Manage text strings

If the text string supports multiple languages, select the Enable Localization option.
For each supported language:

  1. Define the language and region codes. Language codes are based on ISO 639-1, and country codes are based on ISO 3166-2.
  2. Enter the localized text.

If the user selects a language not supported by your design, the text is displayed in the watch face’s default language.

Figure 4. Localized text string


The following list describes the most important files and folders that configure the WFS environment:

  • The General preferences include whether the launch screen defaults to showing Recent Projects or Starred Projects, and the location for your project files.
  • The Options section includes a feature to reenable all warnings and notice dialogs that were previously disabled.
  • The Layer settings include whether layers are named with their file names or with numbers.
  • The Appearance setting defines whether the Watch Face Studio UI is in light mode, dark mode, or the system default theme.
Figure 5. Appearance setting

  • The View settings allow you to configure the Grid, Guidelines, and Snap.
  • The Plugin preferences allow you to get mobile experience.

Create a project

To create a new project in WFS, follow these steps:

  1. From the WFS launch screen, select New Project. If you already have a project open, select File > New Project from the menu bar.
  2. Confirm the width and height of your watch face.
  3. Select OK.

Open an existing project

To open an existing local project in WFS, follow these steps:

  1. Select File > Open Project.
  2. In the Open Project dialog, navigate to the root directory of the project you want to open.
  3. Select Open.

Alternatively, you can open existing projects in the following ways:

  • In WFS, select File > Recent, then select your project.
  • Double-click a project file directly from a folder on your computer.

WFS also supports importing GWD project files from Galaxy Watch Studio. Not all components and settings are necessarily imported because of operating system differences. Encrypted GWD project files cannot be imported. To import your GWD file, select Files > Import gwd resource.