Galaxy watch, displayed on a red purple background

When using your Android watch, you might have come across “complication data” in the permission settings of an app. At first glance, it’s hard to tell what it means or what effect this data can have on you as a user.

Complications are the small interchangeable widgets available on many watch faces. These widgets show information such as; step counts, weather, heart rate, battery percentage, compass, calendar, reminders, calculator, etc.

When you see complications on the permission settings of an app, it basically means Wear OS can allow a watch face to display data from that app in the form of a widget.

How to change complication widgets on a watch face

Different smartwatches may slightly vary on how you access widgets, but here’s how you do it on a Galaxy Watch 5.

Step 1: Press and hold on the watch face

Step 2: Click customize

galaxy watch 5 watch face settings

Step 3: Swipe right to access complication widgets

wear os complications on Galaxy watch 5.

Step 4: Click on the complication widget you'd like to change

Step 5: Select a new widget

complication settings on Wear OS

Want more tips? Click here to learn how to turn on map tracking on your Android smartwatch.

Are you interested in developing Wear OS apps?

Google has a detailed article on how to expose data to watch face complications. Here’s a link for those who are interested.

Kenyon Ndezi is a recent graduate, writer, creator of; and the owner of, which is a company focused on building apps for small businesses and individuals. Follow along and get inspired!

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