App Icon

You must provide an app icon to display on the Apple Watch Home screen and in various other contexts. If your watchOS app has an iPhone companion app, you must also supply a version of your app icon to display on the iPhone Home screen.

A watchOS app icon is circular and displays no accompanying text.

  • Image of the Mail icon.
  • Image of the Workout icon.
  • Image of the Timer icon.
  • Image of the Weather icon.
  • Image of the Phone icon.
  • Image of the Wallet icon.
  • Image of the Settings icon.
  • Image of the Messages icon.
  • Image of the Maps icon.
Image of the Mail icon. Image of the Workout icon. Image of the Timer icon. Image of the Weather icon. Image of the Phone icon. Image of the Wallet icon. Image of the Settings icon. Image of the Messages icon. Image of the Maps icon.

Embrace simplicity. Find a single element that captures the essence of your app and express that element in a simple, unique shape. Add details cautiously. If an icon’s content or shape is overly complex, the details can be hard to discern, especially at smaller sizes. Take advantage of the icon’s circular shape as part of your design.

Maintain some similarity between your watchOS and iOS app icons. Using a similar appearance and color palette creates an association between the two icons. They don’t need to be identical, but they should be recognizable together.

Provide a single focal point. Design an icon with a single, centered element that immediately captures people’s attention and clearly identifies your app.

Design icons as full-bleed square images using the given dimensions. Apple Watch automatically applies a circular mask. For guidance, see Icon Sizes.

Provide icons in PNG format. Make sure your icons are deinterlaced and without transparency. The standard image bit depth is 24 bits. Create all icons at 2x resolution. For guidance, see Icon Attributes.

Avoid using black for your icon's background. Lighten a black background or add a border so that the icon doesn’t blend into the display background.

Avoid text in your icons. Text in icons is often too small, so avoid it when you can. However, using a mnemonic—such as the first letter of your app’s name—as a key design element in your icon can help people recognize your app.

If you have a companion app, maintain some similarity between your watchOS and iOS app icons. Using a similar appearance and color palette creates an association between the two icons. The watchOS and iOS icons don’t need to be identical, but they should be recognizably related.

Icon Attributes

All watchOS app icons should use the following specifications.

Attribute Value
Format PNG
Color space Display P3 (wide-gamut color), sRGB (color), or Gray Gamma 2.2 (grayscale)
Layers Flattened with no transparency
Resolution @2x
Shape Square (not rounded or oval)

Icon Sizes

Provide your app icon in the following sizes. For templates that help you create icons in these sizes, see Apple Design Resources.

Home Screen Icon

This icon appears on the Apple Watch Home screen.

38mm 40mm and 42mm 44mm
40x40 pt (80x80 px @2x) 44x44 pt (88x88 px @2x) 50x50 pt (100x100 px @2x)

Notification Center Icon

This icon appears in Notification Center on Apple Watch.

38mm 40mm and 42mm 44mm
24x24 pt (48x48 px @2x) 27.5x27.5 pt (55x55 px @2x) 29x29 pt (58x58 px @2x)

Short-Look Icon

This icon appears in short-look notifications.

38mm 40mm and 42mm 44mm
86x86 pt (172x172 px @2x) 98x98 pt (196x196 px @2x) 108x 108 pt (216x216 px @2x)

App Store Icon

This icon appears in the App Store.

Size
1024x1024 pt (1024x1024 px @1x)

Companion Settings Icon

This icon appears in the Apple Watch app on iPhone.

@2x @3x
29x29 pt (58x58 px @2x) 29x29 pt (87x87 px @3x)