Auto Advance and Image Lock

September 27, 2019 ยท 2 minute read

Watch Face Wisdom: Using Auto Advance and Image Lock

We receive a lot of questions about the Auto Advance and Image Lock settings, so here is a short write-up about how it should work. Let us know if you still have trouble after reading through this article.

Auto Advance

What is a Auto Advance anyway?

This feature allows the photo on your watch to change when the watch changes from ambient to active modes. That is, when you wake your watch, the photo will change.

How does it work?

Set the Auto Advance/Image Lock feature to Auto.

Additionally, set your watch to Always On for the feature to work correctly.

This may use more battery, but we recommend switching the setting Show photo in ambient mode to Off to help conserve battery, but it’s entirely up to you.

Image Lock

What is a Image Lock and why would I use it?

Some users have found that PhotoWear may inadvertently show a different photo than they expected. This can happen when something touches the watch face, like an article of clothing, and changes the photo. The Lock feature allows you to lock the current photo and keep it from inadvertently changing.

How does it work?

To accomplish this, set the Auto Advance/Image Lock feature to Lock. Unfortunately, the Image Lock and Auto Advance features cannot be used together at the moment, but we are looking to improve this in the future.


Hopefully you now have a better understanding of the Auto Advance and Image Lock features and can use them when you want to. We hope you found this installment of watch face wisdom helpful, and we welcome your feedback.