Even though I’ve owned a Mac for going on 5+ years now, I never thought I would actually end up using screen savers. But the launch of Aerial a few months ago, which I’ve been using daily ever since, has definitely changed my mind. Awesome Apple TV screen savers on the Mac is a win. And today I came across the Apple Watch Screen Saver for OS X by Rasmus Nielsen and immediately knew it would be my next screen saver of choice.
Incorporating over 80 combinations of the already recognizable and well designed Apple Watch faces, all in Retina display quality, it makes a great additional screen saver to have installed. For those unfamiliar with the process of installing new screen savers on the Mac, or just want an overview before starting, I’ve put together a small guide below to walk you through the process:
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While the Aerial screen saver has been great, I know not everyone will want to use it solely because it either streams or caches all the videos. This can be tricky for those who are on limited data plans at home or have low storage on their computer (if the latter is your situation, keep an eye on our sister-site 9to5Toys for great external drive deals). Whether you’re looking for a clean and simple screen saver, or just want to match your current Apple Watch face, these Apple Watch screen savers will be a perfect choice for you.
Download the screen saver from Rasmus’ site, and unzip the downloaded file (done by double-clicking on the file itself). Because this app isn’t signed, Gatekeeper will block its installation by default. We’re going to have to control-click (or secondary click) on the ‘WatchOSX.saver’ file, select ‘Open’, and then select ‘Open’ again on the unidentified developer alert dialog. If you don’t control-click on the file when launching, you might be alerted by OS X that the file was created by an unidentified developer, and would not be given the option to install it.
After that, System Preferences will launch automatically, asking for confirmation on installation, and who you would like to install the screen saver for. I have multiple users on my Mac, so I selected ‘Install for this user only’.
Once completed, System Preferences will automatically open the ‘Desktop & Screen Saver’ preferences, where the new screen saver will be installed under the title ‘Watch OSX’. Selecting the newly installed screen saver and then hitting ‘Screen Saver Options’ to the right will allow you to customize the watch faces to your liking. If you hover over the screen saver preview above ‘Screen Saver Options…’, you’ll see a small ‘Preview’ option that will allow you to quickly see what your screen saver will look like once activated.
With 85 total combinations, 5 watch face types and 17 colors, you’ll easily be able to find something to your liking if you appreciate the design of the Apple Watch faces. Plus it’s a tasteful way to use your Mac display as a clock when it’s not otherwise being used.
If you’re looking for some real world examples of what other’s have done with their own screen saver, check out #applewatchscreensaver on Instagram. Got any other favorite screen savers you use on your Mac? Let us know!