How to get custom watch faces on Honor Band 5

Responding to the competition from the Mi Band 4, Honor finally relented and launched a custom watch face store for the Honor Band 5. However, there is one little caveat. The watch face store is, as of now, only available in countries like China, UK, etc. So if you don’t have the watch face store, here’s how to get it regardless of your geographic location.

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How to get a custom watch face on Honor Band 5

Since the watch face store is only available in countries like UK, we need to create a Huawei ID with the country / region as UK. Now when you use this UK Huawei ID to log into the Huawei Health app, you will have a different app interface with a built-in watch face store for Honor Band 5.

Logging in with a different ID will not disconnect your band from the phone or delete your old data. But here’s the catch: later when you log in again with your Indian Huawei ID, the cloud data sync will stop. This means that all data generated in the meantime from your UK Huawei ID and Honor Band 5 will be lost.

Please note that this method requires you to create a new Huawei ID and there is little chance that you will lose your old Huawei health data.

1. To get started, you need to create a new Huawei ID at Huawei Mobile Cloud. This is the same identification that we will need later to log into the Huawei Health application. While registering, you must select Country / Region like the UK. Make sure to do this, otherwise there is no option to change it after registration.

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2. Once you have successfully registered, go to the Huawei Health app on your Android or iOS device. Log out of your old account and log in again with the ID you just created.

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3. After logging in, you will have a different application interface. Go to the Me tab by tapping the link at the bottom right. Your Honor Band 5 will continue to be connected to the Health app and will be visible in My Devices. Touch it to open Settings.

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4. On the Settings page, you will have a separate section called “Watch Faces”. Tapping it will redirect you to the watch face store. You can select any watch face and download and install it on the strap.

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Unlike the Mi Band 4, the watch face download and installation process is restricted to the Huawei Health app only. I felt that the Huawei Health app is much smoother than the Mi Fit app.

Honor Band 5 is probably the best budget fitness band you can get on the market right now. The only complaint I have with the Honor fitness series is the lack of third-party apps. Huawei never released firmware or APIs for bands that restrict third-party application development for it. This extremely limits the functionality of the band compared to the Mi Band 4.

With the Mi Band 4, you can use it as a remote camera shutter, music player, or upload your own watch faces. You get various third party apps like Notify and be fit for Mi Band 4, Gadget bridge, My tools They are able to extract data from the band and present tremendous insights. In the case of Honor Band 5, you just have to use the Huawei Health app.

For more queries or issues regarding Honor Band 5, please let me know in the comments below.

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