Notification icons on any watch face! (via complications)

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Example: stock “Elements Analog” watch face (more examples below)

Get it on Google PlayNOTIFICATION WATCH FACE THEME for Bubble Clouds
► Notification plugin:

The Notification Icons Plugin has now become a “complication provider” which means you can put the notification icons on any complication-capable watch face:

  • 4 “icon” or “short-text” type complications and 1 “long text” complication (complication availability depends on the watch face)
  • maximum 4 notification icon complications (or the limit of the given watch face)
  • icon-type complications will show the status icons
  • the “short-text” type complications include a message counter next to the icon (Hangouts=”2″ Gmail=”1″):

    Modular watch face
  • Position #1 has two alternatives: if you assign it to a long-text field, it will display the text of the notification (similar to the “Notification Preview” system complication, but only for notifications appearing on the phone – filtered by your blacklist/whitelist)
  • The icons have burn-in safe versions in ambient mode:
  • If there are no notifications or fewer than the assigned watch face complications, their spaces will be blank:
  • The last icon will change to the overflow indicator (+2 +3 +4…) if there are more active notification icons than complications (it will show +9 even if there are more than 9):
  • For more information about all the complication variants, please see Complications in Notification Icons
  • Tap the watch face complications to read / dismiss / blacklist / reply (see Reply to notifications)
  • Tapping the overflow indicator shows you the list of all (non-blacklisted) notifications:
  • The settings icon on the top of the list takes you to the bubble edit screen if Bubble Cloud is installed,

    or shows you this settings screen if Bubble Cloud not installed:

    “Reset complications”:

    1. Switch to a watch face that uses no complications.
    2. Open the Notification Icons app, go to settings using the cogs icon
    3. If the settings menu shows the “Reset” item, press it to clear the app’s complication  registry. The app will then prompt you to switch to your original watch face.
    4. Reset button should disappear: your complications are reset


Notification icons in action



Notification Preview complication

(on Mobvoi and Polar watches)

Wear OS 3 users reported that the Notification Preview complication is missing on their watches. With this update you will be able to use the “Notification 1 Preview” instead from the Status Bubbles group:

Note: Wear OS’s own Notification Preview includes watch notifications, while my app is only able to relay the notifications from the phone (i.e. local notifications will not show up such as from the Timer or the Play Store on the watch). This is a limitation in the more locked down Wear OS, where notification access is not available for non-system apps.


Phone app

If Bubble Cloud is installed, you can access the controls inside the Bubble Cloud app. For details please see Notification Icons plugin / watch face theme

If Bubble Cloud is not installed on the phone, open the Notification Icons app:

  • to set up the Notification listener
  • to adjust the blacklist / white-list filters



(now works with and without Bubble Clouds)

The main app is no longer needed for the Notification Icons to work, but if used, make sure to also get v.59 (currently in beta):

Main app v9.59: join open beta-test

Get it on Google PlayBUBBLE CLOUD WATCHFACE LAUNCHER for Wear OS (free)


Trouble installing the app?

Please see Wear OS Google Play Store issues

More information


New option: put the notification icons on a Wear OS Tile

See how to set it up in this video.

General information about the Bubble Cloud tiles: New Tile for Favorites cloud!

Bubble Cloud benefits

Notification icons can now be added to any complication-ready 3rd party watch face, but to take full advantage of this plugin I still recommend using the Bubble Cloud watch face:

  1. The Bubble Cloud watch face lets you add unlimited number of watch face compilations. It dynamically rearranges the watch face to make space for the new bubbles
  2. Proper icon badges for multiple notifications from same app
  3. You can have as many as 9 notification icons on the Bubble Cloud watch face (other faces are limited to 4). Smart Auto Layouts in bubble cloud allow up to 18 bubbles, and you can move complications and notification icons into the app drawer too!
  4. Long text complications appear in a hideable peek card
  5. Complete control over the appearance of the notification bubbles
  6. A better organized app drawer is just a swipe away (you can put complications in the drawer too)
  7. Fully customizable analog and digital styles via various theme packs
  8. One tap switch between analog and digital watch face
  9. Bubble Cloud now offers notification badges in home screen widgets also using this plugin

Please see the complete feature list


Bubble Cloud watch face examples


Other watch face examples

Get it on Google PlayNOTIFICATION WATCH FACE THEME for Bubble Clouds
► Notification plugin:

Author: greg

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