A time text is a formatted string representing the current time.

Introduced in Wear OS 4.


<TimeText format="string" hourFormat="12 | 24 | SYNC_TO_DEVICE"
             align="START | CENTER | END" x="integer" y="integer"
             width="integer" height="integer" pivotX="float" pivotY="float"
             angle="float-degrees" alpha="integer"
             tintColor="argb-color | rgb-color" />


The TimeText element has the following attributes:

Required attributes

The following attributes are required:


A format string representing the time format.

This list includes several different formats for showing the time 12:34:56 PM:

  • hh:mm:ss renders as "12:34:56".
  • h:mm renders as "12:34"
  • hh_10 renders as "1".
  • hh_1 renders as "2".
  • m renders as "34"
  • mm_10 renders as "3".
  • mm_1 renders as "4".
  • ss renders as "56"
  • ss_10 renders as "5".
  • ss_1 renders as "6".
x, y, width, height

A collection of integers that specify the element's size and position.

Optional attributes

The following attributes are optional:

Whether to use 12- or 24-hour notation to display the time. Defaults to SYNC_TO_DEVICE, which applies the user's preference that's configured on the device.
How to align the text within the bounding box. Defaults to "START".
pivotX, pivotY
A two-dimensional pivot point about which the element rotates. Both values are floating-point numbers that are scaled to fit in the range $ [0, 1] $.
A number of degrees, clockwise, that the element should be rotated about its pivot point.
Set the level of transparency that this element should have. A value of 0 indicates that the element should be completely transparent. A value of 255 indicates that the element should be completely opaque.
Apply a tint color filter to the element. You must specify the color using either the ARGB format (#ff000000 = opaque black) or the RGB format (#000000 = black).

Inner elements

The TimeText element can contain the following inner elements:

Allows for changing attributes of this element when the Wear OS device is in ambient mode. More information is available in the Variant reference.
A BitmapFont to use for rendering the time.
A Font to use for rendering the time.