Roughly, the time in words 4+

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Iain Anderson

Designed for iPhone

    • 4.5 • 28 Ratings
    • Free


"Roughly" is a Watch complication, for Modular and many other watch faces, that tells you the approximate time, in words. Times are given to the nearest five minutes: "it's about ten to six", "it's about quarter past three", or "it's about five o'clock". Accurate but imprecise, it's a "fuzzy clock".

Roughly is meant to be fun, but can also be useful for those with dyscalculia (numeric dyslexia) or for the lazy. When you're asked what the time is, you can just read it out.

Roughly can be shown in the large central area of any Modular watch face, and in a single line of text on many other watch faces, including Activity Analog, Utility, Motion, Photo, Mickey or Minnie. Please note that on the single line complication, the hour may be shown as a digit if there is insufficient space for a word. For example, "TWENTY FIVE PAST 12" may be shown rather than "TWENTY FIVE PAST TWELVE". This is more common on a smaller Watch, and if it's an issue for you, please use a Modular face instead.

## Instructions

The iPhone app only displays an image. To load Roughly, install the iPhone app, then wait for it to install on your paired Apple Watch, or install it manually through the Watch app on your iPhone.

Force Touch (hard press) on the watch face to change it, then switch to the Modular face, or a face which supports a single line of text. Press Customize, then activate the Middle complication on Modular or the Bottom or Below Time complication on another face. Choose Roughly from the list there, then press the digital crown twice to return to the watch face.

On your iPhone, you can also use the Watch app to install Roughly, and to choose a language. After changing languages, tap on the complication to update it.

## NOTE: Sorry for the delay between releases; I was unable to post an update due to issues with App Store backend systems which took a long, long time to diagnose.

Also, sincere apologies if you're unable to change languages, which should work for most but may fail for some. There have been many changes in the way Settings are accessed since Roughly was first written, and the method currently used has been deprecated. As I'm more of a video editor and Final Cut Pro trainer than a coder, it may take a little while to bring the app up to date. (But hey — if you are interested in video editing, please check out my book at

## Many thanks to these translators:
Mohammed Al-Noury @momo_alnoury
Leo Hans @twleohans
Felix Schenk
Michael Kurath @michaelkurath
Tom K
Dave @Deloextra
Tom Schrier @Fantazy_cow
Matyáš Strelec @matyasstrelec
Du The Hao (Kelvin Du)
Oros Imre

What’s New

Version 1.8

Hungarian, Russian and Portuguese language support. Sorry for the delay!

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Only Mildly Annoyed ,

one minor quible

It's a cool complication, I like it and everything. But it's annoying that when I touch the complication, I get this big paragraph of instructions on how to install the app in tiny little letters. I already know how to install the app, that's why it's on my watch face for me to touch. Wouldn't it make more sense for the text of roughly time to fill the screen instead of those stupid instructions? Like, if it says "it's about half past nine" and you tap the complication, the words "it's about half past nine" should now fill the watch screen. Wouldn't that make more sense?

NotExiled ,

So much fun!

I love to look at my watch and see this description of the time. It’s so like my lifestyle.
I love being able to change the language too (from the app settings in the Watch app). Note that the language changes only after you move to a different watch complication and back.
Thanks for this!!

bfnnfbshwjked ,

Very useful when it updates

I love this complication, but I find that it frequently doesn't update the time without being tapped.

Developer Response ,

Sorry about this — the bug has now been fixed.

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The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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