1. How to download new Apple Watch apps
  2. How to delete Apple Watch apps

How to download apps to the Apple Watch

Follow these simple steps to get your favorite apps on the wrist
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A full and exciting library of apps has made the Apple Watch the powerhouse it is today - and that's why knowing how to download new ones is an essential skill.

After all, while we can guide you to the best Apple Watch apps to download, actually performing the downloads is a separate issue. 

That's where this quick guide comes in. Below, we'll explain how to get apps on your Apple Watch - using the smartwatch or your iPhone - and also simple steps to deleting them.

How to download new Apple Watch apps


It's easy to get apps on and off of your Apple Watch once you know how.

There are thousands of apps you can add, but how do you get new apps onto your Apple Watch in the first place? And how do you keep track of and manage those you install?

Our tips show how to use your iPhone or just your Apple Watch to do so.

To install new apps using your Apple Watch:

1. Open the App Store app on your Apple Watch.
2. Select a featured app or use 'Search' to find something specific.
3. Tap the download icon (for apps you already own), 'Get' (for free apps), or the price.
4. For new apps, confirm/pay with a double-click of the side button.

To install new apps using your iPhone:

1. Open the Watch app.
2. Select the 'App Store' tab, then tap 'Discover Watch Apps on iPhone'.
3. Install apps on your iPhone as normal - they will then also appear on your Apple Watch.

How to delete Apple Watch apps

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To remove apps using only your Apple Watch:

1. Click the Digital Crown to access the app view.
2. If using Grid View (honeycomb pattern), lightly tap-hold the screen until the icons wobble, and then tap an app's cross button to remove it. Confirm when asked.
3. In List View, swipe left across an app, tap the red delete button, and confirm when asked.

Note: To switch views, Force Touch (hard press) on the app view and select the alternate option.

To delete Apple Watch apps from the iPhone, follow these steps:

1. In the Watch app, select the 'My Watch' tab.
2. Scroll down to 'Available apps' and tap 'Install' next to any app you'd like to add.
3. Select any app in the 'Installed on Apple Watch' list, and untick 'Show App on Apple Watch' to remove it.

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Conor Allison


Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

He has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 

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