Use apps on your Apple Watch

Find, install, and manage apps for your Apple Watch.

Find apps for your Apple Watch

Find apps designed to work with your Apple Watch in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the App Store or Search tab to browse apps. 
  3. Tap an app. To buy an app, select the price. To get a free app, select Get. Get help if you can't install an app.
  4. If asked, enter your Apple ID password or use Touch ID. Wait for the app to download. 

Learn about the App Store. You can also check the Face Gallery to find apps that have complications for your watch face. Open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, then tap Face Gallery. 

Manage your apps

When you set up your Apple Watch, you get the choice to install all your apps now or later. If you choose Install All, any apps on your iPhone that are compatible with Apple Watch will sync to your watch. And any updates to apps on your iPhone, or any future app purchases, will automatically sync. If you don't want all your app purchases to automatically sync:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab. 
  2. Tap General, then turn off Automatic App Install.

If you select Choose Later, the apps on your iPhone that are compatible with Apple Watch won't automatically sync. If you want to sync an app that's compatible with your Apple Watch:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab. 
  2. Scroll to the app that you want to sync, then tap it.
  3. Turn on Show App on Apple Watch.

Uninstall an app on your Apple Watch

Use these steps to remove an app from your watch:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab. 
  2. Scroll to the app you want to remove, then tap it.
  3. Turn off Show App on Apple Watch.

          

Open your favorite apps from the Dock

With the Dock on your Apple Watch, you can quickly view up to 10 of your favorite apps. To open the Dock, press the side button. Swipe left or right to see your apps, then tap to open one. 

The last app that you used appears automatically in the Dock under Recent. You can also add apps to the Dock

Manage notifications

Your third-party apps will use the same notification settings as your iPhone. If you don’t want your Apple Watch to mirror the notification settings on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Apple Watch App on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab.
  2. Tap Notifications, then scroll to the Mirror iPhone Alerts From section.
  3. Find the app, then turn off the setting next to it. 

Manage complications

You can add complications to your watch face for some third-party apps. To see which complications you can use, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap the My Watch tab, then tap Complications. 

To manage your complications, tap Edit, make your changes, then tap Done when you're finished. 

  • Remove a complication by tapping Minus icon . Then tap Remove.
  • Add a complication by tapping Plus icon. Then go to your watch face and firmly press the display to customize your complications
  • Change the order by pressing and holding Rearrange icon. Then drag and drop the complication. 

Learn more

If an app doesn't work, try updating to the latest version of watchOS. If you still need help:

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