Switch between apps using the Dock on your Apple Watch

With the Dock, you can easily switch between your favorite apps, control music on your Apple Watch or iPhone, and see your most recently used apps.

     apps in the Dock

Switch between apps

  1. Press the side button to open the Dock.
  2. Swipe left or right. 
  3. Tap to open an app. Or press the side button again to close the Dock.

The Dock shows up to 10 of your favorite apps, plus Recent and Now Playing. Recent shows the last app that you used, and Now Playing appears when you listen to something on your Apple Watch or iPhone, like a podcast or music. 

Manage the Dock from your Apple Watch

When you open the Dock on your Apple Watch, you can add your most recently used app or remove any app:

  • To add the last app that you used, open the Dock, swipe to Recent, wait, then tap Keep in Dock.
  • To remove an app from the Dock, swipe to it, swipe up, then tap Remove. When you listen to something, Now Playing automatically appears in the Dock even if you removed it. 
    Remove option on Apple Watch

You can also rearrange apps in the Dock: 

  1. Press the side button to open the Dock. 
  2. Swipe to the app that you want to move. 
  3. Touch and hold the app, then drag it left or right.

Manage the Dock from your iPhone

You can add or remove any app in the Dock from your iPhone: 

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then tap the My Watch tab.
  2. Tap Dock, then tap Edit.
  3. Tap remove icon or add icon to add or remove an app. You can add up to 10 apps. 
  4. Tap Done to save your changes.

You can also rearrange apps in the Dock: 

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then tap the My Watch tab.
  2. Tap Dock, then tap Edit.
  3. Touch and hold Reorder button next to an app, then drag it up or down.
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