How to Delete Apps on Apple Watch (Updated for watchOS 10)
If using Grid View, press and hold the app icon, then tap the ‘x‘ icon. Alternatively, using List View, swipe left on the app you wish to delete, then press the red trash can. For both methods you must confirm deletion by selecting “Delete App“.
One of the Apple Watch’s many features is the ability to download and use a plethora of applications, tailored to meet various needs.
But what happens when you have too many apps cluttering your screen, or an app no longer serves its purpose?
This article will show you two easy methods to delete apps on your Apple Watch. After that, we’ll cover common reasons for deleting apps, and how you can reinstall them if you change your mind.
How to Delete Apps on Apple Watch
There are two ways to delete apps on your Apple Watch. You can do it directly on your watch, or by using your paired iPhone.
Delete an App Using Your Apple Watch
- Press the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch to display the Grid or List View.
- If you’re using Grid View, press and hold on the screen, then tap the small ‘x‘ that appears on the top-left corner of the app icon of the app you want to delete.
- If you’re using List View, swipe left on the app you want to delete, and press the red trash button.
- A confirmation screen will appear. Tap on “Delete App” to finalize the process.
This will not delete the app from your iPhone. It will only delete it from your Apple Watch.
Delete an App Using Your iPhone
To delete Apple Watch apps using your iPhone, follow these steps:
- Open the “Watch” app on your iPhone.
- Tap on the “My Watch” tab at the bottom of the screen.
- Scroll to the “Installed on Apple Watch” section.
- Find the app you want to delete and tap on it.
- Toggle off “Show App on Apple Watch“. The app will be deleted from your Apple Watch.
Like the method above, this one will not delete the app from your iPhone. It will only delete it from your Apple Watch.
Why You Might Want to Delete Apps from Your Apple Watch
Deleting apps from your Apple Watch can bring several benefits:
- Streamlining user experience: Only keep the apps you frequently use, making it easier to navigate through your watch.
- Reducing clutter: Less apps mean a less cluttered Home screen, leading to a more organized appearance.
- Improving performance: Some apps running in the background may slow down your watch. Removing them can potentially improve the device’s performance.
- Freeing up storage space: Especially beneficial for models with limited storage, deleting apps can free up space for other important data or new apps.
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Ken is a Data Analyst in the Healthcare industry and the owner and sole contributor to The Wearable Guy.