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How to switch between Apple Watch apps

Jumping back and forth between apps is something we're all accustomed to on our phones, but it can be useful on the Apple Watch, too. By default, you can jump back to the Home screen and select a different app. But watchOS 3 adds a new convenient method for quickly accessing your apps — the Dock. You can also jump back and forth between  the most recent two apps you've used by double-pressing the Digital Crown.

Here's how to master the different methods of jumping between apps.

How to use the Dock to switch between Apple Watch apps

The Dock holds 10 apps — either those you've designated to stay in the Dock or recently opened apps. Here's how to use the Dock to switch to another app.

1. Open the Dock by pressing the side button just below the Digital Crown.

2. Swipe up or down until you've found the app you want to use.

3. Tap the app you want to use.

How to jump between apps

Here's a quick shortcut for rapidly switching between two different apps.

1. Launch an app. In this case, we'll use Calendar.

2. Press the Digital Crown to return to the app screen.

3. Launch another app — Activity in this case.

Now when you double-press the crown, you'll return to that first app.

MORE: For additional tips, tricks, and how-tos, be sure to check out our complete Apple Watch Guide.

Dan Moren is the author of multiple sci-fi books including The Caledonian Gamibt and The Aleph Extraction. He's also a long-time Mac writer, having worked for Macworld and contributed to the Six Colors blog, where he writes about all things Apple. His work has also appeared in Popular Science, Fast Company, and more