How to Use and Personalize Your Apple Watch

Install and Delete Apple Watch Apps

How to Download Apple Watch Apps

With an alluring range of designs, a slick watch face and preloaded apps for everything from tracking your fitness to giving you directions, the Apple Watch impresses right out of the box. However, if you really want to get the most out of your watch, you should add a few apps that make the most of the device's display, sensors and at-a-glance accessibility.

If you already own an Apple Watch-compatible app, you can install that version when you set up your Apple Watch. But what about finding new apps? It's simply a matter of tapping into the iPhone you've got paired to your watch. Here's how to do it.—Michael Andronico and Philip Michaels

Install New Watch Apps

1. Open the Apple Watch App on your iPhone.

2. Select the App Store tab at the bottom.

3. Select an app you'd like to download. The App Store within the Watch App works much the same way as the regular App Store, with curated collections, feature apps and search functionality for software specifically designed to work on the Apple Watch.

4. On the app page, select Get (free apps) or Buy (paid apps) to download your application of choice.

Once downloaded to your iPhone, an icon for your new app will appear on your Apple Watch's home screen.

Install Apps You Already Own

When you set up your Apple Watch, you're given the choice to automatically install any watch-compatible apps that are already on your phone. If you skipped this step, or you prefer to pick and choose which apps make it to your watch, here's how to get those apps onto your Apple Watch.

1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

2. Scroll down past the list of preinstalled Apple Watch apps to see a list of apps on your iPhone that are also compatible with your Watch. Apps that are already on your Watch will have an "Installed" label next to their name.

3. Tap the name of the app you want to put on your Apple Watch, and move the slider to install it.

If you decide to remove that app, you can move that same slider back and the app will no longer be on your Apple Watch.

Remove Apps from Your Apple Watch

You don't necessarily have to dig out your iPhone if you want to get an app off your Apple Watch. You can delete apps directly from your watch in the same way that you delete apps from your iPhone.

1. Go to the Apple Watch's home screen.

2. Tap and hold on any app icon until the app icons start jiggling. Tap the X on the app icon you want to remove. (Note: you can't remove Apple's own apps.)

3. Tap Delete App to confirm the deletion.


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  • USteele
    "For vegans who still appreciate the refined look of leather, the Etsy Minimalist and Zen Watch Strap may be just the ticket. Available in 38 mm or 42 mm, it's made of a tanned vegetable material… " Oh gosh, no! It's vegetable tanned leather, not "vegetable material." Not vegan. I think you might need an edit on this description.
  • Nunya2
    WAAAAAYYYY too many taps and defeats the whole purpose of the watch.

    Instead, rotate the Apple Watch up to activate it and use Siri and say:

    "Hey Siri. Send a text message to John Doe that says see how easy this is exclamation point you don't even have to touch the Apple Watch period cool comma huh question mark."

    Siri will launch the Message app, create a text to John Doe that reads "See how easy this is! You don't even have to touch the Apple Watch. Cool, huh?" The message will stay on the screen for about 30 seconds with the option to cancel. After that time, if you haven't canceled, the text message is sent.

    THAT'S the power of the Apple Watch!
  • angelsaysno
    THANK YOU this was very helpful!