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How to delete apps on an Apple Watch to save space for updates and new apps

Published by Business Insider on Tue, 04 May 2021


<p><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/608c714d34af8d001859a632-2400/GettyImages-1139367895.jpg" border="0" alt="Apple Watch apps" data-mce-source="NurPhoto/Getty Images"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>It's convenient to have a lot of apps on your Apple Watch, but too many apps can overwhelm the tiny screen, making it hard to easily find or add what you need. It also takes up room that could be better used for updates or installing apps you need more.</p><p>If you want to reduce clutter, reclaim memory on your Watch, or simply eliminate apps that you never use, you can delete them from your iPhone or through the watch itself.&nbsp;</p><h2><strong>How to delete apps on an Apple Watch using your iPhone</strong></h2><p><strong>1. </strong>On your iPhone, start the Watch app.</p><p><strong>2. </strong>Make sure you're on the "My Watch" tab at the bottom of the screen, and then scroll down to the "Installed on Apple Watch" section in the main window.<br><br><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/608c7291f22c6b00185db17a-1242/How to delete apps on an Apple Watch-1.png" border="0" alt="How to delete apps on an Apple Watch 1" data-mce-source="Dave Johnson/Insider" data-mce-caption="Use the Watch app to find an app you want to delete from the Apple Watch."></p><p><strong>3. </strong>Find an app you want to delete from your watch and then tap it.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>4. </strong>On the app's details page, turn off the app by swiping the button to the left. It'll be immediately deleted from your watch.<br><br><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/608c732134af8d001859a63e-1242/How to delete apps on an Apple Watch-2.png" border="0" alt="How to delete apps on an Apple Watch 2" data-mce-source="Dave Johnson/Insider" data-mce-caption="Swipe the button to remove an unwanted app."></p><aside class="quick-tip headline-regular"><p><strong>Quick tip:</strong> If you delete one of the apps made by Apple that comes pre-installed on your iPhonethink Music, or Apple Storeit'll be deleted from your Apple Watch automatically. You can always re-install it by downloading the app from the App Store.</p></aside><h2><strong>How to delete apps on an Apple Watch using your Watch</strong></h2><p>You can also delete apps from your watch directly from the watch face, though the process will vary slightly depending upon how your watch is configured.</p><p>To start, press the Digital Crown to display your apps.&nbsp;</p><ul><li aria-level="1">If your apps are set to list view, swipe the app you want to delete to the left and then tap the trash icon.&nbsp;<br><br><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/608c73a634af8d001859a63f-368/How to delete apps on an Apple Watch-3.png" border="0" alt="How to delete apps on an Apple Watch 3" data-mce-source="Dave Johnson/Insider" data-mce-caption="Swipe the app you want to delete."></li><li aria-level="1">If your apps are displayed in grid view, tap and hold an app icon until the screen starts to jiggle. Find the app you want to delete and then tap the "X" to remove it.<br><br><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/608c73fcf22c6b00185db17d-368/How to delete apps on an Apple Watch-4.png" border="0" alt="How to delete apps on an Apple Watch 4" data-mce-source="Dave Johnson/Insider" data-mce-caption="Put your app list in &amp;quotjiggle mode&amp;quot to delete it."></li></ul><aside class="breakout-box headline-regular"><h2><strong>How to turn off automatic app installation</strong></h2><p>By default, when you install a new app on your iPhone that has a companion Apple Watch app, that app gets automatically installed on your watch.</p><p>This is how your watch may get cluttered with apps and begin to run low on memory. You can disable this feature so new apps aren't automatically installed.&nbsp;<br><br></p><ol><li aria-level="1">On your iPhone, start the Watch app.</li><li aria-level="1">Make sure you're on the "My Watch" tab and then tap "General."</li><li aria-level="1">Turn off Automatic App Install by swiping the button to the left.&nbsp;<br><br><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/608c749bf22c6b00185db180-1242/How to delete apps on an Apple Watch-5.png" border="0" alt="How to delete apps on an Apple Watch 5" data-mce-source="Dave Johnson/Insider" data-mce-caption="You can disable your iPhone's proclivity for automatically installing apps on your watch."></li></ol></aside><bi-shortcode id="related-article-module-end-of-article" class="mceNonEditable"><a data-type="6083218badf09e4174732b49" data-title="How to change your Apple Watch face and customize it from your iPhone or Watch" data-url="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-change-apple-watch-face" data-vertical="sai" data-image="https://i.insider.com/undefined">How to change your Apple Watch face and customize it from your iPhone or Watch</a><a data-type="5dcc68963afd3724a3457ee7" data-title="How to flip your Apple Watch screen by changing its orientation, in 2 different ways" data-url="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-flip-apple-watch-screen" data-vertical="sai" data-image="https://i.insider.com/5dcc693f7eece52d036bf3a8">How to flip your Apple Watch screen by changing its orientation, in 2 different ways</a><a data-type="5c9d1f152cc74034ac01c9c5" data-title="How to pair an Apple Watch with your iPhone using the Watch app" data-url="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-pair-apple-watch-with-iphone" data-vertical="tech-reference" data-image="https://i.insider.com/5e541573fee23d37cd55ea89">How to pair an Apple Watch with your iPhone using the Watch app</a><a data-type="5dbc53302f364a616817bc62" data-title="'Why isn't my Apple Watch pairing'': 5 ways to fix your Apple Watch and iPhone when they aren't connecting" data-url="https://www.businessinsider.com/why-isnt-my-apple-watch-pairing" data-vertical="sai" data-image="https://i.insider.com/5dbc5acce0ee7e6e1362e6a3">'Why isn't my Apple Watch pairing'': 5 ways to fix your Apple Watch and iPhone when they aren't connecting</a></bi-shortcode><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-delete-apps-on-apple-watch#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p>
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