Show or Hide Installed Apps on Apple Watch

Mainly for privacy reasons, I prefer to hide some personal apps like finance and habit trackers on the Apple Watch (and iPhone of course). While the strong password is always there to protect apps from unauthorized access, from time to time I want to add an extra layer of shield to keep them out of sight. Compared to iOS, watchOS provides a better way to show/hide installed apps on Apple Watch. If you haven’t tried this nifty trick yet, let me guide you:

Show or Hide Installed Apps on Apple Watch

The ability to hide Apple Watch apps is a bit of a stealth. As you might guess, it is available in the companion app for iPhone called “Watch”.

The Watch app shows a comprehensive list of all the apps you have installed on the smartwatch. Therefore, putting them behind a shield becomes quite simple. And if you bring them back, all you have to do is toggle the switch. Yes, this is the simplest thing that can happen!

  1. Hungry watch app on your paired iPhone.

2. Now, make sure My Watch tab It is selected in the lower left corner of the screen.

Tap the My Watch tab

3. Next, scroll down Installed on Apple Watch section (located at the bottom). As mentioned above, you should see a list of all the apps you have installed on the Apple Watch. Now, tap the one you want to hide.

Select the app you want to hide on Apple Watch

4. Finally, turn off toggle right next to the app and you’re done. The change will happen immediately. So Apple Watch will immediately remove the app from the home screen. And when you turn on the toggle, it will appear on the home screen without any delay.

Show or hide apps on Apple Watch

Easily Show/Hide Apple Watch Apps

So, that’s how this little nifty trick that lets you show or hide apps on your watchOS device works. Whether you’re dealing with a naughty boy, a rather jealous sibling, or just want to put up an extra defense for an app like dating or finances, this tip can come in handy. Did you find this hack helpful? Share your feedback with us.

Also, take a look at some of the equally interesting guides, such as tips for improving the Apple Watch battery, best practices for setting up custom Apple Watch faces, and a comprehensive collection of the best Apple Watch faces if you’re willing to explore more.

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