Uninstalling Apple Watch Apps

Not all iPhone apps you install need to be installed on your Apple Watch either. Here’s how to uninstall Apple Watch apps.

The release of watchOS 2 brought a new feature to Apple’s smartwatch known as native apps; these are apps that can run directly on the Apple Watch without needing to be near your iPhone. For example, the RunKeeper app can track your run directly from your Apple Watch, without having to take your iPhone with you. While it’s not quite as accurate as having your iPhone on you, at least it’s an option you have.

There are a number of Apple Watch apps available, and you can actually have your Apple Watch automatically install the Apple Watch app of any iPhone app you download and install (if you have an Apple Watch version of the iPhone app, that is).

However, while you may find an iPhone app to be quite useful, you may not use it that much (if at all) on your Apple Watch, so it’s probably best to remove it and make room for other Apple Watch apps. .

Here’s how to uninstall Apple Watch apps.

How Apple Watch Apps Work

First, before you start removing Apple Watch apps, it’s important to know exactly how Apple Watch apps work for both your iPhone and Apple Watch.

Unless there is a native Apple Watch app that can run on its own, Apple Watch apps are essentially extensions of the respective Apple Watch apps.

As such, the Apple Watch app is really just a part of the iPhone app and it’s just a part of notifications, Glances, Complications, etc. things like come from your iPhone, which sends the information to your Apple Watch over the Bluetooth connection.

That said, native apps can work on their own and can measure distance etc with the RunKeeper Apple Watch app. It uses M8 Motion data to watch, but is still best used when your iPhone is connected.

Uninstalling Apple Watch Apps

If you have an Apple Watch app on your smartwatch that no longer wants to be there, it’s really easy to uninstall.

All you have to do is open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, scroll to the app you want to remove and select it.


On the next page, tap the toggle switch next to it.


This will uninstall the app and you will see a small Uninstall prompt appear. Once lost, the Apple Watch app will be officially removed from your device.

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Note, though, that if you installed the app from your Apple Watch, the app will stay on your iPhone. If you want to remove the app from your iPhone as well, simply tap and hold the screen until the app icons flicker. Then tap the little X icon on the iPhone app you want to remove.

As mentioned above, you don’t really need all Apple Watch versions of your iPhone apps, as many of them aren’t all that useful on the Apple Watch. Of course, this is purely subjective, but for example: the Fandango app is useful for searching shows and buying movie tickets on iPhone, but you don’t want to do that on Apple Watch as the screen is too small for that. .

But other iPhone apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are great for Apple Watch as you can easily reply to messages right from your wrist.

Review your list of Apple Watch apps you have installed and see if there are any apps you can uninstall to save storage space, especially since the Apple Watch only has 8GB of available storage.

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