How to Hide or Show Apps on Apple Watch

Aug 28, 2021 - 3 Comments

How to Hide or Show Apps on Apple Watch

Do you have a lot of apps installed on your Apple Watch? If so, you may want to clean your home screen by hiding or removing the apps that you don’t actually use. Fortunately, this is pretty easy to do and you can do it right from your iPhone.

When you set up your Apple Watch and pair it with your iPhone, it automatically installs all the available watchOS apps onto your device. This includes the companion apps for iOS versions of apps installed on your iPhone. Too many apps could potentially clutter your Apple Watch’s home screen and it may become difficult to find and open a specific app. This is exactly why you may want to hide unwanted apps from your device.

Hiding & Showing Apps on Apple Watch

Apple’s Watch app for iPhone makes it easy to manage the watchOS apps installed on your device. Simply follow the steps below to get started.

  1. Launch the Watch app from your iPhone’s home screen.

  2. This will take you to the My Watch section. Here, scroll down and find the app that you want to hide or remove from your watch. Tap on it.

    How to Hide or Show Apps on Apple Watch
  3. You’ll now find the option to show or hide it. You can hide the app by disabling the toggle. Keep in mind that it basically just uninstalls the app from your Apple Watch.

    How to Hide or Show Apps on Apple Watch
  4. If you want to reinstall the app you hid at any point, scroll down to the very bottom of the My Watch section. Here, you’ll see a list of available apps that can be installed. Tap on “Install” to begin the installation and wait for a few seconds for it to complete.

    How to Hide or Show Apps on Apple Watch

That’s all there is to it. Pretty straightforward, right?

Alternatively, you can remove apps directly from your Apple Watch. To do this, press the Digital Crown to access the home screen, long-press on any of the apps to enter jiggle mode, and tap on the “x” icon to uninstall it.

It’s worth pointing out that the easiest way to reinstall an app you removed is by using the Watch companion app on your iPhone. To do this directly on your Apple Watch, you’ll need to use the App Store app and browse for it specifically.

Are you new to the watchOS ecosystem? In that case, you may also be interested in learning how you can set the watch face directly from your iPhone. This method could be handy if you’re having trouble getting used to the tiny screen.

We hope you were able to learn how to hide and show apps stored on your Apple Watch. What do you think of this feature to hide and show apps from watchOS? Let us know your experiences and thoughts in the comments.


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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in Apple Watch, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Jim says:

    Still have way too many apps on iwatch.

    Anyway I can remove apps like Audiobooks, cycle tracking, Memoji, music, radio and many others that I never use?

  2. james wilson says:

    This does not work on my iPhone SE

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