If you’ve installed a lot of apps on your Apple Watch, the Home screen might be getting a bit crowded. Wondering how you can remove rarely used apps from your watch? There are two ways to do it.
One way to remove apps is directly on your watch’s Home screen. Tap the digital crown to access the Home screen and drag your finger around the screen until you find the icon for the app you want to remove. Tap and hold lightly (not firmly) on the icon.
The Home screen enters editing mode. All apps that can be removed will have a small “x” button on the upper-left part of the icon. Tap the “x” button on the app icon you want to remove. There are some standard, built-in apps on the watch that cannot be removed, such as Settings, Maps, Weather, Alarms, Timers, and Stopwatch and the Time icon that brings you back to the watch face.
A confirmation message displays asking if you’re sure you want to delete the selected app. Tap “Delete App”. Note that the app is not deleted from your iPhone, only from your watch.
The app is removed, but the app icons remain in editing mode. Tap the “x” button on another app you want to remove or press the digital crown to return to normal mode.
The app icons are not automatically rearranged to fill the gap left by the deleted app. However, you can fix this by rearranging the app icons on the Home screen into whatever shape or layout you want.
If you find it’s difficult to tap the tiny “x” buttons on the Home screen app icons to remove them, you can remove apps from your watch using the Watch app on your iPhone. To do this, tap the “Watch” app icon on your phone’s Home screen.
Make sure the My Watch screen is active. If not, tap the “My Watch” icon at the bottom of the screen.
Scroll through the list of apps on the My Watch screen until you find the app you want to remove from your watch and tap it.
When an app is on your watch, the “Show App on Apple Watch” slider button is green and sits on the right. Tap on the button to remove the app from your watch.
A message temporarily displays while the app is uninstalled and the slider button moves to the left and turns black.
If you want to reinstall an app you removed, you must use the Watch app on your phone. You cannot install apps directly on your watch.