How To Download, Install, And Manage Apps On Your Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch can be a confusing gadget if you have never used wearable technology before. The release of the Apple Watch was one of the company’s most significant recent events. This is a popular piece of technology, with an average of 5.8 million watches sold over the previous Christmas period alone. If you’re struggling with your watch this guide is going to show you how to download, install, and easily manage all the thousands of apps you’re likely to have.

Understand the Way the Watch Works

To begin with, you need to understand that at the heart of the watch nothing has changed. It’s still powered by the iPhone, which means the apps you download are the same ones you would download on your iPhone. This is significant because it means dealing with apps is far simpler because you’re using the normal app store.

There’s a separate store for the Apple Watch, but if you’re using some of the main apps you can easily use the standard app store.

The main benefit of the iPhone powering the Apple Watch is you can easily use your phone to control many of the functions on your watch, as you’ll discover in this article.

Step 1 – Download Your Apps

Download the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and visit the store. Find the apps you want and download them in the same way as you would with your iPhone. If they aren’t already on your iPhone you’ll see the iCloud icon instead. At this point, your apps are on your phone, not your watch.


Step 2 – Installing Apps from Your iPhone

Assuming that you haven’t yet made any changes to your watch, you’ll actually have the option of automatically installing apps from your iPhone when you setup your watch. This option is available when you’re adding your various details into the watch. The chances are you already have a number of compatible apps on your phone that you would like to use.

Begin by going into the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tapping ‘My Watch’. A list of compatible apps will appear. You can easily scroll down the list of compatible apps and tap the ones you want to send to your watch. You should select the ‘Show App on Apple Watch’ option at the same time.

Step 3 – Install the Apps on Your Watch

You will see on your Apple Watch that you will have an option to install the new apps. You should authorize the installation. All you have to do is wait for them to install. Then you can use the apps as you would on the iPhone.

On a side note, you should go to the General section of the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Here you’ll find the option to automatically add and install updated versions of your apps. This is much more convenient than doing it manually every time. Without it, you will have to go through this whole process again every time you want to update your apps.


Step 4 – Arrange Your Apps in the Best Possible Way

You can easily arrange the apps on your watch. You’ll see that you have roughly the same layout as you have on the iPad and the iPhone. You have exactly the same functionality here as you do on those devices. There are two ways in which you can rearrange these icons, and we’re going to go through both of them.


You can rearrange them directly from the iPhone. Again, go back to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and click ‘My Watch’. Tap the ‘App Layout’ option. You can touch and hold the app until it starts to shake. Drag it around to its new location. Just click the ‘Reset’ button if you want to start again.

In the case of the Apple Watch, you should click the digital crown found on the Home screen. Touch and hold it until it starts to shake and drag it around. When you’re finished you can let go of it.

Last Word – Can You Use the Apple Watch Without an iPhone?

It’s possible to use the Apple Watch without an iPhone, but many of the functionalities will be lost without it. The Apple Watch always works better when there’s an iPhone in close proximity. Take note that nearly all of Apple’s products are compatible with each other, so you can also use your iPad with the iPhone.

However, it’s always better to own an iPhone with an Apple Watch to make the various processes as simple as possible. Do you happen to own an Apple Watch?

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