How to Stop New Apps From Automatically Installing on Your Apple Watch

Posted in Apple Watch, How To on 24/07/2017 by Chris Hauk


When you bought your Apple Watch, you probably loved it when a new app automatically showed up on your new wearable device each time you installed an Apple Watch-compatible app on your iPhone. But now, after a year or so, you know that just because an app advertises a version for the Watch, it doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily useful.

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If you’re tired of that cluttered apps screen on your Apple Watch, there’s an easy way to prevent apps from automatically showing up each time you install a new Watch-compatible app on your iPhone.

How to Stop New Apps From Automatically Installing on Your Apple Watch

1.) On your Apple Watch-connected iPhone, open the “Watch” app.

2.) On the “My Watch” screen, tap the “General” menu option.

3.) On the “General” menu screen, scroll down until you see a toggle-switch option labeled, “Automatic App Install.”

4.) If the switch is turned on, (it’ll be green when it’s turned on), tap it to shut it off.

Now, whenever you install an iPhone app that happens to have a Watch app included, it won’t automatically show up.

If you do find you want to include one of your recently installed apps on your Watch, simply scroll down a bit farther on the “General” menu screen until you see the “AVAILABLE APPS” section, as shown above. Here, you can tap the “INSTALL” button for any of the listed apps, and it will be installed on your Watch.

For more tips and tricks that can help you make better use of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.