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How to use the new App Store on your Apple Watch

How to use the new App Store on your Apple Watch

You no longer need to use the App Store on your iPhone for download apps on Apple Watch. With watchOS 6, the Apple Watch now has its own dedicated App Store. Find and download apps to your Apple Watch it was a complicated process. You had to open the Watch app on your iPhone, launch the App Store for your Watch, and then download the desired apps for both your phone and your watch.

This is no longer the case. With watchOS 6 or later, the Apple Watch now sports its own dedicated App Store. This means you can browse, search and download watch apps right from your wrist. Download both free and paid apps and see which apps you have downloaded in the past and which ones need to be updated. From today you can download an app for Apple Whatch without having to download the version for your iPhone first.

Upgrade to watchOS 6

First, make sure you are using watchOS 6 on your Apple Watch. On your iPhone, open the Watch app and go to General> Software Update. If you have watchOS 6 or later, you are ready. If not, allow the latest update to download and install.

Configure Apple Watch settings

Next, you’ll want to set some options for the new App Store and watch app downloads via your iPhone.

Open the Watch app on your phone. Many apps designed for iPhone also work on Apple Watch. Let’s say you are downloading such an app on your phone and you want the watch version to be installed and displayed automatically as well. On the Watch app’s General screen, turn on the automatic app installation switch.

If you download watch-compatible apps to another device, such as an iPad, and want those apps installed on your watch, turn on the automatic downloads switch. So if you want the apps on your watch to automatically get new updates when they arrive, turn on the switch for Automatic Updates.

Check the settings on your watch

You can also check some settings from your watch. On your Apple Watch, go to Settings> App Store. Here you can turn on and off the switches for automatic downloads and automatic updates.

Download a compatible app with your watch

With Auto App Install and Auto Downloads enabled, you can download a watch compatible app to your iPhone or iPad and the app will appear on your watch.

Use the App Store on your Apple Watch

To use the App Store on Apple Watch, tap the digital crown to go to the home screen, then tap the App Store icon (it’s the one with an A in the foreground with a blue background). You now have a couple of options.

Browse a list of recommended and featured apps. Swipe up and down on the watch screen to view the list. The list is divided into several sections. The first section shows featured apps. The second section shows the health and fitness apps. The next sections offer more app categories, such as Discover new complications and More to explore.

See all

For some categories, you can tap a button to see all to see all the apps currently listed.

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Search for an app on Apple Watch

Alternatively, you can search for an app by name or other criteria.

View app details

Tap an app that interests you. Swipe down on the app screen to view the app description, ratings and reviews, version history, information, privacy policy, and more.

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Download apps on Apple Watch

Enter the Apple ID on your phone

On your iPhone, a keyboard input message appears telling you to enter text on your Apple Watch using the iOS keyboard. Tap this message and then type your Apple ID password on your phone.

Download apps without entering a password

The app is then downloaded to your watch where you can then open it. The next time you try to download a free or paid app, you won’t have to enter your Apple password. Double tap the side button to authorize the app download.

View purchased apps and check for updates

Delete apps from Apple Watch

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