How to Turn Off Automatic App Install for the Apple Watch

Some of the apps that you have installed on your iPhone have corresponding versions for the Apple Watch. Some of these Apple Watch apps are pretty great, and the functionality that you gain by having easy access to them on the watch can really improve your experience.

But some Apple Watch apps seem to be a little unnecessary, so you may find yourself frustrated to look at your Watch apps and wonder how they got there. This occurs because your Watch may be configured to automatically install any Watch apps if you have the corresponding app installed on your iPhone. Luckily this is a setting that you can choose to disable, so continue reading to learn how so that future Apple Watch apps aren’t installed automatically, too.


How to Stop Apple Watch Apps from Installing Automatically

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.3.3. The Watch is an Apple Watch 2 using the 3.2.3 version of WatchOS.

Step 1: Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

iphone watch app



Step 2: Choose the My Watch tab at the bottom-left corner of the screen.

my watch tab

Step 3: Select the General option.

apple watch general menu



Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Automatic App Install to turn it off. There won’t be any green shading around the button when this setting is disabled. I have turned it off in the picture below.

how to stop automatic app install on apple watch



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