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How to Delete the Apple Watch App From Your Home Screen



The iOS 8.2 update installs an Apple Watch app on your iPhone. We’ll show you the closest you can get to deleting the Apple Watch app without the need to jailbreak your iPhone.

You can’t totally delete the Apple Watch App from your iPhone, but you can hide it without sticking it in the back of a folder. This isn’t a perfect solution because you will still see the Apple Watch app listed in Spotlight search, but this appears to be a small app so it shouldn’t push too many users over the edge of available storage.

Here is how you can hide, but not delete, the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. This works on iOS 8.2 and on any iPhone model.

You need to do this every time you restart the iPhone, and there is a chance that Apple will fix this method in the future. A simpler solution is to move it to the second page of a folder that you use. This will hide the Apple Watch app so that it doesn’t come up when you restart your iPhone.

  1. To use this method to delete the Apple Watch app from your home screen until you restart you need to a full home screen and the Apple Watch needs to be on the second screen.
  2. Tap and hold on the Apple Watch app and drag it to the first screen. Hold it over top of another app to make a folder.
  3. Drop the Apple Watch app in the folder.
  4. Don’t leave the folder or edit mode. Now tap and hold on the Apple Watch app again and drag it down to the dock. Let go of the app and you have successfully deleted the Apple Watch app from your home screen.
This is as close as you can get to deleting the Apple Watch app on iPhone.

This is as close as you can get to deleting the Apple Watch app on iPhone.

When you restart the iPhone the Apple Watch app will return to your home screen wherever there is room. If you want a more permanent solution to remove the Apple Watch app from your home screen you can follow these directions.

If you don’t already have a folder on your iPhone create a new folder by dragging the Apple Watch app on top of another. This makes a folder. Now drag the Apple Watch app to the right and it will move to a second page. This won’t reset when you restart your iPhone and you won’t see it unless you tap on the folder and swipe.

While it would be great if Apple did not install the Apple Watch app until you purchased one, the company has a history of adding stock Apple apps to the iPhone. This is not an advertisement for the Apple Watch, but it is an easy way for Apple to get more people wondering what it is and what it can do.

The practice of installing apps on phones is common for Apple and for Google. On many Android devices there are folders of carrier apps installed when you turn the phone on for the first time.

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  1. Elisabeth

    04/06/2015 at 10:32 am

    I don’t understand how this is a fix… The icon is now just sitting in my dock, more visible than ever. Adding it to the dock just keeps it at the bottom of any screen!

  2. Brenda

    04/19/2015 at 4:41 pm

    First of all that watch is the ugliest thing I have ever seen for a watch. Further more you have no right to add apps to my home with pictures pf new products. I am so pissed that Apple feels they have a rite to do this with no options to remove the app from my dock

    • Kitty key

      06/07/2015 at 8:01 am

      I hate this takeover of my phone… time I’ll change to Android if it doesn’t stop

  3. Bob

    06/17/2015 at 1:05 pm

    “This is not an advertisement for the Apple Watch, but it is an easy way for Apple to get more people wondering what it is and what it can do.”

    You just defined exactly what an advertisement is while trying to say that it is not.

  4. Ken

    06/26/2015 at 3:36 pm

    What a bunch of whinners! A lot of the apps are that way. It’s not for the reason you say. What about the clock app, videos, music, messages, stocks, Game Center, podcasts,maps, passbook, newsstand, books, etc. The list goes on. If you don’t like it move them to the back, what’s the problem?

  5. kay

    02/18/2017 at 9:07 am

    without knowing the difficulty in deleting the Apple Watch app, I somehow was able to delete it from my home screen, but it must still be there because my blue tooth devices that were previously accessible are not now – the spinning gear in pairing just continues to spin, apparently searching for the Watch that I thought was deleted. have deleted (forget this device) all blue tooth devices to start over and yet gear keeps spinning. anybody got any ideas how to correct situation?

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