How to Download Apps to Apple Watch

Follow the methods given below to download apps to Apple Watch

How to Download Apps to Apple Watch

Launched in 2015, Apple’s Watch paved the way for smartwatches.

I own the Apple Watch Series 7, which has made me a tad more productive – like setting timers as part of my Pomodoro process.

It is an excellent device to keep away your iPhone as it duplicates what’s on it, such as installing new apps or using existing apps.

The display is getting bigger on the Apple Watch, and there are many apps to take advantage of it, but many do ask how to download apps to Apple Watch.

Now that the Apple Watch has its own App Store, it’s become easier to download apps without hassle.

LTE Apple Watches can also buy and download apps without the iPhone nearby, so downloading more apps has increased.

This article will focus on three methods to download apps to Apple Watch.

How to Download Apps to Apple Watch

Keep in mind that if an app has a ‘Get’ button instead of a price in the App Store, the app is free. You won’t have to pay a single penny to download the app. But, even though some apps are free, they offer in-app purchases and subscriptions that you can buy.

Following are the three easiest methods to download apps to your Apple Watch.

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Method 1: App Store on the Apple Watch

You can download apps from the App Store on your Apple Watch. To do so, follow the steps listed below.

Step 1: Press the Digital Crown to see the Home screen.

How to Download Apps to Apple Watch

Step 2: Locate the App Store and click on it.

Step 3: Tap ‘Search’ to find apps using Scribble or Dictation, or simply scroll down to see featured apps.

Step 4: Click on the app to see its description, reviews, and ratings, along with screenshots, etc.

How to Download Apps to Apple Watch

Step 5: If it’s a paid app, you’ll see a price. If not, you’ll see ‘Get.’ Click on either.

Step 6: You will be prompted to double-click the side button to download and install the app. Do so.

The app is now installed on your Apple Watch.

Method 2: Apps on your iPhone to your Watch

You can also download and install apps already installed on your iPhone. But the iPhone should be paired with the Apple Watch.

Step 1: Launch the ‘Watch’ app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Click on the My Watch tab.

Step 3: Scroll to the app that you want to add. You will see apps that you can install in the ‘Available Apps’ section.

Step 4: To add the app to your Watch, click on ‘Install.’

Method 3: iPhone Apps with Apple Watch Apps

There is another method to install apps on your Apple Watch. Known as companion Apple Watch apps, this method works well for the apps on your iPhone, and they have compatible Watch apps.

When you install an app supported for iPhone and Watch, it will be installed automatically on your Apple Watch if you tweak a setting.

To enable this feature, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go to the ‘General’ section from the ‘My Watch’ tab.

How to Download Apps to Apple Watch

Step 2: Click on the toggle next to ‘Automatic App Install.’ Here you can also delete an app individually from the Watch app.

Step 3: From the ‘My Watch’ tab, find the ‘Installed on Apple Watch’ section and select an app.

Step 4: Click on an Apple Watch app from the list.

Step 5: Now tap on ‘Show App on Apple Watch from the next screen.’


How can I automatically add apps to my Apple Watch?

To install apps to your Apple Watch, follow these steps:

  • Launch the ‘Watch’ app on your iPhone
  • Tap on My Watch > General, turn on ‘Automatic App Install’
  • Tap My Watch and scroll down to Available Apps
  • Tap ‘Install’ next to the apps you want to install

Why can’t I download apps on my Apple Watch?

If you can’t download apps on your Apple Watch, you should uninstall and reinstall the app. You can also try hard rebooting it. If none of this works, ensure that there isn’t a pending purchase. I faced a similar issue, but the Apple executive told me that I had some pending purchases from my App Store.

Can you FaceTime with an Apple Watch?

You can use FaceTime Audio on your Apple Watch, but no video calls as they don’t have a built-in camera.

Can you look at photos on Apple Watch?

Yes, you can see your photos on your Apple Watch. Launch the Photos app on your Apple Watch and use the actions to browse your photos. You can tap a Memory, Featured Photos, or any album that you’ve synced to your Apple Watch.

Does Apple Watch 7 have a camera?

No, the Apple Watch Series 7 does not have a built-in camera. But, you can buy a third-party accessory, like the Wristcam, that adds two cameras to your Apple Watch. You can use the cameras on the Wristcam to click photos, shoot videos, and for Facetime.


These are the three methods that will download apps to Apple Watch.

As you might know, the Apple Watch isn’t a standalone device, even if you buy a cellular watch. But with watchOS 6, you can download and delete apps without your iPhone.

You can either download apps from the App Store or install apps from your iPhone’s ‘Watch’ app.

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