How to Disable Auto App Download or Updates on Apple Watch

While setting up your Apple Watch, you get the option to sync all of your iPhone apps, which are compatible, to the Watch. Namely, you have two options-Install All or Install Later. Whereas tapping on Install All lets you sync all the compatible apps to your Watch, selecting Install Later prevents apps from being auto-downloaded or updated to the watch.

Once you allow auto download of apps, all the future updates or purchases of apps are automatically synced to your wearable device. In case, you don’t want this auto-syncing, you can prevent it very much the way you do it on your iPhone or iPad. Turning off this feature would not only help you save some battery life on your watch but also stop it from being cluttered for space. Knowing the Watch has merely 8GB of internal storage, it’s apt to keep it uncluttered by managing apps properly.

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How to Disable Auto App Download or Updates on Apple Watch

How to Disable Auto-Download or Updates on Apple Watch

Step #1. Launch Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

Step #2. Tap on My Watch tab at the bottom.

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Step #3. Tap on General.

Step #4. Tap on Auto Downloads and turn it off.

That’s it! If you ever decide to change your mind, follow all these steps and turn on the Automatic Downloads.

How to Sync Apps to Apple Watch Manually

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You will need to manually sync the apps to your Apple Watch, if you have disabled auto-download option. It’s quite straightforward and doesn’t require to do many steps.

Step #1. Open Apple Watch app on your paired iPhone.

Step #2. Next up, you need to scroll down to find the app which you wish to sync manually.

Step #3. Tap on the app.

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Step #4. Now, toggle on Show App on Apple Watch.

This is it! In the event that you wish to uninstall any app, simply follow these steps and turn off the option Show App on Apple Watch.

How do you manage apps on your Apple Watch? Shout off in the comments below.

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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