Third-party Apple Watch apps are not truly apps – they are iPhone app extensions. As such, when you download an iPhone app with an Apple Watch component, this app will automatically install to your watch by default. To prevent it from happening, add new apps and delete apps you no longer want.
How to turn off automatic app installation
You can have Apple Watch compatible apps automatically installed on Apple Watch when you install them on your iPhone, but if you're worried about having enough space on Apple Watch for music or photos, You may want to limit how many app extensions you have on Apple Watch. One way to do this is to turn off automatic app installation.
- Open Watch app on your iPhone .
- Touch the tab My Watch (if not already open).
- Press General .
Turn off Automatic app installation .
You can always reset this setting at any time by following the same steps listed above.
How to add new apps to your Apple Watch
- Open the app Watch on your iPhone .
- Touch the App Store tab or Search .
- ] Find apps you want to download.