Apple Watch becomes a more independent device with watchOS 6 as the software brings a dedicated App Store to the laptop. Watch how to download apps directly on Apple Watch.
With WatchOS 5 and earlier, Apple Watch required users to download apps from the iPhone that were then loaded onto the laptop. Now watchOS 6 brings a dedicated App Store to Apple Watch for the first time, seamlessly browsing and downloading apps right from your wrist.
Note: watchOS 6 is currently only available as a beta developer and will be available to the public in the fall.
watchOS 6: How to download apps directly on Apple Watch
- Look for the App Store app on the Apple Watch Home screen or ask Siri to open it.
- Use the search option at the top or Browse the selected apps below
- Press Get to download an app right from your watch
Read on for more details and pictures of the process:
When you launch the App Store on Apple Watch, you can browse through the selected apps by swiping or browsing the digital crown. You can also search for specific apps with the search box at the top of the App Store.
If you tap Search, you will also see trendy app categories.
Once you've found an app you want to install, tap Get .
 If you download an app on your watch for the first time, it may ask you to enter your Apple ID password. The easiest way to do this is to use the iPhone keyboard. Tap the keyboard icon on your watch to do so.
If Apple Watch doesn't ask for your password, see the steps in the pictures above. Confirm the download by double-clicking the Page button and entering your password if necessary.
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