Apple Watch used to automatically get any apps you downloaded on your iPhone and also supported Apple Watch automatically, and that use to be the only way to get apps on your Apple Watch. In watchOS 6 that's all changing. The App Store makes its first appearance on the Apple Watch since the product was first released and it allows you to download apps directly on your Apple Watch. It's not quite as robust as the App Store on the iPhone, but it does make it easier to find Apple Watch apps when you don't want to pull on your phone.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

How to search the App Store on Apple Watch

Searching for apps and games is pretty similar to the process on iPhone.

  1. Press the Digital Crown to go to the Home screen on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap the App Store.
  3. Tap Search.

    Press the Digital Crown to go to the home screen, tap the App Store, and then tap search.

  4. Tap the method you want to use to search. Your options are:

    • Dictation
    • Scribble
  5. Speak or scribble the app you want to find.
  6. Tap Done.

    Tap the method you want to search, speak or scribble your search term, tap done.

On the Apple Watch Apps Store you'll only be show results for apps that support Apple Watch, so if you don't find the app you're looking for, try looking on the App Store on your iPhone.

How to download an app or game from the App Store on Apple Watch

The process for downloading an app is pretty similar to getting one on your iPhone.

  1. Press the Digital Crown to go to the Home screen on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap the App Store.
  3. Tap Search.

    Press the Digital Crown to go to the home screen, tap the App Store, and then tap search.

  4. Tap the method you want to use to search. Your options are:

    • Dictation
    • Scribble
  5. Speak or scribble the app you want to find.
  6. Tap Done.

    Tap the method you want to search, speak or scribble your search term, tap done.

  7. Tap on the app you want to download.

  8. Tap Get or the Price.
  9. Tap Enter your password if prompted.

    Tap the app you want to download, tap get, and tap enter your password if prompted.

  10. Tap the method you want to enter your password. You can use scribble or your iPhone keyboard.

  11. Enter your password.
  12. Tap Done on your Apple Watch or return on your iPhone.

    Tap the method you want to enter your password with, enter your password, tap done on your Apple Watch, or Return on your iPhone.

You download will now start downloading immediately onto Apple Watch and iPhone.

How to check for updates in the App Store on Apple Watch

  1. Press the Digital Crown to go to the Home screen on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap the App Store.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom with your finger or Digital Crown.

    Press the Digital Crown to go to the Home screen, tap the App Store, Scroll down to the bottom.

  4. Tap Account.

  5. Tap Updates.

    Tap account and then tap updates.

Any apps that need updates will show up here and you can download them all at once!

How to view your purchased apps in the App Store on Apple Watch

If you ever want to re-download an app you previously deleted, or just want to track which apps you purchased, you can easily see the entire list in the App Store.

  1. Press the Digital Crown to go to the Home screen on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap the App Store.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom with your finger or Digital Crown.

    Press the Digital Crown to go to the Home screen, tap the App Store, Scroll down to the bottom.

  4. Tap Account.

  5. Tap Purchases.

    Tap account and then tap purchases.

How to view ratings and reviews in the App Store on Apple Watch

  1. Press the Digital Crown to go to the Home screen on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap the App Store.
  3. Tap on the app you want to see the ratings and reviews.

    Press the Digital Crown to go to the Home screen, tap the App Store, and then tap on the app you want to see the ratings and reviews.

  4. Tap Ratings & Reviews. You'll need to scroll down to see it.

  5. Tap Read More if you want to read the completely review.

    Tap Ratings & Reviews, and tap on Read More if you want to read the entire review.

Some great Apple Watch accessories

Elago W3 ($10 at Amazon)

For the Apple fan boys and girls, you can charge your Apple watch with this adorable mini 1984-era Macintosh. It's made from soft silicone and is only about 3 inches tall.

Elobeth leather band cuff ($19 at Amazon)

Inspired by the look of equestrian fixtures, the Elobeth leather band cuff has a beautifully unique style to pair with your Apple Watch. It is designed from high-quality, genuine leather, while the buckle is designed to be sturdy and secure.

Any questions?

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