How to Use the Apple Watch App Store

Download apps right from your wrist

With the introduction of watchOS 6, Apple Watch owners have access to the Apple App Store right from their wrist instead of having to use their iPhone as an intermediary. While it's not quite as full-featured as the App Store on the iPhone, the Apple Watch App Store makes it easy and convenient to find apps for your wearable. Here's a look at how to use the Apple Watch App Store.

You'll need an Apple Watch running watchOS 6 or later to use the Apple Watch App Store.

App Store on the Apple Watch Series 5
 Lifewire / Rob LeFebvre

How to Use the Apple Watch App Store

If your Apple Watch isn't already running the latest watchOS version, you'll first need to use your iPhone to update your Apple Watch system software.

  1. Raise your wrist to activate your Apple Watch and click the Digital Crown to view your apps.

  2. Tap the Apple Watch App Store icon to open the App Store.

  3. Use the Digital Crown or your finger to scroll through featured apps and curated lists, or tap a category to see more apps.

    Open the App Store on your Apple Watch to see featured apps
  4. Use the Search box to find a specific app or to search by keyword. Tap Dictation to speak your search term and then tap Done when you're finished.

    Use the Search box to find a specific app or to search by keyword. Tap the Microphone to speak your search term and then tap Done.
  5. Or, tap Scribble to use the Apple Watch's handwriting recognition system to search. Tap Done when you've entered your search term.

    tap Scribble to use the Apple Watch's handwriting recognition system to search.
  6. Tap an app you want to learn more about. You'll see its icon, a Get button (or a paid app's price), a short description, its star rating, and preview images.

    Tap an app you want to learn more about.
  7. Scroll down to see a longer About description, developer information, and an update log.

    Scroll down to see a longer About description, developer information, and an update log.
  8. Tap Ratings & Reviews, Version History, Information, Supports, and Privacy Policy for more detailed information.

    Tap Ratings & Reviews, Version History, Information, Supports, and Privacy Policy for more detailed information.
  9. To download an app, tap Get. For paid apps, tap the price. Double-click the side button to install the app. If prompted, enter your Apple ID and password.

    Tap Get and then double-click to install the Apple Watch app
  10. You'll see new your newly installed Apple Watch app on the Watch's app grid or list. Tap the app to launch it.

    If you search for an app you've already downloaded on any of your devices, you'll see the "download from cloud" button familiar to iOS App Store users. 

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