How to Close Apps on an Apple Watch

Stop apps from running down your battery

If your Apple Watch is slowing down, loses battery charge quickly, or is stuck in a program, it may be time to close down a few apps. Closing down apps you're not using gives your Apple Watch a fresh start, restores its usefulness, and helps you get back to work. Here's a look at how to close apps on an Apple Watch quickly and easily.

Information in this article applies to Apple Watch Series 3 and later.

Apple Watch App Close on a wrist
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How to Close Apps on Apple Watch

If you're ready to clean up your active applications, follow these steps.

  1. On your Apple Watch, press the side button once.

  2. Using your finger or the Digital Crown, scroll through your active apps.

    Press the side button on an Apple Watch and scroll through active apps
  3. Select the app you want to close and swipe from right to left. Tap the large red X to close the app.

    Swipe on the app and press the X to close it

How to Force Close Apps on the Apple Watch

When an app freezes on your Apple Watch, press and hold the side button until the shutdown screen appears, and then press and hold the Digital Crown until the app closes.

You must be in the app to force it to close.

How to Reboot an Apple Watch

If your Apple Watch is struggling to close an app with either of the above methods, try rebooting it. There are two ways to do this:

  • Hold down the Side Button, and then slide to Power Off.
  • If the watch is unresponsive, force it to reboot by holding down the Side Button and the Digital Crown at the same time until it powers off.

While your Apple Watch has a companion app on the iPhone, you'll need to manage the apps running on your Apple Watch directly from the wearable.

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