How to Close Apps on an Apple Watch

Stop apps from running down your battery

What to Know

  • First, press the side button on the Apple Watch one time.
  • Then, scroll through the active apps with your finger or the digital crown.
  • Finally, swipe an app from right to left and tap the large red X to close it.

This article explains how to close an active app on your Apple Watch Series 3 or later. It also includes information on how to force close apps and how to reboot the Apple Watch.

How to Close Apps on Apple Watch

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.

Apple Watch App Close on a wrist
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If you're ready to clean up the active apps on your Apple Watch by closing those you aren't using, follow these steps.

  1. On your Apple Watch, press and release the side button (not the digital crown) once.

  2. Using your finger or the digital crown, scroll through the open 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 on it. Tap the large red X to close the app.

    Swipe on the app and press the X to close it

Closing an app does not remove it from the Apple Watch.

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 Power Off.
  • Force an unresponsive watch 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 need to manage the apps running on your Apple Watch directly from the wearable.

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