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How to delete built-in apps in watchOS 9.4

Second release candidate of macOS 10.5 released for developers.

With watchOS 9.4 or later, you can delete some built-in Apple apps from your Apple Watch. You can find a list of deletable apps here.

However, you should note that when you delete a built-in app from the smartwatch, you also delete any related user data and configuration files. This can affect things like related system functions or information on your Apple Watch.

To delete a built-in app from Apple Watch:

  1. Press the Digital Crown to show all your apps on the Home Screen. 
  2. Touch and hold the display until the View Options screen appears. 
  3. Tap Edit Apps. 
  4. Tap the Delete button (an “x”( on the app that you want to delete, then tap Delete App to confirm. 
  5. Press the Digital Crown to finish. 

If you delete a built-in app from your Apple Watch that is also on your iPhone, such as Contacts, the app isn’t deleted from your iPhone.

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To restore a built-in app that you deleted

  1. On your Apple Watch, go to the App Store.
  2. Search for the app. Make sure that you use the exact name of the app.
  3. Tap the Redownload button (which looks like a cloud).
  4. Wait for the app to restore, then open it from your Home Screen.

If you have Apple Watch, restoring an app to your iPhone also restores that app to your Apple Watch.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple’s support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.