How to Use the App Store on an Apple Watch

Over the past years, the Apple Watch has come a long way. Nowadays, it’s possible to do so much on your Apple Watch without needing to access your iPhone.

The App Store is a key example of these possibilities. With a few clicks, you can access and use the App Store on an Apple Watch to carry out different functions. Admittedly, using the App Store on your iPhone is still easier. However, you may still be curious as to what you can manage on an Apple Watch using the App Store.

How to Use the App Store on an Apple Watch

In this guide, we’ll show you how to use the App store on an Apple Watch, so keep reading if you’d like to find out.


How Can I Use the App Store on An Apple Watch?

There are several ways to use the App store on an Apple Watch. Consider the following actions:

Check App Purchases

One action you can perform when you use the App Store on an Apple Watch is checking app purchases. Once you buy an app and download it onto your device, it gets added to your list of purchases in the App Store. You can then use this list of purchases to find all the apps you’ve purchased in case you wish to re-download them. 

It’s particularly great that it’s possible to access this list without having to use your iPhone. You’ll only need your Apple Watch and you should follow the steps below:

  • Click on the Digital Crown
  • On your home screen, hit the App Store icon.
  • Scroll to the page bottom, then select Account.
  • Select Purchased.
  • Click on My Purchases.

All your purchased apps will show up on the list. The app will have a button to open it if it’s already installed or it could have the download icon on the right side in case you need to download the app again. You can also click on the app to learn more about it.

Manage Subscriptions

Sometimes, your Apple Watch is all you need to manage your subscriptions. Subscriptions are actually easy to manage when you use the App Store on an Apple Watch. Although it’s still considerably faster to verify and cancel your membership on an iPhone or iPad, knowing how to do it on an Apple Watch could also prove quite useful.

  • To access your Home Screen, press the Digital Crown.
  • Tap the App Store button.
  • Select Account at the bottom of the page.
  • Choose Subscriptions.

All your active subscriptions will display. To cancel a subscription, simply press it, scroll down to the bottom, click Cancel Subscription, and then confirm your cancellation. 

Install Apps on the Apple Watch

Installing apps is a key action you can manage when you use the App Store on an Apple Watch. Normally, it’s possible to configure your iPhone’s Watch app so that any app you download on your iPhone also gets installed on your Apple Watch.

But if you prefer to install apps directly on Apple Watches, you can use the App Store on an Apple Watch to locate and download any available app.

Here’s how to do it:

  • To access your Home Screen, click on the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch.
  • Launch the App Store.
  • Select Search.
  • Look for the app you’d like to install.
  • Choose the desired app from the search results.
  • Select Get.

The app will be installed and added to your Home Screen by your Apple Watch. You can then begin using the app and, if desired, add it to your Apple Watch Dock.

Manual App Updates

Another function you can manage when you use the App Store on an Apple Watch is manual app updates. The Apple Watch will periodically update your apps by default. However, if you’d rather not wait for your Apple Watch to do it, you can use the App Store on an Apple Watch instead. You’d just need to locate the apps in question and update them manually. 

This is how it works:

  • Go to the Home Screen by pressing the Digital Crown.
  • Click on the App Store icon to open it.
  • Scroll down to Account.
  • Scroll down and click on Updates

You’ll get a list of all apps that were updated recently, as well as those that need updates. Press Update next to apps with available updates. If you have multiple apps, you can choose the Update All option.

Summarily, if you ever decide to use the App Store on an Apple Watch to manage functions, the instructions we’ve provided in this guide will help you do so easily.

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