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Manage apps on your Samsung smart watch

Manage Apps screen on Note 10

Just like on your phone, you can install, customize, and uninstall apps on your smart watch. Personalize your smart watch to fit your needs and preferences using the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone - for example, maybe you can't go for a run without listening to Spotify. There are also individual settings you can adjust when you manage apps on your smart watch.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by provider, phone, or watch. These features are not available on the Galaxy Fit.

Install apps

Oh cool, you just found out there is a watch version of one of your favorite apps. Here's how to download it:

On the connected phone, navigate to and open the Galaxy Store app. Then, tap the Watch tab, and browse around. When you find the app you want, tap the app, and then tap Install. It will automatically install on your watch.

You can also find apps by opening the Galaxy Wearable app, tapping the Discover tab, and then tapping View more under Featured watch apps.

It is also incredibly easy to update the apps on your watch!

An app opened in Galaxy Store

Reorder apps

You're always using that one app, but it takes too long to navigate to it on your watch. Instead of struggling each time you want to open it, just change the order of how apps display on the Watch Apps screens.

On your phone, open the Galaxy Wearable app. Navigate to and tap Apps, and then tap Reorder. To move an app, tap and hold the app icon, and then drag the app to a new location on the list. When you are finished, tap Save.

Apps being reordered on the Galaxy Watch Active 2

You can can also display your most recent apps first. Tap App order, and then tap Most recent first. Just be aware that this option doesn't allow you to customize app order.

Note: To move an app on your watch Apps screen, tap and hold the app you want to move, drag the app to the desired location, and then release.

Configure app settings

If an app seems a little different from one you've used on your phone, the settings may just need to be adjusted.

On your phone, open the Galaxy Wearable app, and then tap Apps. Swipe to and tap Manage apps, and then tap the Settings icon next to the app you want to customize. Each app has unique, customizable settings. Adjust the settings to fit your needs. Tap Save when finished.

Note: Only certain apps will have settings that can be configured.

The Manage apps screen with a Settings icon next to the apps

Uninstall apps

Important: Preloaded apps cannot be uninstalled or disabled, they can only be hidden.

You don't really use that app anymore. Instead of letting it take up space, delete it from your watch.

To delete apps from your phone, open the Galaxy Wearable app, and then tap Apps. Swipe to and tap Manage apps, and then tap the Delete icon (the trash can). Select the app(s) you want to delete, and then tap Uninstall.

To delete apps directly from your watch, navigate to the Watch Apps screen that has the app you want to uninstall. Tap and hold that screen. Next, tap the Delete icon on the app, and then tap the check sign to delete the app.

Uninstall app screen in the Galaxy Wearable app

Hide unwanted apps

If there's a preloaded app you don't use on your smart watch, you can't uninstall or disable it. However, you can hide it, so it won't appear on your watch. That way, it won't bother you anymore.

To hide apps, open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone, and then tap Apps. Swipe to and tap Manage apps, and then tap Hide next to the apps you want to hide. Tap Save when finished. The hidden apps will no longer appear on your smart watch. You can also make them appear again if you desire.

More Options displaying Uninstall, Reorder, Hide and Download history

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