Manage apps on your Samsung smart watch

Apps screen on wearable app on Galaxy S22 Ultra

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 managing 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 watch apps

Note: If you are installing an app through Galaxy Store on the watch, make sure you have a solid network connection. Alternatively, if you are installing an app through Galaxy Store on the phone, make sure the watch and phone are connected via Bluetooth.

There are two main ways to install apps for your smart watch using the Galaxy Wearable app on the connected phone: through the Galaxy Store on earlier watch models, or through the Play Store on the Galaxy Watch4 series, Galaxy Watch5 series, and newly updated devices. If you have an iOS device, you can also use the Samsung Galaxy Watch app.

  1. Navigate to the appropriate store based on the watch model you have:

    • Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch5 series: Open the Galaxy Wearable app on the connected phone. Swipe to and tap Store to open the watch version of the Play Store.

    • Galaxy Watch3 and Galaxy Watch Active2: Open the Galaxy Wearable app on the connected phone. Swipe to and tap Galaxy Store to open the Galaxy Wearable version of the Galaxy Store.

    • Previous watch models: Open the Galaxy Wearable app, tap the Discover tab, and then tap Find more in the Galaxy Store. Tap the Watch tab to browse for apps.

  2. When you find the app you want, tap it, and then tap Install. It will automatically install on your watch.

    An app opened in Galaxy Store
  3. The Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch5 series have Google software installed in them. This means that you can install an app from the regular Play Store on your phone, and the app will automatically install on your watch. The only requirements are that the watch needs to be connected to your phone and the app has to have a watch counterpart. You can browse the store for watch apps by tapping the available categories. 

    When the time comes, it's also incredibly easy to update the apps on your watch!

Reorder watch 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 your watch's screen.

With the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch5 series, open the Galaxy Wearable app, tap Apps screen, and then touch and hold the app you'd like to change. Then, drag and drop it into the new location and tap Save.

  1. On your phone, open the Galaxy Wearable app, and then tap the Home tab. 

    Note: The Galaxy Watch5 series, Watch4 series, Watch3, and Watch Active2 do not have a Home tab.

  2. Tap Apps or Apps screen, and then tap Reorder or Reorder apps if necessary, depending on your model.

    Apps screen with a list app icons in the Galaxy Wearable app
  3. To move an app, touch and hold the app icon, and then drag it to a new location. When you are finished, tap Save.

  4. You 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 the app order.

    Note: This option is not available on the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch5 series.

To move an app from your watch’s screen, navigate to the Apps screen, and touch and hold the app you want to move. Drag the app to your desired location, and then release.

Configure watch app settings

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

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

  1. On your phone, open the Galaxy Wearable app, and then tap the Home tab. 

    Note: The Galaxy Watch5 series, Watch4 series, Watch3, and Watch Active2 do not have a Home tab.

  2. Tap Apps, and then swipe to and tap Manage apps. For the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch5 series, tap Watch settings, then tap Apps, and then tap App settings.

    A list of apps in the Galaxy Wearables app
  3. Each app will have its own unique and customizable settings. Just tap the Settings icon next to the app you want to customize, adjust the settings to fit your needs, and then tap Save when finished. 

    Note: For the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch5 series, simply tap the name of the app to customize it.

Use the Music app

When it’s time to unwind, you can play some tunes on your watch. You watch’s default Music app will let you play and control tracks from your phone too! If you have more than one preferred music player, such as YouTube Music, Samsung Music, or Pandora, you can even switch between them using the Music app. Or, install and set up Spotify on your watch for a seamless music experience.

Music playing on a Galaxy watch

Uninstall watch apps

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

Uninstall apps using Galaxy Wearable

  1. To delete apps from your phone, open the Galaxy Wearable app, and then tap the Home tab.

    Note: The Galaxy Watch5 series, Watch4 series, Watch3, and Watch Active2 do not have a Home tab.

  2. Tap Apps, and then swipe to and tap Manage apps. On the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch5 series, tap Watch settings, and then tap Apps.

  3. Tap the Delete icon (the trash can), select the app(s) you want to delete, and then tap Uninstall. Tap Uninstall to confirm. On the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch5 series, select the app, then tap Uninstall, and then tap Uninstall to confirm.

Uninstall highlighted in the Galaxy Wearable app

Uninstall apps using the watch

  1. To delete apps directly from your watch, navigate to the Apps screen that has the app you want to uninstall.

  2. Touch and hold that screen. Or, if you're using the Galaxy Watch4 or Galaxy Watch5 series, touch and hold the app.

  3. Next, tap the Delete icon, and then tap the check mark to confirm. On the Galaxy Watch4 or Galaxy Watch5 series, tap Uninstall, and then tap OK.

A group of apps with Uninstall option above one on a Samsung Galaxy Watch

Hide unwanted watch apps

Note: This is not available on the Galaxy Watch4 or Galaxy Watch5 series.

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 and bother you anymore.

  1. To hide apps, open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone, and then tap the Home tab.
    Note: The Galaxy Watch3 and Watch Active2 do not have a Home tab.

  2. Tap Apps, and then swipe to and tap Manage apps.

  3. Tap the red minus icon next to the apps you want to hide, and then tap Save when finished. The hidden apps will no longer appear on your smart watch.

    Minus sign highlighted next to an app in the Galaxy Wearable app
  4. You can make apps appear again by tapping the green plus icon under Hidden apps.

Close recent watch apps

If an app has been open on your watch for a while, it may start draining the battery. You can just close it if you don’t need it at the moment.

  1. Navigate to the Apps screen on your watch, and then tap the Recents icon. It looks like two circles.

  2. Swipe left and right to view your recently opened apps. To close an app, swipe up on it.

  3. To close all of your apps, swipe all the way to the right, and then tap Close all. On previous watch models, simply tap Close all at the bottom.

  4. You can keep your watch running smoothly by increasing its battery life and freeing up memory.

Recents icon highlighted on a Galaxy watch
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