Can’t Delete Apps from Apple Watch? Check for Restrictions!

Who would have known that deleting an app from the Apple Watch can be tricky sometimes? I know for a fact that it should be easier than uninstalling a Windows or Mac software since you don’t have to access the Control Panel or go to a particular location.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case for some people. Several users have recently reported that the “X” button that they usually see is no longer available aka missing.

Here’s a quick recap of how to delete an Apple Watch app:

  1. Press and hold an app in the grid of circles
  2. Choose the X icon in the corner
  3. After that, the application should disappear right away

That sounds so simple, isn’t it? Not to some individuals as they claim that the ‘X’ button wasn’t there to delete their applications.

This is odd since I had never experienced such problem before but I managed to find some solutions for all of you.


Disable Restrictions on Apple Watch

  1. On your iPhone, go to the Watch app
  2. Settings > General > Restrictions
  3. If this option is On, turn it off

What you may not know is that the restrictions feature is currently being enabled, that prevent users from deleting their Apple Watch apps.
Once the feature is disabled, you will be able to uninstall your app(s) again.

Quick note:

I’d recommend disabling Automatic App Install (General > App Install > toggle Automatic App Install to Off) because once the Restrictions is back in charge, it will reinstall your deleted apps.

Delete Apple Watch apps from iPhone

Did you know that you can delete apps from your Apple Watch directly on your iPhone? Thanks to the official Watch app you can.

When opening the Watch app, you should see a long list of installed applications (this depends on how much you’ve downloaded) and then tap on the specific application. Now look for Show App on Apple Watch and toggle it off.

Doing it in iOS 10

If you want to get rid of stock apps in iOS 10 and on your Apple Watch, all you have to do is uninstall them on your iPhone and that will execute the action on your watch as well.

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  1. I had this problem too but have sorted it.
    Your watch can inherit settings from your iPhone, so, if you have set your Apps so they can’t be deleted on your phone – it affects your watch too.

    On your iPhone Go to:
    Settings -> Screen Time -> Content & Privacy -Restrictions -> iTunes & App Store Purchases -> Deleting Apps -> change it from Don’t Allow to Allow.

    Delete the phone apps you don’t want either from your phone (the little x should appear now when you set the apps wiggling) or do it from your iPhone.

    Remember to set delete apps back to don’t allow, if that’s how you want it. Eg to stop someone deleting your “find my phone” app.

      • Thanks so much for this!
        I’ve been going crazy trying to figure out why I couldn’t delete things on phone or watch. This was sooooo helpful. Like the other person said – I had no idea that this setting was toggled to NOT allow deletions. I know I never set it that way, so I find it curious that Apple pulls this shit when you have an “update” pending, you do it – and then they make changes that you’re not even aware of……which I why I always balk at Apple updates!
        Thanks again……see – I learned something new today!!


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