How to use the App Store on your Apple Watch
With the arrival of the watchOS 6 version, it is possible to install applications directly on your Apple Watch without being close to the iPhone. Here we show you how to proceed, how to find and download applications from your wrist.
With the release of watchOS 6 in late 2019, Apple made it possible for the first time to be able to browse and install apps directly from your Apple Watch, rather than having to install them from the iPhone and then sync them.
It was undoubtedly a big problem that Apple managed to solve, something that users had been demanding, especially those who can enjoy their Apple Watch smartwatch with cellular connectivity, in order to establish the watch as an independent device.
But how do you start using the App Store from your Apple Watch? Is it really as easy to use as the one on your iPhone? In this article we offer you a step-by-step guide on how you can install apps from your smartwatch without using other devices.
We also offer you an article of the best apps for Apple Watch this year where you can find a large selection of third-party applications that will allow you to be more productive in your day to day.
How to find Apple Watch apps in the App Store
In fact, the process is not very complicated. Press the digital crown of your Apple Watch located on the side of the device and you will see the installed applications. Find and click on the one corresponding to the App Store to open it.
Once you are inside, the screen of your Apple Watch will show a search bar at the top, while at the bottom there are different applications grouped by categories to facilitate their location.
You can always click on any of them to see more details about it, see screenshots, classifications and much more information from other users who may already be using them.
To search for a specific app, press on the search bar and enter the search term using voice dictation, or the scribble function where you can write a letter on the clock screen with the help of your finger.
If possible, have the exact name of the application. Do not be surprised if even though you write the full name, others appear indexed that you did not expect, because the App Store has its own particular way of displaying some before others.
A third method may be to discover applications. Tap the search bar, but instead of typing or dictating the title, look underneath. You will see a list of trending topics with the possibility of jumping from one to another.
How to install apps from the App Store
We could say that we got to the most complicated part. As in the iPhone, you must click on ‘Get’. Now the App Store will ask you to verify your identity; remember that the Apple Watch does not have a fingerprint sensor or face scanner.
In this way, you will have to do it the old way, aided by your Apple ID password. You can enter it using Scribble, or choose to enter it through the screen of your associated iPhone.
The good news is that for subsequent app installation, you won’t have to enter your password with your Apple ID again. Press the side button or digital crown twice when prompted by the watch and enter the access code for the watch.
When your identity has been successfully verified, the application will begin to install. Click on ‘Open’ once the application is installed on the device.
Update apps on your Apple Watch
Let’s go back to the main page of the App Store of your Apple Watch and scroll down to the bottom. Click on ‘Account’ and then on updates. The watch will show you the apps for which updates are available.
Should I use the App Store on my iPhone or Apple Watch?
As you may already know, there are applications that have been well adapted to be used both on your iPhone and on the Apple Watch. However, it is not always as easy to use the App Store from your iPhone as it is from the Apple Watch.
It is more difficult to write or search for terms on your watch, so whenever you can, it is advisable to resort to the screen of your iPhone. This does not mean that you can occasionally install an app from your watch, especially if it has a model with connectivity GPS + Cellular.