You may be wondering if there is a way to force your Apple Watch’s apps to close. Additionally, you may be wondering if dismissing apps helps conserve the battery life of your watch.
Learn how to close apps on your Apple Watch. You can easily access the apps screen to close apps and free up memory.
While this will rarely improve battery life, there are other reasons to investigate “the Dock” on your Apple Watch.
Apple Watch displays the most recently used apps in the Dock by default — and you may swipe away those recently launched apps from the Dock.
I’m aware that swiping away apps is really pleasurable for some people – much like deleting emails, emptying your Mac’s Trash, and seeing your text and phone messages in order to remove the little red dots from the app icons.
We’ll show you how to wipe away such apps in this article, but we’ll also show you how to use the Dock — to quickly access apps you’ve used recently or frequently.
How to Open and Close Apps from the Dock
You’re probably familiar with “the Dock” if you own a Mac or an iPhone. In macOS and iOS/iPadOS, the Dock is a bar at the bottom of the screen that contains app icons; some apps are always in the dock, while others are merely the most recently used apps.
The Dock is not a permanent feature on your Apple Watch, as it is on your other Apple devices, but rather a screen that you can access by pushing the side button.
It’s a screen that displays all of your recently launched apps (or favorites), which you can sort through and either close or reopen.
To Open the Dock on your Apple Watch
- On your Apple Watch, press the side button.
- Numerous app tabs — small micro windows for each of your recently opened apps – should appear. You can browse these apps in one of two ways:
- With your finger, swipe up or down.
- Digital Crown Reversal.
To Close an App
- Locate the app you wish to close from the Dock.
- Swipe the app left to right. You’ll notice an X against a crimson background.
- To exit the app, tap the X.
To Reopen an App
Using the Dock is a quick way to switch between previously opened apps; it’s usually much easier than browsing through the sea of program bubbles for the one you’re looking for. Simply tap on the app to reopen it from the Dock.
Customizing the Apple Watch Dock
You are not required to have the Dock display your recently opened applications. You may find it more convenient to have the Dock display a collection of your favorite apps.
Thus, the applications you’re most likely to utilize will be available on the Dock, where they’re immediately accessible.
To change your Watch to display preferred apps in the Dock, follow these steps:
- Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
- At the bottom of your screen, ensure that the My Watch tab is chosen.
- Select Dock, followed by Favorites.
You may now configure the Dock to display up to ten of your favorite apps.
4. In the top-right corner, click Edit.
5. Under Favorites, you’ll find a collection of apps. If you no longer wish to have items in the Dock, hit the delete button (red minus sign) next to the app’s name to remove it from Favorites. Then click Remove.
6. Under Do Not Include, you’ll find a plethora of additional apps that you may add to your Favorites to make them visible in the Dock. Tap on the add button (green + symbol) next to the app’s name to add it to the Dock.
7. To save your changes, tap Done in the top-right corner.