How to Add or Remove Apple Watch Dock Apps

Customize your Apple Watch's Dock so you always have quick access to your favorite apps.

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Your Apple Watch's Dock is a list of apps that you can quickly access by clicking the side button without having to navigate the full apps list on your watch. You can set your Apple Watch Dock to display recently used apps or to list your favorite apps, based on your preference! We'll show you how to customize which apps you see in the Apple Watch Dock.

Related: How to Switch Between Apps on Apple Watch Quickly

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Set your Apple Watch Dock to show your favorite apps instead of your most recently used apps.
  • Customize the order in which your apps are listed within the Apple Watch Dock.

How to Edit Apple Watch Dock Apps

Add, remove, and reorder the apps you see in your Apple Watch Dock with a few easy steps. Love you Apple Watch and want to learn more? Try signing up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter!

Here's how to customize your Apple Watch Dock:

  1. On your iPhone, open the Watch app.

    From your iPhone, open the Watch app.
  2. Tap Dock.

    Tap dock.
  3. If you see a check mark next to Recents, tap Favorites instead.

    Edit apple watch dock
  4. Lists of apps will appear below this selection.
  5. Tap Edit.

    Edit apple watch dock
  6. Tap the red minus icon to remove the app from your Favorites list.
  7. Tap the green plus icon to add an app to your Favorites list.

    Edit apple watch dock
  8. To move the apps into a different order, long-press and drag the app by the three lines to the right of the app name.

    Edit apple watch dock
  9. Release the app when you've moved it where you want it.

    Edit apple watch dock
  10. Tap Done to save your changes.

    Edit apple watch dock

Pro Tip: You can remove apps from the Dock directly from your Apple Watch. If you are in list mode, simply press the Home button and swipe left over the app, then tap the red X button. 

Remove app from Dock on Apple Watch

The Dock on your Apple Watch can be a very useful tool now that you know how to customize it to your liking! Next, learn how to customize your iPhone Dock.

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.