How to Free Up Apple Watch Storage

Apple Watch storage full? Learn how to clear storage in just a few easy steps

The Apple Watch has limited storage space for apps, music, or other content. While the newer Series have a capacity of 32 GB, older models can have as little as 8 GB of Apple Watch storage. If your watch is out of space, our guide helps you free up storage in just a few easy steps.

Related: How to Add a Workout to the Apple Watch

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Why Your Apple Watch Storage Is Full

Your Apple Watch storage could be full due to the apps you’re using or the content you’re storing. Before deleting anything, it’s a good idea to check your storage usage to remove what takes up most space.

To Check Apple Watch Storage from Your iPhone:

  1. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. In the My Watch tab, scroll down and tap on General.

  3. In the General menu, tap on About to display a breakdown of your storage usage, see the watch’s total capacity and storage space available.

To Check Storage Availability Directly on Your Apple Watch:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on General.

  3. In the General menu, scroll down to Usage. This shows how much storage is available, how much is used and how much space is taken up by apps and content.

    See how much storage apps are using on Apple Watch

How to Clear Storage on Your Apple Watch

If there’s not enough space on your Apple Watch for updates or to add content, it’s time to free up some storage.

How to Remove Apps from the Apple Watch

If apps are taking up too much space on your watch, here’s how to remove them using your iPhone:

  1. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. In the My Watch tab, scroll down to Installed on Apple Watch and select the app you’ll remove.

  3. On the next screen, disable Show App on Apple Watch.

  4. When you return to the previous screen, you’ll see that app listed in Available Apps. This allows you to reinstall the app in the future.

To delete apps directly from your Apple Watch:

  1. Press down the Digital Crown to go to your watch Home screen and find the icon for the app you’ll delete.
  2. Press down on the icon until all of them start to shake and tap the X to the left of the app’s icon.

  3. Confirm by selecting Delete App.

Pro tip: If your apps are displayed in List View, you can delete Apple Watch apps even faster!

How to Delete Content from the Apple Watch

You can also delete or limit content such as photos, music, podcasts, and audiobooks to clear space on your watch.

Here’s how to limit the numbers of photos on your Apple Watch using your iPhone:

  1. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. In the My Watch tab, scroll down to Photos.

  3. In the Photos menu, select Photos Limit. Here, you can lower the number of pictures stored.

To remove music, podcasts, or audiobooks using your Watch app:

  1. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. In the My Watch tab, scroll down to Music.

  3. To delete individual songs, tap on Edit and tap the Delete icon on the content you want to remove.
  4. Tap Done when you are finished.

  5. Return to the My Watch tab, tap Audiobooks, and repeat these steps.
  6. To remove podcasts, return to the My Watch tab, tap Podcasts, and toggle off any station or shows you want to remove.

To delete music using the Apple Watch:

  1. From your watch Home screen, tap the Music app.
  2. Select Library.

  3. Choose the appropriate option to delete complete playlists, all music by a specific artist, entire albums, or individual songs.

  4. Find the item to delete, swipe left and choose Remove from the menu.

How to Prevent Apple Watch Storage from Becoming Full Again

Here are some suggestions keep your Apple Watch storage from becoming full again:

  • Limit the number of photos you sync.
  • Disable the option to automatically add recently played songs.
  • Only install the apps you really need on your watch.

These tips will keep your watch running smoothly and up to date, so you can make the most of your device. If you need to clear up storage on your iPhone as well, you may want to consider clearing your iPhone's Other Storage.

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Erin MacPherson

Erin is a Web Editor for iPhone Life and has been a writer, editor, and researcher for many years. She has a degree in communication with an emphasis on psychology and communication, and has spent many of her professional years as a coach in various business and specialty fields. Erin officially joined the ranks of iPhone and Apple users everywhere around nine years ago, and has since enjoyed the unique and customized feel of Apple technology and its many gadgets. When she’s not working, Erin and her son enjoy outdoor adventures, camping, and spending time with their eclectic collection of pets.