Apple Watch App Layout Strategies

Analog Kid

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Has anyone actually taken the time to try and organize their apps on Apple Watch? I find the process maddening-- both on the watch and on the phone. The fact that everything I move, pushes the rest of the grid around makes it impossible to arrange without some sort of mission planning and I always, eventually, give up.

Is there a strategy to this that I'm just not seeing?

I see screenshots online of app arrangements where the bubbles aren't fully packed, but I can't seem to leave empty spaces no matter what I do...
 

anthonymoody

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I think the circular layout is terrible, I switched to the list view and have used that.

As it sorts alphabetically you know exactly where you need to scroll to.
Can you only do that on the watch? Can’t find it in the app.
 

Julien

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Used to 'waste' time trying to figure a good method. However List view is so superior and intuitive to use.
 

barjam

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Can you only do that on the watch? Can’t find it in the app.
Force push at the grid screen then select list. I also use the list view. Another advantage to the list view is that it doesn’t suffer from animation stutters when going back and forth from some of the more complicated watch faces.
 

Analog Kid

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Thanks, for the feedback. List view is an option, but it doesn’t let me prioritize things. I have to scroll to the bottom, for example, to get to the timer. The dock let’s me keep some items warm, it it’s not as friendly yet as I’d like.

A UI on a device like this is clearly a challenge, and there’s still plenty of room to improve...
 
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