Two watch app icons do nothing?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Easttime, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. Easttime macrumors 6502

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    Since getting my Apple Watch there have been two unidentified app icons that do nothing when I tap them. Both look like spider webs with a white band around the circumference. Can't find a reference on the net. Any ideas? Thanks.

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  2. haruhiko macrumors 68040

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    The spider web icon means that it's an app pending to be installed.
     
  3. Easttime thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you. I was able to identify them by seeing their proper icons in the Watch app on my iPhone under App Layout. Then fixed it by installing them in the iPhone app. But why would those two show up that way on the Watch when there are several other apps I have chosen not to install and do not have those spider web icons?
     
  4. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Maybe they started to install and got interrupted before they completed?
     
  5. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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  6. PilotC150 macrumors member

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    That's a bug in WatchOS that I've found. If an app updates on your phone to add a Watch extension, when it does the update it automatically adds it to your watch. To me that's a big bug. I don't want apps automatically showing up without me telling it to install to my Watch.
     
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    It's not a bug but a setting you can toggle. In My Watch app, General > Automatic Downloads.
     
  8. PilotC150 macrumors member

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    I have that turned off, but I've still dealt with the issue of apps automatically showing up on my Watch without me installing them.

    I think this feature (Automatic Downloads) might work correctly when I download new apps from the App Store, but not when an app updates itself on my Phone which includes a new Watch App (where it didn't have the Watch App before).
     
  9. Mascots macrumors 65816

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    This is correct and annoying af.
    The "Automatic Download" of app installation on iPhone option will only target new apps installed on the phone. If an older app is updated with WatchKit support, its Watch App will always be automatically installed. While it seems like a bug (and I would classify it as a UI bug), I'm pretty sure it's intended behavior.

    In the beginning when apps were often getting updated with WK support, I'd look an have a handful of new apps installed! Annoying. At the same time, I noticed some apps that were "stuck" in the download process, like they started and then I walked away and broke the connection in the middle of something important. Flipping the toggles around for the apps in Watch settings on the phone, then restarting my watch (and sometimes my phone) seemed to fix the issue.
     
  10. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Yeah, I don't see why this should be considered a bug rather than intended behavior. If you have your iPhone apps set to update automatically, wouldn't you want the same thing on your Watch? Otherwise, turn off automatic update on the iPhone's side and you can always update manually as you see fit.
     
  11. Mascots, Jul 22, 2015
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    Mascots macrumors 65816

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    I consider it a "UI bug" because by disabling the automatic download toggle, the wording suggests that the Watch won't automatically download software at all. It's very inconsistent since there is an edge case in which apps _are_ installed automatically, and often at times when we're not presently attentive of it. Most people want our apps to be up to date, but not the ability install extensions that directly impact UI without our knowledge.

    IMO it'd be like if an app made a Today Widget; I'm happy to be prompted to add that Widget as available at the bottom of NC, but I don't want it inserted just to have to remove it if it adds no value (because then, as a general user, I'd leave them as clutter and none of them would be used).

    Edit: Bah, even if you were to disable automatic updates on your phone and then manually update an app, the Watch App will install itself anyway (requiring you to disable it from Watch app). While I still consider it intended behavior, I think it's a pity that the option doesn't cover applications that update from the phone.
     
  12. CobraPA macrumors 6502

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    It's not intended behavior. It's listed as fixed in one of the newer watch version (Beta.) The installing of watch apps on the watch at update that you have turned off is a bug.
     
  13. PilotC150 macrumors member

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    That's good to know.

    What would be nice is if my phone would give me a notification saying "such-and-such an app just added a Watch app. Open the Watch app on your phone to install it on your Watch" or something that sounds less repetitive.
     

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