Updating apps on phone auto installs app on watch

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  1. Dracoy macrumors member

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    Ha anyone come across this weird bug. When i select do not include on watch in the Apple Watch app, it reselects and installs on watch when the app updates. Any ideas how to fix?
     
  2. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Are these apps that are already on the watch? If so thats normal. Or is it new apps altogether.
     
  3. Dracoy thread starter macrumors member

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    Apps already on watch. I selected them not to be installed. Once all updates on phone it readds to watch.
     
  4. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Thats because it is updating the app on the watch to match the phone. Thats perfectly normal. Otherwise you have no way of updating the app on the watch after its been updated on the phone.
     
  5. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    If you have these apps already on the AW, wouldn't you want to update them if you also update these apps on iPhone?
     
  6. comics addict macrumors 6502a

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    I have encountered this problem as well since updating to 2.2 where I have chosen not to have that app installed on my watch but whenever it's updated it reinstalls it on my watch. Last thing I did was to disable to have new apps automatically installed on my watch. Now it might be a while before I can confirm that it works as a workaround since my apps compatible with aw don't update all that often.
     
  7. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    Or when an app gets an update that suddenly includes AW support and you get notifications out of the blue.
     
  8. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Its not a problem. (read my above post, but I will repeat it anyway) Its been this way since Watch OS 1.0. When you update the app on your phone, it will auto-update on your watch. It doesn't matter if you have auto-install on or not. Thats a completely different thing. If the app is updated when the new app is installed on your phone, there is no way to manually update the apps on the watch. This is by design. Its not a problem and its not a bug.
     
  9. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    This, and the app writers might change things on the phone app which need a change in the watch app to work correctly.

    Let's get a few things straight:

    - AW app on iPhone -> General -> App Install -> Automatic App Install set to "Off": This means that as you install new apps on your iPhone, they should not automatically install themselves on the AW. This should also apply to iPhone apps which received updates to include brand new compatibility with the AW.

    - AW app on iPhone -> any app -> Show App On Apple Watch set to "On": The app, being AW compatible, should be appearing on the AW, and it should automatically update if the app is updated.

    I think the OP is misunderstanding which setting does what. The first setting, when "Off", prevents your AW from getting cluttered with random apps as they're installed or updated on the iPhone. The second setting, when "On", is how you install an app onto the AW, and it also ensures the AW app is updated each time its iPhone app gets updated.

    Also, apps which aren't installed on the AW at the moment would still be updated, although you wouldn't know how they changed until you install them onto the AW. For example, my iPhone's NY Times app has surely seen some updates, but I haven't had its AW app installed on the AW in months; so I don't know what, if anything, has changed on the AW app.
     
  10. comics addict macrumors 6502a

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    And I would say for you to read my post again as well. I'm referring to having apps on that watch that I had purposely uninstalled from the watch (not the phone) and ever since 2.2 whenever the iPhone app is updated it's automatically reinstalled on my watch when I had already explicitly uninstalled it before. Have been using it since 1.0.1 the software on the watch and this is the first time I have experienced it. I get the feeling we are not talking about the same issue...
     
  11. JayLenochiniMac, May 2, 2016
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    So it's not the same issue as the OP (which is actually a non-issue) and people got confused when you reported "I have encountered this problem as well" when in your case the apps weren't installed on the AW whereas in the OP's case the apps were in fact installed on the AW. The OP's situation is normal and not actually a "problem."
     
  12. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Exactly what Jay said. You cannot say, "I have encountered this problem as well" when its not the same problem. Yes its my bad that I didn't fully read what you said, but based on that first sentence there was nothing to lead me to believe you had a different problem because you said you had the same problem. I am sorry for misreading, but your post makes it very confusing.
     
  13. comics addict macrumors 6502a

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    I see that now as well. What a cycle of confusion this thread is... :p
     

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