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watchOS 6 Will Let Users Delete Many Built-in Apps on Apple Watch

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Apple Watch users will be able to delete stock apps from the Apple Watch starting in watchOS 6, according to TechCrunch.


This will make it possible to delete many of Apple's built-in apps on the Apple Watch, including Alarm, Timer, Stopwatch, Remote, Camera Remote, Radio, Walkie-Talkie, ECG, Breathe, Noise, Cycle Tracking, and others, the report indicates. A few core apps like Heart Rate and Messages will not be deletable.

Some of Apple's apps can already be removed from the Apple Watch, like Calendar, Stocks, and Weather, as deleting a built-in app on an iPhone also removes the app from a paired Apple Watch. However, this method does not work for watchOS apps that lack an iOS counterpart like Timer and Radio.

watchOS 6 will allow almost any built-in app to be deleted directly on the Apple Watch. As already possible with third-party apps, users will be able to delete built-in apps by pressing and holding to enter so-called "wiggle mode" and then tapping the "X" button that appears above an app icon.

This functionality has yet to be enabled as of the second developer beta of watchOS 6, but it's still very early. The report indicates it will be ready in time for the public release of the software update in September.

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Jades

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Let’s hope after 2 years, this time they figure out how to get us delete apps and not have the freezing issue when going into the settings page
 
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DoctorTech

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Just keeps getting better. Another small step toward making the Apple Watch a completely stand alone device.
I expect Apple's AR Glasses (2020?) to follow a similar product development trajectory. The first generation will likely require it to be used in conjunction with an iPhone but after a couple of generations, you will be able to run it with an Apple Watch or as a completely stand alone device.
 
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Aston441

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Still needs a standalone browser.

full Safari is already in there. It's just a pain to activate.
 
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japanime

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I hope this also allows for the deletion of the NRC complication that currently can't be removed from the faces that are exclusive to the Nike+ version of the watch.
 
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Relentless Power

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Still needs a standalone browser.

full Safari is already in there. It's just a pain to activate.

But do Apple Watch users actually care to navigate safari on a 40/44 mm display? I doubt it. When they can resort to their iPhone that much quicker _and_ easier transitions for searches.
 
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Achiever

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Would much rather be able to turn off Siri on the watch without disabling it on the phone. Too many inadvertent triggers of it when working out or the watch activating when I intend it for the phone.
 
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Traverse

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I’d like this. The honeycomb app layout isn’t great, but the list view is unmanageable. Maybe if I could shorten that list.
 
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lederermc

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I hope this also allows for the deletion of the NRC complication that currently can't be removed from the faces that are exclusive to the Nike+ version of the watch.
I have a Nike Watch (I like the band but not Nike) and I don't have the Nike complication installed. In my IOS Watch app it shows with the "Install" button.
 
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dwsolberg

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Very nice. Here's my list for termination:
Breathe, Camera, Photos, Radio, Remote, World Clock, Stop Watch.
 
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iLLUMI

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Hmmm... okay so with watchOS6 Apple Watch can somewhat be converted back to an iPod Nano 6th gen with wrist strap.... albeit a super smart, high tech version. :p
I like it!!! More space for tunes rather than apps....lovely!! :D
 
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