Remove Apple Watch app in iOS 8.2 needed

By Alan Ng - Mar 10, 2015

By now, we’re guessing that most of you have already installed Apple’s latest iOS update. However, what you may not have noticed is the fact that the new Apple Watch app is one new ‘core’ app that Apple has added to all iPhone models running iOS 8.2.

The big surprise though is that the app can’t be deleted from your iPhone and most of you may be asking yourselves right now, how to remove Apple Watch app in iOS 8.2.

Unfortunately, it looks like you cannot. Apple appears to have steathily added this wonderful marketing strategy into your palm this week, in preparation for the Apple Watch launch on April 24 – whether you like it or not.


As a result, we can see that many users are asking on Twitter how to delete the Apple Watch app in iOS 8.2 on their iPhone 6 or 6 Plus – so far, without any success.

Is it shameless marketing by Apple and a little naughty given that there appears to be no way to remove it? Interestingly, Find your iPhone can be removed without any issues, but the close ‘x’ icon does not appear when you press and hold on the Apple Watch app.


It will be interesting to see if Apple is watching feedback on this and potentially, if they decide to reverse this move for when iOS 8.3 rolls out.

For now, we can tell you that as soon as you update to iOS 8.2, you’ll be stuck with the Apple Watch app on your device, regardless of if you buy the Apple Watch or not.

Have you figured out a way how to remove it yet? Let us know if this issue is affecting you at the moment and if you have a problem with this app being on your device ‘against your will’ so to speak.

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  • Smc

    Apple Bullying, where do I send the bill for the spam storage

  • Shirley

    I wouldn’t care except now my iPhone Bluetooth won’t stay connected to my car Bluetooth. It’s constantly connecting and disconnecting!!!

  • Jamesay

    This is annoying and an intrusive waste of MY iPhone’s memory. I do NOT want it and am sick if bring told to “hide” it. It’s costing me space and battery life which is already poorer since the so called “upgrade” what a disingenuous term !

  • Lauren Glenn

    They still haven’t fixed any of the keyboard bugs that I can see. I guess they’re more concerned with adding more than making what they have actually work right.

    • Jamesay

      Am with you Laura! Agreed. A “greed” !