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How To Use The Dock On Your Apple Watch

Dock lets you quickly open your desired apps or move from one app to another. In this article, you’re going to learn how to use the dock on your Apple Watch.

Apple has attached a helpful Dock feature for Apple Watch users, this feature is similar to iPhone’s App Switcher. However, We are going to be discussing all the frequently asked questions about the DOCK in this informative article.

How to open an app from the Dock

Opening your desired app from the Dock is as simple as reciting ABC. Just follow the steps below:

  1. First, touch the side button.
  2. Swipe up or down. Preferentially, turn the Digital Crown. 
  3. Now tap to open an app. If you scroll all the way down, you can tap All Apps to go to the Home screen
  4. To close the Dock, press the side button.

How To Use The Dock On Your Apple Watch

With the default settings, the Dock is capable of showing your common recent apps or your favorite apps. As soon as you select Recents, your favorite apps will instantly appear in the method that you initiated them. However, If you choose Favorites, you will be given an option to choose the apps that appear, though your common lately used app still appears at the top of the Dock. But If it is not a favorite, you can tap Keep in Dock to add it. Here’s how to choose what appears:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. 
  2. Tap the My Watch tab, then tap Dock.
  3. Tap Recents or Favorites.
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How to choose your favorite apps

Did you arrange the Dock by Favorites? if yes, you still have the option to choose which apps to show or remove:

  1. Firstly, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the My Watch tab, then tap Dock.
  3. Make sure that Favorites is selected.
  4. Tap Edit.
    • To remove apps, tap remove icon, then tap Remove.
    • To add apps, tap add icon. You can add up to 10 apps.
    • To rearrange apps, touch and hold Reorder button next to an app, then drag up or down.
  5. To save your changes, tap Done.
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How to remove an app from the Dock

  1. Open the Dock.
  2. Go to an app, then swipe left. 
  3. Tap watchos5 remove app from dock icon

You can remove apps from the Dock whether you arrange by Recents or Favorites. 

How to change dock layout on apple watch

Do you wish to change the app layout on your Apple Watch? if yes, spring by pressing down on the Digital Crown to bring up the app layout, but if you’re not there already. From there, just force tap the screen by pressing down continuously until your watch vibrates. You’ll get two options that appear on the screen: “Grid View” and “List View”.

Apple Watch Dock Not Working

Have you tried several but yet your Watch Dock refused to work? if yes, I urge you to reset the Watch. Just hold the Digital Crown and the power button simultaneously until you see the Apple logo and then release it. After that, your watch will reboot.


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