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10 Solutions for Apple Watch Apps Not Installing, Stuck on Spinning

Recently, we encountered an issue while trying to install an app on our Apple Watch. Pressing the Install button in the Watch app on our iPhone didn’t install the app. The circle kept spinning, and within seconds, the Install button reappeared. If you’re facing the same problem, don’t worry. We have compiled a list of fixes to troubleshoot the issue of Apple Watch apps not installing and getting stuck on the spinning circle.

Restart Devices

The first thing you should do if your Apple Watch doesn’t install apps from your iPhone is to restart both devices. Simply turn off the devices and then turn them on again.

Turn on Airplane Mode

For many Apple Watch users, turning on Airplane Mode temporarily for both the Apple Watch and the paired iPhone fixed the issue of apps not installing. Enable Airplane mode for the iPhone and then the watch, and then turn it off on both devices.

iPhone Airplane Mode

Force Restart Apple Watch and iPhone

If the previous methods didn’t help, you should force restart your iPhone and Apple Watch. Force restart can resolve issues that a normal restart can’t fix. It won’t delete any data on your devices.

Check Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Make sure Bluetooth is enabled and your Apple Watch is connected to your iPhone for the app to install on your watch.

Charge Your Apple Watch and iPhone

Charging both your Apple Watch and iPhone can sometimes resolve the issue. Placing them on the charger can help the apps install without getting stuck.

Open the App Store on the Watch

If apps from your iPhone aren’t installing on your Apple Watch, it may be because you’re not logged in properly to your Apple ID on the watch. Open the App Store on your Apple Watch and follow the prompts to log in.

Disable VPN

If VPN is enabled on your iPhone, it may be preventing apps from installing on your Apple Watch. Turn off VPN and restart both devices.

Update Software

Ensure that both your Apple Watch and iPhone are running the latest software versions. Update the software on your devices to fix any compatibility issues.

Reset Network Settings

Resetting the network settings on your iPhone can help resolve installation issues. This will delete all network settings, so you’ll need to set them up again.

Unpair the Watch from the iPhone

If the app still won’t install and is stuck on spinning, you can unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone and then pair them again. Please note that unpairing the watch will restore it to its factory settings.

Bonus Tip: Install Apps Automatically from iPhone on Your Apple Watch

Instead of manually installing iPhone apps on your Apple Watch, you can enable a setting that will automatically install available apps from the iPhone on your watch.

That’s it! With these solutions, you should be able to resolve the issue of apps not installing on your Apple Watch. Don’t forget to check out the best Apple Watch games and apps with the best watch faces before you go.