4 Fixes When Apple Watch App Stuck on Installing or Updating

Surprisingly, some apps got stuck while installing or updating on Apple Watch 1, Series 2 and Series 3. When Apple first launched its smartwatch, everybody thought that it would be a flawless device for users.

But then watch users began to face issues like Apple Watch stuck on Apple logo, Apple Watch doesn’t connect to Wi-Fi, Digital Crown not working on Apple Watch, etc.

Time and again, users have to update their Apple Watch apps to make the most of your smartwatch. If you find any issue related to the app update, you should take quick actions. Is the Apple Watch App Stuck on Installing or Updating? Check some possible solutions.

Many Apple Watch users complained about apps not installing or updating. Whenever you face this issue, you can blame your cellular data or feeble Wi-Fi network with which your iPhone is connected.

If you find that apps often get stuck during the process of installation, you can follow the below-mentioned solutions.


How to Fix Apple Watch App Stuck on Installing or Updating

1. Restart your Watch

Restart your Apple watch to fix App Stuck on Installing or Updating

When you update your Apple Watch app, you actually use your iPhone as all your iPhone apps get mirrored on your smartwatch. Had there been a facility to update apps directly on the watch, you could have forced quit Apple Watch apps.

But Apple has not rolled out any app that is developed exclusively for Apple Watch. Perhaps, therefore, your first step should be restarting your Apple Watch.

We have created a dedicated tutorial on how you can power off, hard reset and reboot your Apple Watch. Follow the guide and try to fix the app getting stuck on the Apple Watch issue.


2. Turn On/Off ‘Show App on Apple Watch’ Feature

Suppose a particular app is not updating or installing on your Apple Watch, you should better take that off the shelf, meaning, just don’t show that app on your watch.

Step #1: Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

Step #2: Now, tap on My Watch tab from the bottom menu.

Step #3: Next, search the app which gets stuck while installing or updating.

Step #4: Then toggle the option Show App on Apple Watch OFF.

This will uninstall the problem app from your Apple Watch. after a couple of seconds, turn on Show App on Apple Watch.


3. Reset Network Settings

This you have to perform on your iPhone. As mentioned earlier, your Wi-Fi network may cause the issue, and therefore you should reset network settings on your iPhone.

Step #1: Open Settings on your iPhone.

Open Settings App on iPhone

Step #2: Tap on General.

Step #3: Now, swipe down and tap on Reset.

Step #4: Next, tap on Reset Network Settings.

Tap on Reset Network Settings and Confirm

You will be prompted to enter your iPhone passcode. Type in your passcode and confirm your action.


4. Erase All Contents and Settings

This could be your last option to get rid of the issue of the app got stuck on Apple Watch. Before you go for this, note that the action will unpair your Apple Watch with iPhone. Once you have erased all contents and settings from your Apple Watch, you can pair the watch with iPhone.

Worried about your Apple Watch data? No issue, your iPhone will back up your watch automatically.

You can erase all contents & settings on Apple Watch from your iPhone or directly from Apple Watch.


Erase All Contents & Settings (iPhone)

Step #1:

Open Watch app on the paired iPhone.

Step #2: Tap on My Watch tab from the bottom menu.

Step #3: Tap on General.

Tap on General in Watch App on iPhone

Step #4: Next, you need to tap on the Reset.

Tap on Reset in Watch App on iPhone

Step #5: Select Erase Apple Watch Contents and Settings.

Erase Apple Watch Contents & Settings


Erase All Contents and Settings (Apple Watch)

Step #1: If you have set up Passcode on Apple Watch, then enter the passcode. (Check this guide if you have forgotten Apple Watch Passcode)

Step #2: Press the Digital Crown to bring a list view of all apps on your Apple Watch.

Step #3: Tap on Settings.

Open Settings on Apple Watch

Step #4: Now tap on General and then tap on Reset.

Tap on Reset on Apple Watch

Step #5: Finally, tap on Erase All Contents and Settings, which is the first option.

Tap on Erase Apple Watch Content and Setting on Apple Watch

That’s it!


Solutions listed above should work in your favor and the app, which is got stuck on Apple Watch while installing or updating, should be fixed.

If the issue persists, you need to contact Apple Support.

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