Forget the "honeycomb" Grid View for your watchOS apps: List View is the future.
While watchOS's honeycomb-like Home screen looks cool, its practical functionality is far more limited — especially for users with 38mm watches and larger fingers. We've come up with a number of hacks over the years to make finding apps easier on the Apple Watch, including Carousel patterns and Siri commands. With watchOS 4, however, users can happily put that chapter of their Apple Watch past to rest — Apple is giving users a List View option when watchOS 4 comes out this fall.
Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.
How to view your Apple Watch apps in List View
Note: If you're running the beta, there's no current way to delete apps from List View — you'll have to return to Grid View or do it on the iPhone.
- Press the Digital Crown to return to the Carousel Home screen.
- Firmly press on the Home screen.
Select List View.
To return to Grid View, firmly press on your Home screen's list view again and press the Grid View button.
Excited about List View? Prefer Grid View? Let us know in the comments.