How to Customize Apple Watch App View

Apart from customizing the Apple Watch faces with a variety of complications for a more personalized experience, I have the habit of tweaking the app view every now and then. At times, placing all the apps in the “List View” does the trick for me. At other times, simply rearranging the app icons gives a slightly refreshed look to the app view. If you are yet to unlock this nifty Apple Watch hack, follow along to learn how you can customize Apple Watch app view to your heart’s liking.

Tips to Customize Apple Watch App View

watchOS lets you choose from two types of views: List and Grid. While List View lines up all the installed apps in the Apple-pie-order (aka an alphabetical scrolling view), the grid view is (also known as the honeycomb view) lays out app icons in a hexagonal grid. What’s more, the grid view offers you the flexibility to put the circular watch app icons in the desired place for a custom look and feel.

Switch Between Grid View and List View on Apple Watch

It’s quite easy to switch between the list and grid view on watchOS.

  1. Launch Settings app on your Apple Watch.

Launch Settings app on Apple Watch

2. Now, tap on App View.

Choose App View

3. Next, select the preferred view:

Switch between list and grid view on watchOS 7

  • List View: Places apps in alphabetical order.
  • Grid View: Lays out apps in a hexagonal grid. By default, it’s selected. 


  • It’s worth noting that Apple has slightly changed the process of switching between list and grid view in watchOS 7 due to the removal of Force Touch. 
  • In watchOS 6 or earlier, you could simply touch and hold the home screen of the Apple Watch and then choose the preferred view. That was pretty simple in the Force Touch era. 

Switch Between List and Grid View Using Watch App on iPhone

Changing app view is just as straightforward using the Watch app for iOS.

  1. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone.

Open Watch app on iPhone

2. Now, ensure that the My Watch tab is selected at the bottom left corner of the screen.

Tap on My Watch tab

3. Next, tap on App View.

Select App View in watch app for iOS

4. Next up, select your desired view and the change will come into effect instantly.

Change app watch view using iPhone

Rearrange Apple Watch Apps in Grid View Using iPhone

Though watchOS doesn’t offer an option to fine-tune the list view, you get the option to rearrange apps in grid view using the Watch app on iPhone.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone and then tap on the App View.

Select App View in watch app for iOS

2. Now, make sure the Grid View is selected. Then, tap on Arrangement.

Tap on arrangement

3. Finally, touch and hold an app icon and place it at the preferred spot. Well, you can choose to keep all of your favorite games on one side and put your workout apps/expense trackers on the other side for quick access.

Change grid view app layout

Once you have customized the app layout, quit the setting. Now, check out the change on your Apple Watch.

Fine-Tune Apple Watch App View With Ease

So, that’s the way you can tweak the Apple Watch app view. Now that you know how it works, make the most of it to keep monotonous feeling away. watchOS 7 has come up with a wide range of new features including battery health, native sleep tracking, and Private MAC Address. Let me know the ones that have turned out to be your top picks and what are your expectations from the watchOS 8?

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