How To Delete Photos From Apple Watch: Step By Step Guideline

Among all features & functions of the Apple Watch, there is one basic feature that enables you to watch photos of your favorite person, place, or pet on your apple watch.

The ‘photos app’ on your apple watch aims to give you the opportunity to watch your favorite memories when your phone is not around you.

But you may also want to delete some of these memories. Hence, you may not know how to delete photos from Apple Watch. Don’t worry, we are here to help you in this regard.
In this article, you will learn the step-by-step process of deleting photos from your apple watch.
So, let’s dive into this.

How to delete photos from your apple watch

By using the Photos app on your iPhone, you can delete photos from your apple watch. We will be describing all the methods one by one.

Use the Photos app on your iPhone to delete photos from your apple watch

Apple Watch gives you an option to watch photos but unfortunately, you can just view and zoom in/out it on your watch. There is not any other function like edit, copy, duplicate, or any other option on your watch.

So to manage photos on your watch, you have to use the Photos app on your iPhone. We will show you two methods here.

Method 1: Use the delete or Move option

In this method, go through the following steps.

  • Unlock your iPhone and go to the Photos app of your iPhone.
  • Then click on the Album icon. Here you will see all the albums that are saved on your phone.
  • Find the Album that is selected as Selected Photo Album in the Photos app on your iPhone. Generally, your Favourite album is set to show photos on your watch.
  • Go to that Album (let’s say the album named Favourite). Select your desired photos.
  • Delete your selected photos. To delete, tap on the delete icon located at the bottom right corner. Then a pop-up window will show up & hit delete again.

This way, you can delete photos from your Apple Watch. That means these photos will not be found on your apple watch anymore.

However, your deleted photos will be sent to the Recently Deleted Photo folder. These photos are kept there & will be permanently deleted after 30 days from your iPhone.
If you want to keep photos on your iPhone but delete them from your Apple Watch then,

  • Instead of deleting, Move your selected photos to another album that is not synchronized to your apple watch. You can create a new album or move it into an existing album for this purpose.

In this way, your selected photos will not show up on your apple watch but you can access them through your iPhone.

Method 2: Not to show any photos on Apple Watch

If you want not to show up any photos on your apple watch, then follow these simple steps.

  • On your phone, go to the Watch app.
  • Tap on My Watch located at the bottom left corner.
  • Now find the Photos option & tap on Photos.
  • Then you will have an option named Selected Photo Album. You have to click on it.
  • After clicking on Selected Photo Album, you will get many options that are named the same as the album saved on your iPhone.
  • Above all options, you will see an option named None. Tap on the None option not to show any photo on your apple watch.

Use this method if you want not to watch any photos on your Apple Watch.

How to delete the photos app from your apple watch

There are two methods using which you can delete the Photos app or any unused app from your apple watch.
Either You can delete the Photos app using your iPhone.

To do this,

  • Go to the Watch app & scroll down until you find the Installed on Apple Watch section.
  • Then tap on the Photos app & you will be sent to a new window.
  • Here you will see the Show on Apple Watch option & switch right to it. Swipe left to turn off the switch & that app will be removed from your apple watch.

You can directly delete the Photos app using your apple watch.

For this,

  • Press the digital crown button to show up on your app screen.
  • Find the Photos icon. Press down & hold it until you see that all apps are shaking & a cross mark above the icon.
  • Tap on that cross icon & then hit the delete option to remove the Photos app from your iPhone.

This way Photos app will be deleted from your apple watch & if you want, you can again install it through your iPhone.

If your app screen is on list view mode, then

  • Find the Photos app & swipe to the left until a trash icon shows up.
  • Tap on the trash icon & tap on delete again to delete the Photos app from your watch.
  • This is how you can delete the Photos app or any other unused app from your Apple Watch.

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There is not a lot of storage on your watch. So now you can delete some photos or delete the photos app to free up some space using the above guidelines.
This article has discussed how to delete photos from your Apple watch. Now you should have a crystal clear idea about how can you delete your photos from your watch.
I hope this article has answered your queries.

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