How to view purchases and manage subscriptions in the App Store on Apple Watch

Apple Watch App Store Account Options

As an Apple Watch owner, you already know of the many ways your wearable can benefit you. And when Apple introduced a standalone App Store app on Apple Watch, it was another great feature. You no longer have to open the store on your iPhone to browse or download apps for your Watch.

Along with this terrific way to get apps, the App Store also lets you manage your account, right from your wrist. Although limited, you can still do things like view purchases and manage subscriptions and here’s how.

Access your account in the App Store on Apple Watch

Once you navigate to the app and access your account, you can accomplish your tasks easily. So, let’s get started!

1) Open the App Store by pressing the Digital Crown and tapping it from your installed apps.

2) Scroll to the bottom of the App Store screen and tap Account.

3) You’ll then see tabs for Purchased, Subscriptions, and Updates. We’ll cover the first two options below. The Updates tab is simple one showing your available updates and recently updated apps.

Apple Watch App Store Account


Tap Purchased to see the apps you’ve installed. If you have Family Sharing set up, tap My Purchases to see your own or a family member’s name to see theirs.

You have a handy Search box at the top if you want to find a specific app. Or, you can scroll using the Digital Crown.

If you see an app that has the download cloud icon, that means you’ve installed it on another device, but the app is available for Apple Watch too. Tap that icon if you want to download it to your Watch.

You can also tap Open to launch an app or select one to view its App Store details.

Apple Watch App Store Purchases


Tap Subscriptions to see all app subscriptions, both active and expired. This includes subscriptions to any app, not just those available on or installed on your Apple Watch. And this is an important feature!

Say you’re lounging on the couch or by the pool and remember you subscribed to an app. You might want to see when it’s set to automatically renew and/or make sure to cancel the subscription before you’re charged again.

Having the Subscriptions section in the App Store on Apple Watch means you don’t have to jump up and grab your iPhone or Mac. You can manage that subscription from your wrist.

At the top of the Subscriptions screen you’ll see your Active subscriptions. You can also see the date each is set to renew. And if you’re curious about inactive ones, you have a section at the bottom for Expired subscriptions.

Apple Watch App Store Subscriptions

Tap to pick one and then you can review the auto-renew details. This lets you choose a different option such as a yearly subscription instead of a monthly one (for apps that offer options). If you select another renewal option, you’ll need to confirm by tapping Continue. And be sure to read the policy that displays for your change in terms.

Apple Watch App Store Change Subscriptions

If you don’t want to renew, scroll to the bottom of that screen and tap Cancel Subscription. If you are within a free trial period, you can tap Cancel Trial Period too. You’ll be asked to Confirm if you decide to cancel a subscription.

Apple Watch App Store Cancel Subscriptions

Wrapping it up

It’s nice that the App Store on Apple Watch gives you these features to manage your account. Whether you want to download an app that you installed on your iPhone or make sure to cancel a subscription for an app you no longer use, you can do it all from your wrist.

What do you think about the App Store on Apple Watch? Do you like it or do you prefer to still look for Apple Watch apps from your iPhone? Let us know!