The watchOS 4 update adds in a ton of cool features, but somewhere along the line Apple forgot that the Apple Watch is a watch and some people like to see their watch face when they look at their screen.
By default watchOS 4 will show you a now playing screen on your Apple Watch when you raise to wake if you are listening to something on your iPhone. Here’s how to turn this awful feature off and see your watch face when you look at your watch instead of what you are listening to. This is also on by default on the new Apple Watch 3 with LTE.
When we look at our Apple watch we want to see our Activity Rings and the complications we set up specifically to see information at a quick glance. It’s one of the reasons we can’t use the new Siri personal assistant watch face and it’s why we hate this watchOS 4.0 feature.
How to Turn Off Apple Watch Now Playing App
You cannot downgrade your Apple Watch to watchOS 3, but you can turn off this abomination of a feature and get back to seeing your Apple Watch face when you look at your watch. the downside to this is that you can no longer use the Digital Crown to control volume, but it’s a very small price to pay to see your Apple Watch face.
Apple calls this feature Auto Launch, and you can turn it off in the Watch settings on your watch or on your phone using the Apple Watch app. The easiest way to do this is on the iPhone.
- Open the Apple Watch App
- Tap on General
- Tap on Wake Screen
- Toggle off Auto-launch Audio apps
- Enjoy seeing your watch face
Once you turn this off you can now raise your wrist and see your Apple Watch instead of the music you are listening to. You may want to add a complication for you Now playing or add it to your dock so you can use the dial to control volume, but it’s a small tradeoff to get rid of the most annoying Apple Watch feature we’ve seen in three years.