In this guide, we will make you aware of a nifty workaround to mitigate the issue of the Favorites dock being removed from the Apple Watch running watchOS 10. Out of all the Apple devices we tested with the new OS, it’s the easiest to conclude that the tech giant has ruined its watch up to the maximum possible extent. The first shocker came as soon as we found out that we could no longer directly swipe on the screen to change watch faces.
While we were yet to digest that change, we found a new and rather more infuriating change. Apple has also removed the direct access to Favorites Dock from its Watch on the latest watchOS 10. You will now have to first double-click the digital crown and only then could you interact with the Dock. As a result of this, accessing the frequently used apps has become an unnecessarily lengthy process.
Moreover, the dock now displays recent apps instead of favorites, thereby further complicating the matter. And that’s not it. To make it much more problematic for the end users, Apple decided to reverse the scrolling direction in the dock as well. To top it all off, there are no longer headers for each app either. All in all, it’s one of the worst watch updates that we could think of in ages.
Making tons of [unnecessary] changes to the OS just for the sake of showing something on paper that the new OS release brings in a truckload of new features doesn’t make much sense if it ends up ruining the user experience- if only someone conveys this message to Apple. With that said, while we cannot bring back the removed Favorites Dock from Apple Watch running watchOS 10, we could make it a tad bit easier for you to access it.
Fix watchOS 10: Favorites Dock Removed from Apple Watch
It is recommended that you try out each of the below-mentioned workarounds and then see which one spells out success. So with that in mind, let’s get started.
TWEAK 1: Via App Grid
You could use the App Grid instead of the List view and then rearrange app icons to put your favorites at the top [just like you’d arrange your Home Screen].
TWEAK 2: Via Widgets Mode
Swipe up to enter Widgets mode. There you’ll find a Favorites palet with 3 slots, that resemble a Dock [though you will only be able to dock three apps].
TWEAK 3: Via Crown
Double tapping the crown will bring up recently used apps [kind of like swiping up on the iPhone]. While it’s not the same as the dock but will get the job done.
So try out these tweaks and share your experience with us in the comments. On that note, we round off this guide regarding the steps to mitigate the issue of the Favorites dock being removed from the Apple Watch running watchOS 10. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution as soon as possible.
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