How to Change When the Apple Watch Wakes with the Last-Used App

You can configure your Apple Watch to wake when you do things like tap the screen or raise your wrist. In many cases you will see your default watch face when the screen wakes.

But in other cases you may see the last app that you were using instead. This is helpful when you are still using the app, but it can be annoying when you haven’t used an app in a while and you need to close out of it just to see your watch face. Our guide below will show you how to change a setting for your watch through the Watch app on your iPhone so that it only shows apps if you’ve used them very recently.

How to Change When the Apple Watch Stops Opening to the Last App

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus using iOS 12.2. The Apple Watch in question is using watchOS 5.2.

Step 1: Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

open the watch app

Step 2: Choose the My Watch tab at the bottom-left of the screen.

select the my watch tab

Step 3: Select the General option.

open the general menu

Step 4: Touch the Wake Screen button.

tap the wake screen button

Step 5: Tap the option under On Screen Wake Show Last App that corresponds to how long you want your Watch to open to an app after you have last used it.

choose how long apple watch opens to app after last use

Do you find that you are often taking screenshots on your watch when you don’t mean to? Find out how to disable Apple Watch screenshots if it’s something that you don’t intend to use.

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