Unlike your iPhone or iPad(Opens in a new tab), your Apple Watch doesn’t have much room for apps, music, podcasts, and whatever else you try to store on it. The amount of storage space varies by watch version(Opens in a new tab). The Apple Watch Ultra, Series 8, 7, 6, 5 and SE offer 32GB of space, but you only get 16GB on the Series 4 and Series 3 GPS + Cellular model and only 8GB for the Series 3 GPS model .
Depending on your watch and how much content you download or sync, you could quickly run out of space before you know it. But your watch can tell you how much space you have available. It can also show you how much space is being used by specific apps and content, so you know what to jettison when you’re running low.
Running out of space on your Apple Watch? Here are a few tips,(Opens in a new tab) courtesy of Lance Whitney of PCMag.
Check storage space
Check the available storage space on your watch through the Watch app on your phone. Go to My watch > General > About in the application. Wait a few seconds and the app will display the total number of songs, photos and external applications on the device. It also shows the total capacity and the amount of space available.
To check capacity directly on your Apple Watch, go to Settings > General > Storage. The Storage section displays the amount of space available and the amount of space used. Swipe down the screen to see how much space is taken up by each app and type of content, including music, podcasts, and photos.
Now that you know which content is taking up the most space, you can delete items you no longer need. First, let’s look at uninstalling apps using the Watch app on your phone. Open the app and swipe down the My Watch screen until you reach it Installed on Apple Watch section.
Tap the name of an app you want to uninstall and toggle it Show app on Apple Watch switch and the app will be removed from the watch. Return to the previous screen and the app will now appear in the Available apps section, where you can always reinstall it on your watch by clicking the to install knob.
To uninstall an app directly from the watch, press the Digital Crown to see the home screen with all your apps. If the home screen is in grid view, gently press an icon until they all start to vibrate. Press X on the app you want to uninstall, then tap Delete app. Press the Digital Crown to prevent the icons from shaking.
If the home screen is in list view, swipe through the list until you see the app you want to uninstall. Swipe the app entry to the left and tap the trash can icon. Press Delete app enter to confirm.
You may also want to delete saved music(Opens in a new tab) from your Apple Watch. Do this by opening the Watch app on your iPhone. Swipe down the My Watch section and tap it Music entry.
The option for Recent music adds songs you’ve recently played. If this option is enabled and you want to see how much space can be freed, uncheck this switch to delete recent albums. Then tap the Edit link top right. Press To delete icon next to a playlist or album you want to delete, then tap it To delete knob.
To delete albums directly from your Apple Watch, open the Music app on your watch. Swipe down on each album thumbnail until you see the entries for On iPhone And Library. Crane Library and then select albums and swipe down the screen until you see an album you want to delete.
Swipe the album name to the left, then tap the ellipsis and choose the To delete knob. The app will ask if you want to remove the album from your library or remove this download from the watch. Crane Remove download and the album will be removed from your watch.
Change the photo sync settings
You can also change the settings for the photos that are synced from your phone to your watch. Open the Watch app on your iPhone, then swipe down the My Watch section and tap the item for photos. Whether the option is set to Mirror my iPhone or Amendedyou can change the album that syncs and manage the number of photos that sync to your watch.
Crane Sync album and switch it to another album, perhaps one that has fewer photos. Crane Limit for photos and reduce the number of synced photos to just 25. Your watch will then update the synced photos.
If you store audiobooks(Opens in a new tab) on your watch, these can be deleted in the Watch app on your iPhone. In the My Watch section, tap Audiobooks. Here you have a number of options.
If the switches for Reading now And Wants to read are enabled, it means your watch will automatically download audiobooks to fill space. Uncheck those options to stop syncing and free up space on your device. Scroll through the list of synced audiobooks to find books you no longer need on your watch. Swipe one to the left and tap the To delete knob.
If you like podcasts(Opens in a new tab)you can listen to them(Opens in a new tab) on your Apple Watch, but if you keep them on the device, you can delete them through the Watch app. Press podcasts enter on the My Watch screen. There are two options available that download episodes automatically, but you can take them over if you’re short on space.
The Next one option downloads anywhere from 1 to 10 episodes of your podcasts while stored adds 1 to 10 saved episodes. Tap each of those items and decrease the number or disable it altogether. You can then tap on a specific podcast and then decrease or select the number of episodes that are automatically saved Remove show to delete all episodes completely.
Unpair Apple Watch
If you’ve gone through all these steps and are still running low on space, try unpairing and repairing your watch. To do this, tap the in the Watch app All watches link at the top. Press Info icon for your watch and select Unpair Apple Watch.
Wait for the unpairing to complete, then bring your iPhone near your Apple Watch. Wait for the pairing screen to appear, then tap Get onand follow the steps to pair it again.
This article originally appeared on PCMag.com(Opens in a new tab), Mashable’s sister site. PCMag. com(Opens in a new tab) is a leading authority on technology, providing lab-based, independent assessments of the latest products and services.