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Instagram Removes its Apple Watch App

That iThingy You're Wearing
April 2, 2018

Another Apple Watch app from a big name is disappearing. With an update earlier today, Instagram has removed its Apple Watch app.

Here’s the statement Instagram gave to iPhoneAddict:

“The Instagram app for Apple Watch will no longer be available as a stand-alone experience once users upgrade to Instagram version 39 on iOS, released April 2, 2018. We are committed to providing users with the best experience with their Apple products and we will continue to explore ways to achieve this on all platforms. Users with an Apple Watch will continue to enjoy a great Instagram experience through various rich and varied notifications.”

The app was designed using the original Apple Watch SDK. And starting on April 1, Apple is requiring all apps use at least the watchOS 2 SDK that allowed for some of the app’s processing to occur on the watch itself instead of completely on an iPhone.

A number of other major companies have previously removed their Apple Watch apps including eBay, Amazon, Twitter, Slack, and others.

Instagram, Inc.