Twitter App Disappears From Apple Watch Following Latest iOS Update [Updated]

Twitter last night updated its iOS app to version 7.8 to patch a bug that prevented users from uploading photos in high resolution, but the same update also appears to have removed the company's companion Apple Watch app from the App Store. As noticed by users on Reddit and Twitter, after updating the Twitter app on iPhone the Apple Watch app has subsequently vanished, and Twitter has yet to comment on whether or not the app's removal is permanent.

On Apple Watch, Twitter users could view their timeline to browse recent Tweets made by people they follow, check out top trends, and Tweet directly from the Apple Watch using a voice-to-text feature. Now, any mention of Twitter offering an Apple Watch app has been removed from the app's page on the iOS App Store.


MacRumors forum members pointed out earlier this week that the Twitter app on Apple Watch began crashing and had trouble displaying the Twitter icon on notifications following the launch of watchOS 4. This means Twitter could be working on the app behind the scenes to get it up and running again for the new operating system on the Apple Watch, but it's also a possibility that the app is gone for good.

If it is, Twitter will fall in line with a series of high-profile Apple Watch apps that have pulled support for Apple's wearable device this year. Over the course of a few months in the first part of 2017, Google Maps, Amazon, and eBay all quietly removed their Apple Watch apps from the App Store without many people taking notice until May. Google and eBay said the move was to rework the apps and debut new versions later, which has yet to happen.

There are still some third-party Twitter clients with Apple Watch support, including Tweetbot and Twitterific. If Twitter comments on the removal of its Apple Watch app, we'll update this article.

Update: Twitter provided a statement to TechCrunch, although the social network company avoided commenting specifically about the Apple Watch app and its removal from the App Store.
“We heard from people that notifications were the most helpful part of the Apple Watch Twitter experience. With this, we are focusing on supporting more robust, media-rich notifications. We are committed to providing the very best Twitter experience on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Apple Watch, and we’ll continue to iterate and improve our apps across all platforms,” said Dan Jackson, a Twitter spokesperson.


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16 months ago
Twitter is one of the 5 3rd party apps that I use. I just turned off auto-update since my twitter is still there.
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16 months ago
now how else will i be able to get trumps tweets while working out without my phone
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16 months ago
With a faster processor and independent network connectivity, third-party apps are just beginning to make sense. Would be a pity if this trend continues.
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16 months ago
Not surprising as it's still just a fitness band that shows you push notifications. The series 3 could change that now that connectivity is easier with LTE but I worry the hassle isn't worth it for most developers. You can only create and update so many versions of an app. Remember how we all criticized Android and its fragmentation, well this is comparable.
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16 months ago
At least I can still access the music library on my iPhone from my Apple Watch so that's...oh, never mind.
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16 months ago

Wow. Twitter couldn’t have tested it with os 4 BEFORE it was released? Some lazy ass devs they have there.


I would move that its probably some pennywise and poundfoolish managers / executives who made this choice, now - when the market is obviously growing quite well - that was the cause. Probably called off months ago.

Guessing the devs liked working on the new platform and had no choice in the matter (in a corporate environment that's normally how it is).
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16 months ago
Twitter is my most used third party app on my watch. I sleep with my watch & can look at my twitter feed if I wake up. One of the advantages of the new series 3 cellular I ordered was to look at my twitter feed without my phone. I hope this is just a fix, not an abandonment.
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16 months ago
Its going to take a while to figure out what should and shouldn't be in this market, but waiting till the market is obviously turning for the Apple Watch (Series 2 was really the turn) and then they pull their app seems like missing the surge. Its their app though.
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16 months ago
So the Twitter app is no longer available for Apple Watch?
Sounds like an improvement to me! :cool:
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16 months ago
I honestly don't get why people do this. Developing for the watch is actually rather interesting and its not some horribly difficult thing to do.

Sure there are some special considerations to take but its a lot simpler than the phone. Even the layout on the watch is done for you for the most part.
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