Best apps for Android Wear: Download these top smartwatch apps now

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Best apps for Android Wear

With over 4,000 Android Wear apps available, there's no excuse for settling for the default functionality that comes built into your Android Wear smartwatch. You need to take advantage of some of the best new apps for your smartwatch and really make the most of your intelligent wearable.

A good Android Wear app should give some serious added value to your newest gadget, take you away from your smartphone, and generally make your life a lot easier.

Essential reading: How to install apps on your Android Wear smartwatch

Still, some Wear apps that sound promising just don't cut it once downloaded and the most popular apps on Google Play are actually watch faces. To save you time, we've rounded up our favourite apps to install straight away…


An obvious candidate for wrist-based access, Shazam's Android app now has full Android Wear support. You can use your smartwatch to launch the app (set it in settings to start tagging on launch), then the tracks will appear in the main smartphone app. Handy if you have only seconds to spare before a track ends and you're fumbling for your phone.

Free, Download Shazam Android app

Lifeline & Lifeline 2

Text based adventure games have found a new home on smartwatches, and the Lifeline series are some of the best. In Lifeline you help the protagonist, Taylor, survive after a spaceship crash leaves him marooned on a distant planet. In Lifeline 2, the storyline of the character Arika (avenging her parents and rescuing her brother) is twice as long.

$0.99, Download Lifeline app | Download Lifeline 2 app

Pocket Casts

Unfortunately podcast support on Android Wear isn't great – at least not yet – and Pocket Casts is about as good as it gets for now. This excellent podcasting app for Android (and iOS and the web) lets you control playback from your smartwatch, change the volume, browse for new podcasts on your wrist and favourite (star) the episodes you love most.

$0.99, Download Pocket Casts app


IFTTT stands for 'If This Then That', and enables you to link apps together to create recipes to perform certain actions – for example, IF your weather app says it's going to rain THEN tell your Philips Hue lights to turn blue. The IF Android Wear app enables you to automate a host of tasks such as sending automated SMS messages by tapping your smartwatch.

Free, Download IF by IFTTT app

SofaScore Live Scores

If you rely on Android Wear alerts for sports scores then definitely consider downloading this live scores app, which adds a little class to proceedings with club badges, start times and more, plus the scores themselves. It gets you live coverage of all leagues for 17 sports (including football, cricket, basketball and tennis) on your wrist as well as your phone.

Free, Download Sofascore Live Scores app

Wear Messenger

If wanting to be able to send SMS messages is high on your list of 'tasks I want to be able to do on my smartwatch' then Wear Messenger is well worth considering and offers a useful alternative to Google's own app. It comes with several keyboard options, voice input, customisable alerts and the option to send quick responses to your contacts.

Free, Download Wear Messenger app

Wear Audio Recorder

If you're in a lecture, an interview or someone is just spouting hilarious nonsense on the train, you can quickly record the sound around you using this simple app. Following the Google Material design guidelines, it lets you sync to both Google Drive and Dropbox, and you can even record with the screen display off if you'd prefer people not to know.

Free, Download Wear Audio Recorder app


Endomondo, the hugely popular fitness platform, has been updated for Android Wear, allowing you to tag your runs, cycles, hikes, climbs and so on. Also, if you're rocking a smartwatch with integrated GPS, you don't even need a companion smartphone – a standalone mode stores all the metrics from your exercise sessions directly on your watch.

Free, Download Endomondo app


The world's most famous streaming music service has made its way onto Android Wear at last, though you can only control playback somewhere else (on your phone or another device linked via Spotify Connect) – you can't actually sync music to your watch yet. Still, it's a capable little player, and lets you switch between your recent Spotify playlists.

Free (subscription required), Download Spotify app


Hole19 is one of the most comprehensive Android golf assistants and the Android Wear extension that provides distance details for more than 34,000 courses around the world. The app itself is extremely in-depth, but as getting your phone out on the course is a big no-no, you'll be better off making use of the distance scoring features on your smartwatch.

Free, Download Hole 19 app


A no brainer: the popular notes and reminders app (which you probably have on your phone already) has been reworked to give you glanceable info on your Android Wear watch. Everything is clean and simple with some full background images, but otherwise it's just checking off to-dos with taps and adding new reminders with voice control.

Free, Download Evernote app


You're probably already familiar with TripAdvisor, and the wealth of local info and user reviews it offers can come in very handy when you're travelling around – and of course it's often much easier to glance at your wrist than get your phone out. Read reviews, get directions, find things to do in the area where you are, all from your watch's display.

Free, Download TripAdvisor app


Wrist-based computing lends itself to quick, uncomplicated actions – such as checking off items on a to-do list, for example. Enter the aptly named Todoist, already a well-respected app for smartphones and the web, which makes the switch to Android Wear seamlessly, enabling you to bring up and clear your list of current tasks with a few taps of your finger.

Free, Download Todoist app

Toggles Wear

Turning settings on and off on your smartphone (such as Wi-Fi and aeroplane mode) can be inconvenient when you're on the move, so transfer the necessary switches to your wrist with the help of Toggles Wear. Adjust phone volume, see the remaining battery life, check how much mobile data you're using and more besides, all from one simple display.

$1.31, Download Toggles Wear app

Sleep Android

We're big fans of Sleep As Android, which lets you monitor your sleep patterns just by placing your smartphone on your mattress at night. If you have an Android Wear watch then the app can give you even more data on how you're sleeping: activate the wearable option inside the phone app and you can then start sleep tracking from either device.

Free, Download Sleep As Android app

InstaWeather for Android Wear

InstaWeather puts location-based weather reports front and centre on your smartwatch with seven free custom watch faces, featuring radar maps, hourly forecasts, wind conditions and more. The premium version available in-app offers extended forecasts, a bunch more faces, customisable location trackers and an animated radar as well.

Free, Download InstaWeather for Android Wear app

UP by Jawbone

The Jawbone UP app enables you to keep track of your daily steps from your Android Wear smartwatch, with no need to buy a separate band. In many ways it duplicates the functionality of Google Fit, but Jawbone has one of the best apps and ecosystems out there, and this app lets you tap into all of that without the need to buy another device.

Free, Download Jawbone app


Google Maps does a fine job already on Android Wear, but if you're in a part of the world that enjoys CityMapper coverage, this app is arguably even better if you're trying to get around via public transport. You can get live updates on buses, trains and trams, as well as precise directions right on your wrist. You need never be stuck at the wrong stop again.

Free, Download Citymapper app


Wunderlist is one of the most connected to do list apps out there, which might be what tempted Microsoft to go out and buy it. You can select a specific list to show on your Android Wear device and use 'OK Google' to add items using the power of voice control. You can also get reminders about your projects and reply to comments from others.

Free, Download Wunderlist app


Turn your smartwatch into a viewfinder for the camera app on your smartphone. Set up your phone for a selfie and then use your Android Wear screen to check you're in-shot. You can also access features like the flash settings, self-timer and zoom. When you're ready, you can even take a picture from your smartwatch with the one-tap shutter.

$1.99, Download PixtoCam app

Shop for recommended Android Wear watches on Amazon

Sony SmartWatch 3
Sony SmartWatch 3
Huawei Watch
Huawei Watch
Polar M600
Polar M600
Moto 360 Sport
Moto 360 Sport

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  • puipui says:

    please take a look at this brand new wear app "FeiTu"

  • BizarreDroid says:

    Someone needs to make an android wear app swipe style keyboard input for text entry. Something simple that allows you to trace each letter on the screen for entry with a simple double-tap or horizontal line for a space.

  • suman22 says:

    What about Wear Pebble finder? it saved me a couple of times. It's unlike the other ordinary ring and find. it can detect using bluetooth and mic

  • Alexandr says:

    Hello everybody!

    Let me introduce my brand new app for Android Wear - Watch phone.
    This is just another dialer but with perfect design recognized by many users.
    Proof on xda-developers:
    Link on Google Play:
    Thank you for attention!

  • demantz says:

    I missed the abillity to view my phone's signal strength (wifi and 3G/LTE) on most of the available watchfaces. So I created a little app to help out. It will show a small notification card that shows the signal strength and network name of the currently used network. It works with all watchfaces and is free and open source!

    Here's a demo:

    It's now available on Google Play (free and no ads):

  • HelpfulHand says:

    Was that Guybrush Threepwood I saw?

  • chiragleuva says:

    Hi ,

    Thank you for sharing . This is the best live cricket score watch app :

    Live Cricket Score Watch App  

    Let me know your thoughts .

  • random says:

    Great list, thanks! There is an app that turns your smartwatch into a humor hub. The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. Jokester App will keep your mood up by displaying hilarious jokes on your smartwatch. 

  • Qubin says:

    You're searching for an Offline Musicplayer or a File Manager to transfer files to your watch. Or maybe an Imageviewer including zoom in and out?

    Wear Media - Music File Manager

  • justjack says:

    looks great I was wondering does it do anything with Facebook or ya

  • kkhona says:

    Hey guys you need to check out Wear SMS Pro, it lets you to completely control your text messaging from android wear watch. You can start new conversations, view previous ones or reply to incoming texts with voice or pre defined messages

  • treycent says:

    Load photos and post messages by voice to Slack, Twitter, etc. from your watch or phone:

  • TonyD says:

    The great thing about smartwatches is their stand-alone functionality - things they can do without being tethered to a phone. Here's a couple of such apps:

    HandyGPSWear is a great stand-along hiking and outdoors app:

    HandyListPlus is a great stand-alone "to do" and shopping list app:

  • Abdullawldmohd says:

    wish there was an app for TV shows tracking 

    • yoot says:

      If you download tvshow time app it will show on your watch when a TV show is due.

  • Seckie says:

    i dobt know how to use my messging app cuz it wont let me text brand of the watch is smart watch ugh i need help i tried everything and i dont know what to do

  • jkornegoor says:

    Dear all,I use the Iphone 6S to connect with my Asus Zenwatch2. Is it possible to have e.g. Polar Beat on my watch for the heartrate ? I should connect the Polar H7  heartrate belt to my Iphone or maybe to my Zenwatch . 

  • Anny says:

    What about WearWolf? Thats a rally cool wear tool. Using wearwolf I streamed Es-filexeplorer, Chrome, 3c Toolbox pro, a minuum-keyboayd from mobile to my wear and installed them (using wearwolf) and also using wearwolf set density to reach all controls of those apps on the wear screen. It would be nice if you could present also apps not that known and hard to find on play store but as cool as wearwolf.

  • connor531 says:

    Will Amazon Music Work on the android wear?

    • Scoller says:

      yes ist works. With App wear Music Controller. First you have to start Amazon music with your phone. Then you can control it

  • connor531 says:

    Will amazon music work on android wear?

  • Wally says:

    Hi. Why is it like pulling teeth trying to find an app that will use my LG watch R heart rate monitor to monitor my heart rate when I'm using an app for excercise such as biking?

  • weasel5i2 says:

    Another good one for remoting your smartphone camera is LookBehind for Android Wear. It can activate the camera without the phone being on (or even turning on when you do it) so it's great for peeking over the giant tall person blocking your view at a rock concert. ^_^

  • botond says:

    Have you ever wanted to control your samsung smart tv from your wear?
    Try Smart TV remote from Andev  - allowing you to turn your wear into a remote control for your tv.

  • mdmk1 says:

    I need apps to download to my smartwatch/phone.

  • dredan says:

    Has anyone been able to get Google maps or any map to work with round face watches? I tried Google map but the interfaceis square instead of filling the face. With other maps it's difficult to go to settings because they are off the face of the watch, so no settings.

  • Bigfly2012 says:


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