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

Supercharge your wrist with this selection of must-have apps
Best apps for Android Wear

With thousands of Android Wear apps available and even more smartwatches running on Google's operating system, there's no excuse for settling for the basic features that comes built into your Android Wear smartwatch. Instead, take advantage of some of the best apps, whether that's for your Moto 360, Polar M600 or Nixon The Mission.

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...

Shazam

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

Papercraft

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

Despite the small screen size and limited input options offered by Android Wear devices, there are some pretty neat games for Google-powered smartwatches, including PaperCraft. The game is set in space but your ship is made of paper and so are all the bad guys you have to blast your way through. A lot of fun if you've got a bit of time to fill.

Free, Download PaperCraft app

CloudPlayer

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

There are several music player options for Android Wear but we like CloudPlayer because it comes with a fantastic Android app as well. You can use it offline or with OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive, and it essentially lets you build your own personal Spotify with your own MP3 files. The Android Wear app gives you instant control from your wrist.

Free, Download CloudPlayer app

IF by IFTTT

IFTTT stands for 'If This Then That', and enables you to link apps together to create applets 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

Wear Reader

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

Your wristwatch might not be the ideal device for getting through large chunks of reading but if you do have to browse through an article or two then Wear Reader is the perfect option, giving you the ability to read ePub, PDF, Word and plain text documents one word at a time. You can set your own word rate and there's a handy night mode available too.

Free, Download Wear Reader app

Spotify

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

Hole19 is one of the most comprehensive Android golf assistants and the Android Wear extension 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

Wear Messenger

If wanting to be able to send SMS messages is high on your list of 'tasks I need 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

Runkeeper

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

Out of the many fitness tracking apps that work with Android Wear, RunKeeper is one of the best options for tracking the miles you're putting in around the park. It's the app's comprehensiveness that's most impressive – it monitors pace, distance, elevation and calories burned, and works with your walks and cycling trips as well as your runs.

Free, Download RunKeeper app

Evernote

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

Wear Audio Recorder

If you're in a lecture or 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 realise.

Free, Download Wear Audio Recorder app

TripAdvisor

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

Todoist

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

Calm

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

If you're looking for something akin to the relaxation exercises available on the Apple Watch, then Calm could be the Android Wear app you're looking for: it helps you to meditate, relax and even sleep more soundly, and you can choose between different times and sessions for the exercises (anything from two minutes to a 21-day course).

Free, Download Calm app

Sleep As 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

Aeris Wear Weather

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

One of the best weather apps we've seen for Android Wear is Aeris Wear Weather. It brings with it a choice of classy weather widget options, a live satellite view, short-term and long-term forecasts, severe weather warnings and more, right on your wrist. The main Android app is very useful as well, although some features do require an in-app purchase.

Free, Download Aeris Wear Weather app

Feel the Wear

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

Feel The Wear is a very handy, Android Wear-specific utility that lets you adjust the alerts you get on your smartwatch – if you've ever wished that WhatsApp would notify you in a different way to Snapchat, get this app installed and customise the alerts as you see fit. If you upgrade to a premium account inside the app you can even upload your own sounds.

Free, Download Feel The Wear app

Citymapper

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

Fluenty

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

Fluenty is one of the more inventive Android Wear apps we've come across – it generates AI-powered responses to the messages you receive, saving you the trouble of doing any typing or getting your phone out. It works with Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Hangouts, SMS and more, and is usually pretty good at guessing what you might want to say.

Free, Download Fluenty app

PixtoCam

This simply turns your smartwatch into a viewfinder for the camera app on your smartphone, so you can 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, and there's also the option to take the shot from your wrist.

$1.99, Download PixtoCam app


Shop for recommended Android Wear watches on Amazon

Sony SmartWatch 3
Sony SmartWatch 3
$159.99
Huawei Watch
Huawei Watch
$279.99
Polar M600
Polar M600
$329.95
Nixon The Mission
Nixon The Mission
$399

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32 Comments

  • puipui says:

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

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.feitu.feitu&hl=en

  • 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: http://forum.xda-developers.com/android-wear/general/wear-dialer-t3048300
    Link on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.psksoft.watchphone
    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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpJuCuJaPmo

    It's now available on Google Play (free and no ads): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mantz_it.wearnetworknotifications

  • HelpfulHand says:

    Was that Guybrush Threepwood I saw?

  • chiragleuva says:

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  • 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

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com....

  • treycent says:

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

    https://youtube.com/treycent

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com....

  • 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: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bina...

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

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bina...

  • 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:

    great 

  • Dkeener81 says:

    is there an app to connect Google fit + SHEALTH + Fitbit????

  • MichelTurk says:

    1. There’s this awesome app called GrabPoints. In a nutshell they pay you for trying out new apps and answering a couple of surveys. I love using it because they are always active on social media giving out points and the rewards are always fair. Like just for signing up you already get $1 then if you use a friend’s invite code you get 500 PTS and easy AND your friend gets points in return too! See even simply inviting people earns you money. If you ever happen to try GRABPOINTS please use my invite code: S6FMAC Hope this helps!

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