The best Samsung Gear S2 apps so far

Updated: Early gems in an otherwise underwhelming app store
The best Gear S2 apps so far

The Samsung Gear S2 might not boast as many apps as Apple, Android Wear or even Pebble, but it still remains our current smartwatch favourite.

At launch, there were more than 1,000 apps, and while we haven't seen a huge increase in numbers in Samsung's app store, the quality is at least getting better.

Read this: Samsung Gear S2 review

Samsung opened up its SDK (the kit developers need to make apps) early but that doesn't mean all developers have made this device their priority. What's more, some have told Wareable that the Gear S2 is incredibly hard to code for.

All Gear S2 apps are downloaded via the Samsung Gear app, once it has been paired to the smartwatch. As we wait patiently for the arrival of the Gear S3, we've been living with the current Samsung smartwatch reaping the benefits of the latest big software updates and trying out the best new apps to make it easier to find the ones you need in your life.

Let us know what apps and games you're using and any recommendations you've found below in the comments or over in the Wareable Forum.

Nike+ Running

A staple for any wearable OS, the ever-present Nike+ Running app provides information on the user's distance, pace, and length of a run. Information is displayed right on the face of the watch though it's not the easiest to read when you're looking down through a mist of sweat. Additional motivational help is provided within the app's content.

Travel Phrasebook

Making those tricky conversations abroad a little easier, this Gear S2 app plucks out a selection of handy phrases covering all the important scenarios like talking to a taxi driver, going for dinner and working out your money. Best of all, it works offline, so you don't need to be connected to communicate a bit better with the locals.

Calorie Burner S2

Perfect if you want to know how much it's going to take to burn off that burger you had at lunch, this fitness app stores a collection of foods across 14 different families to let you know exactly how many calories you've consumed. Then you can start your workout and proceed to sweat it out of your system.

Here Navigator

Get simple, easy to read, turn-by-turn directions for walking or driving with HERE Maps' Navigator app. Samsung has partnered with the mapping service but we had to download the app onto our device. It's free, accurate too and won't have you walking in circles like Apple Maps on the Watch.

Camera Gear

If you want to shoot pictures or record video on your phone via your Gear S2, this is the app to do it. Turning that crisp, vibrant circular display into a viewer, it works with both front and rear facing cameras, supports a flash mode and has a self timer mode to give you time to get into the shot.

Vroom Rider

There's not a lot of Gear S2 games out there, but this Outrun-esque arcade racer is one of the best of the bunch. You can steer the car using the Gear S2's rotating bezel and while longer sessions might sap the life out of the battery, it's a whole lot of fun.

Twitter Trends

With this social networking app, you can get Twitter feeds sent directly to your watch face, below the date and time, so you'll know exactly when your clever status update got a retweet. This could be an example of connectivity overload but get the right feed and it will keep you up to date on Twitter without becoming too distracting.

Playlists for Spotify Premium

Sadly, an official Spotify app doesn't exist for the Samsung smartwatch. With this unofficial offering, it'll let you launch Spotify (Premium only) from the Gear S2 and then sift through your playlists. It doesn't work with individual tracks or albums, but it's a decent alternative until Spotify decides to come up with something more feature-packed.


The breathing exercise app is all about helping you relax, reduce that anxiety and just generally feel a lot less stressed. It works by displaying animations that will guide you through the simple sessions letting you use the rotating bezel or the touch screen to set up the session duration.

Mr. Time Maker

This is a nice - and popular - watch face creator which lets you customise or 'stylise' existing faces with adding dial colours and widgets like dates. Plus you can also make your own and some enterprising Samsung smartwatch owners have copied their favourite traditional watch designs. Mr. Time recommends setting these to private to avoid copyright problems.


Uber has finally arrived on the Gear S2, after being listed as a launch app. We had to download a companion app to our Samsung phone as well as the Gear S2 app (and our own Android Uber app). But once you're set up and logged in, it's a slick, nicely designed app.

First is a 'set pickup' screen with a miniature map to move around or pinpoint your current location then you get a list of Uber options (UberX, Pool etc) to scroll through with the rotating bezel to order your car.

Chat Hub

This handy Samsung app brings all your messages into one screen - texts, WhatsApps, Facebook Messenger etc. Again, it involves two downloads but there's no more logging in after that. Chat Hub includes both preset replies like "What's up?" and an onscreen keyboard if you really want to type out your response.

News Briefing

Flipboard for Gear S2 (essentially) is here and it's a nice image-based stream of curated articles to scroll through with the S2's rotating bezel. One minor point - the default font is too big to read whole headlines.


A decent start for the official Gear S2 eBay app - you can view your buying and selling activity, increase bids (by turning the bezel) and outbid someone on the watch itself. You can't search items or place a new bid yet but perhaps that's for the best, impulse buy wise.

Agile Keyboard

We're not really sure what to make of this QWERTY keyboard app for the Gear S2 but thought it best to mention. Some people love this sort of thing and as boldly stylish as the Gear S2 can be, this is still a geek's watch at heart. One reasons you might actually download this $0.99 app is the access to hundreds of emojis in a few taps. Nice.

Snake Classic S2

Two types of games are emerging on smartwatches - imaginative text based adventures and well, simple mobile games. And it doesn't get more basic than Snake, the Gear S2 version is actually the top free app on the Gear store. No further explanation needed.

Photo Watch Pro

The selection of watch faces for the Gear S2 is increasing - it has Snoopy now, take that Mickey Mouse Apple Watch. But most users want to personalise the look of their watch even more.

If Mr. Time Maker style customisation isn't your bag, download Photo Watch to use your own still/animated images as background dials. Switch out photos by double tapping the watch app itself (which comes from Android Wear), not the smartphone app.


Want to play spy movie? Voxer aims to come close. If you're rocking the Gear S2 3G, you can send audio messages from your smartwatch to someone else, like you would on a walkie-talkie, to instantly talk with your friend. Just tap on a contact and start speaking into your watch. Yep.

It appears as a message on your mate's watch and they can then listen to it on the watch itself via the S2 3G's speaker or on a connected Bluetooth headset.


This is a food and water tracker that's already available on the Apple Watch and Android Wear. Samsung's own S Health screens allow you to manually enter that you've drank a bottle of water or cup of coffee with one tap. But if you want to go one step further, Lifesum is worth a look with recipes, diaries and 'lose weight'/'gain weight' goals.


You know those cutesy characters that you can use as stickers in the Line messaging app? Well, now you can choose one to be your watch face on Gear S2 with this Line app - hold tight for the full blown messaging app on Tizen.

Yelp for Gear

What time is it? It's breakfast time. Meet me at a quarter to coffee break. I get off work at happy hour. That's how you will tell time with the Yelp app for Gear S2. While providing consumer-submitted reviews of various businesses inside the app, your watch face looks like a spinning wheel of things-to-do which makes good use of the watch's circular screen and rotating bezel.

And if you own smart home devices or a connected car...


With the SmartThings app for Gear S2 you will be able to use your smartwatch to activate preset lighting so your house is ready for your return, as well as manage a host of smart home automations. It hasn't arrived on Samsung's store yet, but it will work with Samsung's SmartThings kit.

Kevo by UniKey

Keys are so 20th century. Nowadays, all you need is a smartphone to get through your front door. Even more convenient, with apps like Kevo, you can unlock your front door with your wrist worn device. You can also send digital codes to friends and family when you aren't home so they can let themselves in and won't accidentally lose your house key.

The app works with the $220 Kwikset Kevo smart lock by Unikey so, you know, don't download if you have a dumb door.


If you've got one of Volkswagen's new connected cars and a Gear S2, you'll be able to tell, right on your watch face, whether you've left the door unlocked. You can also start the air conditioner and pause charging on electric cars. Even better? Your smartwatch's emissions are guaranteed to be legal.

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  • SoLo says:

    Why isnt anyone talking about the 3g version? What carriers will carry it? What will the price be? Where can someone buy the replacement bands they showed off when they announced the watch?  I dont get why this has to be a mystery with Samsung.  Announce like apple does and you will sell more. 

    • iSueYOU says:

      Because this Website's Writers all Sainted Steve Jobs iCrAppleholics..... bent on dissing on anything that doesn't have the Cult of the Rotten Bitten Apple Logo on it!!!

      Of it needs to be engraved with Tim Crook's Official Seal of the iDevil Profit Mongers for this writer to think it worthy of their dearly beloved Saint Steve Jobs's iGraveyard likeness, in preparation for iHalloween! .....where she will play the part of Lisa the failed prelude to the Mac and slayer of the all mighty IBM, in a remake of Apple's infamous Commercial that only ran once! she'll deliver the famous fearless leader's eulogy in celebration of All Hallows Eve.... I mean Lisa.... the long gone 1st copy of Xerox PARC's GUI and Mouse FAIL!!! 

      • j.stables says:

        I understood the beginning where you said we were all biased, but sort of lost it a bit near the end. The Xerox bit was particularly confusing. 

        • Buffalo says:

          Steve Jobs stole the GUI interface from Xerox. Xerox invented the technology but was afraid that it would make copy machines obsolete, so they buried it.

        • prd0000 says:

          Jobs stole Xerox OS and GUI for his Apple, but then told lies to the world that Gates stole it. The fact was that Gates hired former PARC engineers when Jobs stole their future. He's a mischievous evil prick, not a genius, just a thief without conscience.

          • nd123 says:

            Everyone stole from Xerox. Cisco stole the routing setup, Apple also got the mouse from Xerox as well... Lots of other ideas came from Xerox... too bad they just put them all in the trash or Xerox would be one of the top companies today.

    • j.stables says:

      No info yet – probably because it's not ready. Will update when we hear back.

    • Lissu says:

      I got 3G one from AT&T (running 4G on it). I own bluetooth one also. 3G Gear S2 is slightly bigger and heavier than bluetooth Gear S2, but it sure is nice to be connected to text and phone calls when I'm away from my phone and be able to talk on the watch. I was talking to my husband in a middle of noisy downtown, he was talking thru his Toyota truck speaker phone via bluetooth. Voice quality was just fine and I was pleased. I just wish Samsung comes out with more apps to use on the watch like IFTTT, so we can customize it and make it more useful. That's the one thing I admoire Moto 360 2nd gen more.

  • smooth1 says:

    thank-you  for  your  comments  solo  samsung  unbelievable  smh

  • wilsonrcraig says:

    Hi Lori, 

    Would you be interested in trying Voxer with the Samsung watch? I work for Mindshare PR, Voxer's pr agency, and would be glad to arrange it if so. Please let me know.



    • Madchiller says:

      I would like to try it!

  • MrMVJohnson says:

    So you might not be aware of the line app, but it's very popular in a few Asian countries. Is the messaging function integrated in the watch or is it just the character faces? (This is probably the most important function to me)

    • j.stables says:

      Ah thanks – checking this but the initial "Timeless" selection was a watch face. I'm certain there will be an integrated app on Tizen. 

  • velkro16 says:

    When I type in Voxer into the Gear app store nothing comes up. Anyone having this issue?

    • Madchiller says:

      Same here

    • Madchiller says:

      Same here.

      • Vadimjdm says:

        Do you have the 3g version of the s2?

  • fb_509 says:

    Google Tasks.   

    As soon as that's available, I'll buy this thing (I want to be able to go into Whole Foods and leave my phone in the car.  Grocery list on Google Tasks, pay with Android Pay.)

    Why in the world doesn't Samsung hire it's own programmers and crank out a few essential apps for this thing?

  • dinakaran says:

    I don't find Twitter Trends or Voxer in my Gear Apps

  • Vadimjdm says:

    gear s2 DOESN'T HAVE A SPEAKER!!!  Only the gear s2 3g. Please do your research before posting.

  • Vadimjdm says:

    only the gear s2 3G has a speaker.

    • stewarddj says:

      That is a real shame not to have a speaker on all the S2 models and I'm sure I will miss being able to answer calls on my S2 classic but not a show stopper.  I would have gone for the S2 3G if it were available in the UK but as e-sim is not a recognised standard in popular use in the UK, looks like it will be a long time if ever we get the 3G model in the UK.

  • preread says:

    I just got a Gear S2. Where is the best place to find apps for the Gear S2? Is is through Samsung? Is it through the Google Play store? I really want it to connect to, and read, my Google Keep notes. Thank you.

  • shivam7 says:

    guys i cant find kevo app what should i do

  • apocadelyx says:


    I have a problem with my Gear S2, i connect not with samsung galaxy phone but with Xiaomi mi4.

    After finish connect to my samsung gear, the problem is i cannot download or add the samsung gear App, always fail.

    i try to connect with my wife Galaxy note 5 n no problem n success to add the app, is it problem to download with the other brand ?

    n my Gear already upgrade to the new version.

    i hope u can give me an information how to add the app to my Gear S2 using my Xiaomi phone


    • james1089 says:

      I'm using Xiaomi note pro and have no issues, maybe check permissions under security app.

      • Redeye says:

        I have the note 4 no problems with the classic s2

  • theNobyFuentes says:

    Guys    Does Spotify has an app for this Watch?

    • AgeOleSun says:

      There is no Spotify app but there is a media player controller app. So, if you are playing Spotify on your phone the watch taps into the media controls allowing you to skip track, restart track, pause, and adjust volume. Album cover and song names show up too.

      You can only skip around within a playlist and can't actually scroll or search songs. It is still really handy though.

       What is also pretty neat is that spotify now syncs between multiple devices, so as long as it is open on your phone you can control whatever device is actually playing the audio. For example: spotify is running on the phone, audio is however being played on desktop computer through spotify, the watch commands control the phone which is then fed to the computer.

      To setup this feature, on the watch go to the media controller app, it by default tries to play tracks stored onto the watch so click the speaker button to change the audio source, scroll to  "play media: from phone" and start a spotify playlist on the phone. The current track and album will show up and you're good to go.

  • bgh3 says:

    A few questions...

    1. App site accessible via PC?

    2. Replacement bands - where are they?

    3. Is there a timetable to get to a competitive number of apps?

  • FirstEr says:


  • powercatnewt says:

    Ok why does everyone keep showing the Smartthings app it doesn't exist.  Which is really sad since Samsung owns Smarthings.  They advertise it on TV all the time is well.   Seems like false advertising to me.  

  • Sefar says:

    This article is nothing more than Samsung PR republished. Kevo STILL isn't available on the S2. 

    The notion that the HERE app is accurate is sort of correct, but it lags so badly that you will often walk right past your turn. I have the S2 3G which could be great, but like all the other Samsung wearables, and I have bought them all except the Live, it promises much but never delivers, then gets replaced with a new model and the lack of apps starts over. Afraid this will be my last Samsung smartwatch. 

  • Davvvvvo says:

    No speaker is a deal breaker for me. Fail

  • Roy says:

    Ducker is amazing, best game on the Gear S2 amazing a watch can run something that good.

  • Roy says:

    Ducker is by far the best game on the Gear S2, makes all the other games look poor, how a watch can run a game that good is amazing.

    • 12apatel says:

      Where do you get the game from. i can't find it anywhere

  • juj132 says:

    I would like to actually be able to get on Facebook and instgram not just get notifications. 

  • Nfo says:

    why are there no GOOD timer apps? I'm a trainer and have to use something separate for recurring timer.

  • hadesjw says:

    I just got my gear s2. I have two complaints so far, one samsung may not control.

    1. The watch bands are too small, I have to try and find a 3rd party band to help fit better.

    2. The excersize app I like is endomondo and it is not supported on the gear s2.

  • aroebot says:

    Traffic Map Watch face is the most useful watch face i have found yet.

  • TheoS53 says:

    Hi, I'm busy making a watch face for the S2. would love for you to check it out once it's available on the store.

  • Denvertim says:

    sites it work with any golf GPS app? 

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