The best Apple Watch apps to download: Tested and rated

Our list of free and paid-for apps for your shiny new Apple smartwatch

If there's one smartwatch that's not short of apps, it's the Apple Watch. Compared to what Google, Samsung and Fitbit's smartwatch app stores have to offer, Apple Watch apps clearly wins on number and quality.

With features like GPS, LTE and a waterproof design for swim tracking, there are so many reasons for developers to want to make apps for Apple's smartwatch. This has only been further enhanced by the great features of watchOS 5, and the larger display on the Series 4.

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But which Apple Watch apps should you download first? We've scoured the App Store, tested hundreds of apps, and outlined our favourites below – starting with the 10 best.

Still need another Apple Watch app fix? Be sure to also check out our roundup of the best Apple Watch sleep tracker apps, the best Apple Watch apps for running, Apple Watch apps for cycling and Apple Watch golf apps.

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Wareable's 10 best Apple Watch apps

Pressed for time? Then check out our top 10 must-have Apple Watch apps, covering a broad range of categories.

Best weather app: CARROT Weather

The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

To help save you from White Walker attacks or being fried to a crisp by the sun, CARROT Weather dishes up a gorgeous Apple Watch app interface, packed with information and snark. The app's 'AI' laughs at your misfortune when it's pouring down, but you can at least customise icon slots to your liking – assuming you subscribe to the app's premium IAP. Worth every penny.

$4.99 + IAP, iTunes

Best workout tracker: Strava

The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

The king of fitness apps has fully embraced GPS tracked running and cycling on Apple Watch. It took a while to get here, but after testing the app out on the road, results are good: distances are nailed onto dedicated running watches and the experience was stable and reliable. Live pacing is not so strong and we found that aspect a little sluggish, and sadly there's no live Segments data, but for serious runners and cyclists, it's the best on the App Store. It's also a standalone app, so don't be afraid to head out without your iPhone.

Free, iTunes

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Best Apple Watch productivity app: Things 3

The best Apple Watch apps: 60 apps tried and tested

We're deep into GTD (Get Things Done) territory with Things, a to-do manager turned up to 11. On iPhone, it fast becomes the hub for organising your entire life, sorting items into Today, Upcoming, and Anytime views. The Apple Watch app is for properly focussing on your current tasks, which can be displayed as a complication, ticked off when complete, and added to when something urgent looms into view.

$9.99, iTunes

Best for sports fans: ESPN

The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

You're in the world's longest and most pointless business meeting with no idea about the progress of your favourite team's latest game. Enter ESPN, which will keep you updated on the scores from your chosen team in almost any sport. Add in a decent helping of breaking news alerts and complications that can keep you in the know at a glance and there's no better solution for sports fans.

Free, iTunes

Best workout app: CARROT Fit

The best Apple Watch apps: 50 essential apps and games

The CARROT series puts a new spin on tired app categories, and this one's all about the 7-minute workout. The malevolent CARROT AI puts you through your paces, doing 'Celebrity Face Punches' and 'Dragon Mating Dances'. Start your workout and your Apple Watch can become a heads-up display, so you know what exercise you should be doing – or can pause things for a bit if your body's about to break. Plus if you're a CARROT Weather user you get another weather complication! Yay for working around Apple's complication rules!

$3.99, iTunes

Best Apple Watch notes app: Cheatsheet

The best Apple Watch apps: 50 essential apps and games

If you're the kind of person forever forgetting important details – the office Wi-Fi password, a new phone number, your own name – Cheatsheet lets you make a tiny list of quick notes and shove them on your Apple Watch. Each item can have its own icon, making it easier to spot, and you can set items to appear on your watch face as a Complication. Note that the Apple Watch app requires you buy the one-off IAP – but doing so also unlocks iCloud sync and other goodies for the iOS app.

Free + $2.99 in app purchases, iTunes

Best Apple Watch wellbeing app: Streaks

For forming habits – in a good way – there's nothing better than Streaks. On your iOS device, you define up to 12 habits (although the interface prefers six). These can be one-off or timed tasks; each can be assigned to a specific day or to be completed a certain number of times per week or month. It's all very flexible, and the Apple Watch app becomes a means to get a brain buzz as you track tasks, run timers, and mark everything complete.

$4.99, iTunes

Best Apple Watch calculator: PCalc

It's astonishing Apple omitted a calculator from Apple Watch (maybe Tim Cook hates Casio), but we're dead chuffed that PCalc exists to heroically come to our rescue. It has a smart interface, with operators and tip calculation just a button tap away (rather than placing these things behind a Force Touch wall). Everything's super-responsive, and you can use the Digital Crown to adjust tip amounts. (Generously, the free PCalc Lite also includes the Apple Watch app.)

$9.99, iTunes

Best Apple Watch audio recording app: Just Press Record

The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

On iPhone, Just Press Record is a very efficient app for making quick recordings: tap the record button, capture some audio, stop the recording, and your audio then syncs to the cloud. This is all now on your wrist too, and you can even record without your iPhone around. Your recordings will transfer into the cloud and there's even a complication that'll launch you into a recording automatically.

And, brilliantly, the iPhone app now offers transcription. So you can talk to your wrist and later get a text file of what you said. It's like living in the future.

$4.99, iTunes

Best Apple Watch game: Rules!

Rules! gives you a daily mini-game challenge, which is all about memorising rules and tapping relevant cards. Easy! Only it isn't, because several rounds in, you'll be juggling a bunch of rules in your head ("Tap ascending"; "Reds if you see green"; "No animals"), which must be dealt with in reverse order, all the while knowing that a single incorrect tap ends your game. With watchOS 4, the app's far more responsive, boasts more levels, adds haptic feedback, and bundles the cutest complication you're ever likely to see.

$2.99, iTunes

Best of the rest: Travel

Top Apple Watch apps for directions, flight information, translations, conversions, and finding local amenities.


If you're in one of the supported cities (which include Paris, San Francisco Bay Area, New York and London), Citymapper is a must. It zeroes in on public transport and provides precise, clear instructions on getting from place to place. You're informed about times for upcoming buses, trains or trams, and can access an outline of the stops to expect on your journey. Citymapper's complications can put your ETA and directions right on your watch face. The best part? It works with LTE, so if you left your phone back at the hotel you won't have any trouble finding your way around.

Free, iTunes


The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

You already have your commute figured out, but you need to figure out how long it's going to take to get home so you know when to leave. ETA does that, as the app always keeps you up to date on how long it'll take you to reach home from your current location. It'll also let you know whether there are any delays on your route, and it's got standalone functionality so if you don't have your phone it'll tap into LTE. And oh, it's got an awesome Complication that lets you use Time Travel to see how long your commute home might take.

$2.99, iTunes


The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

On iPhone, Babbel is a fully fledged translation teacher, but on Apple Watch it's more like a game. The app figures out what's nearby and provides quick quizzes about relevant words. If you're close to a hotel, tap its name and you might be asked whether 'la llave' means 'the tourist' or 'the key'.

Naturally, this isn't going to make you fluent, but it's a fun way to pass a few minutes; also, a 'word collection' feature further entertains and might get you walking about if you're missing a few key words.

Free, iTunes

iTranslate Converse

The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

Exploring the nooks and crannies of Rome and left your phone at the AirBnB? iTranslate Conversate will make it easy for you to talk to the locals. You choose the language you want to translate to and tap to begin speaking. The app will automatically pick up who is speaking what language and will translate. Be warned: The more complicated your sentences are, the longer it'll take.

Free, iTunes


The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

In a new area and need some help finding things to eat or drink? You'd normally turn to something like Yelp for that, and with its Apple Watch app you can now do that on your wrist. It's extremely simple. All you do is boot up the app and choose the category you're looking for, and then you'll get a list of recommendations close to your location. All it's missing is some standalone LTE action, but hopefully that'll come along soon.

Free, iTunes

App in the Air

Self-described 'personal flying assistant' App in the Air now does an awful lot on your wrist. The Apple Watch app tracks your flight, gives you in-flight 'courses' to stop your neck seizing up, and provides gate and security wait times. Complications and Time Travel support, respectively, give you relevant and timely information on your watch face, and enable you to zip through your journey virtually by way of the Digital Crown.

Free + IAP, iTunes


The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

This currency conversion app has a very usable, human approach. It knows where you are and sets the currency for you. Upon picking what you want to convert to, the entire interface becomes a space for conversion. Swipe to the left and your base value increases by ten times. Swipe the other way and it reverts.

Each digit is an editable box. Tap it and twiddle the Digital Crown to update the number within. The conversion below will instantly update. Elk's smart, bold, and nicer to use than calculator-like conversion tools.

Free + $3.99 IAP, iTunes

Fitness and sport

The best Apple Watch apps for helping you get fit, whether on your bike, on foot, or in the comfort of your own home.


The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

Pear is a personal fitness service – which you can use with or without your phone – that includes all kinds of workouts, from HIIT to yoga to spin and more. There are a variety of levels, too, so you can just take on something to lose some weight, or you can train for a marathon. What makes Pear special is that you'll get interactive coaching from athletes while you're doing your workouts. So instead of a generic robot yelling in your ear, it'll be an Olympian who will use their personal stories to motivate you. Fresh.

Free + IAP, iTunes

ActivityTracker Pedometer

The best Apple Watch apps to download: Tested and rated

To be fair, Apple does a pretty good job in its own Activity app for breaking down all the exercise you've been doing. But if steps are your thing, ActivityTracker Pedometer zeros in on steps, calories burned and distance travelled. Scroll down a bit and you can also peruse when during the day your steps occurred, and how today's efforts compare with those from the past week. Handy to ensure you don't rest on your laurels.

Free, iTunes


The best Apple Watch apps to download: Tested and rated

In the future, little wrist-based computers might beam mapping information directly into your brain. But today, Apple Watch can barely deal with maps when you're hiking, biking, or merely ambling. Fortunately, WorkOutDoors provides zoomable, scrollable vector mapping on your wrist. Bold colours, auto-rotate, breadcrumb trails, and live stats showcase an app very much designed for the wrist first, rather than Apple Watch being an afterthought.

$4.99, iTunes

The best Apple Watch apps to download: Tested and rated

The Apple Watch's own swimming app is pretty impressive, but if you're looking for a bit more post-swim analysis and want to have your pool workouts tracked in one place, is your friend. It can track stroke type and count and features drills and live feedback while you're in the pool – spitting data out into a dedicated iPhone app.

Free, iTunes


The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

This is one you'll want to take on your hikes with your brand new LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3. ViewRanger gives you live turn-by-turn navigation and trip stats for hundreds of hiking and cycling trails worldwide. You can also download (and pay) for additional topographic maps.

Free + IAP, iTunes

Streaks Workout

The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

There's no messing about with Streaks Workout, a fitness app that leaves you with no excuses. Define on your iPhone which exercises you're happy to do, and then pick a duration on the Apple Watch. Only got minutes to spare? Go for the six-minute 'Quick' option. A bit of a masochist? Try the half-hour 'Pain' mode, which you'll find is aptly named as the app flings semi-randomised rep sets at you for 30 agonising minutes.

$3.99, iTunes


The best Apple Watch apps to download: Tested and rated

A comprehensive tool for golfers, Hole19 provides you with hole routing, course stats, and a simple interface for logging your score. Once you've started a round on your iPhone, your Apple Watch hones the data down to what you need at any given moment: key distances; score input; and putt tracking.

Read this: Best Apple Watch golf apps to take for a round

Free, iTunes

Zones for Training with Exercise Intensity

The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

Getting full marks for both the length of the name and practicality, ZTEI (as it will now be known as) is the perfect app for those who train by heart rate. It has modes for walking, running, cycling and gym workouts, and will display your live heart rate zones, as well as reporting the time spent in each zone, and spitting the data out into the Health app. You'll also be able to use it sans iPhone, which is great for you Series 3 owners. It adds functionality that the Apple Watch doesn't provide, which is the beauty of a good third party app.

Free, iTunes


The best Apple Watch apps to download: Tested and rated

Runkeeper's a great iPhone app, but there's a lot going on. On the Apple Watch, it's focused on key info: you start an activity, swipe between screens that show stats, cardio info and split times, and can have haptics give you a buzz when you hit set distances. When home, open Runkeeper on your iPhone and stats and a map (if you've a Series 2 or newer) are pushed across.

Free, iTunes


The best Apple Watch apps to download: Tested and rated

Having detailed speed, altitude and distance stats to hand when careening down a mountain on skis or a snowboard is all very well, but an iPhone's not the best of devices to access during such occasions. Slopes therefore enables you to start recording data right from your Apple Watch, giving you important stats on your wrist, such as how much time you've spent zooming along on snow compared to riding boring lifts, and how high up you happen to be at any given moment.

Free + IAP, iTunes

Health and wellbeing

The best Apple Watch apps to keep you in good health, from remembering to take medication to getting a good night's sleep.

One Drop

The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

If you're diabetic, then keeping track of your glucose and everything around it can be difficult. One Drop wants to make that easier, allowing you to log glucose, meds, food and activity directly from your wrist. It can also integrate into HealthKit. All of this together will help you manage your diabetes better than ever before.

Free, iTunes

Propeller Health

The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

Propeller is an FDA-cleared asthma sensor that attaches to your inhaler. It can tell when you use your inhaler and send that information over to the Propeller app, which will generate insights and remind you when it's time to use your inhaler. Insights include the ability to figure out what triggered an attack and seeing a forecast of what you can expect for the day.

Free, iTunes


The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

This one is true to its name. There's nothing you need to do with AutoSleep, just make sure the app is installed and you're wearing your Watch to bed. It'll automatically track your sleep. In the morning, it'll send you a notification with your sleep analysis, including how you restless you were or how long you were in deep sleep.

There's even a mode for if you don't wear your Watch to bed, as long as you sleep right after you charge your Watch and put it on when you wake up. Although we'd argue that feature is a little pointless when you could just as easily hit a stopwatch.

$2.99, iTunes

Everyday essentials

Those apps you can't do without: calendars; timers; money management; and Wikipedia on your wrist.


The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

Our lives are dictated by bills, and there's no app better at helping you keep track of bills than Mint. The Apple Watch app, like its older iPhone brother, is a simple way to see which bills you've got to pay soon, how much money you have flowing in and out of your accounts and how good (or bad) your credit score is.

All of this essential financial information is huddled into three separate screens, so you can quickly slide between them to get everything you need at a glance. Best of all, everything is neat and colour coded, so you don't have to squint your eyes trying to figure out maths.

Free, iTunes

Reminders Nano

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For reasons best known to Apple's developers, Reminders didn't originally make it to Apple Watch. (Perhaps they forgot to set a reminder to make the app.) Although it's there now, we reckon Reminders Nano may still be worth paying for.

First, it handily displays your lists in alphabetical order, rather than whatever arbitrary order Apple's app goes for. Secondly, you can use the app to add new items and even entirely new lists, which means less fishing around for your iPhone when you're already peering at your wrist.

$2.99, iTunes

Fantastical 2

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Apple's Calendar app is fine for reading appointments, but Fantastical 2 saves you fishing out your iPhone to add events. Force Touch to access the relevant command, and then dictate. The app's natural-language input means it usually successfully interprets the likes of "lunch on Friday at 2pm for an hour", making you feel like you're living in the future. A bit.

$4.99, iTunes


The best Apple Watch apps: 50 essential apps and games

Apple's own Timer app is straightforward but limited to just one countdown timer. It's no good if you need to time several things simultaneously, unless you buy loads of Apple Watches and strap them to your arm.

MultiTimer is a far more sensible choice, and even in its free incarnation provides six timers. These are defined on iPhone (colour; icon; default length) and show up in the Apple Watch app, where you can view a single timer or several at once. Pay for the in-app purchase and you can have unlimited timers – although you should perhaps ask yourself at that point if you're getting a bit obsessed.

Free or $6.99, iTunes


The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

If you need to keep track of your money after blowing a huge amount of it on, say, a new Apple Watch, Pennies can help. The app enables you to set up multiple lists, to which you can add and remove funds as and when you need.

On Apple Watch, the app's stripped back compared to its iPhone counterpart, but you can still discover what you have left to spend (even using a Complication as a constant reminder), and quickly deduct cash from your budget when you rashly splash out on a new Apple Watch strap you totally didn't need.

$3.99, iTunes


Deliveries is pretty great on every platform, tracking goodies that are winging their way to you, and ensuring you're not out when a courier is about to hurl that new laptop over your fence. On Apple Watch, you get the same list, location maps of where your things currently are, and handy notifications when a delivery is imminent.

$4.99, iTunes

Chirp for Twitter

The best Apple Watch apps to download: Tested and rated

In all honesty, we question the need to have your entire Twitter timeline on your wrist; still, Chirp provides the means to delve into an endless stream of tiny messages on your tiny Apple device. Its utility becomes clearer when you grab the IAP and unlock the full feature set, enabling you to reply to tweets, delve into direct messages, perform quick searches, and keep track of news (or gossip) by browsing what's currently trending.

Free + IAP, iTunes


The best Apple Watch apps to download: Tested and rated

Apple's Timer app offers custom timers, but they lack context – it's no good having loads of timers if you don't know what they're for. Tidur offers labels and colours, and you can have multiple timers run at once. Cloud sync irritatingly requires you sign up for a Tidur account, but otherwise this app's a good bet to ensure your boiled eggs aren't too hard while simultaneously roasting a chicken and brewing fancy tea.

Free + $3.99 IAP, iTunes

Dark Sky

The best Apple Watch apps to download: Tested and rated

Although CARROT Weather sits in our best-of list, Dark Sky's swish redesign makes it a photo finish for best Apple Watch weather app. There's no IAP subscription here, yet you still get a great glanceable forecast on your wrist, including an imminent rainfall graph so you know you won't get drenched when walking the dog. Twiddle the Digital Crown to see forecasts for the day and week ahead, and elsewhere revel in the fancy complications for Apple's latest watch faces.

$3.99, iTunes

V for Wikipedia

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The idea of Wikipedia on your wrist is probably a bit weird, but we like V for Wikipedia a lot. The interface is smart and to the point, letting you search all of Wikipedia or just find things that are nearby. The cut-down articles it presents are short enough not to make your eyes glaze over, but give you enough detail to make them worth loading. And the app happily works without your iPhone being on, yet enables you to bookmark whatever you'd like to read later on a bigger screen.

$5.99, iTunes

How to use your Apple Watch


Make your Apple Watch earn its keep by saving you time and helping you work with our pick of the best apps for productivity.


The best Apple Watch apps to download: Tested and rated

There are loads of voice memo apps for Apple Watch, but Noted grabs a place on our list for one specific feature: #TimeTags. During a recording, you can prod the hash button to add an embedded tag. On Apple Watch, these act as visual bookmarks; on iPhone, they can be tappable shortcuts within a written note that jump to specific spots in your recording. Handy for quickly getting at important bits from recorded lectures and meetings.

Free + IAP, iTunes

Hours Time Tracking

The best Apple Watch apps: 60 apps tried and tested

If you're sitting there at half-past five wondering where the day went, start using Hours to track your time. The app can nag you to start and stop timers (defined on your iPhone) – which can be done right from your wrist. A complication means you can glance at your watch face to see which timer's currently running, too. Unfortunately, the app won't do your actual work as well.

Free + IAP, iTunes


The best Apple Watch apps: 60 apps tried and tested

PCalc might be the best calculator on Apple Watch, but Calzy runs it close – and it has two things PCalc lacks. First, operator buttons appear on the same screen as the numbers, which if you're precise when tapping and dislike PCalc's swiping might prove preferable; but also the app can show an ongoing, multi-part sum, which you can edit before stabbing the equals sign.

$2.99, iTunes


The best Apple Watch apps: 50 essential apps and games

Differentiating itself from standard to-do apps, Productive is all about creating and tracking habits. You create lists on your iPhone, concentrating on repeating tasks that improve your life but are easy to let fall through the cracks. These are assigned to morning, afternoon or evening on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, or specific days.

Using the Apple Watch app, you can quickly get at your lists, the interface smartly starting by displaying the most relevant set. Tap on a task to mark it as done (or skip it), without ever bothering with your iPhone – thereby making yourself that little bit more productive. An aptly named app, then.

Free + IAP, iTunes


The 1Password app provides the means to bring across some of your passwords or secure notes to Apple Watch. These are accessed via big, friendly buttons, and you can lock everything behind a four-digit PIN. (If you're feeling especially paranoid, force-quit the app after use: hold the side button until the power screen appears, then press-hold the button until 1Password closes.) Note that 1Password is free to download, but you'll need the 'Pro Features' IAP for the Apple Watch app.

Free + $3.99 per month, iTunes

Drafts 5

The best Apple Watch apps: 50 essential apps and games

On iPhone, Drafts bills itself as the place where text starts. This is fair enough, since it's a speedy and dependable note-taking app with comprehensive sharing options. Now, text can start on your wrist, through Siri dictation. Captured text is sent to your inbox, and any selected item can be appended/prepended to another, archived, deleted, or have tags added. It'll work when your iPhone's gone walkabout, too, and sync your new content when your devices are reunited.

Free, iTunes


Ambition's all very well, but sometimes it's the simpler apps that grab hold – and Clicker is certainly very simple. Post launch, you tap to increment a number on the screen. Force Touch and you can subtract or start from scratch. That's it. Complication support leaves your number front and centre, so you can keep tabs on group numbers, days since an event, or exercise laps – at least up until the maximum supported number (2,147,483,647 – which is a lot of laps).

Free, iTunes

Entertainment and games

Podcasts, stargazing, games and more – your Apple Watch can be a boon when you want to have fun.

Night Sky

The best Apple Watch apps: 60 apps tried and tested

You know those smartphone apps where you hold your device to the sky, and discover the stars you're looking at? Night Sky is the same – but on your Apple Watch. Sure, it's a mite simpler, but configure the thing by aligning the moon on your wrist with the one overhead, and you'll become a digital Brian Cox, illuminating anyone nearby with facts about the heavens.

Free, iTunes


We reckon Overcast is the best iPhone podcast player, in part down to its excellent built-in effects for boosting voices and smartly removing silences. On Apple Watch, Overcast is essentially a remote for the iPhone app, giving you fast access to play/pause and seek buttons, and showing what's up next. Force Touch loads a handy three-button screen that lets you delve into your subscriptions, toggle effects, and recommend the current show if you happen to like it.

Free, iTunes


The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

There's still that sense of living in the future when it comes to Shazam. Waggle your phone about while a song plays in the background, and the app will reveal what it is. Now, you don't even have to have your phone if you've got a Series 3 – just wave your arm around to reveal a song's title, as well as lyrics, just in case you want to leap on to the table and wow your friends with your vocal prowess.

Free, iTunes

Sky Guide

The best Apple Watch apps: 50 essential apps and games

On iPhone Sky Guide is the most beautiful and accurate star and constellation guide, so this is money well spent. On Apple Watch, the companion app gives you a calendar of upcoming events, and optional notifications regarding what's about to occur in your location, so for example you can catch the International Space Station zooming overhead. Recent software updates also boosted performance and added a complication that supports Time Travel and offers a very accurate Moon phase.

$1.99, iTunes

Lifeline 1 & 2

The best Apple Watch apps: 50 apps tried and tested

The conceit behind Lifeline… is you've somehow received a communication from a stranded astronaut, and Taylor needs your help in order to survive. The story plays out in real-time, with you making decisions on Taylor's behalf.

In short, it's a Choose Your Own Adventure – and many games have since 'borrowed' Lifeline's basic structure. But for our money, this title's smart writing still elevates it beyond the competition. Once you're done with that, Lifeline 2 has a story that's twice as long as the original, about a woman named Arika's quest to avenge her parents. There's also Lifeline: Silent Night to try.

$1.99, iTunes

Trivia Crack

More or less a stripped-down asynchronous Trivial Pursuit, Trivia Crack has you clash brains with someone online, choosing from six categories of questions, and collecting little characters as you go. Sounds have also been added, plus you no longer have to start games on your iPhone. Note that this doesn't mean you can then use your iPhone to cheat and look up answers. (Well, you can, but you definitely shouldn't.)

Free + IAP, iTunes

Tiny Armies

The best Apple Watch apps: 60 apps tried and tested

An Apple Watch game with ambition, Tiny Armies is turn-based strategy on your wrist. If you're expecting a Civilization (or even a Polytopia), you might be disappointed. But there's surprising depth here as little armies respond to your swipes, carving their way through a 'fog of war' in randomised single-screen arenas, and wiping out opponents. Perfect when you fancy a spot of conquest, but only have a minute to spare.

$0.99, iTunes

Tamagotchi Classic

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Devs are also looking to the past to find games that work on a smartwatch and Bandai Namco has launched Apple Watch support for the Japanese virtual pet game you thought you'd put behind you.

Check on your Tamigotchi's status and health meter, get alerts and take care of it directly from the Watch with a menu of its needs including meals, snacks, toilet and light.

$0.99, iTunes

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  • Gazoobee·

    Am I alone in being severely underwhelmed by these apps?  

    Most of these are stupid attempts to usurp the built in Apple software.  Does anyone really think that third party fitness apps are going to be better designed than the built in stuff?  No, you'd have to be crazy to make that bet against Apple.  

    Several are just vanity plays.  New apps that have dubious functionality and literally no reason to be on the watch at all.  They are literally being advertised on the watch to raise the profile of whatever stupid vanity app is being pushed and catch some undeserved publicity.  

    The only one that's original and different and is something that Apple is not already working on themselves is the snow-boarding app.  And I am a person that generally hates snowboarding and snowboarders, so that is true praise. 

    • TheRacket·

      You seem like an excellent twat. And I am a person that generally hates twats, so that is true praise.

      • Abc·

        he's right dude, these apps sound v unimpressive.... Did you write one?

        • terrible0ne·

          Regardless, he is still a twat.

      • colbster·

        you're the twat, and probably a fruit as well. You're a fruity twat. Like a peach, but not in a pleasant way. A fuzzy, soft piece of detritus. Who's gay.

        • IsRonny·

          Why bring "gay' into it like its a bad thing, just because girls don't fancy your sorry ass don't take it out on us hot muscle gays, the ones who girls wanna be with and men wanna be, remember that ugly ass hole 

          • daev1966·

            All the comments here are pathetic, typical of someone who is a delusional, sorry, asinine, jack ass, jerk. You connect the dots. It's like a boomerang.

        • terpsichore-los·

          how low can you get.....

      • dawesi·

        wow, trolls live here too... please go outside into the real world where these watches with these features have been around asia for 10 years!

    • snark·

      I hadn't thought about it this way.

      Yeah 3rd party apps, that'll never catch on. People will be happy to use the Apple apps regardless of any other options that might have a better interface, or a better experience, or offer functionality that *gasp* Apple doesn't..

      What am I saying, of course you are right. I see no future in 3rd Party apps AT ALL. 

    • Mckinneykid09·

      Most of them are just crap, but I really like the gymoholic app on the watch. I use it alot

    • ChiDawg·

      Hrmm.  That's your opinion.  And, you're entitled to it.  I'm also entitled to tell you that your opinion means shit to the people who use the watch daily, and find it a very convenient device.  So, suck it.

  • iphonerulez·

    I had no idea what type of apps you could use on a watch display, so it was interesting to see what some coders have planned.  I'm only interested in owning AppleWatch for precise biometric readings in terms of health tracking and don't actually care about all that other stuff.

  • Jaredporter·

    Apple Watch will be the dream companion for the road warrior preferring to travel with the iPhone 6 Plus.  Watch enables the Plus to keep stowed away while on the go, yet close at hand when the owner needs it and prefers a larger screen and longer battery.  Watch plus Plus is an ideal combination.

  • smashingboxes·

    Ideal apps for the watch are those that can be executed very simply. Our prediction: if a task takes more than 10 seconds to execute, it won't be loved by watch users.

    It seems like most of these app makers are thinking about the user, which is refreshing. Our team at Smashing Boxes will be releasing a surf app that is going to be amazing for the watch. Practicality of the platform for users is the #1 thing we’re thinking about. 

  • Jaredporter·

    Apple Watch will be the dream companion for the road warrior preferring to travel with the iPhone 6 Plus. Watch enables the Plus to keep stowed away while on the go, yet close at hand when the owner needs it and prefers a larger screen and longer battery. Watch plus Plus is an ideal combination.

  • Ric·
    1. in one app I would like to see the following: HRV; Pulse; body temp; respiratory rare; blood oxygen level; calories burned. It would also be nice to have a Bluetooth connection to a scale.  These are the important measurements pre, during and post workout. 


    • midorosan·

      Yeh why not how about some blood work and a full body cat scan too!!

  • RobLaPointe1·

    I truly love the list of apps yes absolutely these are part of life apps that beneficial the human, we are into apple watch apps development and we develop on the go concept apps like live video streaming apps, health apps and many more

  • AstroGuy·

    WTF? Apps for boiling eggs? Are you serious? U'd better mention apps such as Star Walk, Nike Run+, Instagram and other that are really handy

  • fb_10205237466·

    The watch would have been a bigger hit if if came out after the Iphone 5. With the iphone 6, looking at a small screen for anything including the iphone 5 seems archaic.

  • AppleWatchUser·

    OK, I downloaded Boiled Egg Timer and attempted to use it.

    I cannot see how you possibly recommended this app.

    It never once successfully notified me that the timer had run out.

    What happens with this app, is it starts to run, and then a few seconds later the screen goes blank on your watch.   At first, when I think tried to go back to the app, it would start at the main interface all over again - never again showing the timer in progress.

    After rebooting my watch, I was able to return to the timer in progress.

    But it would be wrong - the circular indicator would show half the time left, while the seconds would show 0:00 or sometimes the circular indicator would show complete while it nevertheless showed 1:00 on the clock....

    But worst of all, the app never made a sound, never gave any haptic feedback - gave no indication of any kind when the timer had complete.

    This is different from the iPhone app which would send you a notification.  If you launch from the watch - it doesn't work at all.

  • mikezmac·

    Deliveries, Clear, Yelp and Shazam are good!

  • Thorbjörn·


    I recommend the app "mycl - my current location"

    It gives address of your current gps position. It comes with Notification Center widget and apple watch support. It is free at the moment.

    (don't know how to create URL to the AppStore)

  • MikeFaulkner·

    I'm rather hoping for a good travel/transport app to run alongside Maps.  I currently have several apps on my iPhone which give me public transport information for the cities i visit in Europe.  I can link to these in Maps.  Until Maps is upgraded to a full suite, I would like this information to display on my watch.

  • Randy·

    The best blog about Apple watches I have seen ever. Good read and I would love to share this on Affimity Apple watch social channel.

  • massonquebec·

    Très intéressantes suggestions pour iWatch. Merci.

  • molamac·

    I’ve had the watch for a month now and I’m using it more and more every day.

    I’m constantly sending dictated messages and, when jogging, I check with Runtastic and Training the progress, sometimes I even record Evernote notes (I miss this function in Todoist).

    Now I’m hooked with this Golf game for Apple Watch.

    By the way, how convenient is to check the time by simply rising the wrist, it’s such a good Apple’s idea ;)

  • Kiki2·

    But seriously the fact that i can order a pizza or on demand cleaning services from an app makes me wonder- is there a limit to mankinds creativity and possibilities

  • lepton·

    I'd like to suggest my NewsBrain app in the News category. The watch shows NewsBrain's most interesting articles and lets you see more, handoff to the phone, even read articles aloud. NewsBrain uses a unique neural net algorithm to track your interest in thousands of topics and seek out news you will find interesting as you read, without you having to select publications or topics or do anything but browse. It starts out as a general magazine but soon morphs into one specialized personally for you.

  • Andy123·

    Getting the apple watch soon and looking ford to all of the cool and awesome apps 

  • Peedee·

    Having just lost my expensive GPS Golfbuddy - approximately $200 to replace - I was thrilled to see that several of my golf gps iPhone apps now have Apple Watch extensions. I've used FunGolf extensively. Love it. By the way, it lasts the entire 18 holes which was not always the case with the Golfbuddy. Just picked up Hole19 but haven't tried it yet. Used Golfshot once - seemed fine. The two I've used are quick enough to be useful on the course. Only complaint - tough to see in bright sun. Could use voice add on to overcome this minor issue. 

  • Solnut·

    How about an app that informs you when you lose the iPhone connection

    • jimbird94·

      Wouldn't you think that would be a no brainer.  May keep you from driving 30 miles back home to get your phone; or not leaving it at the restaurant, etc. 

  • jimbird94·

    Can't we get an app that will beep or vibrate when the watch get out of range of the phone.  This would keep us from leaving our phone at home or in a restaurant, etc.  

    • AlJ78·

      I agree.  My Pebble watch would notify me when I went out of range of my iPhone.  Very, very useful.


  • jimbird94·

    Wouldn't you think that would be a no brainer. May keep you from driving 30 miles back home to get your phone; or not leaving it at the restaurant, etc.

  • TheWerewolf·

    I have to admit - the only app on this list that even faintly interests me is the calculator, which really should have come with the watch, and it's not free.

    Seems like this is a repeat of the 'Apple's ecosystem has more apps' problem.. it does, by count, but when you aggregate the apps that are essentially the same thing, or don't really do anything terribly useful (made even less useful by porting to the smaller, more restricted world of Apple Watch), 

    Combined with the clumsy way one finds and acquires apps on the app store... 

    Well, I'm finding it hard enough to find apps I was on my iPhone and iPad.. my Apple Watch is just becoming futility personified.

  • appreviewcoop·

    PopPik + Connect Aware is another great app.The disconnection alert on the watch app lets you know when your phone is not connected to the watch. Very useful feature! I love it.

  • julieelangwey·

    Hi, What is the best place to look for new Apple Watch apps?

  • Grammar·

    42! Please look up the definition of "essential".

  • Gawomkie·

    Let's all wait for watch os3 update and hope for apps that are independent from the phone

  • cestasol·

    nice watch it's helpfull for me

  • cestasol7·

    yup its really very nice

  • Get2joel·

    I will admit that some of the apps

    Have little value. However several are very good and I use regularly and have appreciation for

    Their simplicity and usage. I have found the iwatch to offer more than my

    Previous high end fit and after getting several months of use thoroughly prefer it and decided to upgrade it to the new nike version which after a couple of weeks of use, i thoroughly love it.

  • mohamed123456·

    The best facilitator I ever Met.

  • tomy4reel·

    seriously? no DroidCalc Gold????

  • tomy4reel·

    no DroidCalc Gold?

    • sangahm·


      what does it do that's so special?  there are no screenshots or reviews to indicate it's worth of $5.

  • Peteo·

    My favorite strength (weights) tracking app is Gymaholic. Definitely a game changer for me. Would never use an iPhone to track my weights but the apple watch with this app is perfect for this.

    My favorite game is Spaced Out, a really cool retro space invaders game uses crown. Animation is great and perfect 8 bit sounds. (can even use the watch's speaker!) No iPhone needed.

  • roryscullin·

    I can't find the Mint app. Has it been pulled?

  • manta1900·

    D-Pad calc is by far the best calculator

  • blukwe·

    i recommended you Compass for Apple Watch - no GPS no Internet required

  • johncarter·