The best apps for Pebble watches

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The best Pebble apps

Pebble is now owned by Fitbit, its apps and services are only guaranteed for the course of 2017 and a lot of people are pretty upset about it.

Of course, this doesn't mean your Pebble, Pebble Time, Pebble Time Round or (eesh, sorry) Pebble 2 will magically stop working and the SDK, developer portal and app store are all still up and running for now. That said, some apps have disappeared from the store and other devs aren't choosing to support apps now.

Whether you've been with the smartwatch company from the start or you crowdfunded one of this year's devices, we'll keep checking in with Pebble's apps next year. Until Fitbit really does pull the plug. That said, here's our pick of Pebble apps. Let us know in the comments which ones you're still using.

Pixel Miner

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Pixel Miner has been a hit on Pebble and the work of dev and consultant Will Luton. The aim of the game is to help your man well, dig pixels which you can spend on better equipment to dig quicker. It's nonsense really. Absolutely addictive nonsense.

TripAdvisor

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In 8-bit colour for the Pebble Time range, TripAdvisor does exactly what you'd expect - using your current location to recommend restaurants, bars and other attractions. User reviews are, of course, on board and there's also a nice navigation mode that will point you in the direction of your chosen establishment without the need to ever get your phone out of your pocket.

Uber

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Uber wasn't first to get its Pebble app out but it's one of the biggest names on the app store. It makes use of the Pebble Time's colour screen with big, bold alerts to keep you on top of your minicab ordering.

You can open the app then hold the Pebble's middle button to call a cab to your current location or select from a number of favourite locations. Once ordered, there's also a map to track your driver as it arrives.

Awear

Download the companion app then get going with Awear's great little messaging app. Well, technically it's a watch face but Pebble puts it in the app category so there we go. For texts, choose from pre-set replies that you can customise, mark emails as read, archived or starred on your wrist and with Google Calendar integration, you can send an 'I'm late' message to the person you're meeting in two button clicks. Smart vibrations mean that you'll know if its a text or an email too.

Get Up, Stand Up

This wonderfully named app allows your Pebble Time to mimic a great feature that's found on the Apple Watch and Garmin watches - reminding you to get up and walk around when you've been sat down too long.

Deskbound Pebble wearers can set the app to automatic mode to set the frequency of alerts e.g. every 20 minutes, how long you want to stand for each time and which days you need the reminders, Monday to Friday, say.

Happiness

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The idea with the Pebble Happiness app is you take a survey every hour (start and end times are customizable by you) and then, at the end of the week Pebble sends you a chart with information on what the algorithms think you've been happiest - or unhappiest. It's basically a way to assess your daily habits. It's experimental but also pretty fun and informative if you're able to stick with it 'till the end.


Evernote

Evernote is an awesome note collecting app that works on nearly every platform, including Pebble. Don't expect quite as many features as the desktop and smartphone counterparts, that would just be unnecessary, but do expect a great way to track your reminders and to-do lists. All your notebooks are accessible and you can even search through your saved tags.

RunKeeper

Designed to be used with your phone's GPS, the popular RunKeeper Pebble app lets you check on your stats like pace and distance using your smartwatch. To download this app you need to have the RunKeeper app on your phone already. Initiating a run in your mobile app auto-opens the Pebble app and pausing an activity is as simple as pressing the middle button while you're in the RunKeeper screen. Still, when you want to stop, it's back to your phone.

Battery+

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A cool feature of Pebble Time apps is that they can be integrated right into the Pebble Timeline UI. With Battery+ you'll not only see how much battery you've got left - percentage and time metrics - you'll also get notifications in your Timeline of the last time your watch was charged, an estimate of when it will need plugging in again and an average use per day figure. There's also a detailed graph mode that lets you know when you're hammering the power the most.

Misfit

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Want to get in on the Misfit action without splashing the cash for a Shine or a Flash? No problem - the Misfit app for Pebble syncs up with the iOS and Android Misfit apps and tracks metrics such as calories burned, sleep slept and distance travelled.

Leaf

Another smart home control app, Leaf is specifically for Nest's devices - its Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm specifically. Leaf is part of the Works with Nest program and offers handy, coloured icons to check the status of your home tech and quickly adjust the temperature and modes.

GoPro

GoPro cameras can be remote controlled via your smartphone but now you can control this using your Pebble watch. It's compatible with GoPro's Hero3, Hero3+ White, Silver and Black and Hero4 cameras.

Start and stop action cam recordings, tweak settings and browse menus. There's no direct control or a live feed yet but it offers you what you most want on your wrist when things get gnarly.

Domino's Pizza tracker

If you're a US based Pebbler who's also partial to Domino's takeaway pizza, this is app for you. Once you've placed your order through the iOS or Android app, the Pebble companion will keep you updated with the movements of your dinner, from when it enters the oven to when it's about to arrive at your door. This is exactly what the wearable revolution needs more of.

21 Comments

  • bdlfromFB says:

    There is still no android app support for UP so nothing you put on your pebble will ever see the UP app. Additionally, as it is a watchface, I don't believe it does any tracking *unless* it is your watchface, unlike the Misfit app. So far, I think UP is kind of a fail for the Pebble.

    • DavidMcAfee42 says:

      UP does have background activity tracking despite only being a watchface. It has iOS support at the moment, I believe Android support is coming soon.

      • jml says:

        Actually it does but it doesn't sync anything captured in that fashion, there is an 18 page thread on the pebble forums about how the Up watchface does not sync accurately any time that Up is not the active watchface on the device. It's been a very disappointing implementation so far, which is bad, the Misfit app has some step counting accuracy problems and the Up face is much better in this respect but if it can't count and sync accurately while in the background, it is a pretty big fail in my opinion. 

  • rzky says:

    Careful with the Smartwatch Plus. There's several apps that has a similar name with similar functionality as well.

  • Kathcobcroft says:

    Up doesn't currently track sleep through the Pebble, you have to enter it manually. Misfit does fairly well - it has a go at deep vs light sleep - but doesn't seem to like tracking multiple sleep segments with gaps in between (eg when I get up for my toddler and stay awake for a while afterwards). I believe you lose the sleep quality info if you adjust the sleep manually in Misfit.

  • DevilDogA99 says:

    please help, can't find pebble steel on the pebble store. I really would like said app, that is mentioned in this list. 

    • Wyvernspirit says:

      The Pebble Steel is hardware not an app.  It's a model of the pebble watch made out of metal instead of plastic.

      • m0deki says:

        lol

  • markkelly505 says:

    Yes!  Best suggested collection apps i have seen to date!'

    Thanks!

    • donjoe says:

      ... though it's pretty strange to not see Notification Center on the list, as it's probably the most widely appreciated Pebble app, bringing valuable improvements to the most important smartwatch functionality.

    • donjoe says:

      ... except it doesn't mention what is possibly the most useful and most widely appreciated Pebble app: Notification Center.

  • lizzee says:

    does the pebble watch sync with Fitbit? 

  • swazzy499 says:

    I think I am sending my Pebble Time Steel back if I ever get it... Not impressed.

    • gman_____ says:

      you can trade it in for a pebble time round. i finally got mine the other day and then the new watches came out and believe me i was pissed, but I'm going to order the new watch and when i send the old one back there supposed to refund the money spend on the round.

  • qurk says:

    Great list!  I just got my Pebble Time, upgraded from OG Pebble.  I would suggest Endomondo as walk/run activity tracker.  It lets you choose many other activities, and keeps track of your walks/workouts from it's web or phone UI.  I started using it a few years ago and it's Pebble app lets you start/stop/pause your walk.

  • pebbleRoundHELP says:

    is pixel miner for pebble time round?!?!

    Please I'm thinking about getting it and that's the desiring factor/ is it coming to round?

  • Chokichi says:

    Do all of these apps work on iOS?

  • MichelTurk says:

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  • MizVixi says:

    Is there an app that notifies you if you walk too far away from your iPhone 5s. 

  • Madnessboy13 says:

    do all of these work with a pebble 2 because it doesn't have a coloured display

  • Madnessboy13 says:

    Do all of these work with the pebble 2 because it doesn't have a coloured display 

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