The best apps for the Apple Watch

BY Kelly Hodgkins

Published 29 Jan 2016

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The effect of the Apple Watch on the iOS App Store has been significant. Since the Watch’s introduction last spring, we have seen the steady migration of apps from the iPhone to the Apple Watch. We’ve also noticed the development of new and exciting apps that are tailor-made to operate on Apple’s wristwatch device. From fitness trackers to social media apps, here are some of our favorite apps for the Apple Watch.

#1. 1Password— ($4.99)

1Password remembers all your passwords and other sensitive information, so you don’t have to. Keep your digital life secure, always available, and safe behind the one password that only you know. The app works on both iOS and watchOS 2.


#2. 7 Minute Workout “Seven” — (Free + IAP )

Using nothing more than a chair, a wall, and your own body weight, the 7-minute workout is based on scientific studies to provide the maximum benefit of working out regularly in the shortest time possible. Use the Watch app to track your workout progress and more.

#3. AP Mobile — (Free)

AP is “where the News gets its news,” and AP Mobile provides the same fast, unbiased multimedia coverage as a universal app for iPhone, iPad and iTouch users. You also can receive notifications and scan headlines on the wristwatch device.

#4. App in the Air — (Free + IAP)

App in the Air – your personal flying assistant that keeps you up-to-date with your flight: real-time status, airport tips and in-airport navigation maps, flight profile with all your flights logged. The Apple Watch app tracks your current flight, provides time to gate and security wait times, and lets you explore the landmarks you’re flying over. Support for Apple Watch Glances and Force Touch make the app experience even better!

#5. Brainess — ($0.99)

Brainess is a brain training game that, in a simple and fun way, helps you stimulate your brain. It’s designed with mini-games that are perfect for the Apple Watch.


#6. CARROT Fit — ($2.99)

Make getting in shape suck so much less with CARROT’s hilarious fitness app. Use the Apple Watch app as a heads-up display for your workout

#7. CARROT Weather — ($3.99 + $1.99 annually)

CARROT Weather is an eerily accurate weather app that delivers hilariously twisted forecasts. There are secret locations to unlock. A time machine. And also evil penguins. Plus — all the power, detail, and personality of CARROT Weather – is available right on your wrist. In addition to a full weather app, a glance, and notifications, you also get colorful complications for your watch face.

#8. Citymapper — (Free)

Citymapper has everything you need to manage your life in the city, including Watch face complications for ETA and directions. You must live in one of the supported cities –Paris, New York, and London).

#9. Currency — (Free)

Fast and responsive, Currency is the must-have app for Apple Watch owners on the go.

#10. Deliveries — ($1.99)

Deliveries helps you keep track of all your packages, so you always know when they’re going to arrive. Whether it’s the latest gadget you’ve preordered online or a new graphic novel you can’t wait to dive into, Deliveries will keep tabs on it so you don’t miss the doorbell.


#11. Drafts 4 — ($4.99)

Drafts is a quick and easy way to capture and share text on both the iPhone and the Apple Watch. The Watch app lets you capture text on your watch using dictation, view your inbox, archive, delete and more.

#12. Fantastical 2 — ($4.99)

The award-winning, best-selling calendar app has been redesigned and reimagined for iOS 8, including new features such as reminders, a new week view, and much more! Force Touch to access the relevant command, and then dictate.

#13. Find Near Me — (Free)

Find Near me is an easy to use application which helps you find ATM’s, Bank, Bar, Gas Station, Hospital, Hotel, Movie Theatre, Taxi, Restaurants, Wi-Fi spots or virtually anything near you.An Apple Watch app brings this travel information to you wrist.

#14. Google Maps — (Free)

The Google Maps app for iPhone and iPad makes navigating your world faster and easier. Find the best spots in town and the information you need to get there. The Watch app extends some of its feature set to the Apple Watch, allowing to view text-based directions, change transit type via Force Touch and more from your Watch.

#15. Lifeline 2 — ($0.99)

Arika, a young woman on a deadly quest to avenge her parents and rescue her long-lost brother. Your choices will keep her alive and help her succeed as she faces mortal danger on her way to a final, fateful showdown against the forces that threaten all of humanity. Lifeline 2 features a 28-minute original soundtrack and is fully optimized for watchOS 2, delivering the best Lifeline experience on Apple Watch yet.


#16. PCalc — ($4.99)

PCalc is the powerful choice for scientists, engineers, students, programmers, or indeed anybody looking for a feature rich calculator. Includes an Apple Watch app so that you can calculate on your wrist!

#17. ProCamera — ($4.99)

Fast. Simple. Professional. ProCamera is a photo, video, and editing studio with state-of-the-art technology! ProCamera’s powerful editor ushers in a new generation of photo apps, and sets the standard for mobile photography. Use Apple Watch to control ProCamera and change capture format on your iPhone.

#18. Rules — ($2.99)

RULES! is a cute puzzle game that’s challenging, fast-paced and fun. Includes a daily brain workout mini-game for Apple Watch.

#19. Runtastic — ($4.99)

The Runtastic app tracks your sport and fitness activities (distance, duration, speed, elevation change, calories burned and more). An extension onto your Watch allows you to track your exercise without touching your phone.

#20. Shazam — (Free)

Shazam is one of the world’s most popular apps, used by more than 100 million people each month to identify music, get song lyrics, and now to discover the music that artists discover themselves. With the Watch version, you can identify songs, browse previously matched songs and more from your wrist.


#21. Sky Guide — ($2.99, )

A star app has never been more beautiful and easy to use. Just hold it to the sky to automatically find constellations, planets, satellites and more. The watch version includes a Moon phase, a complication that supports Time Travel and notifications about upcoming astronomical events.

#22. Slack — (Free)

All your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. The Watch version of the app limits itself to direct messages and mentions, which you can reply to quickly using your Watch.

#23. Sleep++ — (Free)

Sleep++ takes advantage of the motion tracking capabilities of your Apple Watch to measure both the duration and quality of your sleep. The better you understand how well you are sleeping, the more you can make changes in your routines to benefit your rest.

#24. Slopes — ($7.99)

Going big doesn’t matter if you don’t know how big you went. Record and show off the stats from your days skiing and snowboarding with Slopes. Use the companion Watch app to control your recording without taking your phone out of pocket.

#25. Streaks — ($3.99)

The Streaks app allows you to track up to six tasks you want to complete each day with the goal of building a streak of consecutive days. Streaks includes a complication for tracking your streaks and syncs with Apple Health app to help you achieve your fitness goals.



#26. TripAdvisor — (Free)

TripAdvisor is your mobile traveling agent providing you with information about nearby places to “eat, play and stay.

#27. Trivia Crack — (Free + IAP)

Have fun challenging your friends and enemies in the hottest trivia game for the iPhone and Apple Watch! Let our friendly spinner wheel, Willy, select which questions you’ll answer from six different categories. Be the first to get the six crowns to win, but watch out for the rematch!

#28. Twisty Color — ($.99)

Twisty challenges you to color match incoming bullets using the digital crown. Have your entertainment right at hand with Twisty Color, the new game for your Apple Watch!

#29. Vine — (Free)

The entertainment network where the world’s stories are captured, created and remixed. On Vine, there’s never a dull moment. See posts from the creators you’ve selected as a Favorite, or watch Featured Vines, which have been hand-selected across channels like Comedy, Music and Sports. Like and Revine directly from the Watch app. Use the Watch face complication to see your account’s full loops and quickly access the app right from the Watch face.

Do you have a must-have Apple Watch app? Please share your favorites in the comments below.

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