The Apple Watch is one of the premier smartwatches available in the market today. The wearable reached that status with years of presence on the market as well as the support of pretty much every iOS developer out there. If you’re considering purchasing an Apple Watch or recently got one, you might be wondering about the kind of apps you can get for it. Well, it turns out there’s a Watch app for everything, and we’re going to help you find some of the best Apple Watch apps you can download in 2020.
This list includes both free and paid apps, so be sure to check out each one individually.
14 Best Apple Watch Apps in 2020
Carrot Weather is one of the most popular weather prediction apps out there that can help you plan for your trip well in advance. Well, this also has a dedicated Apple Watch app which offers all the features of the iPhone app, but for the smaller form factor. This includes notifications as well as all the weather app features along with watch face complications depending on the weather. Unfortunately, you will need a subscription to the Premium Club in order to get background data updates, notifications, and complication customization features, which is a bit of a letdown as the app is not free.
But if you’re looking for one of the best weather apps for your Apple Watch, you can’t do much better than Carrot Weather. The app can be downloaded for $4.99 on the App Store, and it includes in-app purchases for the aforementioned subscriptions. Considering that you get two full apps for this price, we find it to be a worthy compromise.
Things 3 is an excellent iPhone app to help you stay on top of your schedules and appointments. This is accompanied by a handy Apple Watch app that can give you pretty much every feature that you see on the smartphone app. This includes the ability to look at your pending appointments/checklists, add new ones, or even seamlessly integrate it with the home screen/watch face. It is important to note that Things 3 is the 2017 Apple Design Awards Winner, so it takes its design as well as app functions very seriously.
This means you also get all the smart features like the natural language date parser which allows you to say “next Wednesday” and the app will automatically assign it to that date without needing any of the specifics from the user. It’s a reminders and checklists app that’s meant to be nonobtrusive and continue working in the background for you. For this aspect, we recommend Things 3 for the Apple Watch. It will set you back by $9.99, but in return, there are no ads or subscriptions to worry about.
Although Apple has a dedicated Calculator app for the iPhone, PCalc has been the preferred choice among calculators for several iPhone users. Naturally, PCalc also has an Apple Watch app, complete with all the features that made the iPhone app popular and one of the most trusted around. This feature-rich calculator can be used by pretty much everyone, but particularly scientists, engineers, students, or coders. The app even has a handy voice typing feature to help you calculate figures and sums without touching the display. Accessibility features like this can help save a lot of time, especially if you’re using a variety of numbers and metrics.
A quick look through the reviews tells you how great this app is, and that is thanks to the extensive list of calculating options available on offer here. This app costs $9.99 on the App Store and has in-app purchases that go as a donation to the developer. There are no ads.
This is an excellent habit-forming app that lets you change your schedule and do things that you’ve found hard to accomplish. It works by helping you achieve your goals and making sure you reach them consecutively, hence achieving a Streak of good deeds. This can range from reading a book to running a mile to practically anything. You can even choose to login bad habits (like smoking) and help cut down on your intake gradually.
The iPhone app will send you reminders about your pending goals, thus helping you achieve them before the day draws to a close. The Apple Watch app is an excellent tool to keep you on top of your upcoming goals as it can also send intermittent reminders on your wrist. This is an excellent app if you find it hard to stick to a schedule because of lack of motivation or whatever reason. Changing your routine and/or habits can be a good thing, and this app may be the best place to start. Streaks can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99.
This was rated as one of the 2018 Editor’s Choice apps among Watch applications, and with good reason. App in the Air is deemed a personal flying assistant as it can help you with every aspect of an upcoming flight. The Apple Watch app makes it even more accessible with immediate reminders and notifications on your wrist. The app can also update when changes are made to your flight, including boarding gates as well as checked baggage information. By offering a clutter-free view of your upcoming flight, App in the Air lets you stay on top of your trip without panic.
The best part about this app is that it works in 100+ countries, so it can also be used for international air travel. With support for Glances and Force Touch, App in the Air is more than just a companion app for your iPhone. My favorite feature of the app is the ability to explore landmarks that you’re flying over in real-time, making your flight experience so much better. App in the Air can provide details for over 1000+ airlines internationally, and also help you log your loyalty points from hotels, car services, and airlines. This app is free to download on the App Store but comes with in-app purchases for monthly or annual subscriptions.
Spark is a critically acclaimed email app that can pretty much replace the stock Mail app on your iPhone. Its Apple Watch app is equally good and offers the ability to read emails in their entirety, archive them, delete them, or even reply to them directly without ever needing your iPhone. Users also get access to the smart inbox feature which cleverly categorizes emails into personal, notifications, and newsletters to avoid the clutter on your screen.
The Apple Watch app does have some limitations given its display size, but the folks at Spark have made sure it’s one of the best email clients available for your Watch. If you’re using Spark on your iPhone, you can choose to integrate it with your workflow using services like Dropbox, Box, iCloud Drive, and more. The Spark app for the Apple Watch is an excellent tool to send quick replies to emails with the ability to love, like or acknowledge an email as soon as it’s been received. This is one of the few apps out there that’s completely free to download and has no in-app purchases.
This game has been around for the Apple Watch since 2015 which means it has gone through multiple changes and upgrades to accommodate the changing user interface as well as other aspects of watchOS. The premise of this game is to solve puzzles, and in the meanwhile also help you sharpen your brain skills. While the wearable version doesn’t include all the features of the iPhone app, it does come with a handy daily brain workout mini-game for Watch users.
The game starts off simple, but the puzzles get more and more complicated as you progress further through the puzzles. This is what makes Rules! such an addictive game and incredibly hard to put down once you start. If you’ve used this game for the iPhone and have never tried the watchOS version, we highly recommend you to give it a try. Rules! is a paid game and will set you back by $2.99 on the App Store. But on the bright side, the game has no ads or in-app purchases.
Rated as one of the best transit navigation apps out there, Citymapper has been around for quite some time now. Although it only works in a handful of cities as of now, it covers all the big cosmopolitan cities of the world, including places like New York, San Francisco, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, São Paulo, Seoul, etc. Thankfully, Citymapper is in the process of adding more cities to the list and is even encouraging users to sign up their cities for transit navigation.
As for the features of the app, it can help you navigate the complicated public transit network in the aforementioned cities and more. This can be a godsend if you’re new to a particular city and don’t understand which route to take. Bear in mind that this is a combination of standard navigation as well as transit information, making this a highly capable app overall. Some of the most recent additions to the feature list include Uber integration, bike routing, and live bike share information. Citymapper is a free download on the App Store.
An app like ESPN needs no introduction to sports fans as it’s one of the most popular sources of information on pretty much anything pertaining to sport, regardless of where you are in the world. As you would expect, the makers of the iPhone app also have a robust Apple Watch application that can provide live scores, information on upcoming games, and a whole lot more with just a few taps on your wrist. You can choose to track just one game or get information on multiple games in a scrollable view.
There’s also quick access to news articles directly on the Apple Watch, helping you learn about that game you missed or obtain injured player information for the next game. Advanced features like ESPN+ streaming and live games are not available on the Apple Watch app for obvious reasons. But if you want an app that can keep you updated on everything that’s going on in the world of American sports, ESPN is your best bet. It’s a free app on the App Store but has in-app purchases for subscription services.
If you have a busy schedule and would like to know how much time it takes to get to your home or office without manually entering data, ETA is an app we recommend. This app helps you save your favorite locations like Home or Office and ascertain how long it will take to get there. Further, you can also choose to get turn by turn navigations aided by the navigation app of your choice. You can also choose to share your arrival time with your friends and family in a secure format.
Apple Watch users need to be aware that to allow the updating of the Complication for Apple Watch, ETA will need to work on your phone’s background. Since it uses GPS signals to ascertain your distance, this may have a significant effect on your battery life. The Apple Watch app can also offer beautiful watch faces that blend with the natural UI elements. ETA is priced at $2.99 but comes with in-app purchases for features like calendar sync and a dedicated theme library.
Strava blends in perfectly with the Apple Watch and provides all the features that make it one of the best fitness apps for the iPhone. You can directly start workouts from your Watch and even check how you’re doing in real time with the ability to pick up heart-rate information (maybe hardware dependent). Including the ability to offer fitness analysis on the Apple Watch, Strava can also pair with other devices like Garmin, Fitbit or Polar, making this one of the preferred fitness apps out there.
In addition to basic workouts like cycling or running, thanks to water-resistant bodies on the newer Apple Watch models, you can also track swimming in real time. The app utilizes HealthKit to export your data into the Apple Health app and gather information on your heart-rate as well as biometric data. There are attractive challenges on offer here that can help you get back on your feet after a long weekend. If you’re in search of a comprehensive run, swim, and cycling tracker, Strava will tick all the right boxes for you. This app is free to download but comes with in-app purchases for the Strava premium subscription.
If you’re someone who has a lot of passwords but can’t keep track of them all, 1Password is the app for you. This uses complex encryption and a secure authentication process that lets you keep all your logins, credit card info or pretty much any other note on your device. While the Apple Watch app for 1Password is pretty basic, it can help you provide quick details on login info without taking out your phone. 1Password is a subscription-based offering, which means it’s free to download from the App Store. A single subscription costs $3.99/month or you can also choose to get the family option which provides access to five accounts for $6.99/month.
While the Apple Watch comes with a dedicated voice memos feature, an app like Just Press Record can help you get more control over your recordings. It’s extremely simple to use and has big buttons prominently displaying the record button or the stop button. You can also choose to playback the recording once finished while the Digital Crown on the Apple Watch can help you adjust the volume. The best part about this app is that it can record audio files even when your iPhone is not around, thus reducing the dependency on your iPhone for a menial task such as this.
The app automatically syncs the recorded files with your iPhone as well as iCloud (if enabled). This allows the Apple Watch app to record audio files of unlimited duration as long as you don’t run out of space on your iPhone. This app costs $4.99 on the App Store and is a one-time purchase with no subscriptions required.
This is our second calendar and appointments based app for the Apple Watch. This app is a must-have for productivity buffs as it can let you stay on top of your schedules or edit/add new ones using nothing but your watch. It can show up on your watch home screen and provide relevant notifications as your appointments and reminders are approaching. The Watch app displays events in a day view, helping you separate events and reminders from multiple days.
Many consider this to be an excellent replacement to the stock iPhone calendar app given the features it comes with. While it doesn’t bring anything radical to the fore, the user interface, as well as the seamless syncing with your smartwatch, is what makes it a good choice for everyone. This app costs $2.99 and doesn’t include in-app purchases.