Apps to Download for Your Smartwatch

If you own a Wear OS smartwatch or Apple Watch, you will often find yourself looking for more ways to make use of your wrists new accessory. It is also possible that you have preloaded apps on your new smart watch that simply do not give you quite the experience that you were hoping for.

Last updated: 30th Jan 2019 at 9:28am

Thankfully, Google Play and iTunes contain many applications for you to download onto your phone and smartwatch. For many of these apps, you will find a free version with the option to upgrade to a premium version, for a one-off payment or a monthly subscription. Premium versions of the apps will either remove ads or provide access to premium features.

Here we take a look at the apps to download for your smartwatch, if you are looking for a better experience, or simply want to explore new ways of using your smartwatch.

Music App | Running App | News App | Health App | Spy App | For Fun | City Guide | Try Something Different | Adventure | Shopping List App

W Shuffle - The Important Music App

Wear OS – Free

Google doesn’t always make a perfect fit for everyone and if you aren’t getting what you want from Play Music, the WShuffle could be for you. In particular, WShuffle makes it really easy to send music files from your smartphone to your smartwatch.

This music app has a file manager so you can simply click and send any music file to your smartwatch. Open the app on your watch and you have access to your offline music files. This lets you leave your phone behind, making this one of the most useful apps for your Wear OS Watch.

Runtastic – The Ultimate Running App

Apple Watch/Wear OS – Free

The free version of Runtastic works as a standalone app on your Apple Watch. If you have an Android Wear watch then you may already have this application pre-loaded. The fitness app can track your runs with live tracking data including distance, heart rate, duration, calories burned, and pace.

From the watch, you can start your run, control your music, and share your results. You can also change the activity to hiking, cycling, walking, road biking, and mountain biking. Runtastic boasts a really useful feature called Water Lock and this ensures that if raindrops fall on the display, then they won’t stop your workout or change settings.

There is a premium version of the app and this removes ads and offers extra features. The premium version is subscription based at 4.5 Euro per month, which equates to around £4 per month.

BBC News – Keep Updated

Apple Watch/Wear OS – Free

Okay, so there isn’t a lot of reading space on a smartwatch but the BBC has crafted an app that will give you the latest headlines and breaking news. You can’t actually read a news story in full, but you can make a quick check on what is happening in the world from your smart watch.

Google Fit – The Best Health App

Wear OS – Free

Google Fit is an android wear app and has been redesigned and looks a little more like the Health app from Apple. There are achievement rings that show where you are towards your daily goal of Move Minutes and Heart Points. These visuals are easy to find because you simply need to swipe in from the right side of the screen.

Google Fit monitors your steps, calories, distance walked, heart rate history, and your daily average resting heart rate. There is a very extensive list of workouts that can be tracked and these include non-gym activities such as gardening, dancing, stroller walking, and yoga. The app will also help you relieve stress with guided breathing.

Confide – The Ultimate Spy App

Apple Watch/Wear OS – Free

If message security and confidentiality are important to you then Confide is a messaging app that you will appreciate. Each message that you send is end-to-end encrypted and it will disappear as soon as it is read. This messaging app also stops the recipient from taking a screenshot of the message. The app will be of particular interest to those in the business world, where privacy and security are a top priority.

Bubble Cloud Wear Launcher Watchface – For Fun

Wear OS – Free

Watch faces are one of the easiest ways to change the look of your smartwatch. The Bubble Cloud Wear Launcher stands out because it takes inspiration from the Apple Watch and puts all of your icons into bubbles.

An ingenious approach to app priority sees the bubbles grow in size for the apps you use the most. If you fall in love with this launcher then you can also download it for your phone or tablet from Google Play.

Foursquare City Guide – The Built-in GPS

Apple Watch/Wear OS – Free

Foursquare is a city guide app for Android and Apple watches. It works very well on a smartwatch -sized screen. The app works anywhere in the world, making it an excellent tool for those who travel, as well as those who want to discover new things in their local city or town.

When you open the app you can tap on a category and these include food, coffee, fun, nightlife, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, shopping, special, and trending this month. The app will give you comments from the global community and a rating for the restaurant, shop or place.

The Foursquare City Guide can give you turn-by-turn navigation and you can choose your navigation app of choice, such as Google Maps. If you want more detailed information about a place, then you can see this on your paired smartphone or iPhone.

IFTTT - Try Something Different

Apple Watch/Wear OS – Free

IFTTT can be the place to turn to when you want actions to happen that were never built into an app by its developer. IFTTT stands for If This Then That and this is one of the best ways to think about what this application can do.

An example of an IFTTT action would be to send a photo to your smartwatch, every time you take one on your smartphone. It isn’t the most exciting app for your smartwatch, but it will be invaluable to some.

Runeblade – Fancy an Adventure?

Apple Watch – Free

Runeblade is a game designed specifically for your Apple Watch and it falls into the RPG gaming category. It is the first fantasy adventure game for the Apple Watch and there are 1,000 levels to work through. RuneBlade provides a compelling story to follow and you will discover magical artefacts, upgrade your powers, and win battles along the way.

There are many more apps that are just waiting to be discovered and these will help you get even more out of your smartwatch. If you download lots of apps to try, then don’t forget to delete the apps that you have tried but decided do not meet the grade. This will help to ensure that your smartwatch keeps its tip-top performance while ensuring your battery lasts as long as possible.

Wrist List – The Shopping List App

Wear OS – Free

This cool note-taking app is available from Google Play, and has been specifically built for a range of Android smartwatches; the Samsung Galaxy range. This application makes grocery shopping much easier and quicker and saves using paper which can easily be lost or even forgotten. Simply create your shopping list on your phone, by typing in products you need or searching through the app's custom made categories. Later, when you are out shopping quickly swipe right to delete items from your list as you pick them up.

Supported watch models are; Samsung Gear, Samsung Gear 2, Samsung Gear 2 Neo and the Samsung Gear S.

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