Buy yourself a new Apple Watch or receive one as a gift? Finding the right apps can transform your wrist and improve your life. While there aren’t as many apps as there are for the iPhone, the collection of Apple Watch apps is the widest among wearables and is ever-growing.
Get the most out of your new Apple Watch with these apps.
The number of weather apps out there can be intimidating. Hello Weather is easy-to-use and straightforward. Get up-to-date weather information for any location without any distractions. Check out current weather conditions and future forecasts so you can be prepared, rain or shine.
Hello Weather is filled with lots of personality and little touches that will make you smile. It has neat themes, automatic night mode, and lots of extra surprises.
The free version gives you the basic weather forecast but you’ll need to opt for the subscription to use the pro features like watch face complications, advanced radar, and access to additional weather data sources. A monthly plan is available for $1.99, a yearly plan for $12.99, and a lifetime plan is $44.99.
Water tracker Waterllama
Getting enough water every day is very important for your health. Waterllama is a fun and easy way to ensure you’re drinking enough water each day.
Quickly log what you’re drinking from your wrist. All you have to do is open the app manually, or use the complication, and log the type of drink and size. It tracks water for anything you drink. Choose from over 40 popular beverages or create your own custom drink. You can set reminders throughout your day and calculate your daily intake goal based on your weight, activity, and weather.
Waterllama is free to download but you’ll need to sign up for an annual subscription for $6.99 per year or pay a one-time fee of $8.99 to unlock the lifetime plan to get access to premium features that include the Apple Watch app.
Heart Analyzer: Cardio Monitor
Make the most of Apple Watch’s heart tracker, blood oxygen monitoring, and health data with Heart Analyzer. It’s extremely effective and packs a lot of info into the limited watch space.
You’re able to view live heart rate monitoring and trend charts right from your wrist. The app uses your heart data to generate charts, weekly metrics, and can record distance traveled and calories burned. You can even set up customizable complications so you can easily see your heart rate chart at all times.
Heart Analyzer is free with separate in-app purchases available to unlock additional features. Get extended data, deep analytics, or app customization for $2.99 each or buy the complete premium package for $6.99 that gives you full access to all features.
Pillow - Auto Sleep Tracker
Have trouble sleeping? Pillow will track your sleep and help you sleep better. The app analyzes your sleep cycles automatically using your Apple Watch.
Start your day off right with Pillow’s smart alarm clock. The app monitors your heart rate and movement, and wakes you up when you’re in the lightest stage of sleep so you start your day refreshed.
You can even make use of the app’s audio recording feature. This allows you to listen to yourself snore or talk during your sleep. It can be used to diagnose sleep apnea or other sleep disorders.
Pillow is free to download and use but if you want access to advanced features such as personalized sleep tips, heart rate analysis, and wakeup melodies you’ll need to upgrade to a premium version. There is a monthly option for $6.99 per month and a yearly option for $39.99 per year.
CALC Smart is a handy little calculating tool, especially if you’re performing more than just basic calculations.
With the intuitive and powerful interface you’re able to perform and share advanced calculations and save all of your previous calculations. You can even execute fast currency conversions with live currency rates right from your wrist without picking up your phone.
CALC Smart is available for a one-time fee of $4.99. The app can also be used on your iPhone or iPad, not just your Apple Watch.
Get anywhere you need to go with Apple Maps. It brings you all the things you love from Apple Maps on your iPhone to your Apple Watch.
Using Apple Maps on your wrist is even handier for traversing your way through any city on a bike, by foot, or using public transportation. Get voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, real-time transit schedules and traffic conditions, and cycling directions to route along bikes and paths.
The app will get you to your destination quickly and safely. It even lets you look up information about places, including hours, photos, ratings, and reviews.
On top of all that Apple Maps is completely free to download and use.
Wanting to pass some time or relieve some stress? Color directly on your Apple Watch with Coloring Watch. It’s actually designed exclusively for Apple Watch.
Choose from more than 100 images and 100 different colors. Just toggle between image parts by tapping on the screen. Use the Digital Crown to scroll through the colors. Your final creations can be saved as a watch face and viewed on your iPhone.
Coloring Watch can also track your heart rate while coloring or simply relaxing. Start a five-minute coloring session and see how your heart rate changes as you color.
Coloring Watch costs $2.99 but that’s a small price to pay for hours of calming entertainment.
Get Started The Right Way
You can’t go wrong with adding any or all of these apps to your shiny new Apple Watch. This is just a taste of what Apple Watch apps have to offer, and Apple made it even easier to add apps by connecting its App Store to its watch. This lets you download straight to your Apple Watch. You still have to option to use the Watch app on your iPhone.
With the holidays right around the corner an Apple Watch makes a great gift, so don’t forget to share this list of apps with your family and friends.