The key to loving your Apple Watch is finding as many unique things to do with it as possible. Luckily, this is one area that Apple has come incredibly far in over the years, especially with excellent third-party app “complications” (i.e., app info that you can add directly to a watch face). Continue reading to browse the best Apple Watch apps and complications!
If you get frequent shipments at home or for a job, you’ll love the interactions that Parcels has with your Watch. You can receive notification updates for a package right from your watch face, so you know exactly when it’s shipping, out for delivery, and when it has arrived for pickup. Note that push notifications do cost $3 per year. The larger version of the app also gives you access to map tracking and a lot more features all the frequent shippers may love.
Things 3 is one of the best productivity apps available: it's a to-do list app with broad functionality. It gets even cooler on Apple Watch, where its complication can do things like show the upcoming tasks on your list or give you a progress bar for how many important tasks that you've completed in the day. It's a great way to stay on top of things if you have a long list and are too busy to always pull out your phone.
Citymapper is designed for urban transport: In other words, it helps you find the right bus ride, subway train, or other transit option that’s right for you. It also gives you options for the best trip routes, current service outages, and more. You wouldn’t think that these features are watch friendly, but somehow the app does a fantastic job of communicating exactly what you need to know, from where you are to which train/bus you need to get on next – all with just a glance.
Dark Sky is a weather app. We know there are a lot of weather apps out there, but Dark Sky’s complications are the best. It uses your watch face to show key information about temperature and weather conditions, and larger complications can provide even more data. Since it’s on your wrist, the app can also use location tracking for super-accurate results that are based on where you’re standing.
The Apple Watch does an amazing job of tracking your fitness activity and fitness level – in the Health app. But if you’re looking at your watch face, you can’t really tell how you’re doing. ActivityTracker fixes that with a complication that shows things like step count so you can keep track of additional data much more easily.
iTranslate makes dealing with a foreign language a breeze. The app can automatically detect which language the locals are speaking and help you with specific translations (voice support is included for these features). Translated phrases will linger on the Watch face so you can keep them present during conversations. Additionally, the app will pop up phrases you might find handy throughout the day based on the language that it detects. Don’t go abroad without it!
Any sports fan with an Apple Watch will want to download this app immediately. It helps you follow all the big news updates for your favorite sports and teams, with a lot of customization for what exactly you want to follow. It can pop updates to your watch on new scores, close games, and even key plays. If you want to follow a game while you are busy, there’s no better way.
WaterMinder is a bit more simplistic than some of our other picks: It helps you remember to drink lots of water! You can track more information than just that, but on the Apple Watch, it’s simply a great way to get your reminders for staying hydrated throughout the day, based on your own goals.