Apple Watch: the essential apps


The Apple Watch is slowly but surely starting to show up on people's wrists, and as more and more consumers are getting theirs and starting to explore all the features of the timepiece, it's time to round up the essential third-party apps for Apple Watch.

What are the applications that will augment the experience in a truly meaningful way and give you more useful functionality over what stock apps already provide? We asked ourselves this questions and went on a hunt for the very best, essential apps.

At launch, the Apple Watch section of the App Store comes with more than 3,000 apps, so you can't say there's no choice. Yet, the number will quickly start growing once developers receive and start actually using their own watches. Naturally, we'll be updating this article as more interesting new apps appear for the timepiece.

With no further ado, here is a list of the best, the essential Apple Watch apps you can get right now.

Citymapper - Don't get lost

Price: Free

Having the capability to get subtle inobtrusive directions in the city can be a considerable advantage, especially if you are trying to find your way in a busy city. With transit directions and times for your commute, you can get where you need on time and plan your day better.


Dark Sky - Get notifications if it’s about to rain soon

Price: $3.99

Dark Sky made waves on the iPhone by being one of the first weather apps to give users a very non-robotic warning that there is high chance that it will rain in 15 minutes. The app is now available on your wrist to give you the forecast with such useful warnings. Grab that umbrella!


Calcbot - Calculator on your wrist

Price: Free

Since Apple decided it will not include a calculator app on the watch, third parties have taken up the task of providing such functionality. A basic calculator is something just what you need to make sure you get the numbers right.


Shazam - Quickly, check what is that catchy tune playing right now

Price: Free

Shazam, the free music recognition service, sounds like an app that should be native on the Apple Watch. It's just cool to be able to learn what is that sweet new tune playing on the radio without ever taking your phone out of your pocket.


Robinhood - Buy and sell stocks from your wrist

Price: Free

The Robinhood personal finances and stock management app allows you to handle your investments right from your wrist, allowing you to even buy and sell stocks.


Uber - Hail a cab

Price: Free

Uber is another heavenly match for the Apple Watch - being able to hail a cab from your wrist without reaching out for your smartphone is not only convenient, but also faster.


ESPN - Check the sports scores

Price: Free

Sports fanatics know what it means to obsess over a certain sport. Be it the NBA play-offs turn-arounds, the latest in football, or something else, the ESPN app makes sure you get all the latest info on your wrist.


Trivia Crack - Have fun on your wrist

Price: Free

Trivia Crack is one of a few new games for the Apple Watch that actually makes sense for that small screen size. It's a trivia game (duh) that's well tailor for the screen size with large and convenient-to-press buttons.


Yahoo Weather - a long term forecast with a beautiful overlay

Price: Free

The Yahoo Weather is the second weather app in this selection, and it stands out with its beautiful design and well structured layout.


Nike+ Running - for sports enthusiasts

Price: Free
Download on Apple Watch

The Nike+ Running application is an alternative to the stock health and fitness app on the Apple Watch. Apart from the standard functionality (displaying your run distance and a quick map and time you've run), it also comes with neat social features that aim to motivate you to work out more often.


Kitchen Stories, recipes on your wrist

Price: Free

If you've tried cooking with your phone or tablet, you probably already know that it can be a pain to keep track of the recipe and instructions while doing everything else with your messy hands. Kitchen Stories for the Apple Watch displays those directions right on your wrist, which is very convenient.


Starbucks - offer coffee using your wrist

Price: Free

Well, you can now get a coffee using only your Apple Watch. Easy, right?


Twitter, it's also on the Apple Watch

Price: Free

Finally, Twitter has also rolled out its new app for the Apple Watch which allows you to stay in tune with the latest events.

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12 Comments

1. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Trivia crack lol

2. seven7dust unregistered

it's actually quite popular among non-gamers , seems like a good fit on a watch.

3. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Obligatory "Most of these are already a function on Android Wear without the need for extra applications." :p But serious questions. Is the user-face as messy as it shows on most of the apps? With the clock and name jammed up top? And I am very surprised that Siri doesn't detect between speech and song by itself, like Google Now. I thought it did?

5. seven7dust unregistered

it's actually user configurable , the info parts are called complications like the traditional watches of old. So no need to mess with google now to check weather or launch timer , quite neat if you ask me.

6. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Oh good. It doesn't look like an Apple user-face, it just looked so cluttered

4. seven7dust unregistered

what no HIIT timers and kitchen timers , I'd think a watch needs more time apps, probably the most useful will be myfitnesspal and evernote for shopping lists on the go

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Nice apps, it's a shame Uber is illegal in my country

8. javaprof

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 30, 2015

motowatch is better than this watch

9. Sauce5 unregistered

Cool now go buy one.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31299; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You needed to click the article, and post that for what exactly?

11. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

Waiting for Pandora/Spotify to make a standalone streaming app that takes advantage of Apple watch WiFi support so I can go to the gym without my phone, won't be buying any smart watch until that apps available

12. kdstm

Posts: 3; Member since: May 02, 2015

Try Idealist Shopping List app for the watch. They have the most beautiful interface (see the screenshots): itunes.apple.com/app/id971870098?mt=8

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