Best Samsung Galaxy Watch apps: get the most out of your new smartwatch

Best Samsung Galaxy Watch apps: get the most out of your new smartwatch
The Samsung Galaxy Watch (née the Gear S4) was one of the most hotly-anticipated wearables reveals of 2018. It's proved to be much more of an incremental upgrade over the S3, instead of a revolution, but it still manages to deliver a number of welcomed improvements to the table. Offering stellar battery life, built-in GPS for independent tracking and navigation, crisp AMOLED display, and a myriad of other Tizen-exclusive features, the Samsung Galaxy Watch is one of the best smartwatches in town. If you've just bought one, or are still on the fence, you may be wondering what are some great apps to kick things off with. This is our list of the best Samsung Galaxy Watch apps to start out with.

Since Samsung is distributing these apps through its own Galaxy Apps store, we won't be able to provide links to them on this list. However, installing any of them is as easy as opening Galaxy Apps on your smartphone and tapping the "Install" button. The application will then be downloaded and transferred to your Galaxy Watch in no time.


If you want some customization on your smartwatch, Facer is the ultimate app for creating your own watch faces on Tizen, Android Wear, and watchOS. If you're not content with what's on offer on the Galaxy app store, in terms of faces, then this app is for you. Furthermore, even if you don't feel like creating and fine-tweaking your own face, Facer features a staggering collection of over 30,000 watch faces across all platforms, created by people from all over the world. And if you make your own, you can share it with the entire community as well. Facer Creator features a huge selection of watch hands, fonts, and background images to use in your custom designs.


Spotify is the essential app for streaming music on the go. It is perfect for tuning in while working out and can be effortlessly controlled with the Galaxy Watch's signature rotating bezel. What's more, Spotify on the Galaxy Watch supports offline mode. This means that you will be able to enjoy your favorite music on the go, even if you're not tethered to a smartphone. This adds yet another layer of autonomy to the smartwatch, which is neat if you don't carry a smartphone while jogging.

PEAR Sports

Samsung Health is not a bad service, and it's the one that you're most likely using on your Samsung Galaxy Watch, given the somewhat scarce selection of workout apps available on Tizen. If you're looking for something else, however, PEAR Sports may the app for you. It offers hundreds of workout sessions and training plans coached and delivered by renowned athletes and coaches that cover various activities, including walking, running, cycling, flexibility, strength, stretching, high intensity and recovery. From beginners to advanced, PEAR likely has something to offer.


A useful app for sharing your location with others in real time, perfect for those occasions when you are running late but can't be bothered to explain where you are exactly. Just beam your location to whoever is waiting straight from your smartwatch! Glympse is perfect for those occasions when you are running late but can't be bothered to explain where you are exactly – just beam your exact GPS location to whoever may be concerned with just a couple of taps. Similarly, you can also request a friend's location by tapping the "Request" button. This will let the other person know you want them to share their location with you.

Here WeGo Maps

Here WeGo is one of the best navigation apps for wearables, and on the Galaxy Watch, it has a standalone mode. This means that it doesn't have to be synced to the Here app on your phone in order to work, though maps need to be cached beforehand. Here WeGo allows you to plan routes by your preffered method of transportation, caches your data for easily accessing it later on, and is an all-around great navigation app for your smartwatch.

Flipboard News briefing

One of the best news briefing apps for smartwatches actually comes pre-installed on the Gear S3 and Gear Sport – yes, it's good ol' Flipboard. The tiny display on your smartwatch may not offer the best way to go in-depth into the news, but Flipboard's UI is perfectly tailored to utilize the limited real estate to deliver the gist of today's leading headlines. Flipboard has a feed that shows you summaries and headlines, but if you feel like it, you can tap on a story to expand it and read it in full. Scrolling can be done either via the touchscreen or the rotating bezel.

Find My Car

Find My Car is a small, but super useful app for the times when you just can't remember where you parked. Find My Car can locate you via the Galaxy Watch's and Sport's built-in GPS and shows you how far away you are from your car. You can also leave yourself voice notes with more information about your current whereabouts when parking in unfamiliar areas.




1. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

That's why I'll wait for a new Wear OS watch with the new Qualcomm cpu & hopefully Bluetooth 5.0 Tizen has too little apps

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It's a watch, all you need are the essentials which are provided by Samsung. Everything else is just extra stuff that you won't use after a day or two and most of those apps are stuff you'd rather use on your phone, last but not least, you buy galaxy gear for the style and long lasting battery life, as well as for being the best at what it can do.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31089; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude, all the apps I need are in the Galaxy App store. It's chock full of good apps, and the watch itself is awesome.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I literally have more apps than I can use at this time. Most of you want to beat a horse to death..... If you like wear os and the limited equipment have at it. The best watch and cell phone are Samsung period..... I have the Gear S3 Frontier black and the note 9. Like what you like and keep it moving

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31089; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said man. I just prefer Samsung’s approach to smartphones and watches, while still loving and owning Apple products.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

That's it man I like the way Apple implements it's products, however I prefer Samsung and Android. I love the Google software, but the phones need to go. As a techie I appreciate all technology..... No fan boy love of one company here.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31089; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Same here. I like it all, Sammy and Apple are who I rock with the most. I currently rock the Note 9, iPhone X, iPad Pro, gear iconx, and Galaxy watch.

15. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

You obviously have no idea what apps are available on the Samsung Watches. There are tens of thousands of watch faces and an app for everything I need and Tizen is the fastest and easiest to use watch OS. I would not touch an Apple watch, the hardware is lacking and ugly and the lack of watch faces extremely poor. I would love to see more Android watches but the OS is just not there yet.

8. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Why can’t Samsung lead the smartwatch just like apple? Maybe because their is no apple logo at the back. How many samsung costumers have a Samsung galaxy? Maybe few because they’re using cheap fitness chinese trackers.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Are you huffing spray paint right now? Or has the fact that for the past 4 years Samsung phones have been rated the best phones in the planet by the overwhelming majority of reviewers finally broken your brain? Because that was barely English.

10. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

The best phone? The best phone should be selling and profiting well. Their flagships are flops, Note 9 can’t even save their mobile industry even the Note 10. Chinese phones will get then in the top.

14. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Sales and profits have no bearing whatsoever on how good a phone is. Are the Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Beatle the best cars, are McDonalds the best burgers .... No of course not. The fact is the S9 series are a top 5 selling model and make great profits for Samsung and are clearly one of the best phones, even the best on the market today.

11. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

*there I corrected for you. :)

13. billm149

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 04, 2018

WatchMaker works great on Galaxy Watch! Not sure why this wasnt mentioned in the article as it is by far the most powerful watch tool and collection.

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