7 best Apple Watch apps to download now

  • June 18, 2024

I love my Apple Watch without shame. It keeps me off my phone when I don’t really need to be on it while still keeping me up to date. That’s because of the Watch-unique apps I have installed, which range from utility and habit-tracking apps to just plain fun distractors.

There are plenty of options out there when it comes to Apple Watch apps, but here are seven of my (and the internet’s) favorites.

1. Start With Yoga ($2.99)

Apple Watch screen capture of an animated woman doing a seated yoga position on the left, and a standing position on the right.
Zen, brought to you by Apple Watch.
Credit: Screenshot: App Store

Personally, I’m a huge yoga fan. It’s a great, low-stakes way to get my body moving, but I’m definitely not an expert. Start With Yoga comes highly recommended by Tech Radar for beginners like me. The Watch-optimized display and vibration alert for pose changes help you stay away from your phone while getting the instruction you need. The app comes with five pre-loaded routines and the ability to craft your own on the paired iPhone app without some of the more advanced poses you might see in other yoga courses. (As I said, it’s perfect for beginners.) And the latest update sends your workout data to Apple Health, which is useful for overall health tracking.


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2. Headspace (Free, in-app purchases)

Apple Watch screen capture of Headspace app, which shows meditations for Every day, Basics, Running, and Walking.
If you like Apple’s built-in breathe feature, take it up a notch.
Credit: Screenshot: App store

If I didn’t have Headspace, I would have a much harder time falling asleep at night. The Apple Watch app is also really useful during the day as a reminder to take mindful breaks. It’s not as full-fledged as the phone app, but I like that it has smaller, more manageable breathing exercises, meditation practices, and even little walking routines to break up the workday. I get a little anxious if I’m away from my computer for too long because I feel like I’ll miss something important, but these bite-sized practices give me a much-needed break without taking up too much time. I do think the paid access, which costs $12.99 a month, gives you the best content, but the free version lets you try it out before you fully commit.


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3. Night Sky (Free, in-app purchases)

Apple Watch screen capture of a purple night sky with constellations, and a compass overlaid over planets and stars.
Oooooh, stars!
Credit: Screenshot: App Store

This one doesn’t change my everyday routine so much as enhance it. If you’re into planets and stars or just even vaguely think they’re cool, this app is awesome. I don’t know much about astronomy myself, but I don’t need to: Night Sky has a feature that identifies what’s worth looking at. Just point your Watch at the sky, and it will tell you what constellations and planets are up there. You can even set up notifications for future astronomical events, like eclipses or space station flyovers.

4. CARROT Weather ($4.99, in-app purchases)

Apple Watch screen capture of a watch face with temperature, humidity, and time info. Second screen shows a snarky message relaying the weather.
Your daily weather, but sassy.
Credit: Screenshot: App Store

I know it sounds dumb to get a separate, paid-for weather app when Apple devices already have built-in weather apps. But if you’re someone whose life is fairly affected by the weather — maybe you need to adjust your outfit to rain or snow daily! — Carrot Weather might be more accurate, and it’s definitely more fun. According to MacWorld, the app takes forecast data from several places, like Weather Underground and Dark Sky, and can give you things like real-time precipitation warnings. On top of that, the app is kinda sassy. It delivers your info in an evil robot voice, displaying notifications in your Watch with useful but snarky phrases like, “I hope you like sunburns” on a hot day. I didn’t know I wanted my weather to be a little mean to me, but sign me up, please.

5. Citymapper (Free)

Apple Watch screen capture of public transit directions in San Francisco.
For those of us who are always lost, this helps.
Credit: Screenshot: App Store

Citymapper is geared toward major cities, so if you’re a suburbanite, this might not be for you. The app grabs public data feeds from city transportation agencies to tell you when trains and busses are coming, which train or bus you should transfer to, and where to go once you get off, all displayed on your wrist. I hate holding my phone out and looking lost, so this more discreet method is really appealing to me. The app works in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and Houston, to name just a few.

6. Strava (Free)

Strava app on the Apple Watch
Take Strava to the next level
Credit: Screenshot: App Store

The center of the Venn diagram of people who use their Apple Watch for fitness tracking and people whose favorite social media platform is Strava isn’t a circle, but it’s got to be pretty close. This is particularly helpful if you like the Strava interface more than the Apple Watch’s “Fitness” interface but don’t want to bring your phone along with you for your workout. When you return to your phone after the workout, your activity will upload to Strava automatically, and you’ll get a notification.


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7. WorkOutDoors ($7.99)

WorkOutDoors app on the Apple Watch
For the fitness fiend
Credit: Screenshot: App Store

If you aren’t a Strava head but still want to get your workout on, Apple Watch users — particularly those on Reddit — love WorkOutDoors. Like Strava, you can use it for biking, hiking, walking, elliptical, and other workouts. It’s for the workout fiend who loves data, graphs, and maps. Reddit users say it “takes time to set up,” but once you have it together, it is “the best app out there.”

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