Top 20 Best Apple Watch Apps For 2017 [Updated]

The Apple Watch is a revolution. The watch has now been around for more than two years and people cannot stop talking about it. The Apple Watch is a smart device which can improve the quality of life through apps specifically designed for it. There are thousands of apps for Apple Watch. However, not all the apps are worth trying. We have compiled a list of 20 best Apple Watch Apps you can try right now!

Best Apple Watch Apps – 2017

1Twitter

How many times do you fetch your phone to check twitter? With the Twitter app for Apple Watch, you can view Twitter messages on your wrist and view tweets on your timeline. Additional features include marking tweets and messages as ‘favorites’ and ‘retweeting’. The natural-language input of the watch allows you to post tweets to your timeline. If you prefer to stay active on Twitter most of the time, you should definitely try this app on your Apple Watch.

2Fantastical 2

The default app, Apple Calendar, will help you view upcoming events in your calendar. But to add events to your calendar you would have to use your iPhone. Fantastical 2 is one of the best apps for Apple Watch to take care of this inconvenience. The app will use the watchOS2 natural-language input. Commands such as ‘dinner on Monday at 7 pm’ will be added to your calendar without the need for your phone.

3Dark Sky

How many times have you stepped out with your dog only to find out that the weather is getting worse? Well, we all understand how tough the weather can get at times. Wouldn’t it be helpful if you get the latest weather info on your Apple Watch? Dark Sky is one app that’ll definitely save weather troubles for you. The app lets you know if it’s going to rain or snow in your location. When it’s going to rain, you will get a notification displayed on the screen of your Apple Watch. What’s more – the app also shows 24-hr timeline of weather conditions prevalent now, in addition to yesterday’s weather info and prediction for tomorrow’s weather.

4Evernote

Love to stay organized? Time for Evernote! Evernote changes the way you organize your personal and professional projects. You can take notes, create to-do lists and save things you find online in Evernote. Everything gets synced automatically across all Apple devices. Evernote is a powerful alternative to Apple’s Notes (which is notably missing from Apple Watch), one that you wouldn’t want to miss if you wish to stay super organized and keep a check on recent notes and to-do lists.

 

5ProCamera

Truth be told, the Apple Camera Remote leaves a lot to be desired. ProCamera adds features such as photo preview, and a timer. ProCamera allows you to determine the number of shots the camera will take. The app allows you to take photos in situations where you normally can’t reach controls of your iPhone. The display of the watch becomes your remote viewfinder and gives you a preview of the scene. You can also directly view photos on your Apple Watch. Definitely one of the top 20 best apple watch apps for 2017!

6Uber

Uber is now almost ubiquitous. Why not use your Apple Watch to command Uber Car to your doorstep? You can use Apple Watch to request rides and receive notification when the driver is arriving at your pickup location. Uber’s Apple Watch app will be set to your last selected vehicle option and payment method. Your pickup location is set based on your GPS location. To change these settings before you request, you have to use the Uber app on your iPhone. The Apple Watch version of this app is not as effective as the iPhone version. On the Apple Watch, however, the app will allow you to request transport. It will also show you the ETA after your request.

7iTranslate

Traveling to foreign countries brings with it language barriers. The iTranslate app for Apple Watch will translate anything spoken into it. For the watch to translate, tune the microphone to the language you want to be translated. The app can translate a great number of languages. The translations are very accurate according to users. It’s one of the leading translation apps and definitely one of the top 20 best apps to have on your Apple Watch. The new Offline Mode allows you to use iTranslate abroad without having to pay expensive roaming charges.

8VLC Remote

VLC is a great, free and popular media player that can handle almost any file format. VLC Remote, as you probably guessed it, lets you remotely control your VLC Media Player on your Mac or PC. With this app, you can easily control VLC from your sofa! Sit back and enjoy your movies and music while you control things from your easy chair! The app also offers Today widget for faster access to controls. You can control volume, position, next track, previous track and more!

9TripIt

TripIt is for those who travel frequently. This app – one of the best Apple Watch apps – helps you organize all your travel plans in one place. Once you send the travel confirmation emails to TripIt, the app creates a master itinerary for all your trips. With this app, you can access your plans anytime, anywhere for free! You can additionally opt to allow TripIt to automatically import travel plans from Gmail, Google apps, Outlook.com and more. Itinerary and key documents get stored on the phone app, which lets Apple Watch notify what’s important right now. For example – you’ll see the flight number and departure time when you are boarding a flight or booking reference when you are checking in.

10Instagram

These days, teenagers are hooked more to Instagram than to Facebook. Who doesn’t love to use Instagram? This one’s got to be on our list of best apps for Apple Watch by default! Been using Instagram on your phone and wondering if it will be the same on Apple Watch? Well, social media Apple Watch apps do not work so well. Most of them will just give you notifications without an option to do anything on the app. But Instagram works just fine on the watch. The square images fit perfectly on the screen. You can view images, like images, and view profile. The only downside to the app is the fact that you cannot upload images.

11Runtastic

Runtastic is a popular app amongst iPhone users who run. The Apple Watch version of the app allows runners to view their previous runs. When you track a run, the watchOS2 allows the app to display information about your heart rate. The GPS function of the app requires your iPhone.

12Google Maps

Who likes getting stuck in traffic? Well, if you wish to beat traffic with real-time ETAs and traffic conditions, then Google Maps will help you do just that. One of the best Apple Watch apps, Google Maps is also a cross-platform app, meaning you can sync data across all your devices. Though the app is not very effective on the Apple Watch, it does give you directions. You need to set destinations on your smartphone. To get direction on the watch you just have to open the app and tap the preferred destination. Unlike Apple Maps, this watch will not vibrate when you approach a turn.

13Just Press Record

Just Press Record is one of the many apps that are exclusive to apple devices. The app allows users to make quick recordings that are synced to the cloud so that you can access them on your apple devices later. This app makes capturing voice memos insanely simple. When you start the app it shows a massive microphone button. All you have to do is prod it to start recording. When you finish, the recording is saved on your Apple Watch until it connects to your iPhone. Once connected, the recording is transferred.

14PCalc

Believe it or not, there is no calculator among the default Apple Watch apps. Fortunately, there is PCalc. PCalc has a sleek design and is user-friendly. One of the best Apple Watch apps, this app is extremely responsive and uses the Digital Crown to adjust tip amounts. PCalc is ideal for scientists, engineers, programmers or students or anybody looking for a feature-rich calculator for Apple Watch. It includes an extensive set of unit conversions, a paper tape, an optional RPN mode, engineering and scientific notation, as well as support for hexadecimal, octal and binary calculations.

15Currency

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For people who travel a lot or use different currencies, this app is great. The Currency app works with US Dollars, British Pounds, Japanese Yen, Chinese Yuan, Euro, and Australian Dollars. You simply specify the currencies and the app will do the conversion instantly.

16Viki

Viki brings Wikipedia to your wrist. It is convenient for the Apple Watch as it has shortened articles. You can quickly scheme through the article to find what you want. The app also helps you find things that are near your location. It sure does help to have Wikipedia on your wrist, doesn’t it? If you are someone who loves learning new things on Wikipedia and are looking for the best typography on the small screen, this app will definitely serve your needs!

17Just Eat

Hungry? Have fuss-free food delivered to your home or office! Just Eat app lets you order from local delivery and collection restaurants and takeaways. From Indian to Italian, burgers to burritos, this app offers it all. This app makes rooting around in cluttered drawers for paper takeaway menus a thing of the past and makes awkward phone orders obsolete. With Just Eat app, you can easily order a fresh, delicious meal right away! Once you have ordered your take away using iPhone app, your Apple Watch will give you updates on delivery time. Or, if you’ve selected collection, it gives you the directions to the takeaway. Definitely one of the best Apple Watch apps!

18Citymapper

The idea of getting lost in a city is not a welcomed one. Citymapper is one of the many Apple Watch apps that will give directions to saved addresses. It will also show you available public transport near you. This app makes transit info so easily accessible and presents it in a way that’s very user-friendly. The app can send you alerts about when to get off your bus or train based on your location. Citymapper also lets you check nearby departures for buses, metros, trains, and others in real-time. Definitely on our list of one of the best Apple Watch apps!

19Shazam

Shazam is one of those apps that make you feel technology is at its finest. The Apple Watch version of the app works as good as the iPhone app. You simply have to flash your wrist on some music and the app will display the song title and even the lyrics. This app brings back the magic of lyrics and music recognition on the Apple Watch. Shazam helps you find out what song is playing in seconds. With a simple swipe up, you can also see your past Shazams at a Glance.

20Sleep++

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Sleep++ is an app that tracks how well you are sleeping. It is more convenient to track your sleep on the Apple Watch rather than your iPhone. Run the app through the night and it will watch you as you sleep and track your movements. The app does not drain much of the battery.

There you have it, 20 of the best Apple Watch apps. There are a lot more that you can download on the App Store. Apps add to the convenience of the Apple Watch. The default apps for the Apple Watch are good, but they fail to cover some important functions of a smart device.

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  • BLINGZ

    Take a look at “BLINGZ Style”. It is the ONLY Apple Watch app that enables you to personalize the Apple Watch display with ALWAYS-ON, attention-grabbing video.

  • Brian

    Great article, loved the game ‘Rules’! But you should include spooky bikes(2d dirt bike platformer) and memoranda(another memory game).