Best Apple Watch Apps 2021

Best Apple Watch Apps 2021

The Apple Watch benefits from a bountiful selection of apple watch apps, which elongates its array of features beyond the standard watchOS experience.

From nook sports tracking to a wrist-based appendage of your preferred travel, mapping, and productivity apps, the Apple Watch is the best smartwatch when it comes to third party apps.

The Apple Watch has been kicking around for several years now, and the apps available for it are plentiful, to say the least – especially now it has its own App Store. Of course, not all the apps are great, useful, or even suited to the Apple Watch, but there are a few that are simply brilliant.

These are the best Apple Watch apps we’ve come across – the ones that hold their own on the smaller screen and deliver the information you need without you having to get your iPhone out.

There’s everything from games to productivity apps, all of which make the Apple Watch useful, rather than just another gadget.

It has been an amazing period for the top Apple Watch apps. If we look back, it seems like the watch has lost its sparkle, because many heavy weighted apps are either withering or being removed from the watch.  

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You see, the problem was one of function – app developers spending too much time wondering ‘could we make an Apple Watch app?’ and not ‘should we…?’

When watchOS 6 landed, for the very first time Apple Watch introduced the App Store on your apple watch, thereby encouraging app developers to take the Apple Watch more seriously, and with watchOS 7 and the Apple Watch 6 – not to mention the iPhone 12 range – having since landed, there’s never been a better time to join the ecosystem.

Let’s check some of the best apps for the apple watch:

Best exercise and workout apps for apple watch

Apple Fitness Plus

Apple Fitness Plus
  • $9.99 / £9.99 per month

Apple’s much-anticipated drive into elite fitness apps launched in December 2020. Apple Fitness Plus is a subscription-based service rather than just a normal application, but it has been designed with the Apple Watch in mind: it uses the Watch sensors to track your workouts and to respond to what’s happening on-screen on your iPhone.

For example, if your fitness trainer asks to check your heart rate, your Apple Watch will display that data; in tough workouts, it’ll display a countdown timer to help you motivate, and the optional Burn Bar tells you how your performance compares to the other people who’ve completed the same workout.

Subscriptions cost $9.99 / £9.99 / AU$14.99 per month and are also available as part of Apple One bundles. You can share your subscription with up to six family members without having to take out an Apple One Family or Premier plan.

To use Apple Fitness Plus on your Apple Watch, you’ll need watchOS 7.2 or newer versions. There’s no new app to install: apple fitness plus appears as a new tab in the Fitness app on your iPhone, and your watch will respond automatically based on the workouts and/or training you to select in the iPhone app. The app is also available for iPad and Apple TV. 

Runkeeper

Runkeeper
  • $9.99 / £9.99 per month 

If you are wearing the Apple Watch for fitness, Runkeeper is a good application to download. It lets you start the app right from your wrist, without even using your iPhone. Open the app, press “start running” and off you go. Once you’ve started running, you can check several stats, including overall time, distance covered, and pace.

Subscriptions cost $9.99 / £9.99 per month and are also available as part of Apple One bundles. You can share your subscription with up to six family members without having to take out an Apple One Family or Premier plan.

Strava

Strava
  • $7.99 / £5.99 per month

Strava is among the wildly popular cycling apps for the Apple watch. This run and the ride-tracking app has a standalone version for the Apple Watch, which gives basic details on eight types of activity. The opportunity to customize which data is shown would be good, but the app gets the job done and naturally syncs very quickly to your Strava account.

Subscriptions cost $7.99 / £5.99 per month and are also available as part of Apple One bundles. You can share your subscription with up to six family members without having to take out an Apple One Family or Premier plan.

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Sworkit

Sworkit
  • $4.99 / £3.99 per month 

The king of bodyweight exercise apps, Sworkit builds workouts for you to follow based on four different categories – strength, cardio, yoga, or stretching. You can also choose which part of the body you want to focus your workout on, or opt for a full-body session, and set how long you want to exercise for.

The instructions on the phone app are good, but it’s even better to have them beamed to your smartwatch, which displays what you’re meant to be doing and buzzes when you need to switch up your exercise.

Subscriptions cost $4.99 / £3.99 per month and are also available as part of Apple One bundles. You can share your subscription with up to six family members without having to take out an Apple One Family or Premier plan. 

Nike Run Club

Nike Run Club
  • Free with in-app purchases 

If you’ve chosen the Nike version of the Apple Watch, then this voguish running app is baked into it, but even if you have the regular Apple Watch, runners of all stripes should give the Nike Run Club a try.

The clear interface excels on the small screen, showing all the info you need about your run, but it’s the added extras – particularly the guided runs – that make Nike Run Club stand out. You can do training sessions where elite athletes like Eliud Kipchoge or Mo Farah talk you through the intervals or relax with runs produced in partnership with mindfulness app Headspace.

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Best Apple Watch games

Lifeline

Lifeline
  • $1

Lifeline is a good app if you are looking for a time pass kinda thing you can check this app, which is no doubt one of the best Apple Watch games. You’ll speak with a stranded astronaut and try to unravel his predicament and secrets by choosing your responses to everything he says.

You’ll have to connect to the app on your iPhone first, but once you do, you’ll start to receive the messages on your Apple Watch, tapping each of your responses as you delve deeper into the mystery and try to help Taylor survive by giving him instructions to explore marooned ships and tell him which way to travel.

This is the first in a series of great text adventures from developer 3 Minute Games.

Elevate: Brain Training

Elevate: Brain Training
  • Free with in-app purchases

This may not be a game, per se, but Elevate: Brain Training will still entertain you while also making use of your amazing brain power. With the Apple Watch app, you can enjoy over 35 mini-game activities that help you improve your critical cognitive skills, like focus, memory, processing, math, precision, and comprehension. It also gives you detailed performance tracking so you can see how good you’re doing, and it adapts to you to provide you with a level of challenge that is geared for you and no one else.

Snappy Word

Snappy Word
  • Free with in-app purchases

Snappy Word has a simple interface and only features four letters at a time. Play to make as many words as you can in 30 seconds or pick up your phone and play the same way or play until you make a mistake, with no time limit. There’s also an iMessage app that lets you challenge friends to unscramble words.

Every time the game ends, you’ll get kicked out of the app on your Apple Watch. If you’re looking for another fun, wordy time-waster, Snappy Word is great, and it’s free.

Best finance Apple Watch apps  

Wallet

Wallet
  • Free with in-app purchases 

The wallet is Apple’s app so you can expect it to be good on the Apple Watch and it is. Like the iPhone version, it provides easy access to boarding passes, tickets, and cards you’ve registered to Apple Pay. Having your boarding pass and tickets on your wrist means you don’t have to mess about getting your phone out, which is always good when travelling and you can also pay using your wrist.

Pennies

Pennies
  • $3.99

There are plenty of apps trying to help you stay on top of your finances, but we’ve taken a liking to the Pennies Apple Watch app, which lets you quickly tap in how much you’ve spent on a given budget target straight on your wrist. It means you can then track how much you’ve got left, whether that’s keeping an eye on your weekly food bill, or as we would like to imagine, your champagne bar bill.

Conclusion

The Apple Watch is great right out of the box, but you’ll want to add a few great apple watch apps to really make it sing. Apple’s wearable is a true marvel, and the Series 6 is the best yet, but you’ll never know just how useful it can be if you don’t expand your horizons a bit. There are thousands of apps on the App Store. Go ahead and explore.

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