We rounded up the most useful and best Apple Watch apps — for news, weather, running, golf, working out, bus and transit, travel and more! You can also find more applewatch apps by category, lists, and features on Watchaware!
Best Apple Watch Apps for Running
The Workout app included in the AppleWatch is actually one of the best apps for the Apple watch because it is currently the only workout app with access to the device's heart rate sensor. Incorporating heart rate data into your workout means more accurate calorie burn estimations and continuous workout intensity monitoring. The app syncs all data with Apple's standalone Health and Activity apps for iPhone.
Runtastic Pro - Running App for AppleWatch
Runtastic is a great option for a 3rd party running app, offering remote control functions and allowing quick access to critical run information like elapsed time, distance and pace measurements in an easy-to-read overview pane.
Another nice thing about Runtastic is that it displays past run history with detail, unlike the workout app. You can see your distance time, pace, elevation, speed, weather conditions, post-run mood and mile splits. Monthly performance is further broken down in a Statistics page.
There is also a Lite version, but the Pro app removes advertisements and unlocks a voice coach feature, community challenges, climate reports, route creation and syncing, geotagging for photos and more.
Buy Runtastic Pro for AppleWatch in App Store - $4.99
Weather Nerd - Best Weather App for Apple Watch
We find that while the stock weather app works well and while most think the best AppleWatch weather apps are by Weather Channel or Yahoo! Weather — they don't provide that level of detail that you are looking for when glancing at your watch. Weather Nerd gives you the important weather details you're looking for with a great design. Swipe between Today, Hour and Week. Today will show temperature and if and how much it will rain, along with the day's forecast. The week view offers an overview of what's coming during the next six days.
Buy Weather Nerd for AppleWatch in App Store - $3.99
NY Times - Best News App for AppleWatch
NY Times is the best news app for AppleWatch. It provides you alerts on breaking news, and the stories are specifically designed for the small screen on the Apple Watch. You can use Handoff to continue reading on your iPhone, or tap "Save for Later" and it will add it to your reading list.
Download NYTimes for AppleWatch, Free in App Store!
CityMapper - Best Apple Watch app for bus or transit
CityMapper is the best app for public transport on the Apple Watch. It provides precise, clear instructions on getting from place to place. You're informed about times for upcoming busses, trains or trams, and can access an outline of the stops to expect on your journey. Currently supported cities are New York, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Singapore and more!
Download CityMapper, Free in App Store!
Golfshot - The Best Apple Watch App for Golf
If you play golf, the Golfshot Plus is the golf app for the AppleWatch that you're looking for. This interactive app gives you real-time distances to the front, back and center of each green and all key hazards and targets on over 40,000 courses worldwide.
- Dynamic 3D flyover previews of over 500,000 holes
- Premium GPS distance features, scoring and shot tracking for Apple Watch
- Advanced game scoring for Stroke Play and Stableford
Buy Golfshot for Apple Watch in App Store - $29.99
Uber - Request and track your ride from your AppleWatch
If you already use Uber to get around, or looking for a better experience than a cab — this is one of the most useful apps for your Apple Watch. You can book a car right from your wrist and get updates as your car is getting close by. It can be especially useful when getting ready in the morning since you might not have your phone nearby!
Download Uber for Apple Watch in App Store - Free!
Deliveries: Track your Packages on your AppleWatch
If you're like most people these days, you order tons of stuff online (mostly from Amazon). And if you're like me, you might even forget which packages are coming and when. Deliveries will track your packages that are making their way to your door step. You can see the list, location and maps of where your packages are currently located, and see notifications of when a delivery is imminent.
Buy Deliveries from App Store - $4.99
PCalc - Simple Calculator App for your AppleWatch
Surprisingly the AppleWatch doesn't come with a standard app for a calculator, and no one really knows why. PCalc is the powerful and simple choice for anybody looking for a feature rich calculator. It includes an optional RPN mode and multi-line display, a choice of button layouts, an extensive set of unit conversions and constants, a paper tape, multiple undo and redo, engineering and scientific notation, as well as support for hexadecimal, octal, and binary calculations.
For AppleWatch, on App Store
Yelp - Best AppleWatch app for Travel
Yelp is a useful travel app on your Apple Watch since it allows you to quickly tap a button and find nearby bars, restaurants, hotels, coffee shops, etc. The interface is great for allowing quick access to information, which is what the watch was made for in the first place.
Download Yelp - Free in App Store!