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The best Apple Watch apps we've used in 2018

It's been an interesting year for Apple Watch apps. In the spring, The Watch seemed to have lost its spark, with many big name apps either languishing or being pulled from Watch completely. The problem was not that Apple Watch apps are a bad idea, though.

Far from it, as our selection here demonstrates. There were sometimes apps that were designed to answer the wrong question: "Can we make a Watch app?" But not "shall we?"

Now Apple Watch Apple Watch and the right name Apple Watch 4 turn out to be quite popular – so you probably check the new apps. In fact, it is one of the best smartwatch options out there, and now we are in the fourth generation it becomes a specially achieved smart option for your wrist.

Our favorite tap, the apps that are still here after a bumpy year, both should and could have been done. They exist because they are useful or because they are entertaining, or because they make your life a little better.

In this round you will find apps for podcasting and procrastinating, to get fit and get things done, to mess around and to sort things out.

Before entering the list, remember to go to the Apple Watch main application on the iPhone ̵

1; this is where you will see a list of the apps already installed on your phone that can also be transferred to your watch. If you see something you like the look of here, download them to your iPhone first.

Best Apple Watch and Fitness apps

Apple Watch's main tip is not denied since The second model is for fitness: it packs GPS, heart rate, water resistance and enhanced sensors to make the most of it The fact that people like to exercise with this thing – it is related to exercise equipment.

This list of Apple Watch fitness, running, wellness and health applications is almost a must-have – if you are going to do one thing with your new watch, use it to become healthier in your mind and body.


Strava is one of the most popular running and cycling apps around, but it is always necessary that you have your phone or a smartwatch from Apple to track your travels and record your vital statistics . No longer.

If you have an Apple Watch 2, the Strava Apple Watch app can use its GPS to record your run without having to tie a phone to anything. The interface is not as neat as the iPhone app's interface, but when you drive or cycle, it doesn't matter: the information you need is presented clean enough and the app is simple and easy to use.

The main app is free and offers important features, including distance, pace, speed, altitude and burned calories, and is a premium service for $ 5.99 / £ 5.99 / $ 9.99 per month or $ 59.99 / £ 54.99 / AU $ 89.99 per year offering more detailed post-training analysis, feedback feedback, and personal coaching – even though it doesn't happen through the clock.

But if you are someone who uses the premium features like Beacon on the main application, you may not be able to find Strava on Apple Watch to your liking compared to using it on the phone.

Nike Run Club

The ongoing love affair between Nike and Apple continues to bear fruit: the latest iteration of the Nike Run Club app introduces some welcome improvements.

It now integrates with Siri Suggestions, which means the app can now suggest good times for a race based on your previous races (the feature is turned off by default, so it won't nail you if you don't want it), and There are new Apple Watch complications, including one for the Infograph face showing how far you've been driving this month.

There is hardly a lack of running apps in the App Store, but Nike's budget is slightly higher than most, so the app feels much more premium than many others. It tracks and stores all your races thanks to your built-in GPS, allowing you to listen to audio guides while driving. It offers a host of challenges to keep you motivated and have good social sharing capabilities, so you can turn your friends into cheerleaders.

It is very well designed and the Watch app does not sacrifice substance for style: while it is visually very attractive, it also shows all the information you actually need when pounding the pavements. It is a very good running program.


Apple's very hardened ECG app has finally come. It is available free of charge to Apple Watch users, and should automatically appear in the list of available apps as part of the watchOS 5.1.2 update, but you will only get it on a selection of some sites: USA, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam.

If you really want the app and you don't live in any of these places, you can get around by switching the system region to one of the countries where it is available, of course that will affect the other apps on your watch as well. For UK users, it's the only way to get the ECG app for the foreseeable future.

The app is simple and potentially lifesaving. You just put a finger on Digital Crown, wait 30 seconds, and the app analyzes the electrical impulses in your body. This makes it possible to detect some cases of atrial fibrillation. The emphasis here is on "some": The app can generate false positive results and there is no substitute for a real doctor. But by discovering issues that might otherwise become unnoticed, it is a useful thing for Apple Watch to offer.


We have written about cardiograms before: it is a very valuable health tracker that makes it possible to see how your heart works over time, and which allows you to look for spikes in relation to what you eat, how to exercise and whether you are particularly stressed at work. All you have to do is use Apple Watch, which controls your heart rate every five minutes. Cardiogram then crunches the data to give you an insight into what your body is doing.

What is interesting about cardiograms now is not the app itself, but the partnerships are starting to emerge.

In the United States, Amica Life and Greenhouse Health Insurance offer life insurance for cardiogram users with any version of Apple Watch: use only the Cardiogram app and you can qualify for up to $ 1000 (around £ 775 / AU $ 1,400) accidentally death cover for 12 months, with the option of buying up to $ 50,000 (about £ 39,000 / AU $ 70,000) more from the app. $ 1000 is not much in the big scheme of things, especially in America, but it's a lot free.

You don't have to share data either, insurers bet that people using cardiograms are more likely to take steps to improve their health than people who don't.

As with most health conditions, such partnerships are subject to regulatory approval, and the Cardiogram partnership is currently available in Wisconsin, Arizona, Indiana and Georgia. Expect more states and more partnerships soon.


This is a story of two apps, depending on which version of the Apple Watch you have. If your is a first generation model, it's a useful but limited way to track your swimming statistics: The first generation shouldn't be immersed, so you shouldn't use it while swimming.

But if you have a second generation Apple Watch (Apple calls it Apple Watch Series 2) then you can bring it into the pool – and this makes MySwimPro a much more useful application. You can log your workouts while still in the water, and you can also follow the app's workout session to set goals and monitor heart rate during swimming.

Once you have wiped off, you can download the iPhone or iPad app, which synchronizes data from your watch and allows you to see your progress in much more detail: miles of swim, swim lessons, peak times for specific distances and so on.

You can share your triumphs online or you can share just watching videos showing how other swimmers do certain types of training. It's probably overkill if you just do the different rounds in the training pool, but if you're serious about swimming, it's worth having on your wrist.

Nike Training Club

] Nike and Apple are best friends forever, so it's not a big surprise to see Nike uncover another Watch app. This is very good too. Describe as "your ultimate personal trainer", the Nike Training Club has more than 180 workouts that cover strength, endurance, mobility and yoga, and they are all free. It's personalized daily choices based on your past activity, flexible training plans to help you achieve your training goals and tips from top teachers.

The app shares work between phone and clock. The former is where you plan and track; The latter is what you use when you actually train. Of necessity and design, it just means focusing on the information you really need right now, such as your heart rate and how many reps you still have to do before you can undo all your efforts with some cake and beer.

The App is by no means unique in the combination of Watch and Training Tracking, although it has Nike's immediately recognizable and individual visual style. But what's important about this app is that none of the many workouts are hidden behind purchases in the app or costly subscriptions. Everything in the app is free.


The main selling point of Gymaholic is not in its Watch app: it is an enlarged reality avatar of you and its muscles glow to show you which muscles you have worked and what you need to work a little more.

It also has a virtual trainer to show you how to do each exercise without landing yourself in the ER. It has the usual progress tracking and statistics, even though the presence of your 3D avatar makes it feel like the creator of an online RPG.

You get 3D models in the Watch app, but they are so small they & # 39; is just in the way. The rest of the app is quite a straightforward training hazard, which shows you the different exercises in your training, tracks reps and tells you if your heart is about to explode. It also provides written instructions on how to perform specific exercises, for example, it describes how to lift weights when doing a slope handle.

It is worth noting that there are some purchases in the app, but they aren't expensive and you don't need an expensive membership to use the app. In addition, many of the available programs, such as 4-day program and breast-focused program, are completely free.

Round Health

The longer we've had our Apple Watches, the more we've come to appreciate simplicity: while the App Store is full of applications offering all sorts of features, those who We actually use every day, tend to do one thing very well. Round Health is the kind of app: it's designed to make sure you take the medicine, and it does so with the least fuss. You can also get it as a complication, so you know exactly what you need to take next.

Whether it is vitamins or medicines, most of us have had it "did I take it today?" Thing. It is not so much if you only replenish vitamin D in the winter, but for people taking birth control or having severe and / or chronic illness, it is often very important to take certain medications at certain times.

With Round Health You can set simple but persistent reminders to make sure you take what you need to take, and it supports more complex medical regimens involving multiple medications and schedules, as well as tracking when you need to renew the prescription.

The term life change "is bandied around a lot to describe fairly common apps, but Round Health is a great way to help you stay on your health.


related apps, Lifesum will really want you to subscribe: it's $ 44.99 / £ 34.99 / AU $ 69.99 per year, though sometimes 30% of the campaign, however, the core program is free. The goal is to help you think about what you eat and what activity you do and to make positive changes to make you healthier.

On iPhone, you can count calories and track meals, discover healthy recipes, and track your progress Against your goals, it also works with other applications, for example, if you have a Fitbit or use Runkeeper, it can get data from them

On Watch, it's a much easier affair and you encourage yourself to stay hydrated and show the progress toward your resting, moving and stretching goals and g do everything through a kind of small Tamagotchi character.

It extracts data from the Apple Health App as well as the Lifesum app to ensure that you get the most out of your intake and activity, and you can add data as well as show it: for example, you can record what you eat via Watch the app and then enter more details on the iPhone later. Unusually, it's not a watch complication, but the app is linked to the Watch Alert system to keep you updated.


If you've ever felt that life is just too busy or stressful, Headspace can help. It is based on attention, which is about making you feel calmer without too much effort. In fact, the opposite of effort: Mindfulness is about taking a break from the rush.

The Apple Watch app is part of a wider offering for the iPhone and iPad: it acts as a reminder and trainer that encourages you to pick an exercise and focus on it for the allotted time. It also has a SOS mode for when things feel too much and you need help right away. But it's the most important app that does most of the work, with daily eye exercises and sessions designed to help with everything from workplace stress to sleep problems.

It is very well done, but one thing that can increase your stress level is the cost: while the app is free to try it, it really needs a subscription to unlock the most useful features and the subscription is $ 12.99 / £ 9.99 / AU $ 19.99 per month or $ 94.99 / £ 74.99 / AU $ 149.99 per year. There is an automatic renewal subscription as well, so you need to disable it in iTunes if you don't want it to repeat automatically.


Medical app exists not only to convince you that your mild headache is terminal brain cancer. They can help keep you healthy as well. While WebMD actually allows you to compare your symptoms with various diseases and conditions to scare yourself, it's not the most interesting thing about it or its Watch companion app.

WebMD lets you detail your medical schedules with dosage information and the ability to stay the reminder of what you need to take and when to take it. This can be in the form of a warning, or you can get it as a facial complication, so it's right there in the middle of the display.

It can also remind you of any prerequisites, such as whether you need to take your medicine with food or on an empty stomach. It's a kind of simple but very useful thing that Apple Watch is doing well.

Over on the iPhone app there is much more to discover. You can read about side effects and precautions for specific pills or patches, find out if you need to hide from the flu or just pick up the latest health professionals from various credible sources.


How is your heart? If you do not know the answer, this app may shed some light. It can even save your life, as it did for James Green: the app alerted him of an unusual peak in heart rate, and it turned out to be a pulmonary embolism. If it wasn't on notice, Green might have died.

You no longer need a sales contest to justify spending three dollars on staying alive, but HeartWatch is not a one-trick app. It extracts information from the Watch's heart rate sensor to track what it does when you wake up, when you sleep, when you exercise and when you just walk by day.

The reason for the different activity types is simple: you don't want your app to alert you to an increased heart rate if you are doing something designed to raise your heart rate, a problem that used to drive us daft when training with our Apple Watch -Add to the standards.

It won & # 39; Don't work without the health program installed – it's the route where it gets its data – but you can also import data from other health programs if you use other types of connected health monitors.

One Drop Diabetes Management


We are increasingly fascinated by HealthKit, Apple's framework for health monitoring programs: We have already seen apps that can warn of rare but potentially fatal heart disease And now we see a whole host of specia list apps that can be integrated with specific monitoring hardware to help with special conditions. As the name suggests, this is for people with diabetes.

One Drop makes Chrome, a Bluetooth blood glucose meter sold as a pack of test strips. If you have the meter, the app gets information from each test, but if you don't, it's still a useful app to monitor your diabetes.

The app allows you to log your activity, food intake and medication and to share that information with the HealthKit and Health app (if that is what you want to do). As always, the most important iPhone app is where the details are, with the Watch app taking care of fast data recording and progress alerts.

The iPhone app is based on the basics of a database of nutritional information, historical data, insulin information from food pumping data and the ability to schedule reminders for your medicine.


If the idea of ​​good training involves going far from the madding crowds, you will like WorkOutDoors. It is a training program based on vector maps that you can easily rotate and zoom, track your position and your progress.

It uses Watch's GPS (if you have a GPS-enabled clock), so there is no need to take the phone On walking, cycling or snowboarding, and features such as tracking the bread room can make custom POIs and customizable statistic displays able to make the app your own.

In a fine detail, you can export your trainings from the iPhone app in GPX format, which can be imported to many other training programs and websites.

It's very, very thoughtful. For example, something as simple as the statistics display is available in a variety of sizes to suit different types of activities (not to mention different viewing levels).

It uses color coding to make routines crystal clear, waypoints can provide extra information, such as directions, and the map rotates automatically as you move, so you're always sure about the right direction. It is a great app for virtually any outdoor activity.


The trick to living better is not to go near killing yourself on a treadmill and then giving up after a few weeks. It's making smaller, lasting changes in your life, changes that you can and will actually stick to. And that's what Streaks offers.

Whether you're trying to eat more healthy, exercise more or break a smoking habits, Streaks can track you positive and negative habits. It offers a variety of reporting tools, allowing you to see exactly how well you are doing, and track up to 12 different tasks at once.

They do not need to be exercise or eating tasks: you can remind yourself to walk the dog, study, take vitamins or exercise a musical instrument. It is good to see wheelchair users included in the standard task list as well.

Where Streaks really shines is in integration with the Health app, which allows you to draw data to use to monitor the appropriate goals you've set. It greatly reduces the filling of similar apps, and it is especially effective if you are trying to work with good healthy habits or eliminate unhealthy or both.

It's also a complication so you don't do it Forget your goals and the whole thing can be customized so you can get it just like that.

Elevate Dash – Brain Training and Games

We are not convinced by the supposed science of brain training – it is a sector that makes bold demands based on very flimsy evidence – but there is no doubt Using time to learn or practice useful things is better for you than for unlucky whipping through trivia on Twitter.

Raise claims that the brain's training app will "improve critical cognitive skills proven to increase productivity, earn the power and confidence", and do so by setting small tasks for you: choosing the right word, calculating percentages, and so on . [19659002] Correct answers earn points and you can track your progress on the iPhone / iPad app as well as on your watch. The Watch's small screen means that the games you get are very simple, but it works well when you're on the go.

The app is free and lets you play 4 mini games. To access the full range of 40+ Elevate games, you need iPhone or iPad and a premium membership package, which is $ 4.99 / £ 3.99 / AU $ 7.99 per month or $ $ 44.99 / £ 34.99 / AU $ 69.99 per

If you can do with a boost to specific skills, you may be able to leverage restaurant tips, perhaps or improve your vocabulary. You can therefore feel that it's worth the money.

Peak – Brain Training


From a team of developers, psychologists and neurologists, Peak is a good app to keep the brain active. The Watch version offers three games, ideal for the smaller screen. Some of these seem to be simple at first, but they are becoming more challenging.

There are workouts to test memory, focus and problem solving – all are fun, engaging and the ideal to avoid the daily commute.

Runtastic Six Pack Abs Workout

If you've meant to get the six-pack belly but just don't have time to go to the gym, this iPhone app has high quality videos Avatars that perform crunches, situps, stretches and core surfaces that you can do in your own time in your bedroom, say.

The first training session with Runtastic is free, more like app purchases. And if you sneak your unsafe busy iPhone, don't do it for you, the Watch app means you can watch an animation on your watch, with vibrations on your wrist your to start and end a set. It is easy to use and works well. Now you have to find another excuse not to exercise.


Information is power, and if you try to lose weight, calorie tracking is a good way to remain focused. MyFitnessPal prepares a daily calorie expense based on how much weight you want to throw. Eat a meal and your allowance is spent, take exercise and you earn credit.

The Watch gives you an ongoing sum of remaining calories and how it breaks down in protein, carbohydrates and more. It can be integrated with your total steps so you don't have to add them manually. It is simple but practical and helpful.

Walkmeter GPS Pedometer

If walk is your thing, Walkmeter helps track all your steps, display your perambulations on a map and generate detailed graphs. The Watch app has clear data reporting, and you can start and stop a trip from your wrist using Watch's Force Touch actions.

Apple's own training program does a lot, but this app has more details, and the mapping details on the iPhone are great. The app is free but for full watch performance you need to upgrade to the Elite version for $ 9.99 / £ 9.99 / AU $ 14.99. There is a lot here, including training plans and announcements when you hit goals or distances.


You may know the CARROT from the weather forecast, which combines weather conditions with dark sky forecasts with sarcasm and lies. But CARROT wants to make you miserable in many other ways – and what's better for a sadistic AI than having control over a training app?

Enter CARROT Fit, which takes a slightly unusual approach to motivate you to become healthier and lose weight.

CARROT promises to "get you in shape – otherwise". To achieve that, it offers a dozen penalties (more are available through app purchases), accompanied by threats, ridicule, bribes, and occasional compliment.

It is rude, unfortunate and much more entertaining than trying to complete the rings on Apple's own activity tracking, and we're pretty sure it is the only training app that rewards progress with cat facts. But there is also a proper training track here: it will follow your steps and weight loss, remember your workouts and add data to Apple's health app.

Most of the personality is in the iPhone app, but the Watch alerts include such cheery prospects as "seven minutes in hell". If you find it to be in shape or lose weight, it is a bit boring, CARROT can be the one, ahem, carrot that you need to be motivated.

Fix it!

If your strap feels a little more snug than it used to be, this program may be the answer: It is designed to help you achieve your weight goals "without the unsustainable gimmicks, dish diets, restrictive food, meeting on the spot or big price tags of other weight loss companies. "

It traces the calories you have consumed, and the goals you have set focus on nutrition, as well as the total calorie intake, works happily with other exercise applications and tracking players and provides an online group where everyone encourages each other to achieve their ideal weight.

It also makes it possible to set training goals and focus on general well-being, so it's not just about losing weight.

The Apple Watch app does not completely replace the phone app – for example, you need ph A handy if you want to use the barcode scanner to automatically record what you eat, and the layer-based features that group problems are phone-based – but it's a great way to focus on Your goals, monitor your progress and keep

The program is $ 39.99 / £ 29.99 / AU $ 62.99 per year, but you can explore the app for free without signing up.

Mount Burnmore

Fitness fanatics are looking away now: For those who find exercise very boring and their rise and go often, they stand up and go while they are sedentary. Mount Burnmore can be the answer to dullness: it makes training a game.

The concept is quite smart. Mount Burnmore relies on "active energy" as it draws from the Health app: the more calories you have burned, the more active you have in the game.

When you have enough energy, try to solve the game's puzzle, which involves finding routes around the titles, collecting games in the game and crushing things with a pickaxe.

It's a complication that lets you see the progress without starting the whole game, and the app makes good use of the Digital Crown to help you navigate larger levels later in the game. There are also leaderboards to compare with other players and in-game challenges to win freebies.

It's bright, blue and some brash, and we suspect it is best suited to older kids instead of adults – even if you give this to kids you may want to disable purchases in the app as they can be used to buy games in the game.


Mindfulness, the art of focusing on Being present and aware of the world rather than being constantly distracted by things and thoughts that do not matter, is not something you want to associate with Apple Watch. If you are not careful about the message settings, turn your win away all day, disturbing countless thoughts.

But the happier app hopes to use the watch to make you feel better, no more harassed.

The app is free, but it is designed as a gateway to pay for mindfulness courses. If you don't go for them, you can still benefit from the app. You can tell the app how you feel – we suspect "meh" is the most commonly used option – and it reacts with uplifting quotes to help you feel a bit more optimistic.

It may appear to remind you to take a meditation break, and you can dictate a positive thought to a private journal or to the happier community. It's not as silly as it sounds: there is some evidence that keeping a record of positive things can increase your mood over time.

Just be careful about what and how you share: An iTunes reviewer says they were able to find their private journal with Google.

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