The 26 Best Wear OS Apps for Smartwatches
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You went for it–you bought yourself a new smartwatch. Cool. Much like your smartphone, there are literally thousands of apps available for your smartwatch. There are apps for literally every purpose–use them to stay organized, track your fitness, order a pizza or even find a date. Review this list to find the top recommendations. While some may require a partner app on your mobile device, some do not. Check out these must-have apps.Wear OS has a variety of apps available across all sorts of categories. We’ve separated them out into these 5 categories to make the list a little easier to understand.Apps to Stay Organized–GoogleKeep: designed for quick reminders and shopping lists, Keep is a Google note service that brings those same lists and information right to your wrist. –IFTTT: short for the programming lingo “If This Then That,” this app lets you create “recipes” that link two unrelated apps in order to create an action. –Calculator for Android Wear: exactly what it sounds like. Make simple calculations right from your wrist.–Pinterest: organize various ideas by boards, like recipes, fitness ideas, children’s activities and more. Search by category and keep everything in one place.–Any.Do: organize your tasks, lists and reminders in one easy to-do app. Any.do syncs seamlessly across all of your devices, making your to-do list accessible everywhere.–Medisafe Meds and Pill Reminder: delivers daily (or however frequently you need) reminders to take your medicine, and alerts you when refills are due.Apps to Stay Connected–Telegram: send voice or text messages, review your browsing history or create group chats.–Facebook Messenger: never miss a conversation. Use this app wherever you are.–Instagram: ever miss an absolutely Instan-worthy sunset because you didn’t have your phone? With the Instagram app for your Wear OS, you’ll be ready for every shareable moment.–Glide:If you’ve been dreaming of making video calls from your wrist since the emergence of the smartwatch, then Glide is an app you need to download. You need to install it on your paired phone as well, but once you do, you will be able to receive and watch video messages on your wrist. You can also send back audio, or even record video if your watch has a front-facing camera.Apps for When You’re on the Go–Uber: book your Uber directly from your smartwatch. Because this is a standalone app, you won’t need to use your phone.–Foursquare City Guide: find great dining and entertainment options wherever you are. Use this app to explore your city. It works without your phone, and you can filter by all sorts of different categories to find the exact spot you want.–Eat24: looking for a bite? Eat24 helps you locate restaurants that deliver or offer pick up in your local area. You’ll even have access to your prior orders and delivery status right from the app.–Weather: ever important, especially if there is impending bad weather on the way. Check the temperature before you head out and stay ahead of changing weather conditions.–GoogleMaps: know where you going or how long your trip will take before you leave. Google maps can show you travel times, alternate routes and so much more.–ParKing: if you’ve ever spent 45 minutes trying to find your car in a crowded garage, you need this app. Record where you parked your vehicle and never get lost again. Boot the app and you simply press a ‘car’ button to log the location of your vehicle. You’ll then see a Google Maps-style pinpoint of where it is.–LevelUp: is a unique way to pay friends, buy groceries, and handle all sorts of other payment needs. The payment service processes everything through QR codes, as opposed to NFC or other technologies.Apps for Downtime–Sleep as Android: track your sleeping patterns with this app, all without having to leave your phone on the bed with you.–Google Play Music: listen to all your tunes during your morning commute, your workout, or wherever you feel. Create playlists and access your music right from your wrist.–DuoLingo: if you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at learning another language, this app will teach you. Learn all sorts of new languages quickly and easily.–PixtoCam: PixtoCam allows you to view and control your phone’s camera from your watch to take pictures or make videos using front or rear camera.–LifeSum: use this app to track your food and water intake and set daily calorie goals.Apps for Exercise–Strava/Endomondo: considered the definitive app for cyclists, Strava for Wear OS lets you start, stop, pause and resume ride-tracking directly from your smartwatch, and you can even use voice commands to start a run or bike ride using the wearable.–Seven Minute Workout: even the busiest person can fit in a workout with this app. Find the right workout for you that doesn’t require any special equipment. You can even make a game of things.–RunKeeper!: track the miles you’ve run with this standalone app. Track calories burned, pace, elevation and more.–Stronglifts 5×5 Workout: this app guides users through strength training workouts that you can track directly from your watch.