samsung galaxy watch active 2 review all apps

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is one of the best smartwatches currently on the market. It’s a versatile device, in no small part thanks to the many Watch Active 2 apps you can find on the Galaxy Store. Whether you want to up your fitness game, set reminders or control your smart home from your wrist, here are the best Galaxy Watch Active 2 apps that will help you make the most of your smartwatch.

The best Galaxy Watch Active 2 apps

1. Camera Controller/Camera One

Camera Best Galaxy Watch Active 2 apps

If you want to take great group photos or perfectly timed selfies, there are two apps that can help you do so right from your Galaxy Watch Active 2. If you have a Samsung phone, Camera Controller is the app you want to go for. It works with the default Samsung camera app and can launch it without you ever having to touch your phone. From there, you can set a timer and swipe up or down to switch between the front and rear cameras. You can even tap on the screen of your watch to switch focus. It’s a practical app that’s incredibly easy to use.

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What if you don’t have a Samsung phone? Your best choice is Camera One. You will need to download the app on both your watch and smartphone. It offers all the perks of Camera Controller with some extra features to boot. With Camera One, you can zoom in and out, use the flash, change photo sizes and video types, and more. It’s without a doubt one of the best Galaxy Watch Active 2 apps.

2. Spotify

Spotify Galaxy Watch Active 2 best apps

Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services out there and you can’t go wrong with its Galaxy Watch Active 2 app. Samsung offers one of the best wearable versions of Spotify, with functionality you might not find elsewhere. You can control playback through your watch when listening on other devices, open playlists and recently played music and even check out the top charts. The best thing the Spotify app offers, however, is offline music access for Spotify Premium subscribers. You can download songs directly to your watch and listen to your favorite tunes with wireless headphones even when you leave your phone at home. This makes the app a no-brainer pick for any Spotify subscriber.

3. SmartThings

Best Galaxy Watch Active 2 apps SmartThings

Samsung doesn’t just make phones and smartwatches. The Korean manufacturer has a wide range of smart home products, which you can control from your wrist thanks to the SmartThings Galaxy Watch Active 2 app. Smart home enthusiasts will be happy to know that the application allows you to check the status of your devices, trigger custom automations through Scenes and even control your smart TV. It’s convenient and straightforward, making SmartThings one of the best apps for your Galaxy Watch Active 2.

4. Strava

Best apps for Galaxy Watch Active 2 Strava

There are few fitness apps which can rival the versatility of Strava. It combines the tracking of your Galaxy Watch Active 2 with powerful performance analysis. Whether its cycling, running, or hiking, you can sync all of your activities from your device to your Strava profile. The information is detailed and precise. Runners can see not only distance covered, but average pace, elevation, and more. The app also gives you insight into your performance over time, allowing you to set realistic goals. Competitive types will also be happy to know that they can challenge friends for that extra motivation. It’s what makes Stava a must-have for any health and fitness enthusiast and one of the best Galaxy Watch Active 2 apps.

5. Samsung Email

Best Watch Active 2 apps Samsung Email

Want to check your email on-the-go without having to rummage through your bag or backpack for your phone? Look no further than the Samsung Email app! You will need to download it both on your phone and your Galaxy Watch Active 2 and add your email addresses. Once you’ve done that, you will not only instantly receive notifications when a new email arrives in your inbox, but you can also send quick replies. You can choose from a list of suggested responses or record a voice memo which will be transcribed into text. Reading on such a small screen is still far from perfect, but Samsung Email is one of the best Galaxy Watch Active 2 apps just because it can save you a lot of hassle.

6. Facer

Facer best Galaxy Watch Active 2 apps

If you love customization and want to give your Galaxy Watch Active 2 a fresh new look, you can’t go wrong with Facer. This app gives you access to more than 15,000 free and paid watch faces. From sleek and stylish to geeky and unusual, Facer has something for everyone. You can even create your own unique watch face. However, to take advantage of the app, you will need to install it on both your smartwatch and smartphone. Most of the settings and styles are accessible primarily through the phone app, but we don’t find that to be to Facer’s detriment. On the contrary it’s often easier to find great watch faces through Facer than through the Galaxy Store on your watch. It’s the best customization app for your Galaxy Watch Active 2.

7. PPT-Controller

PPT Controller best Galaxy Watch Active 2 apps list

If you often give presentations at school or at work, this little app can make your life a lot easier. As its name implies, PPT-Controller allows you to control your presentations via your Galaxy Watch Active 2. Better yet, it can do more than just switch between slides. You can start and pause your slideshow and turn on touchpad mode to click on presentation elements. It works excellently with any slideshow software. All you need to do is connect your smartwatch to your PC via Bluetooth. It’s without a doubt one of the most useful productivity apps for your Galaxy Watch Active 2.

8. Map My Run

Map My Run best Galaxy Watch Active 2 apps

Samsung has had a long-standing relationship with Under Armour, so it should come as no surprise that the company’s apps can be found on the Galaxy Store. In fact, there’s even an Under Armour edition of the Galaxy Watch Active 2. But what does Under Armour’s Map My Run do? Apart from the obvious mapping capabilities, the app uses your watch’s GPS to track distance and pace. It also gives you access to your fitness stats at your fingertips without having to reach for your phone. You can track your progress and set goals two features any runner will appreciate. It’s one of the best fitness apps for your Galaxy Watch Active 2.

9. Gear Voice Memo

Gear Voice memo best Galaxy Watch Active 2 apps

Typing on a smartwatch can be slow and awkward. But if you are forgetful, you can take advantage of Gear Voice Memo to create quick and convenient reminders for yourself. Just tap the record button and dictate your grocery shopping list or anything else you’d like to be reminded of. Easy and quick! Our only complaint is that Gear Voice Memo doesn’t have a way to sort memos into categories, but it’s a practical Galaxy Watch Active 2 app that can come in handy regardless.

10. Watch Light

Galaxy Watch Active best apps Watch Light

Not every app has to offer multiple functions to be useful. This is the case with Watch Light. As you might have guessed from its name, it allows you to turn your smartwatch into a tiny flashlight. This can be useful for evening runs, when you can’t find your keys and don’t have your phone on hand and so on. Simply tap on your screen to increase the brightness and let your Galaxy Watch Active 2 light the way!

Honorable mentions

Need a little distraction? The Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a number of classic games on offer. We recommend checking out Gear Tic Tac Toe, Snake 3310, and Pong Gear for some nostalgic fun.

These are our picks for the best Galaxy Watch Active 2 apps. What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.

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