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The best Wear OS apps for your watch (July 2022)
Wear OS may have faced a few years out in the wilderness, but its redevelopment promises from Google and the imminent launch of the Pixel Watch has got people talking again. While it’s not yet achieved perfection, Wear OS on the Galaxy Watch 4 suggests it’s an ever-improving alternative to the Apple Watch platform.
It still has a lot of work ahead of it, but some decent apps are available right now. To help you fill out your wearable experience, we’ve rounded up the best Wear OS apps. For this list, we focused on apps made specifically for Wear OS. You should definitely check the apps you already use to see if they support Wear OS before switching to one of these.
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The best Wear OS apps
- AccuWeather is the best weather app on Wear OS. You get all the data you’ll need right on your wrist, from alerts to current conditions and forecasts.
- Audiobooks.com is the best app for listening to audiobooks from your wrist. It’s especially helpful when running or training without your phone.
- Bring Grocery Shopping List is a great grocery list app that helps you keep tabs on multiple products across several shopping lists using a card and tile aesthetic.
- Fat Finger Scribble Calculator is an incredibly effective calculator for Wear OS that lets you quickly perform simple mathematics equations by drawing on your watch’s screen.
- Google Maps is an indispensable mapping app and the best you can get on Wear OS, especially for inner-city navigation on foot.
- NavMusic is an excellent offline music playback app for Wear OS that lets you upload your music to your watch and listen to it through Bluetooth headphones.
- Podcast Republic is one of the best podcast app for Wear OS, allowing you to subscribe to, download, and listen to podcasts from your wrist.
- Pulse SMS is an excellent SMS app for your Wear OS watch. Its big trump card is its ability to sync across desktop and your phone, too.
- Runkeeper is a great Wear OS app for those living active lifestyles. You can track runs, walks, cycles, and more from your wrist.
- Wear OS official app and Google Assistant are two must-have apps for Wear OS. The former goes without saying, while Assistant is endlessly useful to issue commands or ask questions.
Price: Free / Up to $2.99
- Excellent weather app with basic info
- Also includes weather alerts for US residents
AccuWeather was one of the first weather apps with Wear OS support. The app handles all the basics, including current temperature, forecast, radar, weather alerts (US only), and smaller stats like humidity, wind speed, etc. It works well on both Wear OS and your mobile device. There aren’t a lot of downsides. Note that the free version has advertising, but you can pay for the pro version to remove it. Otherwise, both versions are basically the same.
Price: Free / $14.95 per month
- Audiobooks.com’s app has over 100,000 audiobooks
- These are available to download and listen to via your wrist
- The service is pricey all things considered, but great for book lovers
Audiobooks.com is one of the bigger audiobook apps, and it has a nice Wear OS app. It features a collection of over 100,000 audiobooks, over 7,000 of which are free selections. Other features include variable read speeds, Android Auto support, and Wear OS support, of course. The service costs $14.95 per month. You get one free audiobook with an option to purchase more at a discounted rate. We’re not a huge fan of subscription book services, but this one does work well on the platform.
Bring Grocery Shopping List
- A grocery shopping app with an excellent design
- Create multiple shopping lists
Bring is a shopping list app. The app comes with a good design, plenty of options, and Wear OS support. You can make separate lists for separate activities. In addition, it uses a card and tile layout. It feels fresher than most other grocery app lists. There are plenty of note-taking apps on Wear OS, but this one is very charming. It’s also free to download with no in-app purchases or ads. Google Keep is another great app for this kind of stuff, or if you need a more general note-taking app.
Fat Finger Scribble Calculator
- Perform basic arithmetic by drawing on your screen
- More advanced equations, like square root, also available
We tested quite a few Wear OS calculator apps and, to be perfectly honest, few of them were any good. Fat Finger is an exception. It’s a simple calculator where you draw the numbers you want to work with. The app works with simple arithmetic and some slightly advanced stuff like square roots. That’s about all it can do for now, but the developer seems to have more complex stuff on their task list for future updates. It’s fun, it works, and it’s not too expensive.
- A free, reliable mapping app
- App includes directions, local business information, and more on your wrist
- Great for navigating areas on foot
Google Maps is another easy pick for the best Wear OS apps. It’s probably the best navigation app on the platform and definitely the best navigation app on a smartwatch platform. You’ll find most of the same features as the smartphone version; that includes directions, local business information, and a lot more. Admittedly, it’s a little difficult to follow directions on your wrist while driving. We encourage our readers to exercise the utmost caution while using this app on the road. We have no doubt it’ll continue to improve both in general and on Wear OS.
- NavMusic lets you listen to music stored on your watch
- An excellent alternative for those with big music libraries
- Includes controls for sorting and searching
NavMusic is an excellent local music player for Wear OS. It lets you download music straight to your Wear OS device and stream it to Bluetooth headphones while offline from the Internet. It has controls for play, pause, skip, and seek, support for Bluetooth controls, playlist support, sorting, and search functionality. It won’t blow your socks off, and it’s not super in-depth like some Android music players, but it’s definitely more than enough to jam out with your wrist. The developer has a few excellent Wear OS apps, including Nav Explorer, NavCasts, Nav Fit, and a few Wear OS watch faces.
Price: Free / Up to $4.99
- Podcast Republic lets users subscribe to and download music to their wrists
- Theming options are also included
Podcast Republic is one of the few podcast apps on Wear OS. It features a large library of both video and audio podcasts. It also includes automated downloads, multiple playlists, syncing support, multiple language support, and SD card support. There is even theming. The Wear OS version of the app isn’t quite as robust, but that’s okay — it still works pretty well. The free version contains advertising, and the paid version does not. That’s about the only difference between the two. Wear Casts is another compelling option if you want more control over your Wear OS device.
Price: Free / $59.99 once / $1.99 per month / $19.99 per year
- Send and receive SMSes from your Wear OS watch
- Pulse SMS also syncs with its companion Android app and desktop apps
Pulse SMS is among the best texting apps available. Wear OS has cursory SMS support, but Pulse SMS allows for support between your phone, computer, and watch. To our knowledge, it is the only SMS app with support for all three platforms. It also features a decent design, snooze notifications, GIF support, archiving, denylisting, schedule messages, dual-SIM support, and more. You can use the phone app for free. Getting support for other platforms involves either a subscription service or a one-time payment. We recommend the one-time payment.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $39.99 per year
- Excellent fitness app for multisport enthusiasts
- Allows users to set fitness goals and monitor them
Runkeeper is among the most popular fitness apps. It also has one of the better Wear OS apps. The app keeps track of your running and exercise. You can set goals for weight loss, running pace, etc. It also supports biking and virtually any other activity aside from running. The Wear OS app is a good extension of the main service. Like most, it doesn’t have every feature, but it has enough. The full experience requires a subscription, though, which we think is a little expensive. Strava and Lifesum are also excellent Wear OS apps in this space. Of course, if you want it for free, Google Fit is still the best free fitness app for Wear OS.
See also: The best fitness apps for Android
Wear OS official app and Google Assistant
Wear OS is the official app from Google. It’s required to pair your smartwatch with your smartphone. Additionally, the app contains stuff like settings for Google Assistant, Google Fit, and some other stuff. However, its most important feature is its apps and watch faces info. The app is a great directory for such things. Google Play does a good job, but this app definitely gets you there faster. Google Assistant comes with Wear OS as it is. We highly recommend using it as well. It can do all of the fun stuff on your phone except on your wrist. Additionally, it can do things like take notes, turn your smart lights on or off, and more. Wear OS is basically Google Assistant on your wrist with the time and date.
That’s it for our list of the best Wear OS apps. You can click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists. If we missed your favorite app, feel free to shout it out in the comments below.