Best Compass app for Apple Watch S4?

doxavita

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Which do you think is the absolute BEST Compass App for Apple Watch Series 4? (It can be paid or free)

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oeagleo

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Don't know if this is what you're looking for, but I like an app named "Big Arrow". I use it for camping, place a "marker"/Waypoint at camp, and wander off. When I want to return, I can use the app (watch app too, independent of the phone) to follow the arrow to camp, or at least familiar surroundings. Check it out.
 

tromboneaholic

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Don't know if this is what you're looking for, but I like an app named "Big Arrow". I use it for camping, place a "marker"/Waypoint at camp, and wander off. When I want to return, I can use the app (watch app too, independent of the phone) to follow the arrow to camp, or at least familiar surroundings. Check it out.
Interesting. Can you place a marker on a map, for example directly south, so it points in that direction?

From the description, I couldn't tell. However I did see this note: "Only on iPhone, enabling the magnetometer allows the arrow to point in the correct direction when standing still."

I did see this "On Apple Watch, it also supports a compass mode that will point you towards north, using the Apple Watch (Series 2 or above) GPS functionality."
 

oeagleo

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Interesting. Can you place a marker on a map, for example directly south, so it points in that direction?

From the description, I couldn't tell. However I did see this note: "Only on iPhone, enabling the magnetometer allows the arrow to point in the correct direction when standing still."

I did see this "On Apple Watch, it also supports a compass mode that will point you towards north, using the Apple Watch (Series 2 or above) GPS functionality."
I never tried that, but on the iPhone app, there is a compass in the lower corner that will show the direction in degrees.

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rojocrandall

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I just tried Big Arrow - as mentioned in the ap and by @tromboneaholic, the app on the watch
does indeed "supports a compass mode that will point you towards north, using the Apple Watch (Series 2 or above) GPS functionality".
Unfortunately, at this point it is not availale as a complication on the watch.
 
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billchase2

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Anchor Pointer does the same thing. It gives you an arrow on the iPhone app that points you in the right direction (Super fun while on a bike to take new roads to your destination around town!) but on the watch app, it currently give you turn-by-turn directions.
 
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oeagleo

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Anchor Pointer does the same thing. It gives you an arrow on the iPhone app that points you in the right direction (Super fun while on a bike to take new roads to your destination around town!) but on the watch app, it currently give you turn-by-turn directions.
WOW! Thanks for this, this one, while costing $3, is exactly what I was looking for when I found "Big Arrow". This one does so much more. It's mine now. :)
 

rojocrandall

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Anchor Pointer does the same thing. It gives you an arrow on the iPhone app that points you in the right direction (Super fun while on a bike to take new roads to your destination around town!) but on the watch app, it currently give you turn-by-turn directions.
There is a difference: Big Arrow has a compass mode, Anchor Pointer does not.
Anchor Pointer only has one function: to take you to or back to a specified location.
Like the OP, I too was looking for the compass functionality on the watch.
Thank you for the suggestion.