Share your Apple Watch apps that are actually useful

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Apps' started by Joe Rossignol, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. Joe Rossignol Editor

    Joe Rossignol

    Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    There are 3500 apps for Apple Watch so far and a lot of them are slow or pointless after the novelty wears off in 5 seconds. So, what are your favorite Apple Watch apps that you actually find useful? I'll start.
    • Philips Hue: Control your Hue lightbulbs using your wrist
    • Lifesum: Keeps your day-to-day life on track
    • Shazam: No more fumbling to get your iPhone out of your pocket before the song you're trying to identify ends
    • Yahoo Weather: Very sleek design and offers detailed weather information
    • Passbook: Having your boarding pass on your wrist is one less stressful thing to worry about at the airport

    Please note, this is a thread for Apple Watch owners to recommend apps you have found useful and should not be used by app developers to promote their own Apple Watch apps.
  2. maricc macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2011
    Try The WeatherUnderground, its the best weather app that is available for the watch. And i mean best as in most accurate. I find Yahoo isn't very good for Canada
  3. techno-Zen macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2015
    Gilbert, AZ
    Hooks, notification App. You can set/get notifications for almost everything.
  4. lewisd25 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2007
  5. PhiLLoW macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2014
    Dreamdays 365
    Water Tracker
    EasyWOL ( srsly. Starting my devices via Wake-On-LAN from my wrist is just too cool to be true )
    Tally Counter
  6. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    I use it 95% of the time for notifications and quick text responses. The apps are just honestly too slow to be useful.

    Apple needs to hurry up with native apps.
  7. T-Will macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2008
    MediSafe to track the medication my wife is taking after surgery.
  8. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
    I am quite impressed with one notes, really impressive, especially for quick reference to simple lists or info. The evernote app is a complete let down. I have the paid subscription to evernote, but the watch app is pretty poor, and the search function is hopeless!
  9. My Name is URL macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2013
    My 3 most useful are

    UK Bus Checker
  10. Jim4D macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2013
    I love the watch and the myriad of apps that I have, the one that truly has blown my mind is CityMapper.

    It tells you the arrival of every bus and train on your journey live (in london) and uses apple maps for the walking parts giving the ol tappity tap navigation which is just too cool.
  11. DannyBres macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2007
    I use drafts more than expected to dictate a quick note to deal with later.

    The others are:
    • Overcast
    • Wunderlist
    • Departure Board (my app)
  12. TMW macrumors newbie


    Apr 13, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    The Fandango app??? All it does is open to a quote from a movie. I wouldn't consider that "useful". Or am I missing something here?:)
  13. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    WebMD, for medication reminders. The only problem with this is, I take my medications at night. Usually the watch comes off when I get home. Though I suppose this is useful for people who wear theirs at home.

    Passbook, Paying for stuff with your hand over the reader is really cool. Feels futuristic.

    Notifications, this one is obvious.
  14. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    I heard that it only works when you buy an entrance to a movie that it will send something like a QR code to the Watch app so it can be scanned. I agree the app itself is not very intuitive.
  15. TMW macrumors newbie


    Apr 13, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    Oh ok. I have tickets to see Avengers 2 at 7pm today, but my wife bought them, so maybe I'll find out the next time I go to see a movie.:D
  16. dyt1983, Apr 30, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2015

    dyt1983 macrumors 65816

    May 6, 2014
    edit: to remove personally identifying information not relevant to the thread.
  17. cliegal macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2010
    I like all of the above but Philips Hue. I can't get it to do anything but turn lights that are already on, off. Anyone else try it?
  18. sam3020 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2007
    Works fine for me. You pick what scenes you want in app on phone and you can turn off and pick scenes. I would say the hue widget app works much better. Really quick at loading
  19. kovey macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2011
    I like Weather Underground on my iPhone, but it's pointless on the watch. I have a weather complication directly on my watch face that shows the current temp and today's forecast. Touching it takes me right to the extended forecast.

    With weather underground, you have to go to it in the glance view or open the app directly - takes much longer for basically the same information.

    Speaking of 3rd party apps only, since I've gotten great use out of Workouts, Passbook, etc....
    Overcast (will likely drop it once Apple adds an official podcast app)
    Due (reminders app. has the ability to import apple reminders in case you like using siri to add new ones)
    Evernote (check boxes for grocery shopping)
    Twitter (great for quick feed checking while on the can)
    Hipchat (work notifications when I walk away from my office)
    Shazon (duh)
  20. pirateRACE macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2010
    Chipotle! It's just a "burrito button" to have your favorite order made at your local restaurant.
  21. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    Problem #2: WebMD won't let you add a custom medication. If it isn't in their database, you can't make a reminder. They don't even seem to have a placeholder choice.
  22. Pinksteady macrumors 6502a


    Aug 19, 2008
    SamMote (remote control TV)
    Do Button (control Nest)
    SoundHound (identify song)
    Stocard (Tesco/Sainsburys etc store cards on watch)
    Authy (two factor authentication codes)
    1password (useful codes on wrist)
  23. RAD1 macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2015
    Shazam Question

    I see people posting Shazam as one of their favorite apps. Doesn't SIRI identify songs using Shazam? Are there advantages (lyrics, etc.) to using the Shazam app over simply asking SIRI 'What song is this'?
  24. BrettDS macrumors 65816

    Nov 14, 2012

    Siri doesn't identify songs on the apple watch... If you ask her to she'll just tell you to use handoff to start Siri on the phone.

    It's also worth noting that shazam for the apple watch actually uses the mic on the phone because devs don't have access to the mic on the watch yet. I was having trouble getting it to recognize a song until I realized that my phone was in a place where the mic couldn't pick up the music. That said, though, shazam for the watch does work quite well.

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