As soon as you’ve got your hands on your new Apple Watch, you’ll want to set up all the basics, like syncing it with your iPhone. But after that, you can get on with the fun stuff: customising it and adding the apps you want/need. Developers have been busy making and re-working apps for the new device, from health tracking apps to social media essentials to specially designed games. But what should you download first? Here are our 13 of our favourite apps for the Apple Watch to get you started…
Check out nearby bars, restaurants and other businesses and find out exactly how far you’ll have to travel to get there from your current location, all without having to pull your phone out of your pocket.
Do Button and Do Note
OK, technically these are two apps, but they’re both from IFTTT and both have the potential to seriously expand your watch’s functionality. Tell them what you want to control from the app – from turning your thermostat to a specific temperature to posting a photo on Facebook – and from then on you’ll then be able to do those actions with just one tap.
A quick tap will let you know what song is playing, just like the phone version of the app does –but without having to rummage around in your bag first. Handy.
I mean, duh. A stripped-back version of everyone’s favourite selfie/online spying app, it lets you scroll through your feed (without having to squint) and tap on individual photos for more info, to Like, or to comment in emoji.
One of the first health apps designed for the Apple Watch, Lifesum lets you track your calorie and water intake and activity levels, and will offer insights and suggestions to keep you motivated to meet your goals.
Access Twitter from your watch, turning your wrist to track your faves and RTs. When you want to compose a tweet, this app can do that too, thanks to the iWatch’s Force Touch function and voice command.
Instantly find out the ten best hotels wherever you are (based on location and price) and take a look at photos of each. If you like what you see, you can then bookmark them or easily transfer to your iPhone to make a booking.