The best apps and games for new Apple Watch owners

By , Dec 25, 2015

Best Apps & Games new apple watch owners

So, Santa left you a little gift under the Christmas tree in the form of Apple Watch and now you want to know what apps and games you should start off with. Lucky for you, we have recent experience at being new to Apple Watch, as well as about eight months worth of knowing which titles we think are perfect for beginners.

So, if you have just unwrapped your Apple Watch and want to know what you should add first, we have a list of the best 10 apps and games for you.

Lifeline…

Lifeline

We’ve talked about the Lifeline series for Apple Watch a few times. We think it is the best game that you can play on your new wrist worn device. Not only is it perfectly suited to Apple Watch, but it is also a generally fun game with an interesting mechanic. Players follow the story of a space explorer that has crash-landed on an unknown planet. You are the only person he was able to get through to and it is your job to help him survive by giving him advice on what to do next. The game plays out on his schedule though. If he is busy, you just have to wait to continue the story. This game is available for $0.99.

Trivia Crack

Trivia Crack

This game is aptly named. Once you start playing, it is hard to stop. There are hundreds of thousands of basic trivia questions across six categories that are randomly asked of you each turn. The category is selected when Willy the Wheel Spinner spins his wheel of categories. The more questions you get right, the better you score against your friends. Earn all three segments in each category to win it. You can also create your own questions in the Question Factory, which you can share with others. On Apple Watch, you can access all of the same questions and have the same amount of time to quickly answer from the available choices by tapping the option on the screen. It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s like crack. This game is available for $2.99.

Brainess

Brainess

Apple Watch may be known for being a fitness wearable, but you may have not realized that it does more than help you work out your body. It also helps you get your brain fit. Brainess is a brain training game that helps you improve your memory, vision, and computer skills. The app features seven exercises that help give your mind a daily workout, including a couple of memorization games, a math challenge, and more. All games are available on Apple Watch. So, if you head out without working out your brain, you can simply call up the games on your wrist worn device and exercise those cells on the road (if you are taking the bus, not driving). This game is available for $0.99.

Map My Run+

Map My Run

Speaking of fitness, Apple Watch comes with a lot of cool sensors for tracking your activities. However, it doesn’t come with a great selection of native software for analyzing that data. This app uses the GPS sensor of your iPhone to track your daily walk, run, or bike ride. It collects data from your pace, route, distance, calories burned, elevation, and more. You can view your stats on your wrist, as you workout. It logs more than 600 different activities and syncs with a number of third-party fitness trackers, like Garmin, Jawbone, and Misfit. Include your goals and current stats to stay on track to get in shape. This app is available for $2.99.

Sleep ++

Sleep++

One important activity-tracking feature that Apple decided to leave off its wearable is for sleeping. If you’d like detailed analytics on when you fall asleep, when you are restless, and when you wake up, download this app. All you have to do is keep your Apple Watch on while you sleep and tell the app when you go to sleep and when you wake up. It will gather information on those times when you stirred in the night and when you were deep in sleep. Plus, the app connects to HealthKit to quickly log your nightly sleep cycles so you can have a well-rounded lifestyle tracker. This app is available for free.

Google Maps

Google Maps

If you are the type of person that just hates Apple Maps (we don’t blame you, some of us hate it too), you’ll be disappointed to see that it is sitting on the face of your wrist worn device. You will, however, be happy to know that you can replace it with Google’s mapping service instead. The wearable version features step-by-step text-based navigation after you add the location on iOS. The Apple Watch app also includes three of the most recent routes accessed so you can quickly access them in the future. A recent update provides offline navigation so you don’t even have to use your data when navigating in the big city. This app is available for free.

Fantastical 2

Fantastical 2

Another feature that Apple chose to leave of off its wearable is the Reminders app. While you can set up your iPhone to send notifications, many of us would love access to our Reminders app from our Apple Watch for more than just getting notifications. This robust calendar app happens to also connect to your Reminders app in iCloud. You can add items to a list or directly from an event. You can specify dates, times, and even set up geofences to set a reminder when you arrive at or leave from a location. Of course, Fantastical 2 does a whole lot more than reminders, but that’s why we love it on Apple Watch. This app is available for $2.99.

Remote

remote-watch-app

If you also got yourself an Apple TV 4 for Christmas (or maybe you picked it up a couple of months ago when it launched), the first thing you should do is download Apple’s Remote app. Now that it works with the fourth-generation set-top box, you can use it on Apple Watch as a touch pad. Use it to scroll between apps and content on Netflix and Hulu without even having to lean forward to grab the Siri remote. It doesn’t work with games, but it does work with most apps that require moving around and selecting. This app is available for free.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is becoming a fairly useful chat app. Recent updates have made it possible to use it to contact anyone, even if you don’t have their phone number or if you aren’t Facebook friends with them. This app keeps you connected to all your Facebook chats right on your wrist. Whenever you get a message, you’ll get a notification on Apple Watch (if you have Notifications turned on for the app). You can respond from the wearable and even send stickers. Send messages using Voice Dictation, or record your thoughts and send them as a audio message. This app is available for free.

Calcbot

Calcbot

When I was a kid, I just thought calculator watches were the coolest thing around. Then, I got an Apple Watch, which does all kinds of cool things, but doesn’t come stock with a calculator. WTF? Luckily, the best iOS calculator maker around, Tapbots, made Calcbot compatible with Apple Watch, so I can impress my friends with my math skills. The app is more than just a basic calculator. You can use it to figure the tip and split the bill with a group or convert different monies around the world. It also works with material conversion, like ounces to pounds or millimeters to inches. This app is available for free.

Congratulations on your new Apple Watch. The longer you have it, the more you will understand what features are most important to you. For now, download the 10 apps above and you’ll be off to a great start.

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  • Rahimo

    I don’t have an Apple Watch !!!!!!!!!!

    • Dan

      I also don’t have an apple watch

    • TBagsUaL0t

      I do!

  • John

    Think the message comes through LOUD AND CLEAR Lory is completely 100% anti-Apple Maps.. I wonder if this article would be re-written with the sarcasm and personal bias removed and replaced instead with something a little more professional …….but I guess not, this is Lory we are talking about after all.

    • Its stock bruh calm down no need to promote something every iPhone owner has.

  • frozenbee

    have anyone else problem with third party app wont start? like facebook messanger etc?

    • Gerardo López

      Yep, i have the same problem with FB messenger 🙁

  • Bruce Milyko

    The Remote app does not have Apple Watch support as of version 4.2.3 (the latest version available in the store). What version did you test this out on?

    • Wood1030

      This is NOT correct.
      v. 4.2.3. does in fact work with  Watch.
      You might wanna verify that you have the correct tvOS installed on your TV (v.9.1 for  TV 4 and v.7.2 on TV 3)

      • Bruce Milyko

        I just checked following the link to the app in this article. There is NO Apple Watch portion to this app. With the app I can control my Apple TV 4. I have the latest softwear version installed on my iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV.

      • Wood1030

        Some of the reviews in the App Store are either incorrect or they are users using the older version of the app that (until recently) did not work with  TV4. The newest version does. Verified by me, my iPhone 6, my  Watch,  TV4 and  TV3. Admittedly, maybe not perfect but functional and not a bad app for the price…free.

      • Bruce Milyko

        I am not going by reviews. I installed the app (following the link for the app here) on my iPhone (6 plus). I then checked in the Apple Watch app on my iPhone. There was no item for the Remote app shown in the Apple Watch app.

        This app will control my Apple TV from my iPhone. There is no  Watch portion for this app. The listing for the app in the App store does not even mention the  Watch at all.

        I am wondering if we are talking about the same app at all. Click on the link and look at the listing!

      • Wood1030

        You’re right. There is no Remote app/icon in the  Watch section of your iPhone but if you check on your  Watch the app should be there if you have the Remote app on your phone.
        Why there is no Remote app in the Watch section on your phone is a mystery.

      • Ma Rö

        Thats because Remote comes preinstalled on the AppleWatch

      • Bruce Milyko

        That also explains why I was overlooking the app icon on my  Watch. I was looking for a new icon around the parameter instead of near the middle of the field of icons. It’s strange that it does not appear at all in the  Watch App on the iPhone. Thanks Ma Rö

      • RobDigital413

        Go to settings in the Apple tv then blue remote then it scan for Bluetooth devices…..next go to your Apple Watch remote app add device it will give you a four number code to put into the Apple TV.

      • RobDigital413

        Go to settings in the Apple tv then blue remote then it scan for Bluetooth devices…..next go to your Apple Watch remote app add device it will give you a four number code to put into the Apple TV

  • 10marcer

    So quick question everyone, should I buy an Apple Watch now or should I wait?

    • TechToch

      i just bought one last week and I regret it !

      just wait….!

    • Wood1030

      I suppose it depends on what your expectations are.
      Of course the next version is going to be better but you can get a pretty good deal on one today.

      My suggestion would be, if you have the money to buy one now, then do it but just get the Sport version to familiarize yourself wth it and see if you really like it and it meets your needs. Then when the next one comes out (and I doubt that there will be major/significant changes in the next version) then sell your old one to help pay for the next one.

      Cheers

      • 10marcer

        I may do that, depending on how the second gen looks I may skip it too. I’m hoping it’ll just be a speed boost

        Thanks for the reply!

    • John

      I agree with @wood1030:disqus.

      Why would you want an Apple Watch?
      What is your hesitation for buying one?

      I guess the real unknown is when the second watch will be released, we know iPhones are updated yearly but not even iPads are anymore…so will we see version 2 in 2016? Who knows.

      • 10marcer

        That’s why I’m on the fence about getting one now. I know you can’t believe all rumors but seeing as though the iPad’s aren’t usually updated on a yearly basis now, I don’t want to buy one only to have the second gen come out less than 4 months later

  • Usama

    Make one with the top free apps and utilities!

  • Lordrootman

    I REALLY LIKE APPLE PRODUCTS BUT NOT ON APPLE WATCH IF I CAN SAY HATE, I WILL I DID RATTER BE HAPPY WITH APPLE BAND SOMETHING LIKE MICROSOFT BAND 2

    • John

      CAN YOU TALK UP A LITTLE BIT MORE, I CANNOT HEAR YOU OVER ALL THE SCREAMING… ALSO, WHAT? YOUR GRAMMAR SKILLS AREN’T THE BEST, could you try and explain that again, please?

  • throttle clutch e brake

    “the available choices by tapping the option on the screen. It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s like crack”

    ??