Android Wear runs on a number of smartwatches now and there are thousands of apps that add even more capabilities to smartwatches everywhere. These apps do more than just bring notifications to your wrist — they can help us pass the time, share in-depth information, browse the web, and carry out a host of other action.
So with all that in mind, here are 25 of our favorite Android Wear apps, in no particular order. Some of these are apps that load dedicated versions to your smartwatch, while others are merely apps you may already have but will load special Android Wear versions to your smartwatch. Either way, they’re all must-haves for your watch.
Running out of space on your keychain due to the many little loyalty and membership cards you lug around? Stocard not only lets you digitize all those cards so they’re accessible in a single mobile app, it even works with your Android Wear watch to display them. This means you just need to let the cashier scan your watch, instead of physical cards or your smartphone, to collect your rewards or access your gym.
Here is a new incentive to use the latest version of Google Slides for your presentations: You can now use your Android Wear smartwatch to both timekeep and remotely control your slides. The only catch is that you need to first “cast” your slides to a Chromecast-enabled display, or present them in a video call, before your watch will transform into a slick presentation remote.
Let’s be real, app developers aren’t mind readers who know exactly what functions you need, so why not create your own with IF by IFTTT? Short for the programming lingo “If This Then That,” this meta-app lets you create “recipes” that link two unrelated apps in order to create an action. For example, you can tell the app to send a copy of every photo you take with your phone to your Android Wear watch.
Start planning for your hot date tonight by swiping right or left through Tinder — on your wrist. With the dating app bringing its features to Android Wear, you’ll be able to check out potential dates in your area, see notifications on new matches, as well as respond to their messages, right on your watch. Just to make it extra easy to access the app, you can even use your voice to tell Google to open Tinder on your smartwatch.
Everyone can use a gentle reminder to take their medication, whether you’re taking vitamins or caring for someone with a strict pill schedule. You’ll need to spend a bit of time entering every pill — including its color and shape — into the mobile app the first time you open it, but it’ll be well worth it when your watch buzzes and notifies you of the exact pill and dosage you need to take. No more excuses for forgetting, or taking the wrong meds!
Don’t miss the opportunity to identify a song simply because you couldn’t whip out your smartphone fast enough! Now that Shazam fully supports Android Wear, you only need to hold up your wrist to “Shazam” a song. Your smartwatch will even showcase the lyrics, so you can sing along to your new anthem without missing a beat.
PixtoCam turns your Android Wear watch into a remote viewfinder for your mobile camera, so that you can capture timed group photos and other tricky shots with greater ease. The app is the most feature-rich camera app out there — at least for smartwatches — and lets you toggle between the front and rear cameras, control the level of zoom, and trigger both still photos and videos directly from your wrist. You also get a live view of the shot before you snap the image.
Looking for a media player that does more than just “pause” or “play” your music or podcast? The Stellio Music Player is one of the few smartwatch-compatible media apps that lets you adjust the volume from your wrist. Other on-screen controls allow you to skip and return to previous track, along with view the album art and title of the track that is currently playing.
Despite the many benefits of drinking plenty of water each day — clearer skin, weight loss, etc. — most of us just aren’t downing enough H2O. That’s where the Water Drink Reminder app comes in. The app knows how much you need to drink at regular intervals throughout the day because it actually calculates your ideal intake amount based on your weight, day length, and cup size. When it’s time for more water, your watch will provide you with a gentle reminder.
Always want the weather at a glance? InstaWeather is a smartwatch app for your Android Wear devices that offers more than just an app for checking on the weather. It also includes specially-crafted watch faces that share the latest weather alongside the time of day. You can not only see the most intricate of weather information right from your watch face, but some premium watch faces will even show the latest radar images, giving you a clear look at what’s coming. The app will notify you when it’s raining nearby to give you a heads up about inclement weather.