Top 10 Wear OS Apps for Your Smartwatch in 2024

Thank you in large part to the efforts of Samsung and Google, Wear OS watches are more captivating today than they’ve ever been before. There are an abundance of excellent Wear OS smartwatches to choose from these days — but if you desire your watch to do much more than track your health data and deliver notifications, you’re going to need some apps. The app ecosystem on Wear OS isn’t quite as thriving as it is on Android proper (which is practically overflowing with outstanding apps), but there are still quite a few exceptional apps to try out. To get you started, here are some of AP’s preferred Wear OS apps today.


1 Google Maps

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Google Maps

Publish date
September 23, 2008

In-app purchases
None

ChromeOS support
✅ Yes

App Publisher
Google LLC

Categories
Travel & Local

Completely hands-free navigation is one of the more useful features smartwatches can offer, and on Wear OS, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better navigation tool than Google Maps. You’ll feel the limitations of your watch’s small screen while viewing maps or trying to enter destinations by touch, but Maps lets you set your destination by voice, and a smartwatch display is plenty large enough to show useful turn-by-turn directions for walking or cycling trips. Unless you travel exclusively by car (where the Google Maps mobile app makes much more sense), Google Maps deserves a spot on your Wear OS watch.


2 Spotify

Control all your music streams

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Spotify

Publish date
May 27, 2014

In-app purchases
✅ Yes

Subscription

$10.99/month (individual); $16.99/month (family)

ChromeOS support
✅ Yes

App Publisher
Spotify AB

Categories
Music & Audio

The Wear OS app for Spotify permits a lot of the same functionality you’ll find in the streaming service’s other interfaces. You can employ the Wear OS app to manage music playback on any device signed into your Spotify account, so you can do things like adjust volume, skip tracks, and browse a simplified interface to find media to play — on whichever device you’re listening on, be it your phone, tablet, desktop, smart speaker, you name it. The app also allows you to listen to media without your phone. If you’ve got a watch that is LTE-enabled, Spotify can stream right to it; or, you can download music and podcasts to the watch over Wi-Fi for offline listening through earbuds or headphones connected to the watch itself.

3 Peloton

Make your Wear OS watch a connected heart rate monitor

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Peloton

Publish date
December 20, 2018

In-app purchases
✅ Yes

Subscription

$12.99/month (App One); $24/month (App+)

ChromeOS support
✅ Yes

App Publisher
Peloton Interactive, Inc

Categories
Health & fitness

This one’s a little niche, but for the segment of Wear OS wearers who can take advantage, the Peloton Wear OS app is pretty exceptional. It lets you employ your smartwatch as a connected heart rate monitor for Peloton workouts. Once you’ve got it set up, Peloton — either in guided video workouts in the Peloton Android app or on dedicated Peloton hardware — will show both your heart rate as measured by your smartwatch and your Peloton Strive Score in real time, giving you additional insight into your workout without having to buy additional hardware.

4 Google Keep

No more paper lists

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