10 must-have apps for your new Apple Watch

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Take your little wrist computer to the next level with these great apps.

The Apple Watch is great right out of the box, but you’ll want to add a few apps to really make it sing. Apple’s wearable is a true marvel, especially the Series 4, but you’ll never know just how useful it can be if you don’t expand your horizons a bit.

When we think about the Apple Watch apps we just can’t live without, these are at the top of the list. Some are free, some are not, but every single one is worth your while.


AutoSleep is our favorite app for adding automatic sleep tracking to the Apple Watch.

If there’s one major feature missing from the Apple Watch, it’s automatic sleep tracking. Fortunately, it’s not that hard to add with an app like AutoSleepor Pillow. Of those two, we think AutoSleep’s new simpler interface gives it the edge over Pillow.

Pillow is a little more full-featured (it can do some sleep tracking stuff using just your phone), but you need to buy the $4.99 in-app purchase to really make use of it. If all you care about is using your watch for sleep tracking, AutoSleep is the cheaper option, and gives you data that’s easier to parse.

With either app, you’ll have to do a bit of setup and calibration to get good results, but it’s worth it. Just charge your watch in the evening and wear it to sleep—your battery will probably still last through the whole next day.

AutoSleep ($2.99)

Carrot Weather

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Carrot Weather isn’t free, but it’s great.

There are plenty of good weather apps out there, many of which support Apple Watch, but Carrot Weather may be our favorite. It combines excellent weather forecasting (with data from Weather Underground or Dark Sky), lots of customization, a funky Augmented Reality mode, and even achievements. The snarky evil robot voice helps make weather fun.

Apple Watch support is especially robust, with several different complications available and the ability to customize them in the app. Carrot Weather was one of the first third-party apps to make use of the new corner complications on Apple Watch Series 4, and it gives you a card on the Siri watch face, too.

The only downside is that the app costs $4.99, and then for certain features you have subscribe to a Premium Club membership for $0.49 a month or $3.99 a year. The cost is to cover the increased API usage of its data sources for features like precipitation warnings.

Carrot Weather ($4.99, in-app purchases)

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