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.

Updated 1/18/2019: Thanks to a big update with a new interface, AutoSleep now edges out Pillow as our favorite sleep tracking app. Also added video.


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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 AutoSleep or 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.

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