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7 great Apple Watch apps to try in 2018

Track spending, keep yourself amused and manage to-do lists with some of our top picks for the Apple Watch

If you’re looking for ways to get more out of your Apple Watch, our list of the top Apple Watch apps for 2018 can lend a helping hand.

Whether you’re looking for an app to help you stay in shape or a way to check your to-do list, there are thousands of Apple Watch apps to try out.

Keep scrolling for a collection of handy apps we think are worth downloading straight away.

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Best Apple Watch apps of 2018

1. Citymapper (free)

Download Citymapper onto your Apple Watch and you’ll have quick access to step-by-step directions, handy if you’re exploring a new city or using public transport. Plus if you’re worried about dozing off on the train, the Apple Watch will vibrate when your stop is coming up so you don’t miss it.

The free app arrives with the same features as the iPhone app, including a customisable ‘favourite places’ list and information on train and bus routes.

2. Apple Pay (free)

Apple Pay may be a default app for Apple’s wearable, but it’s worth a try if you haven’t used it before. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, go to the My Watch tab, tap Wallet & Apple Pay, follow the steps to add a credit card and you’re all set.

Once your card information has been added to Apple Pay, you can make mobile payments on the move just by tapping the watch against a wireless payment terminal.

Learn more about Apple Pay in our What is Apple Pay? guide.

3. Find Near Me (free)

This free app will help you spot nearby restaurants and points of interest. Your location is plotted on a map and then your search results are ordered by distance.

You can decide what the app tells you about, too – the full list includes banks, bars, hiking points and train stations.

4. Just Press Record (£4.99)

Even if you don’t have your iPhone on you, you can use Just Press Record to create a voice note with a single tap. Recording time is unlimited, and your saved audio clips are automatically transferred over to your iPhone.

You can listen back to your voice notes through the Apple Watch’s built-in speakers, or using Bluetooth headphones such as the Apple AirPods. Swiping down on the display will pause a recording.

5. Evernote (free)

Evernote for mobile on Android and iOS is a great tool for managing your schedule, and the Apple Watch version of the app carries over the same features.

With Evernote on Apple Watch, you can dictate notes and have them transcribed automatically, type up a quick to-do list or set reminders.

6. Runkeeper (free)

You don’t need to carry around your iPhone every time you go on a run. Runkeeper for Apple Watch will independently track your running stats, and with GPS support you’ll get a clear view of your progress during a workout.

Tap the Workout button and you’ll be asked to select a training plan. While you’re on the move you can look at your wrist to see an overview of the distance you’ve covered, the time it has taken and your heart rate.

For a round-up of smartwatches that you can take from the office to the gym, see our guide to the top 5 best smartwatches for fitness.

7. Trivia Crack (free)

Pass some time with Trivia Crack, a free quiz app available for free on Apple Watch.

Trivia Crack is home to hundreds of thousands of questions that cover a range of categories. You start by spinning the wheel to select a question, and then rack up as many points as you can within the time limit. It’s a simple but fun way to pass some time.

Which Apple Watch should I buy?

If you’re shopping for an Apple Watch that’s going to live on your wrist all day long, you’ll want to make sure you’re choosing the right model. Here are some things to look out for:

Design

You’ll have the choice between an aluminium shell or stainless steel. An expensive ceramic option exists for the Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular, but it’ll set you back over £1,000.

Processor

All the models making up the Apple Watch range look the same from the outside, but under the hood there are some differences. While the original Apple Watch models arrive with an S1 processor, the Apple Watch Series 3 has a speedier S3 version, meaning you can swap between apps without a dip in speed.

Built-in GPS

Built-in GPS is only available on the Series 3 models. With a GPS Apple Watch, you can head outside for a run and have the wearable track your route without it needing to communicate with your smartphone. The GPS Apple Watch still relies on your phone being nearby to receive texts or calls, though.

For more details that will help you pick the perfect Apple Watch model for you, see our advice guide on choosing the best Apple Watch.

Alternatively, see our full range of smartwatch reviews to see what Apple’s rivals (including Fitbit, Garmin and Samsung) can offer.

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