Apple Watch complications are a great way to get information from your favorite iPhone apps at a glance on your Apple Watch. With the added display real estate on the Apple Watch Series 4, complications can now do and show more than ever before.
Here are several Apple Watch complications that are worth a place on your primary watch face.
1. Dark Sky
Dark Sky is one of the best hyper-local weather apps available. It provides up-to-the-minute weather for your specific location that’s almost always on the money.
The Dark Sky complication shows you the most important weather information on your watch face. Every option gives you the current temperature, as well as up-to-date weather conditions. Larger complications also include information such as temperature highs and lows, and even sunset times.
Download: Dark Sky ($4)
2. Just Press Record
Using your iPhone to take notes or dictation is fine, but you have to stop what you’re doing, take out your iPhone, and start tapping away. With Just Press Record, your iPhone can stay where it is during the recording process.
Simply tap the red circle and your Apple Watch will start recording almost instantly. Everything you record is not only synced straight to the iPhone app, but also transcribed.
Download: Just Press Record ($5)
One of the big selling points of the Apple Watch is its fitness tracking capabilities. It’s a little bizarre, then, that there’s no native way of displaying your step count on your watch face.
Thankfully, there’s an app to fill in the gap. ActivityTracker takes data directly from your Apple Health app and lets you display your step count as a complication,. This is a real game-changer when you’re trying to hit a specific step goal, as you’re able to monitor your progress in real time as you work out.
You can also choose to display calories, distance, active time, and floors climbed.
Download: ActivityTracker (Free, premium version available)
4. Things 3
There are a lot of great to-do apps for iPhone. Things 3 stands as one of the best, and its Apple Watch complications make it even better.
The complications can show a progress bar to indicate how many tasks you’ve completed for a day. Some faces will display the next task in your list; the Modular face can show as many as three. You can also mark tasks as complete directly from your watch.
Download: Things 3 ($10)
Another great health feature of the Apple Watch is the built-in heart rate monitor. The native Heart Rate complication does a good job of showing your current heart rate, but HeartWatch takes this a step further.
You can see your current heart rate as well as your minimum and maximum heart rates for the day. Some complications include your average heart rate too, which is great for fitness enthusiasts. There’s also a color-coding system—if the ring around your complication is red, it means your heart rate is elevated.
This complication sits nicely with some of the best Apple Watch fitness apps on the market—it’ll monitor your heart while you sleep, work out, and even while you rest, too.
Download: HeartWatch ($3)
Streaks is a to-do list app that focuses on tracking how many days in a row you complete each task. It’s a great way to motivate yourself as once you’ve built up a long streak, you don’t want to break it.
The simplest complication shows six dots that turn from orange to gray when you’ve completed each task. You can mark a task as complete directly on your watch, as well as starting the timers for duration-based tasks. Larger complications will also show the name of an incomplete task on the face.
Download: Streaks ($5)
7. Fantastical 2
Fantastical 2 is already one of the best calendar apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. With the Apple Watch complication, you can be sure that you’ll never miss another appointment again.
At first glance, it appears quote similar to Apple’s Calendar app, allowing you to see the date as well as the name of appointments on larger complications. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find that there’s a lot more on offer with Fantastical 2.
You can see how long your current event is going to last, even in small complications which show the information as a slowly-shrinking ring. Most useful of all, tapping on the complication followed by a force touch allows you to add a new appointment by voice command.
Download: Fantastical 2 ($5)
If you’re concerned that you don’t drink enough water, WaterMinder makes for a great addition to your favorite Apple Watch face. You can set up a target of how much water you want to drink and count it off throughout the day, all from your watch.
The smaller complications give you another ring you can aim to close by the end of the day. Larger ones give you a percentage of your total in addition to the amount remaining for that day. Tap on the complication and you can add one of the preset amounts, or input one of your own.
Download: WaterMinder ($5)
If you’re traveling abroad, the iTranslate complication for your Apple Watch could be a lifesaver. Not only will it automatically detect the local language, but will also pop up with useful common phrases throughout the day.
One tap on the complication will launch the app. Tap on the flag and you can either speak or scribble the phrase you want to translate. After a moment, the app will offer you the translated phrase. Click on the speaker icon and your Apple Watch will speak the translated phrase for you.
The translated phrase remains on your watch face, so you can refresh your memory every time you glance at your watch.
Download: iTranslate (Free, subscription available)
There’s already a native complication for the Apple Watch to show your watch battery percentage. If you want to see how much juice your iPhone has with just a glance at your wrist, then you’ll need something like BatteryPhone.
This isn’t the most refined complication on the list, but it’s a great way to keep tabs on your iPhone’s battery level without constantly having to take your phone out. You can also use the (fairly basic) iPhone app to customize the complication to show both your phone and watch battery levels together.
Download: BatteryPhone (Free)
Make the Most of Your Apple Watch
Complications have always been one of the most practical features of the Apple Watch, thanks to the increased functionality they offer. They help to make your smartwatch even smarter, as well as your life a little easier.
If you’re a new Apple Watch owner, don’t forget to try out some of these hidden Apple Watch features too.