Free Ap­ple Watch apps

Boost your watch for free. Michael Si­mon re­ports

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The Ap­ple Watch may be Ap­ple’s most per­sonal de­vice, but to truly make it yours you’ll need to start ad­ding some of your favourite apps. But don’t worry if you’ve spent the last of your wear­able bud­get on the watch it­self – there are plenty of great apps to be had for free. So put away the credit card and check out our favourite free Ap­ple Watch apps.

Chirp

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Ever since Twit­ter pulled its app from the Ap­ple Watch, there’s been a miss­ing link be­tween

our time­lines and our wrists. Chirp re­stores the con­nec­tion. A sim­ple in­ter­face lets you browse your time­line, scan your men­tions, and catch up on the lat­est trends, and with a quick tap you can like or retweet any­thing you see. Heavy Twit­ter users can do­nate a cou­ple pounds to un­lock the pro ver­sion, which adds di­rect post­ing, DMs, and lists, but if you’re just look­ing for a way to stay in touch with your feed, Chirp needs to be on your Watch.

Cheat­sheet

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Ap­ple Watch is a per­fect de­vice for things you need to re­mem­ber, but Ap­ple still doesn’t bun­dle an app that col­lects them all for easy view­ing. That’s why Cheat­sheet is such an in­dis­pens­able app. The free util­ity is as sim­ple as it gets, but it’s all you need: you can add, edit and delete up to three ‘cheats’

right on your wrist, along with a com­pli­ca­tion that will dis­play your most press­ing bit of text on sup­ported faces. (If you want more than three at a time, you can pay £2.99 to un­lock the full ver­sion.) You won’t get the en­cryp­tion and se­cu­rity of an app like 1Pass­word, but for quick ac­cess to short notes, Cheat­sheet is in­dis­pens­able.

Sleep++

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One of the few things our Ap­ple Watch can’t do on its own is track our sleep pat­terns. With the Sleep++ app on your Ap­ple Watch, you can. Just keep your watch strapped to your wrist while in bed, and the app will an­a­lyse the dif­fer­ent pat­terns and phases of your sleep to tell you the length and qual­ity of your sleep. But the killer fea­ture is au­to­matic sleep de­tec­tion. By us­ing

the watch’s health mon­i­tor­ing tools, Sleep++ will kick in the mo­ment you fall asleep and turn off when you wake up. The only thing you have to re­mem­ber to do is make sure your Ap­ple Watch has enough power to make it through the night.

theS­core

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If you’re a sports fan, the Ap­ple Watch is a great de­vice for keep­ing up to date on the lat­est news and scores. And theS­core app is our favourite way to do it. To­tally free and cus­tom­iz­a­ble, it will keep you up to date with news and score for all of your favourite teams. You’ll be able to see ingame ac­tion, plays, and of course, score up­dates as games are go­ing on, as well as check out up­com­ing games right on your wrist. If you can’t be in front of the TV, it’s the next best thing.

Night Sky

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Stargaz­ers al­ready know how awe­some Night Sky is on their iPhones, but sur­pris­ingly it’s just as good on the small screen. You’ll get no­ti­fi­ca­tions of ce­les­tial events, and be able to point your wrist at

the sky to see which con­stel­la­tions and plan­ets are above you. And when you lower your wrist, the app will switch to a Ce­les­tial Com­pass that gives you a 360-de­gree over­view of the en­tire sky. There’s even a com­pli­ca­tion that will let you know when the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion is over­head.

Shazam

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Now that Ap­ple owns Shazam, baked-in Ap­ple Watch sup­port is surely on tap for a fu­ture up­date, but un­til it ar­rives, the Shazam app is a must­down­load. Sim­ple, speedy, and con­ve­nient, the Shazam app on your wrist dis­tills the ser­vice down to its most valu­able as­set: song iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Launch the app and you’ll be able to quickly tap to see what song you’re hear­ing. You can also see a list of your re­cent song matches and let you lis­ten to a pre­view, in case you’ve for­got­ten how it goes.

PCalc Lite

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There’s one thing Ap­ple Watch doesn’t have that the smart watches of the 1980s did: a cal­cu­la­tor. We don’t un­der­stand why Ap­ple didn’t build a cal­cu­la­tor app for the wrist, but the de­vel­op­ers be­hind PCalc make it a non-is­sue. And you don’t have to buy the pro ver­sion to en­joy it. With the free PCalc Lite, you’ll be able to do ba­sic cal­cu­la­tions on your wrist, in­clud­ing a handy tip cal­cu­la­tor. And you can even scrib­ble and speak your for­mu­las if the num­ber pad is too tiny for your fin­gers.

Note­book

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An­other app Ap­ple doesn’t load on new watches is Notes. And while Siri won’t help, Note­book will. In

ad­di­tion to the fantastic iPhone and iPad app, you’ll also get a full-fea­tured Ap­ple Watch app that lets you write, record, and view re­cent notes with ease.

You’ll even be able to see any pic­tures you added to notes on your iPhone. Sync­ing is nearly in­stan­ta­neous in both di­rec­tions, au­dio notes are fully playable on your iPhone, and you’ll be able to delete notes right from your wrist. It’s the next best thing to Notes.

Map My Run

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The Ap­ple Watch does a fine job on its own of track­ing our ex­er­cise, but if you want to take your work­out to the next level, Map My Run by Un­der Ar­mor is the way to go. You’ll be able to track your du­ra­tion, dis­tance and steps, as well as your heart rate, anaer­o­bic lev­els, and re­cent run his­tory. And if

you have a pair of UA Record Equipped con­nected shoes, it’ll even start record­ing your run the mo­ment your feet touch the ground.

Chirp

Cheat­sheet

Sleep++

theS­core

Night Sky

Shazam

PCalc Lite

Note­book

Map My Run

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