The new Samsung Galaxy Watch looks just like a real watch but packs a lot of stuff under the hood. It can play music, track your heart rate and steps, store images, show notifications and tell the time. Despite all our hopes of seeing a Wear OS on the Samsung Galaxy Watch, it still runs on Samsung’s proprietary Tizen OS.
Unlike Android’s Wear OS or Apple’s watchOS, Samsung’s Tizen OS doesn’t have many apps, to begin with. It was hard to find quality apps for Samsung Gear S2, S3 and it still is the case with Galaxy watch. But fret not, we did the heavy lifting for you and found out some of the best Samsung Galaxy Watch apps you should try.
Galaxy Watch apps are not available on the Google Play Store and can only be downloaded either through the Watch or the Galaxy Apps store. To access Galaxy Apps Store on your phone, use the companion app (Samsung Wearable).
Best Galaxy Watch Apps
Facer is the best Watch Face app for Samsung Galaxy Watch, Gear S2 / S3. Setting a Watchface is easy, just install the Facer app from the link below (works on a mobile browser) and long press the home screen to open the list of installed watch faces. This will bring up many watches faces that you can choose by swiping left or right. Once you find the one you like, tap it to set it as the Watch face. You can install many Watch faces in the app, ranging from Star Trek Watch Face to Garfield Navigator.
Install Facer (free)
2. Colorful Explosion
Colorful Explosion is a minimal Watch Face with colorful backgrounds. The particle explosion themed backgrounds blends really well with the white hands for minutes and hours. You can change the background by tapping the Watch Face once. It has a few different backgrounds and the app is free on the Galaxy Apps Store.
Install Colorful Explosion (free)
If you like to make your own WatchFaces then WatchMaker is for you. This app is the ultimate Watch face customization app. It has the largest collection of Watchfaces and you can customize your own watch faces. You can add gifs, 3d gyroscope, interactive clock, animations and so much more. The app is paid and would cost you around $4 and you get access to around 40,000 watch faces which is pretty impressive.
Install WatchMaker ($4)
4. Sleep as Android
Although the Galaxy Watch has the native sleep tracking app, it still lacks a few features that this app offers. Sleep as Android does a pretty good job in tacking your sleep effortlessly and has more features. Sleep as Android offers smart alarms where you can set online radio, Spotify playlist, and custom songs as your alarm, you get a CAPTCHA to solve when you wake up if you’re a snooze sleeper. The best part is that it detects snoring and records it for you to listen in the morning and analyze the situation.
Install Sleep as Android (free)
5. Find My Car
Find My Car is a Galaxy Watch App which works only with Samsung smartphones. The app helps you trace the location of your parked car with just the watch. After parking your car, simply open the app and allow it to record your location. The app will note your GPS location so is able to guide you back if you need it to. It works pretty well and gives you a quick option to trace your vehicle.
Install Find My Car (free)
6. Gear voice Memo
Gear Voice Memo is a simple note-keeping app that uses voice as notes. Typing on Galaxy Watch is not very user-friendly and it would be counter-intuitive to do that. Gear Voice memo takes advantage of the inbuilt mic on the Galaxy Watch and records the notes for you. You can record audio of up to six minutes per note and also saves the recordings to the phone. You can turn the Text to Speech feature on or off as per your convenience which I find quite useful. The text to speech feature is decent but is not as accurate as I would want it to be but I can’t consider the conversion from speech to text happens almost instantly.
Install Gear Voice Memo (free)
Spotify brings music everywhere be it your computer, Phone, smart speaker or Galaxy Watch. The Spotify app for the Galaxy Watch makes your music streaming experience extremely fluid. You can use it either as a remote control for your Spotify on mobile or standalone. In the remote mode, you can pause, skip, and play music right from the watch. The standalone mode, thanks to Galaxy Watch’s internal Wifi works flawlessly and you can access all your playlists with just the tap of a button. Searching and discovering tracks is simple, you can enter the keywords or use the voice to search tracks on the Galaxy Watch.
There are, however, some features which are limited to Premium such as Remote play on different devices, offline storage, and text controls.
Install Spotify (free)
Uber is the popular cab hailing service and you can now book rides with just your Galaxy Watch. The app works as a companion app to your main app on the smartphone. You have to authenticate your device with Uber to use it to autonomously call a cab. Just open the Uber app on the Galaxy Watch set a pickup location and a drop location, it prepares the route and gives you the relevant info such as a little car, estimated time and the route it’s going to take on your Galaxy watch, just like it shows on the mobile phone.
Install Uber for Galaxy Watch (free)
Flipboard is a news app for the Galaxy Watch and it curates summarized version of news from various platforms. This app is specifically designed for the Watch and offers a smooth layout and interface. It doesn’t omit any data considering the round screen of the watch and scrolling is made easy with the rotating dial.
Install News Briefing (free)
10. NPR One
Started as a Radio app NPR One has become a more personalized app with curated news stories, podcasts, and public radio. The app for Galaxy Watch brings all the features to your wrist and you can listen with just a tap of a button. You can discover new stories within the app. To get the app up and running, you have to log in with the browser on your smartphone connected with the Galaxy Watch and that’s it. The app runs standalone after that and you can enjoy the news stories even without the phone.
Install NPR One (free)
11. Camera Remote Control
This paid app lets you take a picture or record video from your Galaxy watch using your smartphone’s camera. Once you open up the app, it shows you a viewfinder preview on the Watch Screen taken from your smartphone’s camera. You can set a timer, record a video, take a snapshot, zoom and change the camera (front and rear). This app is particularly effective when you need to take a group photo and the camera is on a stand, you get a better idea of the frame.
Install Camera Remote Control ($2, 7 minutes free trial)
12. Smart Things
Smart Things are the IoT (Internet of Things) enabled devices manufactured by Samsung. With this app, you can control all the Smart Things devices in your House with the Galaxy Watch. You can check the status of the washing machine, set the temperature on the AC, etc. It offers a seamless interface for the Smart Things compatible devices in your house and you can use it to simplify your life.
Install Smart Things (free)
13. Samsung Internet Browser
While it makes little sense to browse the internet on a watch, but in case you need it, try Samsung Internet browser.
Samsung Internet Browser is a smooth browser for Android and it comes pre-installed on Samsung devices. On the Galaxy Watch, however, you would have to download it first to use it. It works only if you have a Samsung Internet Browser installed on the smartphone. You can search for web pages by using the Google voice assistant or selecting one of the bookmarks. I wouldn’t say the experience is bad but you can’t really do much surfing on the tiny screen anyway. It is ideal if you want to quickly read up on a topic or watch a video.
Install Internet (free)
Stopwatch is an official app from Samsung and it allows you to use as a Stopwatch. Considering the Galaxy Watch has so many features, a missing stopwatch came as a surprise. You can download it from the Samsung Galaxy app store for free. It includes a basic lap timer and an elapsed time timer. You can record up to 99 elapsed times with it.
Install Stopwatch (free)
Just like the Stopwatch, there is no timer app preinstalled on Galaxy Watch. The official Timer app by Samsung is rather simple and minimal. It shows hours, minutes, and seconds on the display and you can adjust the time by rotating the bezel. Once you start the timer, it keeps on running in the background if you press the home button. You can pause the timer either by opening the app or it’ll buzz and when the time is up. The timer app is free and you can get it on the Galaxy Apps Store, however, if you want custom timer apps there are plenty of options available. You can check out our article on the best Timer Apps for Samsung Galaxy Watch.
Install Timer (free)
16. Spirit Level Pro
The Galaxy Watch comes with a built-in accelerometer to track your movements. Spirit Level app uses it as a digital leveler. The app simply collects the sensor values and maps the air bubble on the scale. you can use it to check the alignment of your projects as it measures all three degrees of freedom which ensures your work surface is perfectly leveled. You can reset the values in the app to measure the level even if the surface is not even for the watch to lie flat.
Install Spirit Level Pro (free)
17. Map My Run
Map My Run is a particularly useful app when you workout outdoors. You can pre-plan your routes when going for a run. It uses the built-in GPS to track duration, distance, pace, speed, and heart rate. Your data is automatically synced to the companion app on the phone but you need not to carry the phone everywhere. It allows you to edit your workouts and view detailed information including maps and charts.
Install Map My Run (free)
Speedometer for the Galaxy Watch uses the inbuilt GPS of the watch to calculate the speed. You can use it to calculate your speed while, riding a bicycle, skateboard or a car. It gives you accurate results when you’re outdoors as GPS gets better reception there. It also saves the speed, duration, and distance of the journey if you select the option from the app.
Install Speedometer (free)
A calculator is the most important utility app of any smart device with a screen. Samsung official app takes care of your math problems and offers a basic calculator, you can use this app to quickly calculate the tip or split the bill between friends without having to take out your phone.
Install Calculator (free)
20. PPT Controller
A decent presentation and an excellent presentation only has a difference of a few things. PPT controller lets you control the presentation with the galaxy watch and offer various tools to help you with the presentation. You can start the slideshow, move forward and back, check the duration of the presentation, and use the cursor with the touchscreen. Additionally, you can use the bezel to control the flow of the presentation and set a time of interval for vibrational feedback. Connect the Watch with the computer using the Bluetooth and use it as a ppt controller.
Install PPT Controller (free)
21. LED Scroller
LED Scroller is a simple app which displays a text on your Watch in the old LED bulletin boards. It kind of reminds of the bands you get at concerts which sync to the theme of the party. You can simply enter a text, choose a color and tap Start. The app displays the text on your Watch and it stays on until you exit the app. You can rotate the bezels to adjust the speed and size of the text. It can be a great ice breaker during parties or work as your digital Name tag. It is free on the Galaxy Apps Store.
Install LED Scroller (free)
22. Here WeGo
This app helps you navigate with your Galaxy Watch using the Watch’s GPS and Here maps. The app can store the map of nearly 100 countries on the app and you can use it to navigate offline. Although the fully interactive features do require an internet connection but you can still get around with ease without ever having to take out your phone. The map is optimized for the watch and you can use your voice to pick a location.
Install Here WeGo (free)
23. Tic Tac Toe
Tic tac toe is a classical classroom game and an easy way to kill boredom. The app brings the digital version to the Galaxy Watch and the interface look fun. You can play in a 3×3 or 5×5 grid, either against the computer or another player. The computer has three difficulty modes which make it quite challenging. You can download it for free.
Install Tic Tac Toe (free)
24. Monster Vampire
It is one of the more popular games for the Galaxy Watch and uses the interface quite intuitively. The game is an arcade style game in which you stop the bats from escaping by blocking them with a strip which you can rotate around the screen with the bezel. This ingenious use of bezels and solid graphics sold this for me. It is free on the Galaxy app store and so much fun to play.
Check out: Best Games for Samsung Galaxy Watch
Install Monster Vampire (free)
25. Bezel Reflex
This is a game for the Galaxy watch which only uses the Bezel as the input controls. The objective of the game is to keep the ball bouncing on the paddle, the challenging part is that the ball keeps changing colors and it gets pretty exhilarating as the game moves forward. The game is available for free and you can download it from the Galaxy App store.
Install Bezel Reflex (free)
26. Face or Cross
I can never find coins on me whenever we need one to flip. I know the app might sound overkill but trust me it comes in handy. It doesn’t take much space and does what a coin does, gives you a 50/50 chance. Simply rotate the bezel to flip the coin, that’s all it does and it’s free.
Install Face or Cross (free)
Best Galaxy Watch Apps
Most of these apps are best in their category, those that are not the best still deserve a position because of their usability. Camera Control offers a wireless trigger with the preview option, Here WeGo maps offer offline maps, and ppt controller lets you seamlessly connect deliver your presentations. Tells us which app do you like the best in the comments down below.
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