The best apps to round out your Pixel Watch experience
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority
There’s a lot to like about Google’s first-ever smartwatch, but its third-party app support is where the device really takes off. Find out the best Google Pixel Watch apps to grab to make the most of your device.
The best Google Pixel Watch apps
Out of the box, the Google Pixel Watch is stacked with useful tools and apps. For starters, you’ll find thorough Fitbit integration for tracking activity and keeping an eye on health stats. You’ll also find the best of Google’s suite including Google Maps, Google Home, Google Assistant, and much more. In short, there is plenty onboard off the bat to get you started.
However, the best smartwatches also offer room to expand, and the Pixel Watch is no exception. With thousands of apps available through the Google Play Store, you can curate an app library to your needs for an ever more powerful wearable. Add your favorite music streaming service, or build a custom watch face. Download your preferred fitness app or add more tools for mindfulness. Below are our picks for the best Pixel Watch apps to round out your experience.
Price: Free / $1.99 per month / $19.99 per year
There are few safer conversation topics than the weather. Stay in the know with Accuweather by Accuweather.com. The app features everything from hourly and extended forecasts to radar and MinuteCast for timely updates. It also offers a user-friendly interface so you don’t have to be a meteorologist to find out what conditions to expect. Unfortunately, some users find the notification settings on this app frustrating and ads can be a bit pesky. However, if accurate weather information is what you are after, Accuweather is worth a download.
Price: Free / $7.99 per month / $59.99 per year
The world’s largest fitness social app for tracking exercise, Strava is one of the most popular apps for runners and cyclists. Log GPS-based workouts on your personal heatmap, compete in segments, connect with a global community, and much more. You can even post your workouts or send kudos to friends on the app when they complete a route. Strava offers a unique experience that can help users cover new ground on their fitness journey.
Price: Free with in-app purchases
One of the most popular apps for custom watch faces, Facer offers endless possibilities for personalizing your device. Shop thousands of premade options or create a watch face of your own using the platform’s web-based editor. The app is free to download, as are some of its most popular faces; however, others require an in-app purchase.
Price: Free /$14.99 per month / $69.99 per year
Calm is our pick for anyone looking to incorporate more mindfulness and meditation into their daily lives. The app boasts tons of content, including highly-rated meditation sessions. Tap into a 25-minute guided session to start your day, or squeeze in one of Calm’s three-minute sessions on the go. Calm also offers sleep content, music, and progress tracking. It does, however, come at a steep price. Calm is one of the most expensive apps on this list at $14.99 per month. Download the free version to see if the app is a good fit for you before committing.
Price: Free /$9.99 per month
Before we get ahead of ourselves, it’s worth noting that each Pixel Watch comes packaged with three free months of YouTube Music Premium access. However, if Spotify is your preferred music streaming service, it’s a no-brainer addition to your Pixel Watch. Spotify offers instant access to all your favorite artists as well as tailored playlist and tons of podcasts (and who doesn’t love their annual Spotify Wrapped?). Once downloaded, you can listen to music from your Pixel Watch by pairing Bluetooth headphones.
Linked directly to your Google Drive, Google Keep is the best note-taking app to add to your Pixel Watch. Despite the simplicity of such a simple task, the app pulls out all the stops, elevating your note-taking experience into an organized, efficient endeavor. Keep lists, color code notes, add collaborators, and much, much more. There’s a ton you can do with Google Keep to jot down anything you need to save, without ever putting pen to paper.
Price: Free / $19.99 per month / $79.99 per year
For the best calorie-counting app, in our opinion, MyFitnessPal does it all. Log foods, dig into macros, track exercise, and sync up all your fitness devices. MyFitnessPal offers a well-rounded diet and nutrition platform with all the tools your need to manage your weight. Most importantly, it keeps calorie-tracking in context, with a fitness focus that encourages users to stay active alongside healthy eating. It’s the best Pixel Watch app for a holistic approach.
Price: Free / One-time fee starting from $3.99
If you intend to take your Pixel Watch out on the trail, Komoot is a fantastic pick for hikers and cyclists. A user-generated navigation tool, Komoot features routes uploaded from athletes worldwide. Download offline maps for going off the grid and access all the stats you need for a successful (and safe) outdoor adventure. It’s a great pick for multiday trips and can even be used to generate routes based on your personal ability and preferred surfaces All this and more make it the best cycling app for Pixel Watch users.
That’s it for our list of the best Google Pixel Watch apps, but it’s only a fraction of what’s out there. We also want to give an honorable mention to the following products:
- FatFinger Scribble Calculator: For math you don’t want to do in your head, this calculator app is one of the few options for smartwatches that actually works well.
- Hole 19: One of our favorite golf apps, Hole 19 offers a digital scorecard, GPS rangefinder, and content for more than 40,000 courses to support your game. That’s not to say you won’t still end up in the sand, though.
To set up your Google Pixel Watch, download the companion app, the Google Pixel Watch app. From there you can also control settings, customize watch faces, and more.
The Google Pixel Watch is only compatible with Android phones. For an iOS-compatible smartwatch with robust third-party app support, we suggest the Apple Watch Series 8 or Apple Watch SE 2.
Yes. The Pixel Watch relies on Fitbit’s companion app for fitness tracking, sleep tracking, and collecting health stats. You will need a Fitbit account to use your Pixel Watch.