The 10 Best Apple Watch Complications of 2019

Find new and helpful ways to use your smartwatch

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Apple Watch complications are little bits of information from apps that appear on the watch face. Different watch faces, as well as different Apple Watch models, support different size complications, which app developers have to build specifically for. 

These are some of the best, most interesting, and more creative complications available for Apple Watch. 

Carrot Weather: Great and Diverse Weather Complications

Apple 

What We Like

  • A lot of choice and variety.

  • Great detail shown in complications.

What We Don't Like

  • It can be hard to find how to customize complications in Carrot phone app.

Carrot Weather isn’t just another weather app, and it doesn’t just provide temperature complications. While you can get the same temperature visualization, Carrot Weather offers many more options to see everything you wanted to about the weather, including humidity, precipitation, wind speed, and more.

Bear Notes: Simple Note Taking

Apple

What We Like

  • Simple and playful.

What We Don't Like

  • Large complication spaces should show note list.

Bear Notes may be a a simple complication, but considering its one of the best iOS (and Mac) notes apps, it's an invaluable complication. Bear Notes links to its watch app which will let you quickly record a voice note or view existing notes.

The Bear complications work across all watch faces, though there is not yet an option for the larger spots on Series 4 watches.

MLB At Bat: All Baseball All the Time

Apple 

What We Like

  • Full box score on Series 4 watches.

What We Don't Like

  • Sometimes unresponsive.

MLB’s At Bat complication is set up to be a premier complication for following your favorite baseball team. It has been updated for Series 4 faces, providing scores and quick access to other game info.

The complications, available across various size spots on the different faces, are nearly perfect — when they work. Your mileage may vary on actual use, but in practice, it's typically slow or unresponsive. It's a shame, because when it does work as advertised, it’s top notch and exactly what fans want.

Citymapper: See Where-To Next

Apple 

What We Like

  • Simple and useful information displayed on complications.

What We Don't Like

  • Could be expanded to show even more on various complication sizes.

Commuters and weekend travelers alike can rejoice about Citymapper’s helpful complications. The app itself is there to get you from point A to point B, but the watch complication will provide quick, glanceable information without having to pull your phone out.

The complication works across various watch face size spots and is delightful, regardless of the size used.

Better Day: Hands-Down Best Way Date Complications

Better Day

What We Like

  • Date complications on steroids.

What We Don't Like

  • Almost too many customization options.

Better Day does one thing and does it amazingly well; it provides a vast number of ways to see the day, date, month, and year. Not only does it provide a complication for all watch faces and all sizes, but you can customize all of them to show exactly what you want, in the color you want.

A complication just to show the date may seem a little unnecessary, but Better Day has proved to be incredibly useful. It also adds fun flair like the ability to see the year as a progress bar moving towards the end.

Spotify: Spotify Music Complications are Here

Apple

What We Like

  • Finally Apple Watch complications from Spotify.

What We Don't Like

  • Sometimes buggy and slow.

Spotify held out on providing an Apple Watch app and complication, but its now officially available and supports all complication sizes on different Apple Watch models.

However, the first version of Spotify’s Apple Watch offering is more of a complication than app. It doesn’t provide any offline playback; just glanceable information and remote functionality, which is still pretty useful.

Fitiv: Heart Rate Tracking Expanded

Apple

What We Like

  • Great small size complications.

What We Don't Like

  • Can't display real-time heart rate info.

For those who want or need to track their heart rate in even more detail than Apple provides, Fitiv is a great option. Its complications display high and low heart rates, even in a small complication, which ultimately saves screen space.

Dark Sky: Real-Time Rain Complications

Apple 

What We Like

  • Visualizations in complications are helpful.

What We Don't Like

  • Could use more customization options.

Carrot Weather uses Dark Sky data, but Dark Sky still deserves a mention here because its real-time rain complication can show if and when it’s going to rain where you are. It's not only one of the best weather apps, but it has great Apple Watch complications.

It has options for nearly all complication sizes and can simplify information if all you want is to know whether it's going to rain or not.

PCalc: The Clever Calculator

Apple 

What We Like

  • Very helpful for remembering large numbers.

What We Don't Like

  • Having a number stay displayed seems like a waste of space for the large complication.

PCalc is a super Apple Watch app. It's a calculator on your wrist. What's even better is the clever complications available for it.

After you're done computing a problem in the calculator, it will automatically display the answer in the complication after the app has closed and you've moved on to something else. Very handy for the quick-paced, forgetful type.

Things: Turning To-Dos Into To-Dones

Apple

What We Like

  • App and complications updated quickly.

What We Don't Like

  • Could be more helpful displaying number of remaining tasks.

Things is arguably one of the best task apps and was quickly updated for Apple Watch Series 4 so its beautiful complications can be used on any watch face.

One minor bummer is the remaining tasks are displayed as a progress bar and don't show the actual number of tasks remaining. When asked about it, the developer explained it was more interested in branding (always showing a check mark) than showing the number of remaining tasks.