The 10 Best Apple Watch Complications of 2020

Find new and helpful ways to use your smartwatch

Apple Watch complications are little bits of information from apps that appear on the watch face. Different watch faces, Apple Watch models, and versions of watchOS support various complications, and app developers build them based on individual specifications. These are some of the best, most interesting, and most creative complications available for the Apple Watch. 

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CARROT Weather

Carrot Weather Apple Watch complication
What We Like
  • A lot of choice and variety.

  • Complications show great detail.

What We Don't Like
  • It can be hard to find how to customize complications in the phone app.

CARROT Weather ($4.99) is a powerful and full-featured weather app. Along with temperature visualization, CARROT Weather offers many more options, sharing information about humidity, precipitation, wind speed, and much more. You get quick summaries of the current, 24-hour, and 7-day forecasts on the main screen. Simply tap a section to pull up more detail. Easily switch between locations with Force Touch.

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Bear for Apple Watch

bear notes Apple Watch complication screenshot
What We Like
  • Simple and playful.

What We Don't Like
  • Large complication spaces should show a note list.

Bear (free) may be a simple complication, but considering it's one of the best iOS (and Mac) notes apps, it's invaluable. With Bear for Apple Watch, create new notes with just your voice, append text to existing notes, and check off tasks in notes. Bear for Apple Watch works across all watch faces and integrates with Bear on the iPhone and Mac.

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MLB At Bat

MLB At Bat Apple Watch Complication
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 tool for following your favorite baseball team. It has been updated for Series 4 faces, providing scores and quick access to other game info.

MLB At Bat offers two subscription options: a yearly $19.99 recurring fee or a monthly fee of $2.99. New features and updates are frequently added.

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Citymapper Apple Watch complication
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 free app itself is there to get you from point A to point B, but the watch complication will provide quick, glanceable information without you having to pull your phone out.

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

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Better Day

Better Day Apple Watch complication
What We Like
  • Date complications on steroids.

What We Don't Like
  • Almost too many customization options.

Better Day ($1.99) does one thing and does it amazingly well: it provides a vast number of ways to see the day, date, month, and year. It has a complication for all watch faces and all sizes, and you can customize all of them to display what you want in the color you want.

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

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Spotify Apple Watch complication
What We Like
  • Finally, Apple Watch complications from Spotify.

What We Don't Like
  • Sometimes buggy and slow.

Spotify (offers free and paid plans) was relatively late to provide an Apple Watch app and complication, but its offering should be great news for Spotify users.

While it doesn't provide anything new or groundbreaking, if you're heavily invested in Spotify, the convenience of this complication may be all you're looking for.

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Fitiv Apple Watch complication
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 Pulse (free) is an excellent option. Its complications display high and low heart rates, even in small versions, which ultimately saves screen space.

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Dark Sky Weather

Dark Sky Apple Watch complication
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 Weather ($3.99) still deserves 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 fantastic 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.

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PCalc Apple Watch complication
What We Like
  • Very helpful for remembering long 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've computed 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.

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Things 3

Things Apple Watch complication
What We Like
  • App and complications updated quickly.

What We Don't Like
  • Would be helpful to see the number of remaining tasks.

Things 3 is arguably one of the best task apps, and its beautiful complications work on any watch face. It's focused more on task accomplishment than task management.

One minor bummer is that 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 checkmark) than displaying the number of remaining tasks.