The Best Apple Watch Complications of 2023

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 their complications based on individual specifications. Here are some of the best, most interesting, and most creative complications available for Apple Watch today. 

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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 Watch app for iPhone.

CARROT Weather is a powerful, full-featured weather app. Along with temperature visualization, CARROT Weather provides information about humidity, precipitation, wind speed, and much more. You get quick summaries of the current, 24-hour, and seven-day forecasts on the main screen. Simply select a section to pull up details. Easily switch between locations with Force Touch.

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MLB At Bat

MLB At Bat Apple Watch Complication
What We Like
  • Starting with Apple Watch Series 4, full box scores.

What We Don't Like
  • Sometimes unresponsive.

The MLB At Bat complication is a premier tool for following your favorite baseball team. The app's developers keep up with teams' updated branding (colors, etc.) and provide scores and quick access to game information.

MLB At Bat offers two subscription options: a recurring yearly fee or a recurring monthly fee. 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 the Citymapper app’s helpful complications. The free app is there to get you from point A to point B, but the Apple Watch complication provides information at a glance without you having to pull your iPhone out.

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

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

  • Download Spotify playlists, podcasts, and albums to your Watch.

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

  • Requires watchOS 4.0 or later.

Spotify (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.

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

Spotify offers an excellent level of control from your Apple Watch. If you're a Spotify Premium user, download playlists, albums, and podcasts directly to your Watch and enjoy them on the go without dragging along your iPhone. All Spotify users can use their Apple Watch to control Spotify playback on wireless speakers or TVs.

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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 macOS) 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 for iPhone and Mac.

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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 Watch provides, FITIV Pulse GPS Cardio Tracker (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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PCalc Apple Watch complication
What We Like
  • Helpful for remembering long numbers.

What We Don't Like
  • Having a number remain on the display seems like a waste of space for the large complication.

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

After you've computed a problem on the calculator, it automatically shows the answer in the complication after the app has closed and you've moved on to something else — handy for the quick-paced, forgetful type.

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Things 3

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

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

Things 3 is arguably one of the best task apps, and its beautiful complications work on any watch face. It focuses 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 that it was more interested in branding (always showing a checkmark) than displaying the number of remaining tasks.

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