Best altimeter apps for Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch is already a fantastic fitness companion for running, cycling, hiking, and a plethora of other activities. Most fitness apps for the Apple Watch are great for giving you a ton of stats on your distance, pace, and other metrics; however, knowing your elevation isn't always included in those apps.

If you want the most accurate data for your altitude when you're out and about enjoying some fresh air, you're going to want a dedicated altimeter app. Here are our favorite altimeter apps for your Apple Watch.

NOTE: The Apple Watch Series 3 is the only Apple Watch that has a built-in Altimeter, meaning the older models require a connection to your iPhone to read elevation properly.

GPS Altitude Meter +

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Probably the most simple and straightforward approach to an altimeter app on the Apple Watch, GPS Altitude Meter + doesn't beat around the bush.

When you launch the app, you'll be shown your altitude in both meters and feet, so you don't have to change your settings for metric or imperial systems. Plus, you'll even get your location using the GPS on a little map, so you can see where you are as well.


If you're looking for a little more data, Altimeter+ gives you a little more bang for your buck.

Altimeter+ calculates the altitude of your current location via a GPS, Aster, or barometer measurement depending on which device you're using. If you're using an older Apple Watch, you'll need to bring your phone along with you to get the most accurate data.

The app also provides a map which shows peaks, a compass, and a distance grid which is integrated with for crowd-sourced data from all over the world.

My Altitude

My Altitude is a free app that allows you to see your altitude in both feet and meters and has a few other handy features.

For those who like a little science knowledge with their hikes, My Altitude also provides barometric pressure and water boiling point for you right on your wrist!

Which altimeter app do you use?

Let us know in the comment down below!

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 

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