Best third-party Apple Watch complications in 2022

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With third-party complications, you can customize your Apple Watch in countless ways. With custom complications, for example, you can view upcoming flights or hotels, your next pill dosage, whether it's going to rain in a half-hour, how long you've been working out, and much more from your display. 

There are hundreds (perhaps thousands) of third-party complications you can install on your Apple Watch. Here are our favorites. 

Things 3

One of the most popular apps for iPhone, Things is an organizational app that work syncs across multiple Apple devices, including Apple Watch. With Things, you can easily make lists, build projects, set reminders, and more. 

Specifically on Apple Watch, you can use Things to get notifications about your daily tasks and check off items on your list. You can also create new to-dos from the Watch face with ease. 

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Things 3

When you need to keep track of important reminders and tasks, you can't do better than Things. 

Download from: App Store (opens in new tab)

Calendar by Fantastical

Not only is Fantastical an excellent calendar app for your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, it also supports your Apple Watch. While the watch app gives you a quick rundown of everything on your calendar for the next few days and lets you add new events with your voice, the Fantastical complication displays your next (or current) appointment, along with either a time frame or an "UNTIL" indicator letting you know when your meeting's ending. It also supports Time Travel, letting you fast forward through the day's events.

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Calendar by Fantastical 

Use Fantastical to take your calendar planning to brilliant new levels. 

Download from: App Store (opens in new tab)

CARROT Weather

For a snarky take on today's weather, you can't go wrong with Carrot. One of the most popular weather apps on the App Store, Carrot doesn't come cheap, however. To get Carrot Weather complications on your Apple Watch, you'll need to purchase a premium plan, which is currently $4.99 per month or $19.99 per year. 

Carrot Weather provides numerous complications that vary by the Apple Watch face. These complications can list the weather in icon form, what the temperature feels like, the highs and lows of the day, and a quick notation on what the sky's doing—"cloudy later on," "rain in three minutes," and the like. 

You can download Carrot Weather for free. The freebie version will work on iPhone. Use an in-app purchase to upgrade your membership. 

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CARROT Weather

Can you deal with Carrot's snarky weather forecasts? It's time to find out. 

Download from: App Store (opens in new tab)

Streaks

Streaks is an app for tracking consecutive tasks—whether it's walking the dog, doing yoga, standing for a certain amount of the day, or more. (It even integrates with the Apple Watch and the Health app to track certain tasks automatically.)

The app's complication is one of the simplest I've seen—it's only available in small size and displays as a series of light and dark dots—but it's surprisingly useful. White dots mean you've completed your task for the day; gray dots nag you to finish on up. If you like motivating complications, Streaks might just be your ticket to greatness.

Streaks is currently priced at $4.99 on the App Store. It's available for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac. 

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Streaks

There's no time like the present. Begin something new today, then repeat it tomorrow, and so forth. You'll be happy you did. 

Download from: App Store (opens in new tab)

Citymapper

Need to catch a train? Citymapper hooks into just about every transportation agency it can get its hands on to provide accurate data for your transit travels.

On the Apple Watch, you'll get a large complication that lets you know what train you should catch next, when it comes, and where you should board. A smaller complication shows your ETA.

Citymapper is free and offers in-app purchases. 

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Citymapper

Stay on your path with this impressive travel app. 

Download from: App Store (opens in new tab)

Water tracker Waterllama

There are countless water-tracking apps, but perhaps none as fun as Waterllama. Made in Ukraine, the freemium app goes a terrific job of reminding you when and how much to drink. It will also segment your daily intake by the kind of drink. It currently features more than 40 beverage types. Discover 45 cute animal characters, motivating challenges, and more along the way. It also tracks your daily caffeine intake. 

Waterllama works with Apple Health sync and includes two handy widgets for Apple Watch. There's even an iOS 16 Lock Screen widget. 

To unlock all of Waterllama's features, you'll need to make a one-time in-app purchase. 

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Water tracker Waterllama

Download from: App Store (opens in new tab)

App in the Air

Do you travel a lot? The App in the Air should be your best friend. The Apple Watch app will show you when you're boarding your next flight and give you any essential status changes relating to your flight. With the complication, you can get this information quickly with a flick of your wrist, including other details like various times to get somewhere. App in the Air also works with flights from relatives and friends if you need to pick them up.

Most of the App in the Air features are free. For $29.99 per year, you can add real-time flight status updates, automated check-in, and the option to subscribe family members to your trip status via SMS. Try premium for 14 days free.

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App in the Air

You'll always be on time when you're heading on a new adventure thanks to App in the Air. 

Download from: App Store (opens in new tab)

Lumy

If you're a photographer, you probably already know about Lumy. If not, add it to your iPhone (and Apple Watch) today. With Lumy, you always know when it's the best time to take outdoor photos, whether it be the golden or blue hour. 

Priced at $6.99, Lumy uses your current location (or any location you add) to present upcoming times. The app's Apple Watch complications offer numerous ways to see the times for first light, golden hour, sunrise, and last light. It also includes Moon phase information. In total, there are now nine Lumy Apple Watch complications. 

One purchase unlocks Lumy on other Apple devices, including iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.

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Lumy

What time is it? Perhaps it's time to take some terrific outdoor shots. 

Download from: App Store (opens in new tab)

Watchsmith

Offering a wide selection of highly customizable complications, the freemium Watchsmith is unique in that it's time-based. So, for example, you might want to see your Activity ring progress in a specific location on your Apple Watch each day between noon and 5 p.m., but sundown information between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. From there, you'd like to see more information about the weather, and so forth. 

Watchsmith supports Apple Health and offers various built-in tools and functions. These include a weather app, a workout app, a timezone converter, games, a calendar, and more. 

Most tools on Watchsmith are free. However, for $1.99 per month, you can unlock additional features, including tide data sources.

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Watchsmith

For something completely different, consider Watchsmith, like a Swiss Army knife for digital timekeeping. 

Download from: App Store (opens in new tab)

HeartWatch: Heart Rate Tracker

One of the most popular Apple Watch health apps on the planet, HeartWatch works with Apple Health and makes it better. On both iPhone and Apple Watch, you can view key heart rate metrics, detailed trend analyses, heart rate alerts, detailed ECG, and more. In total, the app now includes more than 30 health metrics. 

The HeartWatch Apple Watch complication makes it easy to find real-time information, including pulse, daily and sedentary heart rate, move time, and steps. 

Priced at $4.99, HeartWatch is a valuable tool; your heart will thank you for using it. 

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HeartWatch

Your Apple Watch collects a lot of information each day about your heart. Use this app to see how you're doing in real-time. 

Download from: App Store (opens in new tab)

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No doubt, there are a lot of Apple Watch complications floating around. If you want to use the best ones, select one or all of the ones above. Whether it's the beautifully designed Waterllama or health-focused HealthWatch, these apps serve fun and valuable purposes. They work on all the best Apple Watches using watchOS 9 and later.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.

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