Five Apps to Make Your Apple Watch Less Boring
Not all complications are created equally. Here’s some apps that get complications right.
I have a love-hate relationship with Apple Watch complications. I love the concept and have tried dozens of apps hoping to find ones that will continue to provide me with fresh, interesting, and frequently updated content right at first glance on the screen. Truth is, most complications really aren’t that exciting, dynamic, or informative. Many apps may offer complications, sure. But the content they provide doesn’t refresh very often, or worse yet, they don’t display any content at all. They are simply a shortcut to open the app, leaving you with one or more steps before seeing your relevant data or info. I know that complications don’t generally refresh constantly anyways, but I would like more dynamic options and info available. It certainly has come a long way since complications were introduced, but I think more can be done. I believe this because there are some apps out there really getting it right. They offer useful and rich complications with valuable data and content right on your wrist. They make it robust without feeling cramped on a small screen. They make the watch, well, less boring and even fun to interact with again. Here’s some of those apps I’ve found.
There’s only so many complications you can fit at one time on the Apple Watch. As you can see, I like the modular complication, but at most you can only have two on the screen at a time. One workaround for experiencing more complication throughout the day is to create multiple watch faces side-by-side and then you can swipe your finger left to right on your Watch whenever you want to quickly switch different watch faces. It’s a great way to set up different sets of complications as needed the day (I switch from work-focused complications to home to workout to sleep). Quickly swiping back and forth is also a great way to force refresh all your complication’s data, too. UPDATE: I have noticed that they took this feature away in iOS 17 but my hope is they bring it back.