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Exploring Third-Party Apple Watch Apps - Buckle and Band

Exploring Third-Party Apple Watch Apps

If you're a seasoned Apple Watch enthusiast, or a newcomer to the smartwatch scene, you'll certainly know by now that the journey doesn't finish with the Apple Watch itself. There are a whole plethora of third-party apps which can open up a world of more possibilities - transforming your Apple Watch experience. In this blog we'll go over some of the apps available.

Third Party Apps

A "Third-Party" app is an app that hasn't been developed or officially provided by Apple themselves, but instead by independent developers or companies other than Apple. These apps can be downloaded and installed on the Apple Watch (and iPhone etc) expanding the functionality beyond the pre-installed apps provided by apple (for example: the compass app or the calculator) Third party apps can cover a wide variety of functions and categories, including fitness, cooking, entertainment, productivity etc. These allow the user to tailor the Apple Watch experience to their own needs and preferences.

Elevate your Fitness Game

For anyone into fitness, there are endless possibilities for apps that can help you to enhance your workout routine. Whether you're more into weight lifting, dieting, running, swimming or sports activities there's an app for all of them, which extends beyond the built in features on the Apple Watch. Offering specialised workout routines which can focus on a specific area for improvement, nutrition tracking and dietary advise for those who are watching their dietary intakes, and realtime performance analysis and feedback including run tracking.

Apple Watch faces displaying the Strava fitness app

These features can drastically improve your workout and fitness routine because they extend beyond just a few words or number on a screen, they're actually tracking and analysing your movement and diet, making suggestions and providing analytics that help you to better understand what you're doing, and what you need to work on. This transforms your Apple Watch into your very own personalised fitness companion and even a personal trainer.

Stay Connected with Social Apps

Connectivity is at the heart of our modern society, be it via internet, social media or bluetooth, it's all around us and pretty hard to miss! Social media plays a large role in a lot of peoples lives these days and now your Apple Watch can help you stay in touch and stay connected to those who mean the most to you. Receive instant notifications and messages from your preferred social media platforms without having to pull our your iPhone. Whether it's Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (X) you can stay in the loop effortlessly whilst on the move.

Apple Watch displaying icons for Facebook, Instagram, Indeed and Twitter

Imagine being able to discreetly glance at your wrist to catch up with the latest social goings-on, you can also customise your notifications to ensure that you never miss a beat. From likes and comments, to direct messages, your Apple Watch keeps you informed in real-time, allowing you to respond promptly and stay engaged in all your social circles.

Your Own Personal Soundtrack

All your favourite tunes are available at your fingertips, or rather, on your wrist! With third-party music apps available for the Apple Watch, you'll never have to suffer in silence again! Whether you prefer a relaxing playlist for a flight or long drive, or an energetic mix for an intense workout, your Apple Watch makes all your favourite tracks just a tap away! Third party music apps available on the Apple Watch include:

  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Deezer
  • Shazam (not exactly a music player, but this app allows you to find out what a song is called, and who the artist is, simply by listening to a small excerpt from it!)

Apple Watches displaying the Spotify music app

Plenty of Podcasts

Stay informed, entertained and inspired with podcasts tailored for the Apple Watch Third Party podcasts apps can offer a diverse range of topics, subjects and genres, allowing you to catch up on all the latest episodes during your commute, long journeys or even just while waiting in line. Effortlessly navigate through the endless available podcasts and episodes, play, pause and adjust the volume all from your wrist. Whether you're into politics, comedy, true crime, music, news or interviews there's bound to be something that'll tickle your fancy and fill in those gaps in between destinations. Apps like Pocket Casts and Overcasts are great for keeping up to date with your favourite podcasts.


If you prefer more literary adventures, then audiobooks can be a good alternative, and provide a convenient way to immerse yourself in captivating stories. Explore a vast library of audiobooks with third party apps and seamlessly transition between books, chapters or control the playback with a simple touch on your Apple Watch display. Fans of fiction, non-fiction, science-fiction, biographies, auto-biographies and many many more genres will love this feature. Apps like Audible, BookPlayer and MP3 Audiobook Player are fan favourites for listening to audio books whilst on the move.

Apple watch Audible app displaying the user interface

With all those useful apps on your Apple watch, it's worth having a strap that matches your mood! If you're in the market for a stylish and reliable watch strap that'll last whilst you're rocking out to music or getting lost in a good audiobook or podcast, then why not check out Buckle and Band's wide range of luxury leather (and Vegan leather) Apple Watch straps?

Three shots of people wearing Apple Watches with Buckle and Band luxury leather watch straps

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