You could conceivably use your new Apple Watch with nothing more than what ships in the box, but would you really be taking advantage of all its functionality? A comfortable, versatile strap, audiophile-quality earbuds and the best fitness apps available (yes — you can gift someone an app!) are all essential add-ons if you want to get the most out of your smartwatch. From a $3 sleep tracker application to the finest Hermès leather band, we’ve collected a smattering of the best items to kit out your new Apple Watch in 2019.
Urban Armor Gear Active Watch Strap
Your Apple Watch is an investment worth protecting, and if you’re planning on utilizing its features on your next adventure, isn’t it worth investing in a strap you can rely on? The Urban Armor Gear Active Watch Strap is built from high-strength nylon weave with custom stainless steel hardware and a hook-and-loop fastener, so it’s easily up to any task. The Active Strap is so strong and durable, it is now the official watch strap of Surfline.
1. Auto Sleep Tracker App
This app uses multiple data sources to create an accurate picture of your sleep cycle. It also works with or without your Apple Watch and gives you instant feedback each morning.
2. HeartWatch Heart and Activity
View your heart rate four different ways, including via a handy speedometer-style display and as a complication on your watch face. Alerts and data analysis round out the feature set.
3. Penom Case
Available in several colors and almost absurdly affordable, the Penom Case is made to precisely fit your Apple Watch while still allowing access to charging functions and buttons.
4. iBlason Case
If you need extra protection for your Apple Watch, the iBlason case is made of flexible thermoplastic polyurethane material for added shock resistance and features front-raised edges to protect the screen when placed face down. It also comes in a 4-pack of different colors.
5. Home+ 4 Smart Home App
If you use Apple’s HomeKit, this app is a must — it allows you to control all your HomeKit-enabled accessories from one place via automation and shortcuts available on your Apple Watch.
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6. Spiggen Rugged Armor Pro Case
Treat your Apple Watch the way some people do a G-Shock? Then this is the case for you. With an integrated, adjustable wristband and a matte finish with carbon fiber accents, the Rugged Armor Pro Case makes a tactical instrument out of your Apple Watch.
7. Simpeak 4-Port USB Charger
This clever charging station minimizes cable clutter and keeps cordage to a minimum. Place your Apple Watch charger within the station and charge your iPhone, iPad and watch simultaneously.
8. Elago Charging Station
Less than seven inches long and only three inches deep, this silicon charging charging station has a sleek, modern look and is available in multiple colors.
9. Barton Bands Sailcloth Strap
Available in nine colors, the Sailcloth Strap from Barton Brands features extra padding for comfort and durability and quick-release spring bars for easy strap changes. A simple, inexpensive way to personalize your Apple Watch.
10. Nike Sport Band for Apple Watch
Available in multiple sizes and colors, Nike’s high-performance rubber strap is an alternative to Apple’s own Sport Band that uses multiple perforations for enhanced breathability.
11. Native Union Belt Watch 4-ft. Charging Cable
A magnetic connector backed with non-slip silicone connects to a four-foot length of durable cable in the Belt Watch, an elegant charging solution backed by a two-year warranty.
12. Apple Milanese Loop Band
Based on a classic design from the world of mechanical watches, this Milanese-style band utilizes a magnetic enclosure to ensure a perfect fit, melding old-world charm and modern tech in a single elegant product.
13. Apple Music Subscription
With the ability to download and stream music directly to your Apple Watch when you’re away from your phone, Apple Music is a no-brainer. Never work out without your favorite tunes again.
14. Nike Training Club App
While the free version of Nike Training Club is chock full of useful fitness features, the premium version comes with special programs led by Nike Master Trainers and in-depth nutrition and wellness content.
15. Mophie 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad
If you’re an Apple devotee, this product from Mophie is the ideal wireless charging solution. It works with Qi technology to deliver 7.5W of power to your devices, fast, and holds your Apple Watch at an ideal angle for Nightstand Mode.
16. Apple AirPods
Voice-activated Siri access, wireless charging, automatic connection — designed for use with Apple products, there are simply no other wireless earbuds that integrates this seamlessly with the Apple Watch.
17. Jabra Elite Active 65 Headphones
Made for an active lifestyle but without over-ear clips, the Jabra Elite Active 65 headphones feature a 2-year warranty against sweat and dust and an integrated sensor for use with fitness tracking.
18. Powerbeats Pro Earbuds
Secure-fit earbuds with multiple tips hold the Powerbeats Pro in place during strenuous workouts, and nine hours of listening time means you’ll never have to worry about running out of juice in mid-set.
19. Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones
Bluetooth? Check. Built-in mic and controls? Check. Noise cancelling? Check. But best of all, these closed-back cans sound great and pack a 30-hour battery life on a full charge.
20. Hermès Apple Watch Band
If you’re looking to add some serious class to your Apple Watch, this band from Hermès should be on your radar. It’s fashioned from Barenia calfskin and is available in numerous designs, colors and leathers.
Twelve South TimePorter
The TimePorter holds your charging cable, extra watch band, USB charger and more in a neatly designed, silicone-lined case. Pop your charging disc into the integrated opening in TimePorter and drape Apple Watch across the top to charge. With your Apple Watch resting on TimePorter, open the case to the preferred angle and it transforms into a display stand, perfect for viewing notifications and the time.