Couch Potatoes Assemble: the Five Best Video Apps for Smartwatches

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The internet has revolutionised all of our lives by giving us the streaming video. Now most people don’t go through a day without watching some kind of video on the web, and the smartwatch looks set to bring videos even closer.

What are video apps for smartwatch?

Internet videos used to be scratchy, low res and takes hours to stream, but now they’re with you in seconds providing you with all sorts of great content and entertainment.

Now the smartwatch isn’t ideally designed for you to watch videos on (small screen, no audio etc.) and so there is a lack of video watching apps currently available, and most of the apps available now are video messaging or camera access apps. Here we’ll take a look at what’s out right now.

Remember that these apps are for smartwatches only, and as such they have to be downloaded from the specific smartwatch app stores that go along with their operating systems.

The best, five video apps for your smartwatch

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Users of Snapchat will know what to expect of Glide. Basically, it’s a one way video chat service. Users can send and receive short video messages, which can then be watched and responded to on the Apple Watch.Available for the Apple Watch from the Apple Watch app store.Purchase through App Store


Samba is a reaction based video app for smart phones. Someone sends you a video and you film your reaction to watching it. While the full app isn’t available on smartwatches (yet), there is a preview version for smartwatches which will give you a tiny taste of the video that is waiting for you on your phone.Available for Android smartwatches from the Android Wear store.N/A


This app is a cross between a camera app and a video app. It allows you to watch the video from your phone live on your smartwatch. This has practical uses, like being used as a baby monitor, it also has less practical uses, like watching your pets do when you’re out of the room.Available for the Sony SmartWatch 2 from the Android Wear app store.N/A
Skype Notifier

Skype Notifier

Probably the worlds most famous video calling technology brings a neat little notifier to your wrist. Now you can’t make any calls from the watch yet (remember the no camera thing) but it will let you know when your calls are coming in and you can take them on your smart phone.Available for the Sony SmartWatch 2 from the Android Wear app store.N/A
LookBehindLookBehindAnother camera accessing app, this app is similar to Watcher in that it allows you to watch the feed from your smart phone from your smartwatch. Check which interface you like the best before choosing which one you buy.Available for LG G watch, Samsung Gear and Moto 360 from Android Wear store.N/A

Frequently asked questions

Can I record videos on my smartwatch?

Not yet. No smartwatches available have a built in camera, but it’s probably only a matter of time before they get one.

Can I get a smartwatch instead of a phone?

Probably not. Most smartwatches are designed to be used as an accompaniment to smart phones and not instead of them. To get the most out of your smartwatch you’ll need to run it through a smart phone.

Can I watch movies and TV shows on the smartwatch?

Smartwatches aren’t really designed for extended use. They’re kind of designed to be used like a watch, more glanced at than stared at for long periods of time. But again, remember this is really the first generation of smartwatches, and as we go along you can expect a lot more features to come.

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