The Top Five Ways to Communicate with a Smartwatch

Information verified correct on December 7th, 2016

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This is it people. These five smartwatch apps let us talk into our wrists, finalising our evolution from mere humans to Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers

Wrist worn communication, nearly every sci-fi/spy movie has it, we’ve always wanted it and now we can have it. Thanks to brands like Apple, Samsung and Microsoft, wrist worn communication is quickly becoming a reality for most smartwatch owners. And, though the kinks haven’t been entirely worked out, we’ve found a select few that would make James Bond jealous.

What are communication apps for smartwatch?

Since the advent of smartphones, we’ve relied less on the 'phone' feature and more on apps like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and Skype to communicate with our nearest and dearest (excluding Grandparents, who, bless their cotton socks, will take the landline to their grave). Sure, it would be great to have these apps ported to the smartwatch. But, many have tried and failed to nail the same experience on the wrist worn display. These five communications apps utilise the small screen in a number of innovative ways.


Best communication apps for your smartwatch

AppPriceCompatibilityDescriptionPurchase
DingbelDingbelFreeiOSWhile Dingbel is certainly the most annoying app on this list, it also takes the cake for being one of the most innovative forms of communication available for a smartwatch. The idea is super simple. Simply download Dingbel to your Apple Watch, add some friends and begin the ding. Say a co-worker has just asked you out for dinner and drinks, simply tap once on your watchface for 'yes' or tap twice for 'no'. And if you want to be a real pain, you can also ding anybody else in the vicinity with the same appBuy now
GlympseGlympseFreeiOS and Android WearOver a million Android users can’t be wrong. The popular location-sharing app has been refined for the smartwatch format. Glympse lets your friends and family keep tabs on you by allowing you to notify them on your whereabouts. This award winning app is capable of sharing this information with favourites stored in your contacts, Facebook friends, Twitter followers and Evernote contacts.Buy now
TLDRTL;DRFreeiOS and Android WearTL;DR (Internet slang for 'Too long; Didn’t read') aims to cut down the time you spend sending and reading emails. And now, TL;DR does this conveniently from your Apple Watch. From the smartwatch version of TL;DR, you can filter out unnecessary notification, handover longer emails to your smartphone and even reply to emails from your Apple Watch using quick messages, like 'I’ll get back to you' and 'I’m on it'. The TL;DR app is the perfect way to burn through that those hefty email backlogs in no time at all.Buy now
ZelloZelloFreeAndroid Wear (iOS TBA)Zello is one of the first apps to tackle that classic Dick Tracy flair by allowing voice communication through the Apple Watch. While others have attempted this using short rallies of audio clips, Zello aims to introduce real-time chat  by connecting to your phone’s cellular network. Though the APK for this futuristic app is already available for Android Wear, the Zello team are currently hard at work on a version built specifically for Apple Watch.Buy now
YoYoFreeiOS and Android WearWhat makes Yo the most efficient and suitable app for smartwatches is that it combines many of the features we’ve already discussed in one fun and user-friendly app. It’s everything you need from a communication app stripped down to suit the watch face. Tap a contact’s name once to send a 'Yo' or tap twice to send them your location. In addition to this straight-forward form of communication, Yo also lets you receive short snippets of news from your favourite websites at a glance. Where most communication apps serve one or two features, Yo is aiming to be your primary app of use in the smartwatch domain.Buy now

Frequently asked questions

I fear that talking into my smartwatch might make me look crazy, are there any other ways to communicate with a smartwatch?

Yes, you can send messages and notifications or even you a pair of wireless headphones for music and phone calls.

There doesn’t seem to be many smartwatch apps for communication, why is that?

As you could imagine, nailing communication on such a small screen is no easy task. Brands like Microsoft have tried valiantly to bring classic text messaging to wearable domain. However, more often than not, the result is an impractical and awkward app that doesn’t justify leaving your phone in your pocket.

I’m considering buying a smartwatch, but I won’t be using it for communication. What other uses do smartwatch apps offer?

Here at finder.com.au. we’ve reviewed smartwatch apps from just about every category you could think of. Check out our reviews for entertainment apps, finance apps and education apps (just to name a few).

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