Top 8 | Social Planning Apps for Apple Watch

If there’s one thing the Apple Watch is great for, it’s locational awareness and checking things at a glance. This makes it a very useful tool to have when it comes to planning things with friends and keeping in touch with people, even if it lacks the traditional text input of your average smartphone. The category of social planning apps is rather broad, meaning that you could paint just about any app with the same brush with just a small amount of justification. As such, we decided to spend a couple of weeks with the Apple Watch, using it to plan nights out and meals with friends in the city, so as to come up with our top picks for social planning apps that are actually useful. Again, these range in shape from those apps such as Yelp and Find Near Me that help you to find things to do in your city, to communication apps such as WeChat and Meetup, and of course navigation apps such as the recently released Google Maps update. Check out our picks below, then why not suggest your own in the comments section?

8. Find Near Me (Free)


As mentioned above, the Find Near Me app (for those that haven’t yet experienced it) is a little like TripAdvisor or Yelp in that it is designed to help you discover different places around you, whether you are exploring your own town or are perhaps on vacation in a different country. You can tap a button to sort these findable places by type, such as bank, bar, ATM, public toilets, etc. The whole locational thing is great because you can immediately see where something is compared to your current location, and the app even allows you to search for things using Siri – something that we haven’t seen nearly enough of on the Apple Watch so far. – Download from iTunes

7. WeChat (Free)


In terms of communication, one of the best options that we’ve found is WeChat. For anyone who has used this Asia-based app in the past for iPhone, you’ll know how easy it is to set up and use. The App allows you to make calls and exchange things like SMS messages without an added charge, no matter the country you are in – this is of course great if you’re traveling. The Apple Watch version is quite limited in comparison, but you can use voice to text in order to reply to messages when on the go, and of course stay up to date with your friends’ activities which can be very important for a social planning app. – Download from iTunes

6. Facebook (Free)


Facebook still has something of a strangehold over the messaging apps these days, given their purchasing of WhatsApp and of course the Facebook Messenger app itself. This is perhaps why most still stick with Facebook as their social media site of choice, despite privacy issues. The Facebook app for Apple Watch isn’t quite as functional as many would have liked, but it is an excellent way to keep up to date with your notifications and see them immediately at a glance.  – Download from iTunes

5. Yelp (Free)


Yelp is another nice app to pick if you’re looking for establishments around you, with a specific focus on doing things that seems to make it more of a social planning app than something like TripAdvisor. As you can see from the promo shot above, the menu for Yelp on the Apple Watch has been simplified somewhat, condensed into four different options: Restaurants, Bars, Coffee & Tea and Hot & New. This seems to be leaving out a lot of important stuff, but if you only use the app to go out and about with friends occasionally, then the current menu system is more than adequate. – Download from iTunes


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