Whether you’ve recently spent your hard-earned money on an Apple Watch Series 4, or you’re rocking one of the older versions of the company’s smartwatch, it’s likely that you’re in the market for some nifty accessories to pair alongside it.
And like any gadget worth getting giddy about, there’s a mass of Apple Watch accessories out there to let you pimp your wrist wear to enviable levels.
So, whether you’re after on-the-go power, some fresh bands or simply a place for your wearable to live at night, there’s an add-on out there for you. But with so many to choose from, which should you plump for first? Well, read on below for our pick of the best Apple Watch accessories you can buy right now.
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Best Apple Watch docking stations
If you have an Apple Watch, that also means you have an iPhone. And since we’re not yet at the point where our smart companions can make it a past a couple of days without charging, it’s worth considering an docking station that helps you kill two birds with one stone.
Enter, Belkin’s PowerHouse. Unlike its counterparts, this charging dock nicely integrates both the Lightning charging cable and the Apple Watch’s charging puck, meaning you don’t have to faff around with your wires. However, be aware that this is still one of the most expensive entries in this crop, despite different versions of the two-in-one now being available for a couple of years.
Native Union DOCK Marble Edition
Again, this is nightly charging made easy. That’s what this slab of an Apple Watch dock offers. Doing away with unsightly cables and unnecessary elaboration, it hides the magnetic charging pad in a round, rotatable protrusion from its solid, square base.
As much as small-scale art installation as a charger, it boasts a design that will fit in with any contemporary home, with both black and white bits of rock available. Short on space on your nightstand? No worries, it can be positioned both upright or laying flat, each letting you make the most of your watch’s nightstand mode.
Nomad Charging Dock
A radically cheaper option than the pair above, and still offering a sleek design and the same functionality. Cables are virtually made invisible, and the aluminium look (available in both silver and grey) goes nicely with the standard version of the Watch and lamps you may have on a bedside table.
If you want to be able to keep your Apple Watch safe and charge it at the same time, then WatchKeeper ticks the right boxes. The stylish container comes in black or tan and is perfect for the wearable owner on the move: the MagSafe connector and charging cable fit neatly under the watch while it’s stored.
When you’re wearing your Apple Watch (which is likely most of the time), you can use the case to keep the cable and charger tidy. WatchKeeper has a protective leather finish with a steel unibody core that should keep your precious smartwatch safe from harm.
A bit of a novelty for this ultra-cheaper entry, but one that we expect long-time Apple fans will be on board with. That’s right, the Elago W3 is actually based on the design of an old school Macintosh, with the back opening up to allow your Apple Watch to sit in the screen gap.
There’s no fancy way to store the wire behind the display (just like the Mac itself), but this is certainly one that’ll be strong addition to your bedside table, along with the rest of your recharging gizmos.
Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock
We’ll throw this one in at the end here, since many of you will no doubt be interested by the lure of Apple’s official charging dock and Apple AirPlay remains in the wind.
The downside here, like with all of Apple’s products, is that it doesn’t come cheap. But, again, like with all of Apple’s products, it does have the simple elegance that could see you favour it over some of the third-party options listed above. Users can sit the Watch flat or on its side, meaning its also helps the device double up as an alarm clock.
Spiegen Tough Armor Case
Your Apple Watch is a beautiful bit of kit. The difficult part is keeping it that way, especially if you’re going mountain biking, rock climbing or just doing some DIY. This hard-wearing, ruggedised case means you can keep it strapped to your wrist, feeding you notifications and capturing your fitness data, without the worry of unsightly scuffs and scratches.
Crafted from TPU and polycarbonate, it will protect your watch from stray branches, accidental knocks and falls, all without interfering with your standard strap. Air Cushion Technology further helps big up the protection while keeping it relatively thin. Leaving all the Watch’s controls open and accessible, a 2mm lip further helps protect the screen from scratches.
TwelveSouth Action Sleeve
Not every entry is here to just solely keep your Apple Watch safe – some manage to double up and give you a bit more practicality, too. Take the TwelveSouth Actions sleeve, for example.
Maybe you’re on the punchbag in the gym, or maybe you just don’t like having something around your wrist when lifting weights due to knocks or arm tension; either way, this allows you to attach the Watch’s core to the upper arm belt in a similar way to how you would with a smartphone, and you can still check progress, pause your activity and mix up your music as normal.
Bucardo Pinstripe Pocket Watch for Apple Watch
Hipsters, rejoice. There’s another way to wear your Apple Watch and this one will make you look like you’re straight out of Bugsy Malone. Sliding into the band slots of your Apple Watch, this pocket watch case covers the screen with a flip-open metal lid.
With 38mm and 42mm Watch-friendly options available, though unfortunately no new variants for the 40mm and 42mm Series 4 casings, the engraved pocket watches come in a couple of silver and gold designs, each with a 15-inch colour-matched chains. It’s not perfect for runs, but you’ll be the most fashionable at the party, and that front cover means it should be protected from any bumps or scratches.
Catalyst Rescue Ranger
If you’ve not yet upgraded your Watch from the original or the Series 1, you’re going to want to make sure your device is waterproof. And that’s what this IP68 certified case is for.
The rough, tough, overside of Catalyst’s Rescue Ranger is a case and moulded strap in one, coming sturdy enough to withstand the biggest of drops. It’s not the cheapest case out there – not even close – but it’s also cheaper than the cost of upgrading to a later edition just for waterproofing.
i-Blason New Unity
Similar to Catalyst’s option above, the i-Blason New Unity comes as a protective piece and a strap in the same package. You won’t be getting the same kind of waterproofing, hence the cheaper price point, but this sporty option is available in six colours and the outer shell still gives you adequate protection against drops and bumps.
Pad & Quill Lowry Cuff
Picking the right Apple Watch strap is tricky business. With a style that can take you from board meetings to the pub, though, this fat leather cuff offers something that will only look better with wear. Hewn from full-grain, vegetable-tanned leather, the luxurious Lowry Cuff is compatible with the 42mm and 44mm Apple Watch, and fits 125-215mm wrists.
Three colour options (tan, brown and black) help fit your personal style, with rugged, hand-finished stitching giving the strap a unique look. Finished with a metal buckle colour-matched to your watch, a suede underside ensures comfort all day long.
More for your Apple Watch
Various: Apple Watch Milanese
The official version Apple’s Milanese loop is mighty expensive, but luckily there’s plenty of shameless knock-offs out there for you to explore, instead.
Luckily, they don’t feel too different from the real thing, and they’re a mere fraction in cost. As we say, with many to choose from, and different sizes and colours available, we’ll direct you to the wide crop through the links below.
iGK Sport Band
Another impression of the official wares offered by Apple, iGK’s silicon bands are perfect for those who like to get sweaty with their Apple Watch – that’s why it’s handy being able to pick these up for less than a tenner. There are a bunch of colours available, and buying a few means you can leave one in your gym bag, so you’ll never have to suffer wearing a Milanese loop on the treadmill.
No one knows better than you what your perfect Apple Watch strap is going to look like, so why not design your own? That’s exactly what Casetify lets you do: you can pick a photo from Instagram, Facebook or your computer to create your own strap through Casetify’s website or smartphone app.
You can also select from a variety of layouts once you have the image you want, or choose one of Casetify’s suggested strap designs if you find yourself stuck for inspiration. The ordering process lets you specify whether you’re getting a 38mm or a 42mm Apple Watch, or the new 40mm/44mm sizings, and free shipping is available.
Apple may have installed an electrocardiogram sensor in the Watch Series 4, but owners of older versions of the smartwatch have been left hanging. But now with KardiaBand.
This accessory contains an ECG sensor that detects electrical activity produced by the heartbeat – the same medical-grade technology that’s used by hospitals all around the world. It can even detect abnormal heart rhythms and conditions like atrial fibrillation, coming in variants for both of the pre-Series 4 sizings.
Best Apple Watch screen and case protectors
Ultimate Shield Screen Protector
A screen this easy on the eye deserves to be protected, and done so without detracting from its overall look. That’s where this slim-yet-sturdy screen protector comes in. At just 0.2mm thick, you’ll barely notice the military-grade protective film is there at all.
Until it saves you gouging a cavernous scratch in your watch’s display, that is. With no image-diminishing matt effect, the ultra-clear, self-healing screen saver can fit around all straps and cases, with protectors having been cut to size for both the 38mm and 42mm watches, and even the new sizes for the Series 4.
One made specifically for the Series 4, this rubber option from Honejeen gives you complete protection from any knocks and bumps, whether you’re rocking the 40mm or 44mm variation of the smartwatch.
We’ll admit it’s not the prettiest case out there to protect your case and screen with, but there’s precious few options out there at the moment, and the budget price tag makes this one a no brainer consideration.
£11.99 | Amazon
Want to keep your Apple Watch looking just the way it did when you first opened the box? The super-clear Luvvitt Clarity case might be the protective cover for you.
This transparent jacket is made of soft, flexible material to absorb the shocks and protect the brushed steel edging of your device from getting scratched and chipped as you slump to the tarmac at the end of your street, forgetting that buying a smartwatch alone isn’t going to make you fit. As a bonus, it comes with screen protector bundled in, great for preventing those eye-catching scratches.
Unfortunately, while this does come in both 38mm and 42mm variations, there’s nothing for Series 4 users just yet.
If you’re not necessarily looking for an adhesive or a flexible cover, but still want something to go over your screen, Monoy’s plastic alternative gives you an added level of protection for your Apple Watch screen.
Unlike other options, the tight fit here means that you won’t see any moisture creep in around the screen when exercising, and it easily snaps on and off for when you want a break from having this number wrapped around the case.
Monoy also has options for you to explore if you’re a Series 4 owner.
£7.99 | Amazon
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