WorkOutDoors is the only workout app for the Apple Watch that displays a detailed vector map whilst you exercise. It's perfect for hiking, running, mountain biking, skiing, geocaching and much more.

The map is drawn using vectors, which means that it can be smoothly zoomed, panned or rotated, just like maps on the iPhone. The data comes from OpenStreetMap, which includes paths, tracks, cycle trails and much more.

Maps can be stored on the Watch for use when you don't have your iPhone or cannot get a data signal. And the price includes maps for the whole world. No further purchases or subscriptions are required!

WorkOutDoors is designed specifically for the Apple Watch. With most workout apps the Watch app is just an afterthought, but with WorkOutDoors the watch app is the main focus, with the iPhone app acting in support of it.

The iPhone provides detailed analysis of workouts; importing of GPX routes; and the ability to control the map areas that are stored on your Watch. You simply select the area of interest (or the route of interest) and the maps will be transferred to the watch for use wherever you are.

Workouts performed using the WorkOutDoors watch app can also be inspected on the iPhone by using Apple's Health app.

WorkOutDoors includes many useful features, such as:

- works even without an iPhone on watches with GPS;
- automatic map rotation according to your direction of motion;
- a breadcrumb trail of your route;
- the map can be panned with your finger, and zoomed with the digital crown;
- all trail types are shown, including paths, tracks, cycle trails, ski pistes etc;
- bold colors are used, to enhance visibility in sunlight;
- a circular scale appears when zooming in or out;
- shows a GPS signal strength indicator (tap to see accuracy in metres);
- the map can be shown without starting a workout;
- workout statistics can be shown in several sizes;
- live statistics include distance, time, heartrate, steps, elevation and many more;
- double tap the live stats to easily change which values are shown;
- GPX routes can be imported and displayed on the watch map;
- routes are coloured in varying shades of purple: red for uphill; blue for downhill;
- routes can be drawn 'hollow' to show underlying trails;
- route waypoints can be tapped for more details, such as written directions;
- speed, elevation and heartrate graphs can be shown at any time during the workout;
- shows a compass pointing north (which also acts as a button to control rotation);
- shows a "start compass" pointing to your start location;
- tap the "start compass" to see the distance back to the start;
- double tap the map to make it full screen (double tap again to restore the workout stats);
- tap a POI or a road name to enlarge it and see a description below the map;
- workouts can be exported as GPX files for use in other apps and websites;
- exported fields can be configured from elevation, heartrate, cadence and GPS accuracy;

If you own an Apple Watch and enjoy hiking, running, cycling, skiing, or any outdoor exercise where you may need a map, then WorkOutDoors is the app for you. Give it a go!

What's New

Version 2.2

URGENT: Please update to this version! The company providing the maps for previous versions is shutting down at the end of January, so they will cease to work properly.

This version has been updated to use maps from Mapbox instead, which come with several improvements:

The data is more concise, meaning faster download, transfer and drawing times;
The maps can now be zoomed out further to enable easier panning of long distances;
Buildings are shown in 3D when zoomed in far enough;

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Shaping up as the best activity tracker for Apple Watch


The main thing you need to know about this app is that the developer is fantastically responsive to user feedback, and as a result this is as feature-packed an activity tracker app as you’ll find for Apple Watch, and the first one I’ve found so far that accurately tracks cadence. The mapping feature has been useful when running unfamiliar trails - when following a preloaded GPX route it’s very clear from a quick glimpse at the wrist when you’ve wandered off the path. While I’ve noticed and reported a couple of minor glitches in this new version, the developer’s commitment to supporting his users makes this very much a 5-star app.

Great for directionally challenged

ST weatherman

I have used this app and find it great for going on hikes in the woods as you can always see which direction is the place we started. I’ve also use this in Atlanta city and walking around the city and making sure that I can get back to where I need to get back to you. I highly recommend this app. I have not had any technical issues with it and have going on long walks up to about 5 miles and hikes for over 8 miles and and did not have any problems. The developer is very responsive to emails.

Finally, a serious fitness app for Apple Watch!


I almost gave up on my Apple Watch as an outdoor fitness tracker, until finding WorkOutDoors. Now I can get detailed stats and an amazing live map while hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking. The screen is easy to read and the map is incredibly clear. The ability to track back to the starting point is greatly appreciated. The app is surprisingly stable given how new it is. I look forward to future tweaks and additions, and anything else the developers release.


Ian Muriss
7.3 MB
Health & Fitness
Requires iOS 10.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
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