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;

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

116 Ratings

116 Ratings

Great Apple Watch app


I got a S3 Apple Watch recently and I like the basic functionalities provided by a few native apps but the main problem I have with the smart watches in general is I don’t find any other apps particularly useful on watch. I rarely find myself prefer to use the watch version of the app when I have the phone. I am very glad I found this app though since it actually provided added utility to the watch when i am outdoor either doing exercise or hiking. The transfer of map from iPhone to watch is especially cool since you don’t need the phone around to look at the map on the watch. It basically replaced my native watch exercise app whenever I am outdoor. I liked it so much that I gifted one to my wife so she had to try it out. I’m not 100% how much battery it uses compared to the native app but so far seems alright.

Great for running!


I just discovered this app via reddit and I wish I found it sooner. I'm training for a marathon and I like to plan my routes ahead of time. This app is perfect for my need. I imported a gpx file for a 11 mile run into the app on my apple watch and left my phone at home. The app showed me the route in bright color and I just followed along all the way till the end. It saved the run to the Apple workout app with the map of my run too. When the weather gets warmer it'll be a very useful app to go hiking with. One thing I wish the app has is voice guidance and if it could tell me the miles I've run. Hopefully these features will come in future releases. Oh and the developer was so quick to reply when I emailed with questions. I highly recommend this app.

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.


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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