Our new Oura Ring upgrade solves my biggest problem with the Apple Watch
There is a major reason why I wear both the Apple Watch and Oura Ring every single day. I’ve found that Oura Loop successfully complements Apple Watch health tracking with more advanced sleep and recovery metrics. Until now, though, there was no way to see Oura Ring data directly on the face of the Apple Watch.
When I documented the takeaways from wearing the Oura Ring for an entire year, I said “It would be nice to see an Oura app for the Apple Watch.” Just a few weeks later, Oura Ring and Apple announce (Opens in a new tab) That’s exactly it – the Oura Ring app for Apple Watch, plus an Apple Watch complication that displays Oura Ring data.
This means I’m able to view all three pillars of the Oura Ring experience (sleep, alertness, and activity) from an Apple Watch companion app. While the watch version of the Oura app doesn’t have all the features of the iOS Oura app on my iPhone, it does offer the highlights. Combined with the Apple Watch’s fitness, cycle tracking, and medication apps, I can now get a complete overview of my health on my smartwatch.
To this point, it’s the Oura complication for the Apple Watch that I’m most excited about. I can now see the scores generated by the Oura Ring on the watch face of my Apple Watch Series 8, without having to open the Oura app.
My Apple Watch face is the command center for all the tidbits of information I need to see at a glance. I use the modular watch face, which supports up to 7 complications. These complications can be native to the Apple Watch or available through third-party Apple Watch apps. Supporting the intricacies of third-party apps is also how I got my stride on the Apple Watch face.
The recovery data on the face of the Apple Watch is a game-changer
As much as I know how to use an Apple Watch, I’ve struggled with using it in a way that promotes recovery. While it’s great to close the rings of my Apple Watch, there are times when I need to take a day off. Whether you’ve had a particularly intense workout, missed a good night’s sleep, or maybe just been sick, recovery is important.
I use my Oura Ring Readiness Score to easily understand when I should take it. The last thing I want is an exercise-related injury, so it’s a good idea to have a fitness tracker that provides recovery guidance.
Now, with the new Oura Ring app and Apple Watch complications, I’ll be able to see my readiness score on my wrist. This will help me prioritize my energy levels and plan my activity for the day. So if you ask me, the upgrade makes both the Oura Ring and the Apple Watch even better health wearable devices.