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Best accessories for Apple Watch


These are the best accessories you can buy for Apple Watch, including screen protectors, charging stands, wireless earbuds, and more.
Make Apple Watch even greater.
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Got a new Apple Watch? The spending doesn’t stop there. It’s time to pick up some awesome Apple Watch accessories that will make using your device even better.

You’ll want a charging stand to enjoy Nightstand mode (and maybe even StandBy on your iPhone), a portable battery for top-ups on the go, a screen protector to keep your display free from scratches, and more. We rounded up the best options for you, so all you have to do is grab your wallet.

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Choosing the best Apple Watch accessories

Picking a sweet new band is a great way to customize your Apple Watch, but you’ll probably want some protection as well — not to mention an upgraded charging experience.

And what about when you go traveling? You’re not going to stuff spare bands and accessories into your pockets. You’ll want a sweet travel case that shows you’re a civilized member of society.

Find all these things — plus armbands, earbuds and everything else you might need to go with your Apple Watch — right here.

Best Apple Watch 9 accessories: Table of contents

Best screen protector for Apple Watch Series 9

The JZK tempered glass is the best screen protector for Apple Watch Series 9. It wraps around the sides of your device to ensure there are no gaps.
Screen protection with no gaps.
Photo: JZK

You probably won’t be surprised to find that a display you wear on your wrist all day gets scratched easily. Keep your Apple Watch in pristine condition with this two-pack of tempered-glass screen protectors from JZK. They wrap around the edges of your Apple Watch to ensure a snug fit that’s free from gaps, and they’re a bargain at less than $7.

Buy from: Amazon

Best all-in-one Apple Watch charging stand

Belkin's 3-in-1 MagSafe Charging stand is the best charging dock for Apple Watch Series 9. It charges iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously.
Top up all your Apple devices with just one charger.
Photo: Belkin

Belkin’s 3-in-1 MagSafe Charging Stand supports Apple Watch, iPhone and AirPods, with 33% faster charging for Apple Watch Series 7 and later. Its sleek and stylish design makes it a real beauty. And, unlike a lot of charging stands, it ships with the power adapter you’ll need to use it. Priced at just under $150, it’s not cheap. But it combines form and function beautifully.

Buy from: Belkin or Amazon

Best dedicated Apple Watch charging stand

The Twelve South Forté is the best dedicated charging stand for Apple Watch. Made from chrome and leather, it looks absolutely gorgeous.
You won’t find a prettier Apple Watch stand.
Photo: Twelve South

If you only have so much space and you want your Apple Watch charging stand to serve Apple Watch only, we highly recommend the Twelve South Forté for Apple Watch. It’s even more exquisite than Belkin’s offering, combining shiny chrome and soft leather for a gorgeous finish. The Forté is compatible will all Apple Watch bands, and it works great with Nightstand mode. It also costs less than $60.

Buy from: Twelve South or Amazon

Best budget Apple Watch charging stand

Elago's W2 dock is the best budget charger for Apple Watch. Made entirely from silicone, it's strong, simple, and affordable.
Small, affordable and virtually unbreakable.
Photo: Elago

Looking to spend less on an Apple Watch charger? Get the simple W2 Charger from Elago. It works with your original Apple Watch charging cable and it’s made entirely out of silicone, so it’s virtually unbreakable. Its compact design means it won’t get in your way, and it holds your Apple Watch horizontally so you get a great view of Nightstand mode. It’s also a steal at less than $10.

Buy from: Amazon or the Cult of Mac Store

Best wireless earbuds for Apple Watch

AirPods Pro are the best wireless earbuds for Apple Watch, with excellent sound quality and seamless connectivity.
Get yours on Amazon to save $50.
Photo: Apple

You may want to leave your iPhone at home while you’re working out, which means you’ll need some wireless earbuds that play nicely with Apple Watch itself. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that AirPods Pro offer the best experience, with seamless connectivity, stellar sound quality, and nifty features like active noise cancellation and transparency mode.

Get your second-generation AirPods Pro on Amazon today and enjoy $50 off when you pick the ones that use a Lightning charging case, which currently go for less than $200. The newer model, which comes with a USB-C charging case and adds a couple of extra features, retails for $249.

Buy from: Amazon (with Lightning case), Apple (USB-C case) or Best Buy (USB-C case)

Best armband for Apple Watch

TwelveSouth's ActionSleeve is the best armband for Apple Watch.
Don’t like wearing a watch during workouts? Put Apple Watch on your arm.
Photo: Twelve South

If you prefer not to strap your Apple Watch on your wrist during workouts, why not move it to your bicep? Twelve South’s ActionSleeve is a fabric band that lets you wear yours on your arm instead. It surrounds your device to keep it protected so you won’t suffer shattered screens when you inevitably fall over. And it keeps the Apple Watch close to your skin, so its sensors can still work their magic. Get yours for less than $40.

Buy from: Twelve South

Best portable battery for Apple Watch

Vacoor's portable battery is the best for Apple Watch Series 9. It packs enough power to charge Apple Watch 2-3 times.
Small enough to slip into your pocket, big enough to charge Apple Watch two or three times.
Photo: Vacoor

For charging Apple Watch on the go, pick up this portable battery from Vacoor. It’s small enough to carry around with your keys, yet deceptively powerful, thanks to a 1,000mAh capacity that can charge your Apple Watch to 100% two to three times before it needs a top-up. Its rounded design means it fits comfortably in your pocket, and it costs only $19.99.

Buy from: Amazon

Best travel case for Apple Watch accessories

Tiesome's Apple Watch accessory case is the best travel case for Apple Watch Series 9. It carries up to eight bands and your Apple Watch charger.
Take your favorite Apple Watch accessories with you wherever you go.
Photo: Tiesome

Once you’ve splashed your cash on Apple Watch bands and accessories, you might want a travel case to carry them all around in. This simple yet effective solution from Tiesome holds up to eight bands, and includes a pocket for your charging cable. You can zip it up to keep everything free from dust and moisture, and it costs less than $9.

Buy from: Amazon


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