Ever wanted to browse the internet on your Apple Watch? There is an app called µNavigator ($ 0.99) which lets you do just that, so if your phone is dead or you’re at the gym without it, your Apple Watch can still help you find things on the web.
Even if you’re not looking for a serious use case, why not have some fun and try something new? This is what led us to µBrowser (pronounced Micro Browser) in the first place.
It’s a fun little browser that works quite well on the Apple Watch. You can somehow already access Apple Watch webpages through Siri’s search results, but that experience leaves a lot to be desired: you can’t change URLs, and you’re at the mercy of Siri’s ability to understand your query and show you relevant results, but µBrowser gives you more control than that.
How µBrowser works on your Apple Watch
µBrowser is optimized for Apple Watch Series 7, so you can use the built-in keyboard to enter website names. On older Apple Watch models, you’ll have to rely on the handwriting keyboard, dictation, or favorite links. The fastest way to open various websites, however, is µBrowser’s iPhone companion app which allows you to tag your favorite URLs and access them on the Apple Watch app.
You will not want to use µBrowser on your Apple Watch to replace your iPhone’s Safari or Google Chrome browsers, corn µNavigator Is it that open websites like Lifehacker.com with no problem, and it lets you read long articles like this on the best Chrome extensions of 2021. The font size is a bit small, but it is large enough for the screen size of the Apple Watch.
µBrowser has some limitations on watchOS
Unfortunately, µBrowser should display a “Login” prompt every time you load a website. Even if you don’t sign in to anything, you’ll have to keep pressing Continue to access the websites. The app description mentions that the app is using watchOS authentication flow, which forces this dialogue to you. During the initial setup, you’ll see a page stating that this limitation will be removed whenever Apple allows the developer to do so.
It’s not the typical browsing experience at all, but it works. For just a dollar it may be worth it lucky he comes useful someday. And sometimes it’s just nice to find new things you can do on your Apple Watch.