Train to run 5K in 9 weeks with just your Apple Watch. No need to carry your phone.

Watch to 5K will help you gradually work up towards running 5K in just 9 weeks. The running plan is for absolute beginners. It involves 3 runs a week, with a day of rest in between, and a different schedule for each of the 9 weeks. By the end of the program, you will be able to run 5km in under 30 minutes.

• WatchTo5K runs independently without the need for your iPhone.
• Watch face complications are included allowing you to monitor your progress and quickly access the app.

• Sessions are stored in Apple Health and count towards your activity goals.
• WatchTo5K tracks your route, distance, calories, average speed and heart rate so you can easily track your progress.
• Full details of your workouts are visible in the Apple Activity app on your iPhone.

• Works alongside your preferred music player or podcast watch app, automatically 'dipping' the volumes so you can hear the instructions and updates on your progress.
• Signals the halfway point, so you know when to head home!
• Easy to follow countdown timer that uses sounds and haptics so you know how long you’ve got left of each run.

• Ability to repeat runs, allowing you to go at a pace that suits you.
• Track your progress and awards trophies.

• WatchTo5K is a one time purchase with no ongoing subscription or in-app purchases.

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Watch to 5K integrates with the Apple Health app to store your run activity.

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What’s New

Version 2.4

• Tweaked the the audio prompts to make them easier to hear.
• Complications have now been added so you can monitor your progress and launch the app from your watch face.

If you enjoy using Watch to 5K please leave a review in the AppStore, it helps others find us!

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

GladysChamberlain ,

Love this app!

I rarely write reviews for anything but had to for this app. I specifically wanted one to use on my Apple Watch so that I didn’t need to take my phone with me. This does that and more. It’s so simple to use and shows you a breakdown of the weeks ahead so you can see how your runs change over time and what to expect next time. I love that you can listen to and control your music from within the app. And I love the voice prompts that come through your headphones (if you’re using them) to tell you when to run, when to walk, when you’re halfway through (which is just fantastic) and when you’re done. If you don’t have headphones connected, there are nice little haptics to tell you when your time for each section is up and the screen has a little person showing you whether to walk or run. To top it off, at the end you get a breakdown of what you did on your run like how long you ran for etc. For the price, it’s so worth it. If you’re considering starting a couch to 5k, get this app.

wwwww.nattt ,

Brilliant App. No iPhone required. Back running again!

What a brilliant App. Wouldn’t be too much to say it transformed my fitness life!! I was suffering with an injury for a number of years and every time I went back to run I would get reinjured. That was until I used this Couch to 5k app. By using the app it enabled me to build the running up at a steady pace, build strength and avoid injury. I use it with my Apple Air Pods and love the way the app works with music playing in the background and also voice prompts to tell you what you need to do so you don’t have to look at your watch the whole time. You also don’t need your iPhone with you which is fantastic as if gives you a real sense of freedom to just run. The app has all the stats you would want from doing a run and motivates you to keep going. I really cannot recommend getting into running with this app enough. It made me feel great to be out exercising again.

gadgetgizzard ,


There is nothing not to love about this app. No need for iPhone, focus on running, simple instructions, clear indication of run/walk intervals, great voiceover via bluetooth headphones. It’s the perfect couch to 5K for people who just want the intervals, tracking, guidance and some music. If you want to be chased by zombies, or to pay subscription for different voices it’s probably not for you but it’s the zen, clean, focused choice for anyone looking to do C25K. After losing my fitness I tried many alternatives but found this app to be the one that gave me the least excuses, the least distraction and the best experience. Huge kudos to the developer for creating something really great.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I'm glad you are enjoying the app so much! Best of luck with the running.

App Privacy

The developer, Ben Callis, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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