Pro Compass for Watch 4+

Compass with sun/moon and GPS

Craig Hunter

    • $1.99
  • Only on Apple Watch

Apple Watch Screenshots


Note: Compass sensor available on Series 5 only. All older models use gyro. If app doesn't appear on Watch after purchase, use App Store on the Watch to install.

The legendary iOS compass app is now available for your watch! Pro Compass replicates the look and feel of classic pocket compass hardware in use since the 1800s. The app uses advanced graphics technologies (normally reserved for games) to render 3D floating compass hardware for realistic operation.

Pro Compass offers true and magnetic compass modes using a damped rosette-style compass ring. Local sun and moon position are shown on the compass ring and continually updated. Pro Compass also displays location and altitude, with decimal and degree-minute-second formats. The app contains a built-in two-axis inclinometer that drives two independent bubble levels and a bullseye level. In addition to settings for compass mode and position format, you can choose to display altitude in meters or feet, and select a dark or light interface style.

While Pro Compass was developed for watches with a built-in compass sensor (known as a magnetometer), it functions on other watch models too, by using the device's gyro sensor to measure rotation. You can twist the watch's digital crown to adjust and calibrate the gyro to the sun position, moon position, or a known bearing. Using these references, the "gyro compass" is then able to give bearing. The calibration is easy, and can be repeated as often as desired to give accurate results.

Accuracy note: Pro Compass reports accuracy from the magnetometer sensor in your watch. To improve results, operate Pro Compass away from magnets, electronics, or sources of electro-magnetic interference, including car dashboards, aircraft cockpits, metal structures, and other devices.

Developer note: like all our apps, we plan to continually improve and evolve Pro Compass for Watch. Please contact us with feature requests, suggestions, and general feedback. We'd love to hear what you're doing with the app!

What’s New

Version 1.0.1

Improvements to graphics rendering for better performance and lower memory use.

Ratings and Reviews

2.8 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Kemosoft ,

It could be useful

It doesn’t seem to be using the watch gps and there’s no calibration option. You basically try to find one of the 4 directions and spin the crown until you set this direction as close as you think it’s right.
I guess it could be helpful if you get lost and you have nothing but the watch and you trying to move in a straight.
It be nice to have a lock button so that after you set the compass, it disables/lock the crown button so you don’t accidentally spin it.

Developer Response ,

If you have an older watch without a compass sensor, then only the device's gyro is used and you need to calibrate via the digital crown. To have automatic calibration you would need a Series 5 Watch or newer. Usage of GPS depends on the version of Watch you have. If an older Watch without internal GPS, it will use GPS from the synced iPhone. If you have a newer Watch with GPS then it will be used. Please contact us via if you need further assistance, and you can also view a couple usage videos on Youtube (linked from or search on youtube).

Satyricon jr ,

problem remains

I understand the Developer believes the Location Permissions is an ios issue, however this is the ONLY app in 10 years that does this. It is a characteristic of only this app. After a month of not changing ANY location permissions, this app is unallowed again. Am I the only person having this problem ???

works great when it works, however it continues to have a long standing problem of forgetting its location permissions. you go to use it, and it doesn’t know the location any more. just says “waiting for location”. you have to reallow it use your position, and know how to do that. can’t be done on watch, must be done on phone. the frustration of going to use it, just to find out it’s got amnesia again renders it useless. would be great if this were fixed. it is the only app I use that does this.

Developer Response ,

The app is not capable of granting or denying permission for location access -- that is happening as part of your iOS system settings on your iPhone, in Privacy > Location Services. This is not something we can address in the app because it happens upstream of the app, before it even launches. Note that this is an independent Watch app, and the location permission behaves differently for these types of apps. This is an issue you need to resolve on your iPhone, not on the Watch or in the Watch app.

thomasdmiller ,

Very cool, when you grok it.

Running successfully on Watch Series2. This is a gyrocompass. Each time you use it, you first initialize it to a reference direction. Then it uses the gyroscope capabilities of the watch to maintain that reference. Works for me well on hikes and on the bike. Bubble levels do their thing just fine, too, and add to accuracy when you respect them for a directional reading. Note that you load this software directly on watch using App Store watch app, not your phone. Read what developer is saying, I didn’t get it the first time. Worth a bit of focus.

App Privacy

The developer, Craig Hunter, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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