6 Best Smartwatches for Kids

Three parents and their kiddos helped us test popular kids smartwatches. Here are the best.
Best overall
TickTalk 4 Kids Smartwatch
TickTalk 4
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.75
  • pro
    GPS tracking
  • pro
    Camera
  • con
    No games
Best for unlimited data
COSMO JrTrack 2
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.75
Budget pick
gabb watch
Gabb Watch 2
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Best for active play
Xplora X5 Play kids smartwatch
Xplora X5 Play
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
  • pro
    GPS tracking
  • pro
    Camera
  • pro
    Gamified activity tracker
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Best for Verizon customers

*$25 activation fee. Available for new lines and existing lines not in contract. Two-year contract required for free device.

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Parents, if you're in a kids-smartwatch-choosing pickle, it's time to relax and exit out of that overwhelming Amazon search page. We slogged through it for you to find the kids smartwatches worth your time. Then we tested top candidates' features to be absolutely, positively sure they work—from GPS tracking to voice calling to screen locking.

Our testers really liked the TickTalk 4, and we agree that it has some hard-to-find features (like voice-to-text) that both kids and parents love. But the Gabb Watch is coming in hot with easy setup, incredible deals (free watch, anyone?), and the cutest digital pet this side of 2020. 

And those aren't the only top kids smartwatches with unique features. Check 'em out below.

Gabb Wireless deals

🔥 Gabb's currently giving free and discounted devices to anyone who signs a 1- or 2-year service contract. 

Plus, use promo code SAFEWISE to get a FREE accessory (up to $20 value) per device.

Info current as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change. 


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Watch smartwatches at school

We like smartwatches to help keep kids and parents in touch, but your child's device might not be welcome in the classroom. Schools are concerned about distraction, privacy, and cheating.

Be sure to talk to your child's teacher or principal before sending them to school with a smartwatch. And you can help educators out—use parental controls (like "Do Not Disturb" on the TickTalk 4 or "School Mode" on COSMO)to shut down the device during class. 

Compare the best smartwatches for kids

Watch
Best for
Watch priceIcon Tooltip  Dark
Video calling
GPS tracking
Max. number of contacts
Compatible cell providers
Learn more
Best overall
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon Yes  LightYes
53Red Pocket,
T-Mobile, AT&T
Best for unlimited data
Icon No  LightNo
Icon Yes  LightYes
10COSMO Family Safe Network
Budget pick
Icon No  LightNo
Icon Yes  LightYes
25Gabb Wireless
Best for active play
Icon No  LightNo
Icon Yes  LightYes
50T-Mobile recommended
Best for Verizon customers
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon Yes  LightYes
10Verizon
Best for preschoolers
Icon No  LightNo
Icon No  LightNo
N/A

*Amazon.com price as of publish date. Read full disclaimer.

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Best kids smartwatches reviews

1. TickTalk 4: Overall best kids smartwatch

Best kids smartwatch overall
TickTalk 4 Kids Smartwatch
TickTalk 4
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.75
Price
$199.99
Suggested age
7–12
Max. battery life
72 hours
Waterproof
No

*Amazon.com price as of publish date. Read full disclaimer.

The TickTalk 4 keeps parental anxiety at bay with GPS tracking and an SOS button. And it caters to kids themselves by streaming music or stories through iHeart Radio Family. The main downside is its price tag: around $200.

pro
Pros
pro GPS tracking
pro Parental-controlled contact list
pro SOS button
pro Music or story streaming
pro Video calling
pro Voice to text
pro Direct-to-911 option
con
Cons
con Not compatible with Verizon or Sprint
con No games
con Expensive up-front price
con Some video calling setup snafus
con Bulky

Full of features for kids and parents alike

We love that the TickTalk 4 isn’t just a smartwatch for parents; it includes features that kids enjoy too. Your child can choose how to communicate, whether it’s through video calls, voice calls, voice messages, preset text messages, voice to text, emojis, GIFs, or photos. It’s just enough variety to allow them to explore some creative expression, but they won’t have access to a full keyboard.

Kids can also use the TickTalk 4’s camera to take pictures, selfies, or videos. Other features include a step counter, do not disturb/school mode, and a reminder list.

What our testers liked about the TickTalk4

Images: SafeWise

TickTalk 4 kid favorite features

We had to see if the TickTalk4 performed well in the real world before crowning it the best kids smartwatch. So, we asked a mom and her kids to put it through the ringer. 

As we expected, the kids loved playing music, making video calls, sending each other greeting cards, and engaging with all of the other kid-centric features of the watch. Mom, on the other hand, appreciated the safety side of things, like the closed communication network and listen-in function.

TickTalk4 featured image

Image: Rebecca Edwards, SafeWise

Our testers noted that it was difficult to set up TickTalk4 video-calling permissions with grandparents who lived across the country—the approval process required them to scan the watch's QR code. The 7-year-old's only complaint was the size of the watch—it's pretty bulky, even on an adult-sized wrist. 

Get all the details in our full TickTalk 4 Kids Smartwatch review.

2. COSMO JrTrack 2: Unlimited data

Best for unlimited data
Price
$69.99
Suggested age
5–12
Max. battery life
48 hours
Waterproof
No

Info current as of publish date.

The COSMO JrTrack 2 was designed by a father with the needs of both parents and kids in mind. It combines safety features with cool colors, comfortable straps, and the convenience of a full-size keyboard.

We like that it has all the features you need (GPS tracking, safe zones, SOS button, two-way talk) plus nice extras like a camera. Best of all, COSMO Membership plans are simple, straightforward, and affordable. 

pro
Pros
pro Safe zones and GPS tracking
pro 30-day money-back guarantee
pro SOS and 911 buttons
pro Easy setup
pro School mode
pro Full keyboard
pro Comfortable and colorful
con
Cons
con No video calling
con No games

Unlimited everything

With COSMO you get to talk, text, and share photos as much as you want—everything is unlimited. It's a huge relief to not worry about data limits when you need to stay in touch with your little ones.

COSMO Plans: Get unlimited 4G talk, text and data.

  • $19.99/mo. No contract, month-to-month
  • $16.99/mo. Pre-pay for 6-months, device insurance included
  • $14.99/mo. Pre-pay for 12 months, device insurance included.
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New COSMO JrTrack 2 SE

Just released! It's all the same core functionality but with a new Comfort-Fit velcro strap and some exciting feature updates that all JrTrack users (SE and non-SE) have access to—like ringtones, new backgrounds, an Optimized Calling over VOIP setting option (for any customers who may be in low coverage areas), and more.

Learn more on COSMO.

Colorful and comfy

Image: Rebecca Edwards, SafeWise

One thing COSMO stands out for is its fun colors and comfortable fit.  Kids get to pick from colors like orange and purple and my kid tester says COSMO is the most comfortable and lightweight watch she's tried for us. The strap is soft, and the fact you tuck in the end of the band makes it extra secure.

We also found setup to be a breeze. COSMO's private family-safe network makes it easy to get the JrTrack 2 up and running. We've struggled connecting other watches to networks like AT&T and Verizon, so we really appreciate COSMO's simple network activation.

COSMO deals

🔥 COSMO is currently offering 15% off any JrTrack kids smartwatch or wrist band for the holidays.

Use code: GIFT15

Info current as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

3. Gabb Watch 2: Best for budgets

Best for budgets
Price
$0–$149.99
Suggested age
5–12
Max. battery life
48 hours
Waterproof
No

Info current as of publish date.

The Gabb Watch 2 is an affordable and simple watch with no camera, but a digital pet helps motivate kids to stay active and complete chores. 

Plus, our testers said it was the easiest kids smartwatch to set up since it comes with its own SIM card.

pro
Pros
pro Geofencing and GPS tracking
pro Parent-controlled call list
pro SOS button
pro Easy setup
pro Gamified activity
pro Gabb Wireless SIM card included
pro Free device with 2-year contract
con
Cons
con No camera
con No video calling
con No 911 option

Basic features mean it's easy to use

The parents we talked to felt satisfied with the Gabb Watch's features: GPS tracking, safe zones, to-do lists and reminders, and easy text or voice communication.

There's no video calling, no 911 option, and no discreet audio check-ins, which help keep the price affordable and the battery chugging along. 

An awesome virtual pet—or six

A happy GabbGo T-Rex. Image: Kyle Lemmon, SafeWise

But the real highlight of the Gabb Watch is GabbGo—a clever way to motivate kids to do their chores and stay active. It's cute, simple, and a big hit with our group of testers.

Here's how it works: kids earn virtual coins by completing their to-do lists (which you delegate through the parent app) or reaching step goals. They can spend those coins to care for a virtual pet, teach it tricks, and add even more pets (including a T-Rex and a unicorn) to their menagerie. 

Gabb released three new pets with its latest software update, which helps keep the game fresh.  

Check out the details—including more of our test group's opinions and images—in our full Gabb Watch review. Or get all your questions answered on our Gabb Watch FAQ page.

4. Xplora X5 Play: Best for active fun

Best for active fun
Price
$149.99
Suggested age
5–12
Max. battery life
24 hours
Waterproof
Yes

*Amazon.com price as of publish date. Read full disclaimer.

Before the Gabb Watch came along, the Xplora X5 Play was the go-to if you wanted games and GPS tracking rolled into one slick kids smartwatch. And it still holds its own thanks to the sheer quantity of games available—all of which are designed to get your kid moving.

pro
Pros
pro Geofencing and GPS tracking
pro Parental-controlled contact list
pro SOS button
pro High-quality camera
pro Gamified activity tracking
pro Waterproof up to 3 feet
con
Cons
con No video calling
con SIM card not included
con Does not work with all cell providers

Fun features

With Xplora's Goplay platform, your child earns one coin for every 1,000 steps logged on the watch. Coins can be redeemed on the Goplay platform to play virtual games or purchase products.

Physical fitness aside, we think this is a great incentive for kids to wear this GPS-tracking watch at all times.

Selfie camera but no video calling

This smartwatch includes a 2MP selfie camera and stores around 1,000 photos and videos. We’re impressed by the video and audio quality. In fact, we expected video calling to be included in this smartwatch since it has such a nice camera. But that’s the major downside of the Xplora X5 Play; you can’t hop on a video call with your kid. 

Limited cell networks

The Xplora X5 works best with the T-mobile network and does not work with Verizon, Sprint, or U.S. Cellular. You’ll also need to purchase a SIM card separately.

Learn more in our full Xplora X5 Play review.

5. Verizon GizmoWatch Disney Edition: Best for Verizon customers

Best for Verizon customers
Price
$199.99
Suggested age
6–12
Max. battery life
48 hours
Waterproof
No

Info current as of publish date.

Although the Verizon GizmoWatch Disney Edition isn't cheap, it offers an impressive list of features that almost rivals the TickTalk4.  

There are some pockets of the country where the TickTalk4 won't work because it uses the AT&T cellular network. If you live in a Verizon-network-only area, this is the best kids smartwatch for you. Plus, it's super easy for existing Verizon customers to add it to their plan so there's still just one family cell bill to worry about.

pro
Pros
pro Geofencing and GPS tracking
pro Parental-controlled contact list
pro Reminders and to-do lists
pro Activity tracking
pro Video calling
pro SOS button
con
Cons
con Requires Verizon plan
con No games

Cost of the GizmoWatch Disney Edition

The retail price of the Verizon GizmoWatch Disney Edition is $199, but there's a $35 activation fee. So in reality, you're looking at spending about $234 total. Verizon offers 36-month financing, which lets you pay off the watch for less than $6 per month.

In addition to the upfront fees, there's a monthly cell plan fee, which costs around $10 per month.  

You can save $100 by choosing the GizmoWatch 2 instead. This watch has different features than the Disney Edition, so make sure you read our full GizmoWatch review to compare them before choosing. 

A couple unique features

Parents can switch the GizmoWatch to quiet mode via the app. This allows incoming calls to show up on the screen but silences the ringtone and any of the watch’s sound effects. You can also set up specific quiet times to ensure, for example, your child’s ringtone doesn’t disrupt their class. 

Another neat feature is “auto answer.” After parents toggle this setting on the GizmoHub app, the watch will automatically pick up your call after ringing for ten seconds. This lets you listen in to check on your child or talk through the watch in an emergency.

Learn more in our full GizmoWatch review or compare the pricey GizmoWatch to the affordable Gabb Watch in our head-to-head review: GizmoWatch vs. Gabb Watch.

6. Little Tikes Tobi Robot Smartwatch: Best for preschoolers

Best for preschoolers
Price
$29.99
Suggested age
4–6
Max. battery life
120 hours
Waterproof
No

*Amazon.com price as of publish date. Read full disclaimer.

The Little Tikes Tobi Robot smartwatch reminds us of the Tamagotchi keychains popular in the ’90s. Kids get to feed and interact with the animated face on this smartwatch. It even has arms and legs that pop out from the side of the watch. (Don’t worry, it’s not as creepy as it sounds.)

Retailing for about $30 (or more, depending on the color), it’s one of the most affordable kids smartwatches on the market. But it really can’t compete with the other watches on our list in terms of features. In fact, it seems to be meant for entertainment and learning rather than safety or as a stepping stone of independence.

pro
Pros
pro Storage for up to 3,000 photos
pro Games
pro Fitness tracker
pro No monthly payments
con
Cons
con No GPS tracking or geofencing
con No SOS button
con No calling or messaging

This isn’t a GPS smartwatch, nor does it support texting or calling. That’s probably because it’s meant for kids as young as four years old, who probably remain under direct supervision anyway. But if your little one feels super left out when their older sibling gets a cool new gadget, this is what you could give them to keep them entertained.

This watch features a camera and impressive storage. Your budding photographer can store up to 30 minutes of video footage or 3,000 pictures. They can also add stickers to their photos.

Tobi also includes some basic games and an activity tracker/fitness tracker. If one of your kid’s friends also has a Tobi watch, they can send each other photos or emojis. 

The good news is that you don’t need to purchase a monthly cellular plan for this watch because it can't make phone calls.

Learn more in our full Little Tikes Tobi Robot review.

7. Angel Watch: Best for SOS calls and health tracking

The Angel Watch is a kids GPS tracker, health tracker, and phone service rolled into one. We’re especially impressed with the Angel Watch’s SOS feature, which activates after a three-second press and calls three designated contacts in a loop until someone picks up.

Best for SOS calls and health tracking
Price
$179.99
Suggested age
7–12
Max. battery life
48 hours
Waterproof
No

Info current as of publish date.

pro
Pros
pro Geofencing and GPS tracking
pro Parent-controlled call list
pro SOS button
pro Video calling
pro Vital sign readings
pro Listen-in feature
pro Red Pocket Mobile SIM card included
con
Cons
con Doesn't work well with all service providers
con No games

Like the TickTalk4, the Angel Watch includes video calling and a listen-in feature, but it has fewer contact slots and zero entertainment for your kid. (Which can certainly be a good thing, depending on what you're looking for.) 

Health monitoring features

The Angel Watch also helps parents monitor the health of their child via a vital sign sensor that rests against the skin. The watch can detect four vital signs:

  • Body temperature
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood oxygen
  • Heart rate

As neat as this sounds, the Angel Watch Company warns that these readings may not always be accurate. It’s also totally up to the parents to monitor vital signs and take action if needed. This device won’t send out an alert if there’s a worrisome deviation from the norm.

The Angel Watch also counts your kid’s steps and estimates the total distance covered and calories burned. If your child wears this watch to bed, it will also track sleep quality.

Learn more in our full Angel Watch review.

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Alternatives to kids smartwatches

A kids smartwatch is a stepping-stone between a basic GPS tracker and your child's first phone. Here's a quick guide to what's best for each age group:

 

More brands we considered

We evaluated many other brands before choosing the best smartwatches for kids. Although these didn’t make it to our top five, they still offer some interesting features that could be perfect for you and your family.

8. SyncUP Kids Watch: Best for T-Mobile customers

Best for T-Mobile customers
SyncUP Kids Watch
4 out of 5 stars
4
$174.00 + $10
/mo

Brand new to the market, the GPS-enabled SyncUP Kids Watch by T-Mobile offers a full keyboard for texting, which we haven't seen in any other kids smartwatch. Other rare features include an unlimited number of contacts (parent-approved, of course) and a 911 option. 

And if your child activates the SOS button by holding it for about three seconds, you'll get an audio clip of the watch's surroundings so you know what's going on.

But we don’t think the SyncUP Kids Watch is quite ready to knock our top five faves out of position. It has a few flaws:

  • Available to existing T-Mobile customers only
  • Available in stores only
  • No video calling
  • The 911 option can’t be toggled off in the parent app
  • Camera quality is poor

The SyncUP Kids Watch retails for about $175 and requires a $10 monthly subscription through T-Mobile. 

9. Imoo Watch Phone Z6: Best for swimming + photography

Best for swimming and photography

The Imoo Watch Phone Z6 costs $259, making it the most expensive smartwatch for kids by a longshot. But it's also the only one that's advertised as water-friendly. It also has two cameras to allow kids to easily take pictures that aren’t selfies. 

The Imoo reminds us of the Verizon GizmoWatch 2 since it doesn’t emphasize gameplay, but it does have the camera that’s missing from the GizmoWatch 2. 

The Imoo doesn’t work with the Verizon Wireless network but is compatible with T-Mobile and AT&T. Our tester ran into difficulty getting the watch to work with AT&T, so if that's your preferred network be prepared for some troubleshooting.

10. VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2: Best preschool education apps

Best for preschool education

*Amazon.com price as of publish date. Read full disclaimer.

We waffled back and forth about whether to make the VTech Kidizoom DX2 our fifth pick or to keep it as an honorable mention. It’s been one of our top picks in previous iterations of this list, but it just can’t hold a candle to some of the new kids smartwatches on the market. 

The VTech Kidizoom is nearly identical to the Little Tikes Tobi Robot Smartwatch in terms of functionality: 

  • No GPS tracker
  • No communication
  • No SOS button
  • Camera for photos and videos
  • Games

We decided to use price as a tie-breaker, and the VTech Smartwatch Kidizoom DX2 lost out because it costs more than double the Little Tikes Tobi Robot.

But we do love that there are plenty of extra learning games you can add to this smartwatch via the VTech Learning Lodge. Your kid won’t get bored if you add a new game to the watch every so often. And they might learn some neat skills like telling time.

11. Apple Watch: Best smartwatch for teens

Best smartwatch for teens
apple watch series 4 rose gold

Amazon.com list price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

Unless you have one to hand down or choose an older refurbished model, the Apple Watch can be an expensive choice for a kid's smartwatch and GPS tracker. But it does work. Choose an Apple Watch SE or Apple Watch 4 (or later series) with LTE connectivity and add it to a Family Sharing account to get started. You'll be able to manage apps, control contacts and screen time, and see your child's location from your own iPhone. 

Because it does include internet access, we recommend the Apple Watch for teens, not little ones. On the plus side, your kid will have a full-fledged smartwatch once they outgrow the parental controls. 

The most affordable Apple Watch option we found retails for around $150, putting it in the same range as a Gabb Watch or Xplora X5 Play. Expect to pay more for different colors or the latest release. The watch also needs a cell plan to make phone calls or send texts, which typically costs around $10 per month.

12. Kiwip: Best for families in Europe

Best for families in Europe

We’re keeping an eye on the French kid’s smartwatch Kiwip. If it becomes available in the US, it could disrupt our top five rankings. We’re impressed with its features and love the way it acts as a voice-controlled smart hub, gamifies activity and fitness tracking, and allows children to safely connect with each other. 

Final word

The TickTalk 4 earned our vote as the best smartwatch for kids because it includes virtually every safety feature that parents want in a kids smartwatch—including the ability to visually confirm their child’s safety with a video call. But we’re especially impressed that its kid-oriented features strike a balance between “boring after one use” and “borderline addicting.”

Although it is an expensive purchase, it offers a lot of features for the price when compared to other kids smartwatches.

Kids smartwatch FAQ

No. The GizmoWatch2 is locked to Verizon. When you purchase the GizmoWatch2 online as a new customer, you’re prompted to purchase a Verizon plan for $10 per month.

The Xplora X5 Play and the Imoo Watch Phone Z6 have the highest level of water resistance of all the kids smartwatches we reviewed. The TickTalk 4, Angel Watch, and GizmoWatch 2 can handle being splashed by water but shouldn’t be submerged.

How we reviewed the best smartwatches for kids

Image: Rebecca Edwards, SafeWise

There are a lot of features packed into smartwatches for kids. To narrow down the contenders, we prioritized the following:

  • GPS tracking
  • Video calling
  • SOS button
  • Parent-controlled contact list
  • Fun games or activities 

We ultimately came up with a list of 43 criteria for comparing kids smartwatches and sussing out the top candidates. We also read hundreds of user reviews to evaluate each contender’s performance and customer service.

We gave the TickTalk4, Gabb Watch, and Imoo to our testing group and collected feedback from parents who had already chosen and used kids smartwatches.  

Learn more about how we rank and review.

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Cathy Habas
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Cathy Habas
With over seven years of experience as a content writer, Cathy has a knack for untangling complex information. Her natural curiosity and ability to empathize help Cathy offer insightful, friendly advice. She believes in empowering readers who may not feel confident about a purchase, project, or topic. Cathy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Indiana University Southeast and began her professional writing career immediately after graduation. She has contributed to sites like Safety.com, Reviews.com, Hunker, and Thumbtack. Cathy’s pride and joy is her Appaloosa “Chacos.” She also likes to crochet while watching stand-up comedy specials on Netflix.

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