Best Smartwatches for Kids

After sorting through all of the features offered by the best kids smartwatches, we pinned down a clear winner: TickTalk 4.
Preferred Partner
COSMO JrTrack 2
  • pro
    GPS tracking
  • pro
    Camera
  • pro
    SOS alerts and live tracking
Best overall
TickTalk 4 Kids Smartwatch
TickTalk 4
  • pro
    GPS tracking
  • pro
    Camera
  • con
    No games
Best for SOS calls
Budget pick
gabb watch
Gabb Watch
  • pro
    GPS tracking
  • con
    No camera
  • pro
    Virtual pet game
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Best for Verizon customers

A kid’s smartwatch has to balance parental control and safety with a child’s increasing need for independence and creative expression. Our top pick—the TickTalk 4—does the best job of pulling this off. It features the most contact slots and communication options of all the watches we reviewed. It’s also the only one to offer music streaming. 

But if you’re looking for something very specific (like temperature tracking, one-way audio, or fun games), another watch may be right up your alley. We tracked down the best options.

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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 (it's called "Do Not Disturb" on the TickTalk 4) 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 SOS calls
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon Yes  LightYes
25Red Pocket (AT&T)
Budget pick
Icon No  LightNo
Icon Yes  LightYes
10Gabb 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.

COSMO JrTrack 2: Exciting newcomer

Preferred Partner
COSMO JrTrack 2
$59.99
plus monthly cell plan

Safety features: Know where kids are with three-point verification GPS tracking, safe zones, and detailed location history logs. Kids can easily connect with help via SOS alerts and live tracking.

Secure, closed network: Parents are in total control with the Mission Control app. No unknown calls, social media, or internet browsing. 

COSMO Connect 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
  • $12.99/mo. Pre-pay for 12 months, device insurance included

Learn more on COSMO.

Best kids smartwatches reviews

1. TickTalk 4: Best overall

Best overall
TickTalk 4 Kids Smartwatch
TickTalk 4
$199.99
plus monthly cell plan

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

The TickTalk 4 keeps parental anxiety at bay with GPS tracking, geofencing, and an SOS button. And it caters to kids themselves by streaming music or stories through iHeart Radio Family. The only downside is its price tag: around $200. Other watches have similar functions but come at a lower price, so it’s worth checking out a few of the other options if you’re on a budget.

Check out our full review of the TickTalk 4 smartwatch to see footage of it in action.

pro
Pros
pro Geofencing and GPS tracking
pro Parental-controlled contact list
pro SOS button
pro Music or story streaming
pro Video calling
pro Voice to text
con
Cons
con Not compatible with Verizon or Sprint
con No games
con Expensive up-front price

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.

Great for kids with lots of friends or family members

The TickTalk 4 has the largest contact list of all the kids smartwatches we reviewed: up to 53 other friends or family members can be added to the “approved contacts” list. 

You have full control over your child’s contact list through the parent app. The watch includes a firewall that blocks unknown numbers from calling your child. So if you haven’t added someone’s number to the mobile app, they won’t be able to contact your kid. 

You can also set up group chats for your child via the parent app.

SOS button and 911 dialing

The TickTalk 4 includes an SOS button that dials one designated contact when pressed for five seconds. But what about 911? We’re really impressed that the TickTalk 4 designers developed a way for kids to dial 911 on a keyboard-less watch. All they have to do is press the silver button once and the red button twice to contact emergency services.

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Unique feature alert

The TickTalk 4 is the only kids smartwatch in our top five list that allows kids to contact 911.

Compatible with multiple carriers

We love that the TickTalk 4 is compatible with numerous cell service providers, including T-Mobile and AT&T. The TickTalk 4 manufacturers recommend using a $10 Red Pocket plan; this watch includes a Red Pocket-compatible SIM card.

Sprint and Verizon customers cannot add the TickTalk 4 to their current plan. 

2. Angel Watch: Best for SOS calls

Best for SOS calls
Angel Watch kids smartwatch
Angel Watch
$179.99
plus monthly cell plan

Info current as of publish date.

The Angel Watch is a kids GPS tracker, health tracker, and phone service rolled into one. We’re impressed with the Angel Watch’s SOS feature and love that it gives parents the ability to check in on their kids without interrupting them. It’s perfect for kids with special needs who might need a little extra love from afar while discovering their independence.

pro
Pros
pro Geofencing and GPS tracking
pro Parent-controlled call list
pro SOS button
pro Video calling
pro Vital sign readings
con
Cons
con Doesn't work well with all service providers
con No games

New: A mix of contact control and freedom

You remain in complete control of who gets to call your kiddo. The parent app lets you add up to 10 cell phone contacts. You can also designate an additional 11 family members or friends who can voice call, video call, and text. 

One of our original criticisms was that the Angel Watch seemed to be geared toward monitoring a child rather than helping them transition to a modern digital lifestyle. Angel Watch now has a "friends" feature that gives your child a little more freedom to connect with their peers.

If your child meets another Angel Watch user at school, sports practice, camp, etc., they can sync their watches to share voice messages and pictures. No permission needed. The watches have to be connected to Wi-Fi and have their Bluetooth signals turned on. Then, the kids just have to hold their watches at least three inches apart and follow the on-screen instructions. Up to four friends can be added this way. 

Angel Watch also pairs with Line for unlimited contacts.

Persistent SOS button

You can designate three contacts as emergency numbers. When your child presses the SOS button for three seconds, the watch automatically dials each number in the list on a repeated loop until someone picks up. This is the fastest SOS button we found—and the only one that continuously tries to get a hold of someone.

Video calling and stealthy check-ins

Best of all, this kid’s smartwatch includes a camera for video calling. Sometimes you just need visual confirmation that your child is all right, and sometimes your kiddo needs the same kind of comfort. 

Want to check in discreetly? The parent app has a “sound guardian” option that lets you tune in to the watch’s audio without placing a call. Maybe you’re worried your child is being bullied on the bus; you can listen in to assess the situation.

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.

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The Angel Watch is the only kids smartwatch on our list to track vital signs.

On a less dire note, this 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.

Comes with a SIM card

All US customers now receive a Red Pocket SIM card with their purchase. Red Pocket Mobile uses the AT&T cellular network and offers no-contract service plans starting at $10 per month for Angel Watch customers. This integrated service offers online activation for easy, plug-and-play setup.

We wish there were games

The only thing missing from Angel Watch is some sort of game or entertainment. But some parents might consider this an advantage since it could help to reduce screen time. 

At least your kiddo can have fun choosing from a variety of wristband colors for a healthy dose of self-expression. There are seven colors available for about $15 each. The watch itself comes with either a blue, black, or rose wristband and watch face surround.

Learn more in our full Angel Watch review.

3. Gabb Watch: Best for budgets

Best budget-friendly kids smartwatch
gabb watch
Gabb Watch
$149.99 plus monthly cell plan

The Gabb Watch is an affordable newcomer to the kids smartwatch scene. It's a simple watch with no camera, but a digital pet helps motivate kids to stay active and complete chores. 

Plus, our tester 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
con
Cons
con Requires Gabb Wireless plan
con No camera
con No video calling
con No 911 option

Just the basics . . . plus a virtual pet

The Gabb Watch's bare-bones design means there's no video calling, no 911 option, and no discreet audio check-ins. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your parenting style.

But there's a cute game on the Gabb Watch to keep things interesting. 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 to their menagerie.

Monthly plan cost

You get the best monthly price for a Gabb Wireless plan (about $10 a month) by signing a two-year contract. But if you'd rather not sign a contract, the required Gabb Wireless cell plan gets a little pricey at around $17 a month.

Use promo code SAFEWISE to get a $20 discount on the Gabb Watch.

Read about our Gabb Watch testing experience

Check out the details—including our tester's opinions and images—in our full Gabb Watch review.

4. Xplora X5 Play: Best for active fun

Best for active plan
Xplora X5 Play kids smartwatch
Xplora X5 Play
$169.99
plus monthly cell plan
*Amazon.com price as of publish date. Read full disclaimer.

The Xplora X5 Play stands out from the crowd because it features games alongside the usual safety precautions. It’s also the only kid’s smartwatch in our top five list with an IP68 rating, which means it can be submerged in water. If you spend a lot of time at the pool, lake, or beach and need a watch that won’t go kaput when your kid forgets to take it off, this is the one for you.

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

Safety first

Parents retain full control over who’s in their child’s contact list. Up to 50 contacts can be added, so your kid can keep up with their ever-growing list of friends. Like other smartwatches for kids, the Xplora X5 limits the child’s text responses. In this case, the child can only send an emoji, image, or voice message. 

This watch also includes an SOS feature that activates when the side button is pressed for 10 seconds, which is slightly longer than the Angel Watch (three seconds) and TickTalk 4 (five seconds). 

Like the other watches we’ve discussed so far, the Xplora X5 Play includes a GPS tracker to help you locate your child at any time. You can also set up a geofence “safety zone” to receive an alert when your child goes out of bounds.

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. 

Fun features

We understand that too much screen time is a huge concern for 21st-century parents, so you might balk at the thought of a smartwatch with games. Is your kid going to just sit around all day staring at their wrist? Not with the Xplora. 

We absolutely love that this smartwatch uses an interactive game platform called “Goplay” to encourage children to be active. With Goplay, 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.

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
Verizon GizmoWatch Disney Edition
$199.99
plus $35 activation fee and monthly cell plan

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. 

Video calling is a new feature

We haven't always recommended the Verizon GizmoWatch Disney Edition. When it was first released, it had a camera but didn't allow video calls. It didn't seem worth it since you could spend less money and get more features with the TickTalk 4.

Now that Verizon has introduced video calling to the Disney Edition without raising the price, it's easier for us to recommend. 

GizmoHub app parental controls

We love that the GizmoWatch is designed for easy parental control. It uses a smartphone app called GizmoHub where you can do things like updating your child’s contact list. Only ten contacts can be added.

Parents can also switch the watch 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 offered through the app is “auto answer.” By toggling this setting, 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.

Communicating through the GizmoWatch

The GizmoWatch allows anyone in the 10-person contact list to send text messages as per usual. In other words, they type out a message and send it. But the child can only send premade responses or emojis. Parents customize the response list through GizmoHub. 

If your child wants to communicate something a little more complex, they can send a voice message or make a phone call.

Learn more in our full GizmoWatch review.

6. Little Tikes Tobi Robot Smartwatch: Best for preschoolers

Best for younger kids
Little Tikes Tobi Robot kids smartwatch

*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 just $54.99, 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 cannot place phone calls.

Learn more in our full Little Tikes Tobi Robot review.

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.

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2: Best for learning

Best for learning

*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. The VTech Smartwatch Kidizoom DX2 retails for $62.99.

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.

SyncUP Kids Watch: Best for T-Mobile customers

Best for T-Mobile customers

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. 

Imoo Watch Phone Z6: Luxury pick

Luxury pick

The Imoo Watch Phone Z6 costs $259, making it the most expensive smartwatch for kids by a longshot. It has a waterproof design and a neat flip-up camera 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.

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. 

Apple Watch: Best "regular" smartwatch

Best "regular" smartwatch
apple watch series 4 rose gold

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

Unless you have one to hand down, the Apple Watch is 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. 

The most affordable option we found retails for around $245. Expect to pay more for different colors or the latest release. The watch also needs a cell plan, which typically costs around $10 per month.

On the plus side, your kid will have a full-fledged smartwatch once they outgrow the parental controls. 

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

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 scoured the internet for smartwatches that met our priority list and compared their features and prices to find the best deals. We also read hundreds of user reviews to evaluate each contender’s performance and customer service.

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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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