Step counter apps (or pedometers) combine with smartwatches, fitness bracelets, and of course your phone to help you track your health. By setting daily goals, setting up an activity tracker and other features in these apps, you can achieve your goals of losing weight, or more generally, just feeling healthier. We’ve rounded up the best Android pedometer apps that you can use for free. Many of them have paid ‘premium’ modes that unlock more features, but we’ve chosen them based on what you can use in the free versions.
1. Adidas running app (Runtastic)
Formerly known as Runtastic, this app running was such a hit that Adidas bought it in 2015, then renamed it to the official Adidas running app in 2019. So what’s the deal?
There’s, of course, the real-time tracking, informative dashboard, and personal goal setting you’d expect, but it really thrives on its community features. Your friends can be notified when you’re running and send you personalized cheers and motivational messages. There are also competitions, events and leaderboards that you can enter through the app.
It works with all the usual wearable products, Android Wear and Garmin, among others. And for the most niche feature of all, you can track how far you’ve traveled with a specific pair of sneakers, and then get notified when it’s time to buy a new one (with mandatory Adidas product placement, of course).
2. Google Fit
Google’s official pedometer app can be used to sync with several other apps on this list, but there’s a good chance you’ll find everything you need here.
Google fit tracks your steps and monitors your heart rate in a minimal hardware design interface. Every time you walk or run, you can access real-time stats to get a more accurate perspective on your progress, and you can set daily goals that dynamically adapt to your progress.
It also comes with basic fitness coaching tips, although other third-party apps are more robust in this particular area. That’s not a problem, though, as you can probably sync Google Fit with them!
3. Zombies, run!
What better way to motivate yourself to burn those calories than by convincing yourself that your life depends on it? Zombies, run! is a veteran of Android apps and has compelled over a million users to delve into his fitness story.
Plug in your headphones and follow the instructions as you jog to complete various missions in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by the dead. It’s a great motivator for those who want a bit of storytelling with their fitness program.
Go far beyond the simple task of counting your steps, Argus is one of the most comprehensive “wellness” apps. It’s activity tracking, of course, but also a calorie counter, sleep cycle monitor, exercise guide, and even a barcode reader, to help you track your nutrient intake.
What Argus may lack in depth in the step counter area, it more than makes up for. How much you walk around isn’t something that will guarantee your good health in isolation, and at Argus you have all the other important areas to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The succinctly named Pedometer is a free, ad-supported app that does not require you to purchase through the app. What you see is what you get. It has the usual assortment of step counters, calories burned, walk time, and speed tracker, and displays your long-term walking information in a convenient graph. It also uses your gender and weight to give you a better idea of how many calories you’ve burned and how much you need to burn.
The pedometer is also very easy to use on the battery and has a small selection of different themes for some customization, and you can also adjust the sensitivity so that you don’t cheat counting the steps when you are cycling or driving.
Not only a pedometer, but also a must have app for hikers and explorers, ViewRanger is filled with hundreds of thousands of trails and walks around the world, all rated by millions of app users. It’s also a great navigation guide, using augmented reality to let you point your phone at the scenery and get directions on what’s what and where to go next.
This app works with Android Wear and uses your phone’s GPS to track your walking stats, letting you see how far you’ve walked and maybe even share it with your friends. It’s a great option for those who aren’t as obsessed with counting every step and want to focus more on the outdoors.
Did you know that you can use the Fitbit without the titular “bit”? That’s right, thanks to the magic that takes place inside your smartphone, you can use the Fitbit app only with your smartphone using the “MobileTrack” feature.
So what makes Fitbit so good? It probably has the prettiest interface of any app, to start with, offering a massive amount of features to keep you walking. You can, for example, participate in the various weekly challenges organized by the developers, record training sessions and food. You can also go on “adventures” where you try to walk the same number of steps as it takes to take famous hikes such as those around Yosemite Park. It’s obviously not as good as the real thing, but close, right?
8. Pedometer, step counter and weight loss tracker
One of the most frequently updated and statistical fitness trackers around, this pretty application from Pacer Health is not just a step counter but – true to its name – a complete weight loss aid. There you can set your own goals or use the goals created by the developers to help you stay motivated and walk.
On the stats side, you have the option to view your personal trends in terms of weight, steps, and calories, so you can easily see if you are improving or letting go.
Like the other apps on this list, Accupedo pedometer is one of the best health apps. This particular offering is known for its widget that sits on your home screen giving you a constant view of the steps you have taken. It’s configurable so you can see steps, walking distance, minutes, calories, and more, however you want. Tracking only begins after ten steps. It is therefore possible that your trips to the bathroom or kitchen from your office do not count. You have been warned.
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