Step counting, pedometry, whatever you want to call it, is something that everybody’s talking and walking about these days. As GPS tracking and phone movement sensors have improved over time, so, too, have the apps that help you keep track of your daily steppage stats. Here are our favorite pedometer apps that will be with you every step of the way.
Not solely 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 the app’s millions of users. It serves as a great navigation guide, too, using Augmented Reality to let you point your phone at the scenery and get pointers about 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 much distance you’ve covered and share it with your friends. It’s a great option for those who aren’t quite as obsessed with counting every single step and want to focus more on enjoying the great outdoors.
Did you know that you can use the Fitbit without the titular “bit?” That’s right, thanks to the wizardry going on inside your smartphone, you can use the Fitbit app solely with your smartphone using the so-called “MobileTrack” feature.
So what makes Fitbit so good? It has probably the prettiest interface of all the apps for a start, offering a huge amount of features to incentivize your walking. You can, for example, take part in the various weekly challenges curated by the developers, log workouts and food, as well as go on “Adventures” where you attempt to walk the same amount of steps it takes to tackle famous hikes such as those around Yosemite Park. It’s obviously not quite as good as the real thing, but close, right?
3. Pedometer & Weight Loss Coach
One of the most frequently updated and stat-tastic apps of the moment, this pretty app from Pacer Health is not only a step counter, but – true to its name – an all-round weight loss aid. You can set your own goals in it or use goals created by the developers to help keep yourself motivated and walking fit.
Along the stat side of things is the option to view your personal trends in the way of weight, steps and calories, so you can easily see whether over time you’re improving or letting yourself go.
Moves is an app that distinguishes itself by being easy to use, distraction-free, and useful. It has a clean interface that uses circles of different sizes to represent how many steps you’ve taken, how many minutes you’ve biked, or how many miles you’ve run. It tracks your activity each day and has a map where you can view where you’ve been. There isn’t much in the way of settings here, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
5. Accupedo Pedometer
Like the other apps on this list, Accupedo Pedometer is one of the best pedometer apps around. This particular offering is known for its widget that sits on your home screen giving you a constant view of the steps you’ve taken. It’s configurable, so you can see steps, distance, minutes, calories, and more in a manner that suits you best. It only starts tracking after you take ten steps, so there’s a chance your trips to the bathroom or kitchen from your desk won’t count. You’ve been warned.
6. Noom Walk
Noom Walk has an interface that’s sparse and clean. The app claims to use less than 2% of your battery, consuming as much juice over twenty-two hours as keeping your screen on for twenty minutes, or just three minutes of GPS usage. But much more exciting is the fact that you can virtually high five your friends when they hit their goals. (I’m still hoping you can send them boos and hisses if they fail.) It’s entirely free to use, which is also a plus.
There you have it, five Android Pedometer apps that are just raring for you to get out of that office chair and wander around the neighborhood, grocery shop, or just walk in circles around the house. A pedometer doesn’t require you to change your life or make a habit of visiting the gym; it encourages you to be more active by just pushing you to take a few more steps than you did yesterday. So “step” up to the challenge and enjoy!
This article was first published in October 2013 and was updated in October 2017.