8 Free Pedometer and Step Counter Apps for Android

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. These are our favorite pedometer apps that will be with you every step of the way.

With great compatibility across various step-tracking devices and Google Fit, Runtastic is one of the more versatile pedometer options out there. It gives you feeds daily, monthly and annual data on your calorie-burning, and lets you set daily goals to ensure that you’re hitting those targets every day (or at least aiming for them!).

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The free version is great for the above data-tracking, but pay for a premium membership (ranging from $30 to $50 a year), and you’ll get a slew of new features like walking routes, nutrition plans, food diaries and more. All the various Runtastic extras you may choose to buy are neatly contained within the main Runtastic app, letting you keep all that salubrious software in one place.

Going well beyond the task of simply counting your steps, Argus is one of the most comprehensive ‘Wellness’ apps around. It tracks your activity, sure, but also bundles in a calorie counter, sleep cycle monitor, exercise guide, even barcode scanner to help you track your nutritional intake.

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What Argus perhaps lacks in depth in the step-counter area it more than makes up for in breadth. How much you walk around isn’t something that will ensure your good health in isolation, and in 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 doesn’t foist any in-app purchases on you. What you see is what you get. It has the usual assortment of step counters, calories burned, walking times and speed tracking, 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 the number of calories you burned and the amount you should burn.

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Pedometer is very easy on the battery, too, and has a small selection of different themes for some personalization, and you can also adjust the sensitivity, so you’re not cheating by counting steps when you’re cycling or driving.

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.

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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 maybe even 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.

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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 and 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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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, seven 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 Oct 2018.

12 comments

  1. None of these work with the Note 2 because of some stupid thing Sammy decided to do with the sensors when the screen is off :( It’ll only work when the screen is on…

    • I downloaded Runtastic pedometer on my note 2 and have been using it for 2 days now. It’s been doing the job quite accurately as I’ve also counted the steps for cross checking. MOVES, on the other hand, wouldn’t just download (clearly stating that the device doesn’t support it). I came across this ‘accelerometer won’t work in the background when the screen is off’ thing while checking for MOVES. But walked around 2k steps with screen off today as well…. Pedometer’s Working fine! Distance… Yes that’s the problem… Walked around 2.5km but it’s showing 1.4km.

      • Hey Sani,

        BTW, how the application could know what’s your footstep? Have you set your footstep length in the app? Also, do you always keet the set step lenght during your walk?

        This is the problem with all pedometer apps – they can’t measure your footstep lenght but just the number of steps. If you’d like to measure distance you should install something GPS based, e.g. Runtastic Running & Fitness app…

        Anyway, you shouldn’t rely on the pedometer results very much, e.g. to measure your ground length with pedometer ;)
        e.

  2. Although I have been using Runtastic Pedometer for a while, I am thoroughly disappointed by its inaccurate readings. For instance, if I were to walk 5 km, it would display just over 3 km.Despite some tweaking of the setting, the major errors remained unchanged. I am unsure about the other trackers mentioned above. Truthfully, I am not optimistic about them either.

  3. I downloaded the Runtastic pedometer.

    Disappointed: Free version does not allow to resume in the same day; you walk, stop and that’s it.

    Also it does not work well with the screen off in my phone (Acer liquid) -it misses more than 80% of the steps; the app says it is my phone’s fault. There is a setting in the app to keep the screen on, but this drains the battery.

    I also don’t want to login with facebook or anything in order to walk and I don’t care if I go offline while walking.

    I will try the others, but may have to buy a small gadget instead.

  4. I had the Noom app but just uninstalled it. If you have your phone in your purse while shopping it will NOT record the steps/distance. But if you wave your phone back and forth it thinks you are walking. Going to try the Accupedo Pedometer.

  5. Noom is good enough pedometer: like any other, it uses accelerometer in your phone to find out how many steps you’re taking. @Mimi: you cannot expect a pedometer to know you’re walking if you’re not creating some acceleration. Hence, it may be a good idea to keep the pedometer on body in such manner that it is accelerated with the same frequency as your steps: may be in your pant pocket but not in a skirt pocket or handbag. The inaccuracies in measuring distance or calories crop up from not adjusting your stride length or weight in the settings. Take 10, 20 steps or so and measure the distance, which will give you a fair idea of your stride. Hope, this removes common misconceptions.

  6. For folks that want a pedometer that values the user’s privacy and battery life, I suggest C4R Step Counter. No permissions required, uses hardly any battery, provides accurate calorie count, and tracks history. Very nice!

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