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.
1. Zombies, Run!
What better way to motivate yourself into burning off those calories than by convincing yourself that your life depends on it? Zombies, Run! is a veteran as Android apps go, and has compelled over a million users to immerse themselves in its fitness-inducing story.
Plug in your headphones, and follow the instructions as you jog around doing various missions in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by the shambling dead. It’s a great motivator for those who want a bit of narrative with their fitness regimen.
2. Runtastic Steps
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
7. Pedometer, Step Counter & Weight Loss Tracker
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.
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.
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.
9. 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, 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 Jan 2019.