Exercise can be tough. It’s not that bad getting off the couch and going for a run. However, keeping track of your exercise is generally not easy. You usually have to buy a whole new piece of hardware to do it at least relatively accurately. That requires Bluetooth and syncing and charging another device. However, there are ways to track your steps on your phone. None of them are as accurate as your fitness trackers like Fitbit, but they can do the job in a pinch. Here are the best pedometer apps and step counter apps for Android!
Google Fit is a good start for step counter apps. It keeps track of a lot of stuff, including steps, time active, and more. The app also supports all Wear OS smartwatches as well as Xiaomi Mi bands. Additionally, the app integrates with other apps, including Runkeeper, Strava, MyFitnessPal, Lifesum, Sleep as Android, and many others. Google Fit does a relatively decent job of being a pedometer. It makes some mistakes. However, it’s nothing that you won’t also see in other apps as well. Pedometer apps in general just aren’t as reliable as you get with hardware. In any case, Google Fit is completely free with no in-app purchases or ads. Again, it’s a good start.
Leap Fitness Step Counter
Price: Free / $2.99
Leap Fitness Step Counter is one of the simpler pedometer apps. It works well for the minimalists out there. The app requires no sign-in, no cloud service, and also no GPS tracking. It just counts your steps with the sensors on the device. Some of the other features include themes, report graphs, and optional backup to Google Drive. All of the features are usable in the free version. However, the pro version goes for a very reasonable $2.99 and it should remove any advertising. It does have the occasional problem, but most seem to like it. We did too.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $48.99 per year
MyFitnessPal is one of the most powerful step counter apps. It also does a whole bunch of other things. Most people use the app for calorie counting, macro tracking (as in, how many carbs one consumers daily), fitness tracking, water tracking, and, you guessed it, step tracking. It tracks steps via other apps. Thus, you’ll need something like Google Fit to track the steps and then MyFitnessPal overlays that data with other stuff.
Pedometer by ITO Technologies
Price: Free (with ads)
Pedometer by ITO Technologies is another simple pedometer app. This one also works best for planned workouts. The app has a start/stop button. Thus, you can use it for that run or walk you planned on taking. The app also keeps track of things like burned calories, distance, walking/running time, and speed. This one may not work as well as a 24/7 step counter like you see with fitness bands or other apps. That said, the app is completely free (with advertising) so it’s a little difficult to complain too much about a lack of features. It’s definitely good for what it does, though.
Pacer Health Pedometer
Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $19.99 per year
Pacer Health’s Pedometer and Step Counter app is one of the more popular step counter apps. It lets you tweak the step counter sensitivity in a lot of ways. Thus, it has a good chance of being accurate for your needs. The app also features GPS step tracking (optional), a no-login experience, and support for both Fitbit and MyFitnessPal. The premium (read: subscription) version includes some additional features like workout tools and coaching. Thankfully, the subscription price isn’t overly bad. Other than the occasional hiccup, the app also works pretty well.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $39.99 per year
Runkeeper is one of the most popular pedometer apps. In fact, tracking your runs and walks is the whole point of the app. The app features workout tracking, goals, fitness routines, progress reports, and more. It also includes community challenges, exercise rewards, and other little things for motivational purposes. The subscription version also includes better workout support, better progress tracking, and live tracking support. The free version should work for most people mostly because the subscription price is a little much for what it provides.
Price: Free / $2.99-$4.97 per month
Runtastic is another powerful and popular pedometer app. The free version should have everything you need. That includes a step tracker, integration with Google Fit, activity overviews (progress tracking), and support for other apps and wearable devices. It also tracks your calories burned. Runtastic also has a variety of other apps for tracking other stuff such as sleep, biking, and general fitness with their main app. This one does require a subscription to get the best features. However, it’s reasonably priced. We didn’t find any issues with this app and neither did most Google Play reviewers.
Zombies, Run! and The Walk
Price: Free trial / $4.99 / $3.99 per month / $24.99 per year
Zombies, Run! and The Walk are two very popular fitness apps. They try to add some fun to the proceedings. Players walk, run, or bike while they listen to a story. Their distance progresses them through the story. Thus, in order to hear the next part of the tale, you have to keep going. Of course, if you don’t keep going, you lose the game. The games don’t necessarily keep track of every individual step. However, they do keep track of your overall distance. Zombies, Run! has a free trial with the first several missions included. The full version goes for $3.99 per month or $24.99 per year. The Walk is free with a $4.99 pro version. Neither price is unreasonable for what you get.
Your fitness band’s app
Most people going for fitness end up buying a fitness band or fitness tracker of some sort (like Fitbit, for instance). Most of these fitness trackers have their own apps. The apps keep track of everything your hardware records, including steps, sleep, calories burned, stairs climbed, and how active you are. In some cases, they even track your heart rate. This is an optimal solution for those with fitness trackers. Those with hardware fitness trackers should definitely try out the apps that come with them first. They’re almost always free, are usually at least somewhat customizable, and work best with the hardware they were designed for.
OEM pedometer apps
Many smartphone makers have integrated fitness tracker apps as a part of their package. Notable examples include Samsung’s popular Samsung Health (formerly S-Health) app and LG’s Health app. These range from being fairly decent to fairly poor. Thus, you’ll want to test them for yourself to see how they work. When they do work, they make acceptable free step counter apps. Of course, if you’re here, you’ve likely already tried that anyway. In any case, the pedometer apps that come on your smartphone are worth a look before going with a third party. They were, after all, designed by the same company that made the phone. Sometimes they just work better on those devices.
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