The 8 Best Free Walking Apps for Fitness Walkers of 2021

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Walking apps come in two basic types. Apps that primarily track your walking workouts show your speed, distance, and route. Pedometer apps track your all-day steps and activity. The good news is that many apps do both by using the GPS and accelerometer chip in your mobile phone. Many also connect with your other fitness wearables, which can help you track treadmill workouts. These apps are all available for free, although they also have an opportunity for an upgrade or in-app purchases.

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Map My Walk

Map My Walk

 Map My Walk

MapMyWalk is part of the MapMyFitness family of apps. It has stood the test of time and deserves first consideration for any fitness walker. These are some of its best features:

  • When you start a workout, you can see a map of the area. As you walk, the route you have taken is marked in red. The map allows you to explore. By seeing the path you've taken you're able to find your way back to where you started.
  • As you walk, you can see the elapsed time, distance, pace, speed, elevation, and calories burned. Your speed is determined by GPS.
  • You can get audio feedback as you walk. The app can announce your distance, pace, calories burned, and other data every mile, half-mile, or another interval.
  • When you finish, you can upload and save your workout data and view it both on the app and on the MapMyWalk website.
  • See your mile-by-mile splits to analyze your performance.
  • You can also load a saved route to use again, or select routes that other MapMyWalk users have done in your area.
  • Connect with other apps and wearables such as Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, and MyFitnessPal. You can view your daily steps as recorded by these devices or by your mobile phone.
  • You aren't limited to walking. You can track over 600 different activities.

MapMyWalk is available for iOS or Android. An MVP premium membership allows an ad-free experience and unlocks even more features, such as interval training, live tracking, mobile coaching, training plans, heart rate analysis, and unlimited printed maps.

Walkmeter Walking & Hiking GPS by Abvio



The Walkmeter app has features that are excellent for fitness walkers who want to improve their speed and distance. It has features you used to have to get a fancy running watch and training coach to enjoy, such as splits, intervals, zones, and more.

It uses your phone's GPS to measure the distance of your walks and hikes. It includes audio and voice integration so you can not only be alerted as to your workout stats, but you can also listen to replies your friends send about your workout posts from Facebook and Twitter while you walk. You can start and stop a workout with your earphone remote or use Siri voice commands.

It maps your walk and you can view time, speed, distance and pace as you walk. It has many free training features. You can race against yourself or others on previous workout routes, getting updates on whether you are ahead or behind. They have training plans for 5K, 10K, half marathon, and marathon or you can design your own and synchronize it with your iPhone calendar. You can set up repeating intervals and tempo workouts and analyze your performance afterward.

This app is available for iOS, Android, and Apple Watch. It will not only do the basics but also can help you train for distance walking events such as the 5K, 10Khalf-marathon, or marathon.

Upgrading from free to Elite is less than $10 per year, far less than with some other apps, such as Endomondo. Upgrade features include tracking your daily steps, cadence coaching, treadmill support (distance and pace using your steps) and using the Apple Watch app.

Argus by Azumio



Argus packs a lot into one lifestyle app. It functions as an all-day pedometer app using the motion sensor in your phone. But you can also track workouts with GPS.

  • The workout tracker displays your time, distance, and the map of your route. 
  • When you finish, see your workout calories, steps, elevation gain, best pace, average pace, average cadence, graphs, and map.
  • Your daily step count updates from your phone's motion sensor data and includes active time, distance, calories, steps, and an hourly graph.
  • Measure your heart rate at any time using their integrated heart rate app (simply place your index finger on your cell phone camera lens). You can easily take your heart rate during exercise and at rest.
  • You can link to a heart rate sensor band.
  • Track your water intake with a tap.
  • You can use the app's food diary (which includes a barcode scanner) and sleep timer.
  • Premium subscribers get a wide range of fitness and diet plans.

Argus is easy to use and it has an interface that encourages you to interact with it and track many items for health and fitness. It's available for both iOS and Android.

Fitbit App MobileTracker (No Fitbit Required)



Did you know that you don't need a Fitbit device to use the Fitbit app? The free app can be used to track your walking workouts with GPS as well as your all-day steps using the motion sensor on your phone (unless you have a very old phone). This is good news if your Fitbit died or if you aren't ready to buy one.

You can download the free Fitbit app for your operating system. Then when you set up the app, it will ask which tracker you are setting up. Choose "No Fitbit Yet" and it will set up the MobileTracker. Now it will track your all-day activity sensed by your phone's built-in accelerometer. You'll get a step count and hourly graphs.

Whether you have a Fitbit tracker or not, you can track workouts with GPS speed and distance using the Track Exercise function. From the home screen, tap the + icon and select Walk, Run, or Hike.

  • When you start a workout, you will see the elapsed time and your average pace.
  • Swipe to see a map of the route you have taken.
  • You can get voice cues and updates at selected times.
  • When you finish and save your workout, you can review it by tapping on the Exercise tile on the home screen.
  • You can review your route on a map, distance, time, pace, mile split times, calories burned, and steps for each workout.

The Fitbit app also includes virtual adventure races and challenges with friends. If you have friends with Fitbits, you don't have to be left out of the fun. The Fitbit app is available for iOS, Android, and Windows phones.




Endomondo is a workout tracker that aims to be a personal trainer in your pocket.

  • You can choose hiking, walking, walking fitness, and walking the treadmill as your sport.
  • Then select a type of workout, including a basic workout, a goal-based workout of a set distance, time, or calories, or following a route. You can search for nearby routes that others have used, or create your own route. Premium users can also race their previous time and do interval workouts.
  • As you walk, you view your route map or your stats.
  • You can set audio feedback including pep talk, distance, duration, lap time, and more.
  • You can connect a heart rate monitor.
  • When you end, you see a map of your route. The summary stats include distance, duration, average pace, maximum pace, average speed, maximum speed, calories, hydration, minimum and maximum altitude, total ascent, and total descent.
  • You can share your workouts on social media.
  • You can connect to friends who also use Endomondo.
  • A regular account does not include a step counter, but you can connect Endomondo to your Fitbit account or other activity monitor accounts.

You can use it to track your outdoor exercise duration, speed, and distance via GPS. You can also track the duration of indoor workouts. It is available for iOS, Android, and Apple Watch.

A Premium account includes a step counter, graphs, heart rate zones, interval training, training plans (for runners), and competing with yourself. Overall, Endomondo and MapMyWalk are similar in what they do, and both are sponsored by Under Armour. But the lack of step counting by Endomondo may be a drawback for some walkers.

Charity Miles

Charity Miles

 Charity Miles

Charity Miles gives your walking a purpose (and your running and biking, too). Open up this free app (iOS or Google Play) and choose a charity. Start a workout, choosing walking, running, or cycling. For each completed mile, you'll have earned a donation for your chosen charity. The basic rate is 25 cents for walking and running miles and 10 cents for cycling miles, subject to a periodic cap.

Along the way, you can view your exercise time and miles. When done, you must post to Facebook or Twitter in order to accept sponsorship and earn money for your charity. You can also form teams and work together to raise money for charities.

The fitness tracking is minimal, but you can use it at the same time as other apps and put your miles to good use. For every mile you complete, you will earn a donation for your chosen charity.

MotionX GPS



MotionX GPS will track your walks and other outdoor activities, showing your time, speed, and distance and displaying your route on a map. It has an interactive stopwatch with live voice coaching.

A great feature of this app is that you can download and store maps for offline use. That's critical if you are going walking or hiking in an area that lacks cell phone service or WiFi, or if you are traveling abroad without a cellular data plan. They have worldwide maps, so you can explore away. You have 14 different kinds of maps to choose from, including topographic, road maps, satellite view, Google and Bing maps, and NOAA experimental marine charts.

You can view your position and live-tracking on any of the map types. See your time, speed, position, altitude, ascent, descent, and gradient data. You can add geotagged photos during your activities and share to Facebook or Twitter. You can save up to 300 tracks and 2500 personal waypoints. Want to know more about where you are? It has Wikipedia integration so you can "be your own tour guide."

View live-tracking on any of the map types, add geotagged photos, and see your time, speed, position, altitude, ascent, descent, and gradient data. It comes in iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch versions, but does not come in an Android version.

Virtual Walk

Virtual Walk

 Virtual Walk

Virtual Walk is a motivating app that you can use to spice up your everyday walk indoors on the treadmill or outdoors. Your distance is plotted on a virtual walk through a scenic or historic place. These include the Appalachian Trail, the monuments in Washington DC, the Grand Canyon, the Pyramids of Giza, and more.

At checkpoints along the way you can view photos and information about the sights on your virtual walk. Some routes are available for free and others are for purchase. At the end of your walk, you receive a medal. The Virtual Walk Treadmill or GPS versions get better ratings than the Street View versions.

As you walk, view photos and information about your scenic or historic virtual destination. Use this app on iOS or Android devices.

What Is a Walking App?

Walking apps are simple programs that can be used on an iPhone or Android-based smartphone to help you get more out of your walks. Some apps track data including your speed, distance, route, steps, calories burned, and activity. Others also have social features that allow you to connect with other walkers to share routes, stats, photos to help you stay motivated.

Some walking apps sync seamlessly with other wearables and apps such as Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, and MyFitnessPal. Many walking apps are free to use, although there are opportunities to purchase premium features.

What Are the Benefits of Walking?

From reduced risk of chronic diseases to improvement in mental health and well-being, there are many benefits of walking for people of all ages. Regular exercise such as walking may help lower your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers. Walking can also improve bone health, strengthen muscles, and is an effective way to manage stress, improve your mood, and boost energy.

Walking is an easy and inexpensive physical activity to start and continue as part of an active lifestyle. It also doesn’t require special skills or equipment, has a low risk of injury, and can be done almost anywhere.

Can Walking Help Me Lose Weight?

Walking is an excellent form of exercise that can help with weight loss efforts, especially when combined with a healthy eating plan. The more you walk, the more calories you’ll burn, so aim for a brisk walk of at least 30 to 90 minutes every day if you’re trying to lose weight.

As with any form of exercise, consistency is key, so it’s helpful and more effective to follow a plan, such as this walking workout schedule for weight loss.

A Word From Verywell

Walking apps can help motivate you and turn your walking sessions into fitness workouts. You may be inspired to walk faster and go farther. Try a few before you pick your favorite—everyone likes something different.

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