The 7 Best Pedometer Apps for iOS and Android of 2020

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You may not need a pedometer if you carry your smartphone with you all day. All you need is an app to display the data being recorded by the accelerometer mechanism or chip in your mobile phone. You can use these apps to track your steps, distance, calories burned, and other data throughout the day and see if you are achieving a goal such as 10,000 steps per day.

These apps differ from those that use the mobile device's GPS (such as MapMyFitness). GPS-based apps don't work well indoors, and won't track steps taken on a treadmill. They often don't even produce a step count. But they do give you a map of your route, which plain pedometer apps don't do unless they integrate some GPS data.

With a pedometer app, your speed and distance will only be as accurate as you are in calibrating the settings. You will need to measure your stride length walking and running to get a better distance estimate.

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1

Accupedo

Accupedo

Accupedo

This app was chosen by researchers to test whether a pedometer app could motivate people to walk more steps per day. It was successful, they added an average of 1000 more steps. It has a good interface and an excellent display of your history. Accupedo spurred more steps per day.

  • Available for iOS and Android
  • Measures steps, calories, distance, speed, active time
  • Share progress to Facebook
  • Step total for the day shows on the on-screen icon, no need to open the app for a quick check
  • View percentage towards achieving your set goal

I had a very good agreement between Accupedo and my Fitbit One traditional pedometer for dedicated walks. But for all-day steps, Accupedo counted far fewer than both Fitbit and the Argus app when I used the default setting. You can adjust the sensitivity, and the default was to not count steps until you took 10 consecutively.

You can change that to as low as 4 if you want to calibrate it to what your traditional pedometer counts. You can also adjust how sensitive it is to counting movement as a step. I am using it on an iPhone 4s, and performance may be very different using an iPhone 5s or an Android phone. I also had a spotty performance with the app turning off if I hadn't opened it first thing in the morning.

2

Adidas Runtastic Pedometer

Adidas Runtastic Pedometer

Adidas Runtastic Pedometer

The free version of this app is set up for tracking exercise sessions rather than all-day steps. You have to turn it on at the beginning and turn it off at the end of a walk or run.

  • Available for iOS and Android
  • Can set it to beep every 1000 steps
  • Free version is very ad-heavy
  • Optimized for the M7 chip for iPhone 5s users
  • Runtastic partners with mPoints; earn mPoints by logging your walking workouts and redeem for gift cards and sweepstakes entries
  • See last three activities on your phone, view all your activity on Runtastic.com
  • Shares to Facebook and Twitter
  • Turn on a session to record steps, distance, speed
  • Upgrade to the ad-free Pro version to get calories and step frequency
3

Pedometer++

Pedometer++

Pedometer++

This app uses the data automatically collected by the M7 chip and has no impact on battery life, which can be a big problem with other apps.

  • Available on iOS for iPhone 5s and higher
  • Dynamically shows your step count on the application badge, no need to open the app to check your progress
  • Steps and distance only, with a color-coded bar graph for each day of the past week
4

MotionX 24/7

MotionX

MotionX

This is a full-featured app that tracks sleep and has inactivity alerts in addition to all-day steps and activity. For iPhone 5s, it can track steps in the background without additional battery drain, using the M7 chip data. For earlier versions of the iPhone, you will see more battery drain as it uses Location Services.

5

ActivityTracker by Bits&Coffee

ActivityTracker

ActivityTracker

This sleek iOS app is as simple as can be to set up. It communicates with Apple Health Kit for your stats and you can instantly see your data for the past week.

The free version includes daily steps, distance, activity calories burned, exercise minutes, and floors climbed. Upgrade to the Pro version for hourly stats, weekly and monthly totals, syncing with the Apple Watch, and import and export functions.

6

Noom Walk

Noom Walk

Noom Walk

This is an app that uses the sensors in your phone to count your all-day steps. It touts its simplicity—it doesn't kill your battery life. It also is set up for social sharing with your friends, swapping comments to encourage you.

7

Argus by Azumio

Azumio

Azumio

Argus tracks your daily step total and calories burned. But it tracks much more diet and lifestyle information. You can log food, water, weight, workouts, and see a timeline of your day. Like Moves, it uses the other sensors but still taps into GPS for some data, which can drain your battery.

It integrates with other Azumio apps, including Instant Heart Rate and Sleep Time (which tracks your sleep quality).

  • Available for iOS, optimized for iPhone 5s only
  • Connect a Bluetooth heart rate monitor for even more accurate exercise calories
  • Gives you GPS maps of running, cycling and driving
  • Link to your Fitbit, Pebble Smartwatch, or Withings WiFi scale
  • Social sharing and personalized coaching available
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