The Best Pedometer Apps on Android [December 2019]
The average working person in America is too busy to spare any time for exercise. You don’t need us to tell you that that’s a bad thing, or that you really need to move around if you want to be in any kind of shape. Some lucky people happen to live near their workplaces, and can get in some exercise just by cycling or walking to the office. However, if you commute from home, you can still squeeze in a few minutes during the lunch break for a quick walk near your offices.
How do you find out if those little walks are adding up? More and more people are turning to pedometer apps to count how many steps they take in a day. There are a lot of these apps that you can install on your Android phone. A pedometer app relies on your phone’s geo-sensor to accurately monitor how many steps you have taken, the distance covered, and even estimate the number of calories burned. We spent several afternoons walking around in order to determine which pedometer apps on Android are the best for adding some fitness into your day, and now we’re finally ready to present our results. These are the five best Pedometer apps on Android.
Walk with Map My Walk comes from MapMyFitness, Inc., a company owned by Under Armour, and it’s easily one of the best walking apps you can get on Android today. It’s full of features that help to make it one of the best pedometers for your phone. It can track directly from both your Android device and any wearables you might have, including a WearOS smartwatch, a Garmin smartwatch, Fitbit fitness tracker, Jawbone device or anything else.
In addition to basic steps and calorie tracking, Walk with Map My Walk includes a number of real-time audio coaching tracks for use to get outside and moving. There’s also a full social network built into the app, allowing you to share your progress with your friends, or compete to see who can burn the most calories in a week.
However, just because this is one of the best apps we’ve seen for tracking your steps doesn’t mean it stops there. This app is packed with useful features to help you monitor nearly any physical exercise such as aerobics, running, roller skating, and rock climbing. It not only counts your steps and the distance traveled, but also determines the time taken and the speed. It uses your phone’s GPS sensor to map the route that you are taking in real-time. This can help you organize your walking routine more efficiently. You can also allow the app to upload your statistics to the mapmywalk.com website.
Ultimately, if you’re looking for an all-in-one pedometer app, this is undoubtedly one of the best choices you’ll find on Android today.
Like Walk with Map My Fitness, Runkeeper comes from another fitness-focused company: Asics. Rated highly by its users, the Runkeeper pedometer app uses your Android phone’s GPS sensors to keep track of various fitness activities such as walking, running, or cycling. The app calculates the number of steps you take, the distance covered, and how many calories you have burned. It also broadcasts an audio message to keep you updated during the exercise.
Another impressive feature is this app’s ability to integrate with other Android apps such as as the Polar Heart Rate Monitor or with the Android Wear smartwatch. It also seamlessly works with your phone’s music app to enhance your music listening experience as you exercise. Moreover, you can share your statistics with your friends on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.
Runkeeper does focus more on running than walking, but that doesn’t stop this app from being one of the better pedometer apps we tested for this guide. It’s well liked and trusted by users, and both ads and paid plans did little to get in the way of having a fantastic experience with the app.
The third app on this list to be part of a bigger fitness brand, Runtastic Steps comes to us from Adidas. While the original Runtastic brand has been mostly retired in favor of promoting Adidas, their pedometer app continues to use the Runtastic branding. This app is best known for nudging its users to walk 10,000 steps every day, making it a perfect substitute for a human exercise buddy. The app has all the normal features of a pedometer app as well as the ability to calculate your speed. It also integrates nicely with popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. Sharing your daily walking statistics with your friends creates the necessary competitive spirit to keep you going. It is accurate and has an appealing purple interface that is pleasant to look at.
You might have heard of Noom, the all-in-one health and wellness app that has exploded in popularity over the last few years. While Noom is a fantastic way to lose weight and feel great, Noom Walk is focused primarily on tracking your steps as you walk throughout your day. This app has a simple, elegant, and easy-to-use interface. A big advantage of Noom Walk is that it doesn’t require GPS to function, which means it hardly drains your battery. This doesn’t mean that it isn’t accurate, though. Noom Walk lets you select a fitness routine from three different categories: Learning, Practicing, and Mastery. Whether you use Noom throughout your day or you prefer to stick to just using their pedometer app, this is a great option on Android.
Our final recommendation is an app that doesn’t come from a sports company or a larger company like Noom. Instead, Accupedo is one of the best basic step counters for anyone who wants to avoid some of the more complex features of the other apps. This app features intelligent 3D motion recognition algorithms that can effortlessly detect whether you are walking. It then counts the steps you have taken and the distance covered and stores the statistics in the phone for you to review later. The Accupedo app also contains a power-saving mode that extends your battery life. It hardly requires GPS for it to work, and has a beautiful user interface.
These are some of your best options if you need a running buddy on your Android phone. We’ve also got some exercise help for iPhone users; if you want to coordinate routes with your Fitbit, we’ve got you covered–or maybe yoga is more your speed?