The world of wearables has been invading the tech market for some time now, with many manufacturers producing smart devices that monitor physical activity and vital parameters, resulting in an unprecedented breadth of offerings. In this list, we gather some of the best pedometer applications that you can use on your mobile to trace your steps and some of them are already present in your phone!
One of the basic functions of these devices is undoubtedly that of the pedometer, which is present not only on wearable devices such as smartwatches, but also on virtually any smartphone, but these make use of certain applications to manage this activity, and even in this case, there is no shortage of alternatives.
Let’s take a look at the best pedometer apps for any device (iPhone, Samsung, Xiaomi…) or operating system (Android or Apple).
1. Integrated pedometer apps
Using data from the built-in GPS and motion sensors (Accelerometer and Gyroscope), these apps are able to track a person’s movements and routes throughout the day. Obviously, it is essential that the smartphone is always in your pocket to track your movements and steps.
First of all, let’s start by pointing out that many brands integrate proprietary applications into their smartphones that monitor the steps taken each day and other parameters relating to physical activity.
Android, Samsung, Huawei and even iPhones have some very good apps that allow you to do this, so you might want to check that your phone is equipped with this technology.
Here are the apps integrated on your smartphone:
- Google Fit: This is the app for Android devices that can track steps, and other health data such as heart rate;
- Health: System app for monitoring health on Apple iOS devices;
- Mi Fit: system app for Xiaomi devices;
- Samsung Health: for Samsung devices;
- Health: for Huawei devices;
- Step Counter: for Oppo devices, you need to activate the Smart Assistant and add the “Step Counter” quick link;
In each of the respective Apps, you will be able to see the number of steps you have taken during the day. If not, you need to enable the pedometer option.
If however, you are not satisfied with the application on your smartphone, or if it is missing, here are some of the best pedometer apps on Android and iOS.
2. Google Fit
This is the application that the Mountain View giant reserves for its devices (and in general for all Android devices). It is a complete and accurate software with which, in addition to counting steps, we could check the progress related to other sports and activities.
The application is free of charge and is available on both the Play Store and the App Store for Apple devices.
3. Paced Pedometer
This is another great app for counting your steps throughout the day. It also allows you to record your activities and routes and display them on an interactive map.
It is important to note that the app is well designed to motivate the user to exercise, including fun challenges between friends.
This Pedometer app is available for Android and Apple iOS devices.
4. Adidas Running by Runtastic
Remember Runtastic? The famous application for monitoring a wide range of sporting activities has entered into a partnership with the German sportswear giant. With this free application, you can monitor your steps and other health parameters.
Adidas Running is available on the Play Store and App Store.
With this application, you can keep track of the number of steps taken during the day, also through some useful widgets to be placed on the home screen. There is also a very useful function that estimates the calories burned based on the route taken.
Accupedo is a free app and is available on Android and iOS.
6. Pedometer App for Smartwatches
As with smartphones, smartwatches often have proprietary apps that can check the progress of our workouts. It is no coincidence that many smartwatch brands are also producing smartphones and that they are also able to synchronise our activity data via the same app.
So check that your watch is equipped with such an application (generally speaking, Android Wear smartwatches come with a version of Google Fit as standard), and if not, search the store on your device (if there is one).
- Samsung’s Galaxy Watch use Health;
- Fitbit smartwatches use the proprietary Fitbit app;
- Garmin uses the Garmin Connect app.
- Each Smart Watch or fitness bracelet in turn can be configured to transmit data (such as a number of steps, beats per minute, etc.) in real-time to your Smartphone.
Counting steps on the Apple Watch with the Health app
As far as Apple smartwatches are concerned, the best solution is to rely on the “Health” app; the Apple Watch pedometer is in fact integrated within the said app, which also allows you to monitor other data relating to physical activity.
The watch will tell you, the first time you switch it on, that you can configure the application immediately (you can set it later, however); the parameters to be set in order to receive more precise indications are weight, gender, age and height. Here you will find the guide created by Apple for the first configuration.
10,000 steps correspond to approximately 7.5 kilometres, which is the World Health Organisation’s recommended target for a healthy life.
About 10,000 steps can burn about 500 calories. Using a pedometer app will make it easier to monitor and count the calories lost.