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How to Track Steps on Wear OS Watches

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Tracking your steps can be truly useful. First off, this can help you see how much you’re actually walking each day and if you’re meeting the physical activity guidelines recommended by health organizations. At the same time, you get to set your own goal, based on your necessities and fitness level, and analyze your progress in time. Seeing that progress made will boost your motivation and make you walk more and hence improve your overall health.

 

If you’re using a Wear OS watch and wish to monitor your daily movement, you can easily do it with the aid of pedometer apps. Here are some of the best choices for your Android smartwatch:

 

ActivityTracker

ActivityTracker is a step tracker app for Android and Wear OS designed to monitor your daily physical activity. The app has a user-friendly interface and records automatically your movement with the aid of the built-in motion sensors. There’s no GPS usage, which means your device’s battery won’t be affected.

ActivityTracker keeps track of several fitness metrics, such as your step count, the distance covered, the calories burned and the active time. If you’re a fan of statistics, this is the app to try, since it places at your disposal lots of details regarding your physical activity. You can see your movement for each hour of the day, for each day, week and month, as well as averages for the last seven days. To motivate you to walk more, the app allows you to set a personal fitness goal. You can set it not only for the number of steps, but also for the distance and the calories burned.

ActivityTracker offers an app for your Wear OS watch that enables you to quickly visualize your daily progress. You can see an hourly summary, as well as an overview of the current day and the last week. There are also various Complications available so you can customize your Watch face.

Google Fit

Starting with Wear OS 2.0, Google Fit comes pre-installed on your watch. The app can be used to track your walking activity, but it’s not limited to this. You can actually monitor a wide range of sports and activities, from running and hiking to yoga and strength training. There are two main activity goals, which you can adjust from your wrist: Steps and Heart Points. You receive one point for a moderate-intensity activity like brisk walking and two points for high-intensity activities like running.

With Google Fit you can see directly on your Watch how many steps you’ve taken, how many calories you’ve burned, your distance, move minutes or heart rate. There’s also an option to activate GPS in case you want to start a workout and visualize your route on a map. If you want to get an overview of your health, you can sync the app with other wearables and health and fitness apps such as MyFitnessPal, Strava or Sleep as Android.

Outwalk

Outwalk is a distinctive step counter app for Android phones and watches. What makes it different? Well, it’s the social aspect of fitness tracking which it integrates. The app provides the opportunity to get in touch with your friends, to take part in walking challenges, compare your performances and check the leaderboards to see who’s the most active.

When it comes to tracking, this isn’t exactly the most feature-rich solution. Basically you can analyze only two metrics: the number of steps and the distance walked. Outwalk syncs with Google Fit in order to gather data about those metrics from multiple sources. The app offers custom reports for your activity and enables you to see your progress on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis.

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