Google Fit has been an all-rounder when it comes to tracking health. It has a minimal setup process, tracks data in the background, and the data it tracks is accessible on every platform—you need to sign in to your Google account to see your health data. Google has been integrating new features into the app. But, the Google Fit app doesn’t work very well with iOS. Several users have reported issues with the app and have claimed that it’s ‘barely’ usable on iPhone.
Sometimes, Google Fit misses counting some steps or showing the calorie count properly, even when it is running in the background. You can’t even track workouts with Google Fit on iOS.
If you want to step away from the Google Fit ecosystem, here are some of the best Google Fit alternatives.
1. Apple Health
Apple Health is a worthy native app, which is good enough as a Google Fit alternative. Although Apple Health’s functionality most surrounds counting steps and sleep, it’s a storehouse where you can simply save your data about health, fitness, and even sleep to view it by graphs.
It’s a simple hub that works with almost every type of health tracker on iOS. Be a blood pressure and glucose monitor or a simple pedometer; you can import data directly into the Apple Health app from multiple sources and see it in one dashboard.
One of the things that we like about Apple Health is that you don’t have to give up on Google Fit completely. If you have a smartwatch that you use only with Gooogle Fit, you can sync Apple Health data to the Google Fit app and vice versa. Moreover, the problem of it not syncing in the background won’t occur anymore.
Over time, Apple Health learns your behavior like your sleep cycle and then displays recommendation based on it, like a bedtime mode and alarm recommendations. Additionally, you can set up a Medical ID containing important information like your blood group, any allergies you might have, and more in the Apple Health app, which you can directly share with the doctor.
Apple Health is available for free on iPhone and is one of the best Google Fit alternatives out there.
2. Pedometer and Step Counter
If your primary use for using Google Fit is tracking how many steps you take, consider using the Pedometer and Step Counter app.
This app uses your iPhone’s built-in sensor to track your steps, the same technology used by smartwatches. When you set up the app for the first time, it asks you about your weight, height (for the stride size) and then recommends you walking a certain number of steps per day to achieve your goal.
Apple Health tracks your step in the background. However, you need to keep the Pedometer and Step Counter app running in the foreground to track your steps. But once you start, it tracks your steps in a more ‘precise’ manner, and it can also track your steps even when the screen is locked.
Even though some users have reported issues with the latest version, the developer has ensured that a version containing fixes will be out soon. Pedometer and Step Counter is available for free on Apple App Store.
With all of us staying indoors, keeping a check on body weight is challenging. MyFitnessPal is a good alternative to Google Fit as a diet tracker rather than a health tracker.
This app takes care of your calories—how many you should burn and intake—and connects you to the largest database of foods so that you can easily look up what you eat and record it in the app. It gives you insightful feedback that you can use to help reach your weight goal at the end of each day.
There’s also a premium version of MyFitnessPal that eliminates ads and unlocks many features, like short workout videos, to keep you motivated to control the weight.
With the Community feature, it’s easy to connect with friends and find motivation with MyFitnessPal’s leaderboard. MyFitnessPal is an excellent alternative for anyone looking for a diet-control app on iPhone.
Strava is a fitness app for all runners and cyclists out there. This app records your runs and creates competition between you and people who travel the same routes.
And it doesn’t stop at running, cycling, and swimming. The developers roll out updates frequently for the Strava app to integrate more sports like Kayaking, Hiking, Gym Training, and more.
Strava is available for free, but it also offers a premium version, which costs $5 per month (when paid annually), lets you share your location with other people while you’re on the run, and unlocks indoor training videos, and the ability to create and manage goals.
Strava is a good mixture of tracking health and fitness and maintaining a healthy competition between its users.
Freeletics is an app focused more on home workouts. Using its in-built AI, called Training Coach, you can tell the app your goals—whether you want to lose weight, gain muscles, or simply improve your fitness.
Moreover, the Training Coach asks you what kind of equipment you have available, and then by analyzing the training equipment and your goals, it recommends you a workout to achieve your goals using those pieces of equipment only.
Mindset is a standout feature of the app. This feature plays 5-20 minutes of audio that helps you stay focused on your workout, improve your fitness by learning more about your sleep, and even help you recover from anxiety.
Freeletics is available for free on the Apple App Store. Its Training + Nutrition bundle costs only $1.09 per week when paid every six months. The app even lets you cancel your subscription within 14 days if you don’t find it useful.
Ditch Google Fit on iPhone
There are a lot of Google Fit alternatives available for the iPhone. For basic usage, look no further that Apple Health and stick with it. Refer to our detailed comparison of Apple Health and Google Fit. The Apple Health app is filled with many health tracking options and has integration available for most of the health apps. Which one do you use to track your fitness goals?
Next up: Samsung Health is another capable offering from the Korean company. Read the post below to learn the differences between Apple Health and Samsung Health.
Last updated on 26 October, 2021
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