How to use your iPhone as a pedometer

Some of you may know that I am the creator and sole member of what I call the 6,000 steps a day challenge, a self-imposed goal of walking at least 6,000 steps per day. I reached that goal every single day in 2015, and since the beginning of this year, I have actually upped this to 7,000 steps a day, a goal I reach every single day as well, no matter how busy my schedule may be, no matter what the weather is like outside, and no matter my health condition.

When I talk to people about the 6,000 steps a day challenge, a question that often comes up is how I track the amount of steps I take. Surprisingly, most people don’t know this is something newer iPhones can do straight out of the box.

iDB readers are probably aware of that feature, but for those that might not be, or those who want to share the existence of this feature with friends and family, we will go over this today as I talk about how you can use an iPhone as a pedometer.

Pedometer++ embraces Apple Watch in a big way

Pedometer++ is one of the best step-counting apps in the App Store, with its developer David Smith managing to keep it alive with meaningful updates. In fact, Apple’s 2013 introduction of a dedicated motion coprocessor in iPhones that tracks movement in a power-friendly manner has helped breathe new life into Pedometer++.

Ever since the watch’s April 2015 debut I’ve been wondering how the app would fit into my fitness routine.

My primary concern at the time was whether or not a dedicated step-counting app made sense given the Apple Watch’s robust fitness and motion tracking capabilities.

But as it turns out, a bright future lies ahead of Pedometer++ and today’s feature-packed update proves my point. The new version fully embraces the Apple Watch with a comprehensive, fluid and native watchOS 2 app, complications, more accurate data sync than Apple’s Health app and more.

Pedometer++ totally revamped for iOS 7, now with data export and weekly timeline

David Smith’s Pedometer++ was one of the first apps on the block to come out with support for Apple’s new M7 motion coprocessor found inside the iPhone 5s. A bunch of health and fitness apps on the App Store have since integrated with M7 and today a new and totally revamped version on Pedometer++ has arrived.

Pedometer++ version 2.0, now available free in the App Store, includes a redesigned user interface that honors iOS 7 visual guidelines, in addition to a few new features…