Do you use your phone's activity tracking app?

Do you use your phone's activity tracking app?
Around 3 years ago, manufacturers started to add these weird features to their smartphones — pedometers that followed our footsteps, sensors that measured our heart rate and stress levels, calorie burn estimators, and so forth. At the time, it looked like a gimmick, inspired from third party apps that used the phone's gyroscope and camera to achieve basic results of the same kind, but then Google joined in on the fun with Google Fit and Apple launched its own Health app. Fast forward to today, every flagship and many midrangers have some type of fitness or activity tracking, even if it's just a step counter, built-in and the app stores are flooded with apps that can read, track, and interpret the collected data.

Now that it has become mainstream and we've gotten used to it, how much do you use activity tracking? Do you check in every month or so out of curiosity, or do you vigorously follow your steps, water intake, and sleep every day? Let us know in our poll down below!

Do you use your phone's activity tracking capabilities?

(Almost) every day
47.18%
I open it once in a while out of curiosity or boredom, but that's it
18.95%
It was interesting to toy with in the beginning, but I have forgotten about it by now
11.77%
I don't care for activity tracking
17.18%
My phone doesn't have / support activity tracking apps
4.92%

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23 Comments

1. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I simply use mine as a pedometer, but I check frequently. Assuming that I keep my phone in my pocket, it's pretty accurate.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7384; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Smart watches are much better, and much more accurate than any smartphone for health tracking. Even if the phone is in your pocket, it's tracking ability will be erratic. The phone has to be strapped to your body in order to increase its accuracy. This is an area where smart watches shine over smartphones.

20. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm sure you're right, but seeing as I'm not an athlete I'm not overly concerned with 100% accuracy in regards to how active I am during the course of the day. So long as I have a general overview I'm content. Spending a few hundred extra dollars on an additional device to give me more accurate information that won't actually result in any personal change is something I cannot justify spending money on. They're a "neat" accessory for me, but not worth the price. You may disagree, but I'll repeat my statement that the value of a good or service is subjective and I'm not saying that because they're not worth it to me doesn't mean that they're not worth it to everyone else. I'm simply sharing my perspective.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31108; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Twice a day, Monday thru Friday. S Health is the shizzle.

10. ph00ny

Posts: 2033; Member since: May 26, 2011

I've been using it for even more stuff than before like sleep tracking ever since i've started using gear s3 frontier

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31108; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How's sleep tracking? I haven't used it yet on mine.

21. cleatglitch

Posts: 165; Member since: May 25, 2013

it's great...pretty close to being accurate...it tracks everything...movement...idol...sleep

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31108; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Cool, thanx for the info. It's hard for me to sleep with watches on, so I just never tried the feature.

3. Carlitos

Posts: 670; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Use it everyday, but mostly as a step counter. I get notifications throughout the day from S Health of my progress. Even record my sleep data, but thats because the app pretty much does it for you.

4. TediT

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Everyday. S Health is actually really good in everything.

5. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yes. S Health is incrediblely useful for me. The S7, having the HRM is a plus point :)

6. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Out of curiosity: why do you use the HRM? What does your heart rate tell you?

7. mobileRRX1

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 08, 2015

I use my watch for activity tracking, as my watch is with me all day (except while sleeping)...

8. det_bradlee

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

S-Health. But will be changing soon if they don't add the ability to sync in partner app data. Withings scales are great, and they have an open API for their Health Mate app. Health Mate is also a partner app within S-Health, meaning it can pull step counts from S-Health. However, Samsung never added the ability to pull weight/etc. from Health Mate (or other partner apps) into S-Health. The only way to get non-manually entered weight data into S-Health is through really junky Chinese bluetooth scales while also having the app open. They really need to get on board with the whole partner health app ecosystem, or offer better support for devices within their own app!

9. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I used S Health a couple of times during the first days with a S6, then I totally forgot it. Now I have a HTC 10, no activity tracking of any kind.

11. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

I don't use that crap, why would i care how many steps i take? i care that i get from point A to pint B, come on get serious!

12. libra89

Posts: 2282; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Neither. I change phones too much to consider using it at all. And when I say phones, I mean OSes. So my watch/band is the only consistent thing when I feel like it goes with what I am wearing. I care more about tracking for sleep over other activity.

13. zeropants

Posts: 41; Member since: May 31, 2012

There should have been an answer for 3rd party users. Fitbit/Garmin/Polar, etc...

16. libra89

Posts: 2282; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Agreed, and Fitbit is multi-platform so you can connect and reconnect at any time, regardless of what phone you are using.

14. sherricorrb444

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

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17. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Use S Health with my Gear S2 and its really nice

18. lyndon420

Posts: 6796; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Never use it...I'm almost always aware of what I'm doing almost all of the time lol.

23. nghtwng68

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

Use Lifelog on my Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and love it! Very accurate, keeps track of everything you do throughout the day, customize specific activities, challenge yourself and share it all online. Plus, an animated info graphic of your day automatically. Sweet!

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