How Do I Use My iPhone As A Pedometer?

How do I use my iPhone as a pedometer? – is that really possible?

Well, today I’m going to show you exactly how to use an iPhone as a pedometer.

Using your iPhone as a pedometer gives a pretty accurate system to measure your daily steps and activities when you walk or run. And you’re going to see how to access this amazing feature on your iPhone device today.

So, let’s dive right in…

An iPhone as a Pedometer – How Does it Work?

Those who exercise by walking are aware that knowing and keeping track of how many steps they make in a day is important as they may have some goals (number of steps) to achieve.

For iDevices, the iOS 8 update brought out a solution (health application) to help users to become health conscious and keep a record of their health.

One of the features of this health application by App is tracking the number of steps you take in a day.

The iPhone has an in-built accelerometer and sensors that can detect when someone is walking and track the number of steps made.

How Accurate is the iPhone as a Pedometer?

Well, some iPhone users have claimed that the step tracking feature of iPhone is not 100% accurate.

That means the iPhone cannot accurately track how many steps you take in a day. Well, the difference is not usually much and the iPhone is 99% close to the number of steps you take in a day.

The University of British Columbia carried out a research on the iPhone pedometer and found out that about 21.5% of the steps are not accounted for and this is not the iPhone fault, but usually that of the user. This is mostly because most iPhone or mobile users, in general, are not always with their phones as they move about all day.

How Do I Use My iPhone As A Pedometer?

Note that, your iPhone only tracks your steps when you carry your phone along with you. So first things first, your iPhone has to be with you always for this step to work!

To use your iPhone as a pedometer you have to ensure that the health app is on. To confirm that, take the following steps:


The steps can be furthermore broken down below:

#1: Open Settings on your iPhone device and go to Privacy

#2: Click on Motion & Fitness

#3: Switch on both Health and Fitness Tracking

How to See and Monitor Your Steps Tracking Data

Follow the steps listed out below to closely monitor and go through your daily steps tracking data when using your iPhone device as a pedometer:


The steps can be furthermore broken down below:

#1: Open the Health app on your iPhone.

#2: Click on the summary tab located at the bottom of the Health app screen.

#3: Scroll down on the health app screen to the Highlights section, there you will see your steps tracking data.


iPhone devices have a lot of features that make it really unique and distinguished from their competitors – from its mobile tracking feature, to health-related functionalities, the mobile brand is really worth admiring.

Monitoring your daily activities using your iPhone goes a long way to living a daily healthy lifestyle, thus building great wealth for yourself.

Now I’d Love to Hear from You:

  • Would you rather use your iPhone as a pedometer to keep track of your daily steps, or get some third party device to do so?
  • How reliable do you feel an iPhone is when used as a pedometer?
  • Or maybe you love making use of your iPhone and at the same time other third-party gadgets to track your daily steps and runs?

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below!

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