Annoying ad machine that sorta counts your steps
By experienced player level 86
“If it’s not broken - break it!” is the motto of one of the developers who is part of the team now in charge of Stepz, and it’s exactly what they have done with what used to be a favorite app. You are constantly bombarded with loud and intrusive ads that make using Stepz a nightmare. You get those more or less every time you switch to the app. It’s very careless to have that on an app that people use when they are physically active. It’s not just annoying and frustrating, it’s also distracting and can be a safety hazard, showing a high degree of disregard for the users from the developers. Apparently the permanent ad bar on the Stepz screen was not enough for them. What you get for all this is a very questionable aesthetics update and lots of distinction which the pre-2019 version didn’t have - your monthly, yearly, etc, totals are always miscounted after midnight. To fix it you must 1) open the app 2) force close the app 3) reopen the app (yay, ads); if you ever travel to a different time zone all your data gets totally corrupted and you have to download it from....the free in-built step counter that comes with your phone! Each and every time! And one wonders why they demand those outrageous prices for “the full experience”. All of this has been the same for quite some time now, so obviously the developer does not care for us, users of Stepz.
I have been using stepz for a while now. I recently upgraded my phone. I reinstalled the stepz app to find no sign in option. Or maybe I overlooked it. Idk. Went threw the steps to get to a part that says I have to pay. What!!! I just want to sign in get my progress from my old phone and be done. Using this app was helpful in tracking my progress daily. But I guess that instead of using this app I’m gonna move on to another. Sometimes things are better left unchanged. Why can’t things be easy. 😩 The only reason I’m giving you 4⭐️ is because of how useful this app use to be. Now it’s a 1 ⭐️ nobody wants to pay for something they’ve been getting for free. Plus the issues stated above. So bye bye stepz.
I liked it until the last update
By Cris Mo
I downloaded this app during the summer and checked it every day through fall and winter. Overall, i find it really encouraging to know that i walked 4 or 5 miles on days when i haven’t taken time to “work out” but I’ve been busy/on my feet throughout the day. Having the data also gives me an incentive to walk at least as much as I did on other days within the last week.
But I just deleted the app last night because the last update screwed up my data. On Friday I had more than 10K steps, and on Saturday I barely had any because my phone battery was dead most of the day. after the update it showed Wednesday as having more than 12K steps but barely any for Thursday Friday or Saturday, like the one really low day was stretched out to three. I’m also skeptical about the accuracy because there have been times that i was sitting on the bus or subway for a while, and the step counter went up before I stood up. I’m not sure if I’ll download the same app to see if that fixes it or just try a different app.
New features and excessive ads ruined this Stepz
Stepz has more ads than any other app I have ever used. The cost to stop the ads is ridiculous especially for an app that took a giant step backwards with its “improvements.” Color scheme and readability due to the washed-out colors is terrible. Over-all display of data including every facet of miles/steps data displays are now awful. Ads pop up at almost every touch of the screen and are very difficult to close. Video ads, that are way too loud and are just plain obnoxious constantly pop up as well. I realize there will be a, “we’re sorry you’re not enjoying our app and here are the reasons why you should be” response to my critique but it just doesn’t cut it. I’ve read all the reviews which are dead-on and the responses which are weak. If you don’t have this app, don’t waste your time getting it. The frustration level it creates just isn’t worth it. I gave it try after try with all the downgrading it’s gone through and now I’m done. There is no redeeming value for using Stepz at this point and without a major overhaul it will end up in the pile of once good apps turned bad that no one uses anymore!
Bugs, bugs and more bugs
Update: bugs, bugs and more bugs. Just last week the app didn’t record anything (!!) for the first hour of walking. Colors jumping back and forth without any meaning. Every day I bet if the color will change when I reach half of my daily goal. It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.
This is my fourth review over more than two years. Every time the same polite, damage-control response with zero improvements. I am seriously thinking of writing a case for Harvard Business Review!
One of the most buggy and unpredictable apps I have ever seen, for multiple features: color changing with “progress” (today it jumped from red to orange and later back to orange!), not to mention that it often miscalculates half the goal; it shaves or adds randomly steps (went from 20k to 40k overnight); long time to wake up, can’t remember easily where you were before, etc... After about a year under the new “management” it’s tough to see how they struggle to improve even the most basic elements of UX.
Stepz you can count on
Love my Fitbit surge but too many bracelets on my arms. I have a Apple Watch and want to move away from the Surge. I have been looking for apps that provide me with the info I need. Stepz provide me with the info I want. Uses Health Apple app for syncing steps to the app. It has various info you can display about your stepz, how many more steps to
meet your goal, calories burned, average steps over time. Long story short get this application if you want to count your steps then this is the one. One option is to see your steps without opening the app, shows steps much like unopened mail on the top right of the application icon. You can also use the watch dock so you can have your steps easily seen. Update: nice if Apple Watch could show your Stepz progress on the face of the watch.
I’ve used this app for years and it keeps getting better with improvements. I like that it averages out your weekly total because you can’t always have the time and opportunity to walk 10,000 steps everyday. I’m 67 and was making that goal until I couldn’t walk as much for a couple days. When I felt better, I overdid it to catch up and my body suffered because I was pacing as fast as I could to get back to an average of 10,000. The next morning I could barely get out of bed because my abdomen hurt from the extra strain. Once recovered, I lowered my goal to 7,500. I get most of my steps in by doing yard work and walking around a large city park when I’m in the city. I feel better after walking. My doctor has told me it’s the best exercise for me.
Love this app!!
By Mixed chic 27
I absolutely love this app!! I was given an Apple Watch series 3 for Christmas 2017, and I use the Stepz app everyday. It is extremely accurate & I enjoy the reminders & encouragement this app gives throughout the day to help me meet my daily fitness goals. This app is very easy to use and I love the graphs & different colors that make it easy to see my weekly & monthly progress. The integration with the Apple Health app is also a nice touch and makes it easy for me to share my progress with my friends & family who are keeping me accountable for my fitness goals. And you can’t beat the price...FREE!!...and there are no annoying advertisements either. I highly recommend this app as a necessity for anyone who wants an accurate record of their daily “Stepz” and fitness goals😀
Absolutely Hate New Design
By Paige Markham
This app used to be great. It was easily 4-5 stars. Then they changed the interface a few months ago and now it’s horrible. 1) Before, you could see your goal AND number of EXACT steps achieved for the day on one screen. Now you have to look at 2 screens for the same info. 2) You use to get the EXACT steps achieved above the graphics so you could tell at a glance what you did different days of the week. Now you have to tap on each bar to see that # at the top for a single day. You have to tap each bar to get the steps for that day. 3) There is a pop-ad EVERY TIME you touch the screen for whatever reason. I get you need to make money, but REALLY??? 4) You used to see the entire last 7 days by default. Now you have to scroll in order to see that ... along with another ad pop-up. 5) The washed out colors are horrible. The vibrant ones were much more pleasing to the eye. I’m so disgusted, it’s getting deleted after happily using it several years.
It keeps track of my steps. The new updates is nice. I like it when companies update and freshen up the UI.
This app has bugs though. Sometimes the colors are wrong. If I reach my daily goal, sometimes the goal bar will still be orange or even red. I have to shutdown the app and restart it to get it correct.
Another even worse bug is when traveling across time zones, such as in a flight from one end of the country to another. On these days of travel, I will get doubled entries on the time graph, and my daily step count is doubled - so strange. On a recent trip, it doubled my step going out, and on the day of my trip back, the steps were doubled again. And now those bogus days with the doubled steps are forever in the history.