Privacy Friendly Pedometer App

Privacy Friendly Pedometer can count your steps in background, provides you an overview about your walked steps and allows you to define custom walking modes and notifications if the achievement of your daily step goal is in danger. The app requires minimal permissions (Run at startup and prevent phone from sleeping). It belongs to the Privacy Friendly Apps group developed by the research group SECUSO at Technische Universität Darmstadt. More information can be found an secuso.org/pfa

Privacy Friendly Pedometer can count your daily walked steps while it runs in background. It gives you an overview about your walked steps, distance and about the calories you have burned while walking. You can add and choose different walking modes with different step lengths, such as walking or running, to improve the calculation of distance and calories.

In a special training mode you can track your training sessions. To each training session additional information, such as feeling or a description, can be added.

What makes Privacy Friendly Pedometer different from other pedometers?

  1. Minimal amount of permissions:

    1. Run at startup: This permission is required to restart the step counting when your phone boots.
    2. Prevent phone from sleeping: On some devices the processor falls asleep and prevents counting steps. With this permission the app can keep the processor awake while counting steps.

      For comparison: The Top Ten of similar apps from the Google Play Store , die im Google Play Store requires an average of 15,8 permissions (in November 2016). These are for instance the location permission, the permissions to access, modify or delete storage, access to bluetooth-connection, networks or the Internet.

  2. No advertisement.
    Many other free apps in the Google Play Store dazzle annoying advertising and also shortens battery life.

Download the app

We offer several ways to download the app:

  • Official Google Play Store (Feel free to provide feedback, see contact. We would be pleased to receive a positive rating if you like the app)
  • F-Droid Store (The F-Droid Store is an open source software store where you can download the APK-file of the app. Apps installed that way won't receive any updates, unless you regularly download the newest version from the F-Droid website or use the official F-Droid Store App).
  • If you are interested in the development of apps or the source code, you can find it at GitHub.
  • Minimum requirement: Android 4.1 or any higher version

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Contact us

For questions or comments regarding the App do not hesitate to contact Karola Marky.

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