Duffy provides quick access to your step count directly on your Apple Watch face as a complication.
I was surprised to find that a steps complication wasn’t included on Apple Watches out of the box. Being a veteran iOS developer, I decided to build one in my spare time. I really loved my prototype version and thought there were more people who would love it too. So I put in the extra effort to release it to the App Store for everyone! Duffy is completely free, has no ads, and is even open source so if you’re also a developer, you can help me enhance it.
Duffy is a simple app, but it will probably turn into the most used app on your Apple Watch. No more opening the Activity app and scrolling around to find your steps. It’s now available at a glance.
Duffy is more than just an elegant Apple Watch complication. Use the full watch app for easy access to your steps, flights climbed and distance travelled for today and the past week. Set a daily steps goal and be notified on your watch when you reach it. The companion iPhone app provides the same access to your steps, flights and distance on a much larger, easier-to-read surface while also allowing you to dig deeper into your data to see trends and statistics over time.
Duffy reads the steps, flights climbed, distance travelled, and activity energy from your iPhone and Apple Watch from the Health app (via the HealthKit API).
This version adds improved complication updating to Duffy. Many core components have been refactored from the ground up for better efficiency and reliability.
Viewing your historical steps data is now even easier. In the phone app, I’ve added new trend and average lines to the chart to more clearly display your progress. There’s also a new Summary section that puts your average in context with you minimum and maximum step count for a time period. On the watch, I’ve added a simple line chart so you can easily parse your last few days of steps.
I also redesigned the complication on the X-Large watch face to display progress.
* Now includes a fix to remove the word "STEPS" from the small complication
I am currently working on the Home Screen Widget and it will be available in the next release. Sorry for the delay...
Ratings and Reviews
The step counter that you have been missing
Imagine my shock when I get my Apple Watch and the activity app is so difficult to customize and does not even have a way to make one of the three rings represent your step goal for the day. Coming from a Fitbit, I was very disappointed that the step count was so hidden on the Apple Watch. Duffy solves that problem. I wish it updated instantly by connecting directly to the step counter on the watch itself. It appears to sync with the health app instead. I had to adjust my settings so that my health app took steps data only from my Apple Watch, because Duffy would have a different count than the watch’s activity app. Thanks to the developers for filling the step count void.
Shows your steps on Apple watch face
As a dedicated fitbit enthusiast I was shocked that your steps didn't show on the watch face natively. This app answers this deficiency. It is not exact as the exercise app doesn't update that frequently. I love it 💛
I wrote that December 2019. I have Duffy as the middle complication on my infograph modular watch face as large as I can. Duffy does what Apple should have done originally. Activity is too complicated when all you want is steps, like, oh, the other fitness trackers. Also, when I had a probable, Patrick was so helpful. Still a happy user!! 😊
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the love!
Great feature Apple should have included...but...
I’ve tried a couple step counters that include the option to include steps as a complication on my series 5. This app is definitely the most accurate I’ve found, however very often ill look down to see that the number on the complication hasn’t changed when I know I’ve taken quite a few steps since the last reading. Usually you can open the app and after a time it’ll update, sometimes quickly sometimes it takes a while.
The first night I had the app at 12:45am I looked down to see the step count on the complication hadn’t reset from the previous count which was around 11:30pm. I understand that Apple restricts how often complications can update but even considering that, an hour seems a kinda long wouldn’t you say?
I’ve rated as 3 stars, knocking one off because of how inconsistent the updating appears to be and the other because sometimes even when I open the app it’ll take 20 seconds or more to update in the app (on the watch).
This is a much needed solution & I understand that Apple’s restrictions limit how fast it can update but there’s gotta be a creative way to work around this.
Developer Response ,
Apple has recently made some changes to watchOS around battery life longevity that make updating the watch face even more difficult. I am working on workarounds and hope to have an update out in the next several days. Thanks for being a user.
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- Patrick Rills
- 25.2 MB
- Health & Fitness
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
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