Duffy is a simple app, but it will probably turn into the most used app on your Apple Watch. Duffy provides access to your step count directly on your Apple Watch face as a complication. I was surprised to find that this wasn’t included as an Apple Watch feature out of the box, so I built it for myself and now I’m releasing it to the masses for free! No more opening the Activity app and scrolling around to find your steps. It’s now available at a glance.
Duffy is simple, but it’s 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 from your iPhone and Apple Watch from the Health app (via the HealthKit API).
- Available in Japanese
- Dark Mode support for iOS 13
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.
Best Step Tracker Apple Watch complication
I use an Apple Watch to track my fitness and I wanted to find a 3rd Party app to display step count on the Watch face so I didn’t have to keep opening up my activity app. Most pedometer apps out there do have complications but it’s akin to a circle that gets filled in as you make your goal. I wanted an actual number displayed that refreshes as I increase my step count. Duffy has this and it works perfectly-it’s a simple app that does what it sets out to do. Other step apps try to do too much and miss the mark.
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.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.