Steps FAQs: Your Questions about the Runtastic Steps App

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Have you started tracking your steps with our new and improved Steps app for iOS and Android? We’re really excited about this app and its ability to actually help anyone and everyone get moving more in their everyday life. With any new app comes new (and great!) questions. Here are some of the FAQs we’ve received from you!

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Runtastic Steps FAQ

1. How do I start the Runtastic Steps app?

You don’t have to do anything! The Steps app will start automatically as soon as you begin moving. No need to remember to press a Start button or open your app. You do the walking; we’ll do the counting.

2. How can I change my step goal?

You can do this in the Profile tab. The default step goal is 8,000 steps but feel free to adjust it to make it more challenging for you!


On Android and iOS: In your profile, click “Edit” and set your personal step goal.


5,000, 8,000 or even 10,000 steps? You decide! (Available on Android and iOS)

3. Are there any training plans in the app?

Definitely! There are 3 different completely customized plans for you to choose from: Walking for Weight Loss, Step It Up and 30-Day Activity Boost:

  • Your Walking for Weight Loss plan will help you reach your weight goal by focusing on increasing your daily activity level over 12 weeks. A combination of step and active minute goals increase gradually as your fitness level improves.
  • The goal of the Step It Up plan is simple: to motivate you to walk more on a regular basis. A mix of Step and Active Minutes goals will help you get more active over the next 6 weeks.
  • And for those of you who like a challenge, the 30-Day Activity Boost was designed to kickstart your already active lifestyle by saying yes to 30 days of increased activity. With the 30-Day Activity Boost, you can quickly up your daily step count over a month to give yourself an extra dose of energy.

All the plans are based on your average numbers from the last 30 days in your Steps app or, if you’re new to the app in general, Apple Health or Google Fit. Walking is so beneficial and a lot more effective than most people think!

Want to learn which training plan is right for you? Take the quiz and find out!


Start your “Walking for Weight Loss” plan and reach your ideal weight soon.


Time to “Step It  Up” and get that boost you need in the next 6 weeks!


Begin the “30-Day Activity Boost” plan any time you want to challenge yourself to move more.

4. I don’t take my phone with me everywhere. Can I also use a wearable? If so, which ones?

Firstly, if you don’t have a wearable you should have your phone with you at all times in order to track your steps. Most of us have our phones on us all the time anyway, right? However, if you find that you’re often forgetting to take your phone with you, and thus not reaching your daily step goal, it’s probably a good idea to get a wearable that syncs with the Steps app. Compatible wearables include those that sync with Apple Health and Google Fit. Be sure to check if that’s possible with the model you currently have or plan on purchasing.

5. I would prefer not to wear a wearable. In that case, what happens if I forget my phone?

If you happen to forget your phone or didn’t have it with you the entire day, you can manually add steps to both Apple Health or Google Fit (depending on your platform) which will then be added in your Steps app.

Do you have any more questions about the Steps app? Check out our full blog posting about the app and its functionality.



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