Often when building a new habit we fell so…human. Being too lazy, a little forgetful, lacking motivation and always looking for another excuse.
Luckily our smartphones are there to help.
Here’s a list of 32 habit tracking apps that will send consistent reminders, save your journaling secrets or congratulate on streaks.
Not sure where to start? Some of the apps are already packed with content to make healthy habit building an easy(er) game.
The list is in alphabetical order – explore it all and find your perfect match.
All data regarding functionalities, ratings, and prices are as of December 17, 2018.
Aloe Bud is like your self-care pocket companion – it gives you reminders a.k.a. sends encouraging push notifications to do self-care activities that you have selected.
You won’t run into anxiety issues as there is no punishments or rewards for not checking in and the app has an aesthetic and simple design that is easy to use.
This app is for you if: You are looking for an easy to use the app to send you customized reminders to build your next self-care habit.
Balanced tracks and analyzes the amount of exercise, time spent sitting and quality of sleep. Data can be inserted manually or synced from Fitbit.
After analyzing all the results, the app gives you the tools and tips you need to improve these behaviors to improve your health an well being.
This app is for you if: You would like to understand which areas of your physical health need improvement and habit changes.
Beeminder cleverly combines self-tracking and monetary incentives to help you stick to your goals.
This app can track anything you can quantify and graph – from reading 12 books in a year to cooking at home at least 5 days per week. If you go off track, you pledge money to stay on the road the next time. If you go off track again, the app charges you.
This app is for you if: You struggle to stick to your habits and you are ready to try out if the perspective of losing money would motivate you to keep going. Bonus if you love graphs and data.
Chains.cc is a habit tracking app based on the “don’t break the chain” method – each day you complete a task, a visual streak grows. You can add habits to track, mark when the daily task is finished and hopefully see the streak growing.
All the data can be accessed offline and both in-app and on the web. Chains.cc also has an online community where you can get support to keep your streaks going.
This app is for you if: You are looking for an app that will track your habit streaks online or offline, on the web or in-app.
Coach.me offers 3 types of services – habit tracking feature to track your progress, access to habit coaches to assist you in various areas (e.g. mindfulness, productivity, fitness) or leadership coaching program to help with career growth.
Habit tracking feature is free to use for anyone and if you are looking for more guidance in habit building, you can choose from pre-prepared step-by-step plans to achieve specific habit goals.
This app is for you if: You are looking for a habit tracking app where you can get guidance from professional habit coaches.
Done app lets you set and track goals monthly, weekly, daily or multiple times a day. It enables tracking for habits you want to build as well as the ones you would like to quit.
Habit display and its colors are customizable- choose what will motivate you the most. App also has a daily journaling feature and your in-app habit building stats and trends.
This app is for you if: You are searching for a habit tracking app that will help in both quitting bad habits and building new healthy ones.
Everyday tracks all your habits on one board – it lists all the habits and days of the month in one table and marks with colors the days you successfully finished your task. The board is fully customizable – you add habits, prioritize them, group in categories and change colors.
To not lose a streak when ill or on holidays you can use their skip option. All the data is accessible not only in the app but also on a web browser.
This app is for you if: You are looking for a mobile version of the traditional habit tracker on paper.
Fabulous lets you choose from various areas of self-improvement (e.g. better sleep, focus and concentration, healthier eating and exercise). While developing certain pre-defined habits, you can also choose to add any other that you would like to include in your routine.
This habit tracker sends encouraging letters, notifications and detailed information on why developing a certain habit is beneficial. For more support, you can invite friends to join in your habit building journey.
Fabulous also has beginners yoga, stretching, meditation guides and in-app weight loss and fitness program.
This app is for you if: You know areas of your life you would like to improve but not sure how and what exactly to do – Fabulous will guide and keep you motivated.
Goal Tracker & Habit List is a simple design, easy to use app to track your goals and habits – each habit has its own calendar where after the daily task is done, you check it off the list. Monthly calendar view lets you easily see your streaks and missed days.
The app is completely free and available in multiple languages – Czech, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.
This app is for you if: You are looking for a simple design app to mark your daily habit building progress.
Habit Bull is very customizable and flexible habit tracker – you can even track bad habits to understand the patterns to make it easier to break them. You can track multiple habits, set flexible goals (e.g. certain days of the week, number of times per day etc.) and see the overview in detailed graphs.
To help in your habit forming, you can participate in app discussion forums and get inspired by motivational quotes.
This app is for you if: You would like to track both your bad and good habits and are searching for a habit tracker with multiple features.
HabitHub lets you choose which habits to track, notifications to receive and how to categorize your habits. Goals are flexible – go for jogging 4 times a week or try to master guitar playing skills only during the weekends.
In the calendar you can add daily notes and see streaks – hopefully seeing your chain a.k.a streak increasing day by day will increase the motivation to keep going.
This app is for you if: You need help with tracking your habit building and are looking for an app that will have all the necessary features – option to send reminders, track your progress and streaks.
Habitica makes habit building into a game – choose your daily goals and to-dos and when completing them unlock in-game features such as magic skills, battle armors, mysterious pets.
You can use these features to battle monsters together with friends. Being successful will unlock in-game or custom rewards, for example, 1 episode of your favorite TV show.
This app is for you if: If you are a fan of mobile games and are looking for one that will help to achieve your real life goals.
Habitify lets you schedule habits, sends reminders and gives insightful statistics. It has a simple and intuitive design so it’s easy to get the hang of the app and start your habit building.
For Apple users, Habitify is accessible on all devices (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac). It also has notes feature and with premium version you can set up a privacy lock, export data and choose to see the app in dark mode.
This app is for you if: If you are searching for a minimal design, easy to use habit tracking app that you can sync on all Apple devices.
Habitminder is an easy and simple habit tracking app where you can insert your own habits to track or choose from more than 50 predefined actions, for example, hydration, stretching or healthy eating.
The app keeps track of your progress with their statistics feature and monthly habit building calendar gives an overview of streaks and missed days.
This app is for you if: You are looking for an easy to use app that will keep you on your habit building track.
HabitShare adds the element of accountability by giving an option to build habits together with friends. You can create habits to keep track of and invite friends to see your progress, help you stay motivated or even develop the habit together.
This habit tracking app lets you customize which habits to share with certain people or whether to keep all of them private. In-app chat option is a great feature to easily stay connected with your accountability partners.
This app is for you if: You value the support of your friends and are ready to start habit building together.
Happify lets to choose one track at a time to increase your level of happiness by developing specific skills and habits.
You can choose from many activities – writing exercises to practice gratitude, calming videos, balloon popping game to relieve stress or many others.
The app also tracks your progress and you receive congratulations on your progress, positive reinforcement and feedback.
This app is for you if: You are looking to increase your general level of happiness by improving certain areas of your life.
Morning Routine lets you build morning routine and helps to go through habits one by one with the built-in timer function. App also records your stats to be able to see how much time is spent on each habit.
To keep the motivation up, Morning Routine app also has information about routines and habits of successful people.
This app is for you if: You would like to improve your morning ritual by adding and tracking new habits and get some in-app inspiration from routines of successful people.
New Habit app lets you track both bad and good habits, set habit reminders, follow the progress and invite friends to work on your new healthy habits together.
App also offers 300+ healthy habit ideas with detailed descriptions and instructions on how to follow them. Many of them inspired by famous and successful people.
This app is for you if: You are ready to improve your life by developing and tracking new habits and would like to get more inspiration on which habits to develop and how it will benefit you.
Pacifica is an app helping to overcome stress and anxiety. You can set and track daily health goals for habits that affect these issues and make use of an in-app audio exercises and lessons to reduce anxiety and stress.
App also has mood tracking and journaling features and you can share struggles and advice with Pacifica’s peer support community.
This app is for you if: You would like to improve habits related to mental health to better deal with stress and anxiety.
Persistence is simple and easy to use habit tracker – you can set daily goals, smart reminders, add notes for each progress update and access graphs and statistical analysis of your data.
Other handy features are option to export data, group your goals in categories or even email individual or daily journal progress.
This app is for you if: You are searching for a simple and easily customizable app with all the necessary features to track your habits
Productive lets you plan and schedule morning, afternoon or evening routines. It’s simple and easy to use but still allows a lot of customization – create your own habits, choose icons and colors.
The app can send reminders and keeps track of your progress with their statistics feature.
This app is for you if: If you already have your ideal routine in mind and need help to keep you on track and check your progress with some useful statistics.
Rabbit App is a habit reminder app – you can prepare a schedule and content of reminders to receive notifications on your phone. The app doesn’t offer statistics or graphs but will send you customized reminders throughout the day so you don’t forget to stretch in between studying sessions or just take 5 deep breaths once in a while.
If you are not sure where to start – get inspired by some of the suggested habits already in the app.
This app is for you if: You are searching for an app with one well-developed function – sending customized habit reminders.
Remente helps to track goals created by you or gives an option to follow pre-prepared plans for different areas of life (e.g. love & relationship, health & fitness, personal development). You can easily check and track daily to-dos as well as long-term tasks.
App has a life assessment tool that helps to define areas you would need the most improvement. To track which actions make you feel good or bad try out in-app mood journal.
In-app you can also access useful resources about mental well-being, productivity, relationships and many more.
This app is for you if: You are interested in self-growth and are looking for an app with many features and content to guide you on the way.
Sanity & Self positions themselves as an app for women. It offers guided audio sessions about various self-care topics – personal growth, anxiety, stress, fitness, relationships, mindfulness etc. To track your improvements, discover in-app journaling.
Great bonus is Sanity & Self in-app community – where you can share, look for support and cheer others up.
This app is for you if: You are a woman looking for some mindfulness, wellness and personal growth with the help of daily audio sessions and encouraging community
Shine app delivers daily messages with quotes, motivating articles, actions you can take to start the morning right. Their special feature is Shine talks – short recordings in more than 20 topics, starting from how to increase your productivity to how to avoid burnout.
This habit tracker also has journaling feature where you can write down your thoughts or practice gratitude.
This app is for you if: You are looking to make your day “shine” a bit brighter with some daily motivation and self-improvement talks.
Simple Habit offers 5- 20 minutes long meditation, mindfulness sessions about various topics like increased focus, improved sleep, reduced stress. The app tracks your meditation progress with Mindful Minutes feature and can send you daily reminders.
Simple Habit is a great habit tracking app for busy people with their sessions being as short as 5 minutes and offline access in premium version.
This app is for you if: You would like to create meditation and mindfulness habit and are looking for an app that has both guided sessions and tracking feature.
Spar is a social habit building app where you can challenge up to 5 friends or other Spar users to a certain activity and set penalty (set amount of $). Each person has to send a video proof that the activity is completed and the last person keeping the streak going receives all the penalties of others.
Challenges in each friend group are fully customizable – choose anything from doing push-ups to making your bed every morning.
This app is for you if: You are competitive and would like to build a new habit in a fun way with your friends or soon-to-be friends from Spar app.
StickK helps to create “Commitment contract” with yourself – choose a goal, actions and put your money on the line. If you fail to reach the goal, you choose where that money goes – friends, charity or maybe an organization you don’t like (to make you work even harder).
You can invite friends for some support or share your struggles and progress with other StickK users. To track habit building path from start to finish you can record thoughts, comments and milestones in a commitment journal.
This app is for you if: You need that extra push in quitting or building a habit – with StickK you can make it an unofficial contract with your money at stake.
Streaks gives an option to track new habits or create negative tasks to break bad habits. It reads data from the Apple Health app and will automatically know when the task is complete.
The app is highly customizable – you can choose how often a task needs to be completed or repeated, change color themes and task icons. You can access a whole range of statistics including current and best streak.
This app is for you if: You would like to track any habit but especially the ones you can link with the Apple Health App.
Strides app lets you choose from 4 types of goal tracking – “habit” to track daily tasks, “target” to reach a certain goal by a specific date, “average” to track amount or time over any time period or “project” to thick off project milestones.
You can keep track of your daily tasks or take a look at the dashboard to see all your tracks in one place. App also gives an overview of your habit building history, streaks and success rate of past tracks.
This app is for you if: You are looking for a flexible but simple habit tracker to keep track of your habits, goals or longer term projects.
Today Habit Tracker app lets you build a customizable dashboard for each habit – add cards with different functions to select how you want to track a specific habit (e.g. To-Do list, Apple Health Card, Steak Calendar).
Another special feature is custom photo covers. App gives an option to choose a beautiful full-screen photo cover for each of your habit to motivate and stimulate you visually to stay on track.
This app is for you if: You would like to have a habit tracker that’s customizable and has a nice design touch.
Way of Life lets you see daily tasks, streaks and receive reminders to stay on track. It promises that with the Way of Life it takes just a few seconds daily to track your routines.
App offers note-taking feature and sums up your progress in various charts and graphs so you can see the trends and progress.
This app is for you if: You are looking for an app that will track your habits and gather data while taking minimal time and effort from you.
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