Duffy may be a simple app, but it will probably turn into the most used app on your Apple Watch. Duffy provides easy access to your steps count directly from your watch face in the form of a complication without having to launch the Activity app and scroll around to find it. Why isn’t steps count a complication that Apple built into the Watch? Who knows, but the new background updating API of watchOS 3 allowed me to build a reliable one for myself and now I’m releasing it to the masses for free!
Like I said, Duffy is simple. On the phone it displays your current day steps total with an option to view steps total from the previous seven days as well as display your steps on a Today extension. On the watch, Duffy offers the same functionality of viewing the current day and previous seven day steps totals with the added homerun feature of displaying today’s steps on the watch face as a complication!
Duffy reads the steps from your iPhone and Apple Watch from the Health app (via the HealthKit API).
Fix crash that prevented watch app from opening on watchOS 4.2 and earlier and first generation watches.
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.
Good idea in theory
This app does exactly what it says it does, though that may be misleading. It does indeed read your step count from the Health app and display the result on your watch face in the form of a complication. That is fine.
However, my two issues with this app are:
1) The Health app refreshes its step count slower than the Activity app on your phone, which refreshes its step count slower than the Activity app on your watch. Duffy reads the slowest of these apps. If it could read the activity app on your phone or watch, that would be much better.
2) The complication itself does not refresh often (unless you open the app; but the whole point is to not have to do this!)
These two facts leave the Duffy complication's step count often thousands of steps behind, especially while walking.
So it gets three stars: One because every app has at least one star, one more for being a good idea, and another one for being free. But no more than that because, in practice, the app is often so behind that it becomes useless.
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.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.