We rounded up the top iOS and Android apps for every type of runner.
With the nice weather starting to hit most of the country, now is a the prime time to get in a great run. Whether you are lacing up for the first time or you’re trying to hit that coveted runner’s high again, sometimes you need a little something extra to make your run stand out.
Luckily, there’s an app—or more like a hundred—that can help. These days, apps can not only track your run, but also coach you, motivate you with music, keep you safe, and more.
To keep it simple, we rounded up our favorites and narrowed them down to the best running apps across several categories, highlighting what makes each unique. Whether you’re just starting out as a runner or you’re a seasoned pro, this list will help you find the tools you need to get the most out of your miles.
Best Beginner Apps
Best for: Getting motivated to be more active
Human isn’t the most advanced activity tracker on this list, but it wins points as a strong motivator. The app works in the background, tracks the time you spend being active (running, walking, and cycling), and nudges you to hit your “Daily 30,” or 30 minutes of exercise per day. But the real motivation comes from other people. Human compares your data to other nearby users to create a leaderboard of who’s exercising nearby, so you can see how you rank against your neighbors.
Couch to 5K
Best for: Building your confidence by working toward a goal
The popular Couch-to-5K app does exactly what it says: Turns you from sedentary couch potato into a runner. It guides you through three 30-minute workouts per week to get you ready for a 3.1-mile race in only nine weeks. Along the way, it tracks your time and distance via GPS, and a virtual coach gives you verbal cues about your workout. After each run, you can log your data to active.com, and you can share your achievements with friends in the app’s newsfeed.
Best for: Starting a regular running routine
This app is centered on step-counting, but it’s a great launching point into developing a running habit, too. Like Human, Pacer works in the background, logging your steps as you move around during the day to give you a picture of your activity level. Unlike Human, you can also track runs with GPS and join group challenges, and if you opt for Premium ($5 per month), you can access training plans with video workouts.
Best Advanced Running Apps