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SparkPeople's Diet & Fitness Tracker App: Now Free At Last!

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
5/6/2014 4:00 PM   :  67 comments   :  24,498 Views

UPDATE 5/6/14
Today we released all of these awesome updates for the Android version of our app. Click here to download the brand new app on your Android device. (Original blog post below has been edited to reflect this.)

UPDATE 4/9/14: It's here!

After months of teamwork, SparkPeople is thrilled to offer you an improved version of our popular Diet & Fitness Tracker app (now renamed Calorie Counter & Weight Loss App)--for FREE. Our mission has always been to SPARK millions of PEOPLE to reach their goals and lead healthier lives, and we believe that offering our best food and fitness tracking tools in a free app will help more people than ever before.
 
As of today, our app is free for all Apple (iPhone and iPad) and Android users. You can download the app using the links below (or search for "SparkPeople" in your mobile phone's app store). And to sweeten the deal even more, you'll get 250 SparkPoints* just for downloading the app!

  
Incredible Updates for iPhone & Android Users
We’ve made some pretty awesome changes to our free app, including:
  • A cleaner design with more intuitive navigation
  • An overhauled fitness log and easy-to-use search exercise demos
  • A “Recently Added” foods function within the food search bar
  • A new, customizable home screen (pick only the tools and features you want to see each day!) featuring at-a-glance daily calorie information
  • Access your SparkPeople Friend Feed, Goal Board, SparkPoints, articles and videos right inside the app
When you combine these upgrades with all the existing features that have made our Tracker app so useful (barcode scanning to track supermarket foods, GPS fitness tracking* and seamless integration with your SparkPeople account), you have one of the best tools to help you lose weight, get fit and be the person you want to be!

*GPS tracking only available on iPhone.
 
Note that this app was built and optimized with Apple's newest operating system, iOS7, in mind. Click here to find out which operating system your iPhone has and learn how to upgrade your device to the newest version for free. If you do not have iOS7, these upgrades will not work for your device.
 
If you already use SparkPeople’s Tracker app, simply update your app (for free!) to access all these new features.
 
 
We’re excited to kick off this journey, and we’re thrilled you’re taking it with us. Get ready to meet the best version of yourself with the help of our new, improved and FREE app!
 
As always, we want to hear what you think about our new app. Please share your questions and comments below.
 
Thank you for your support, and enjoy the app (and the complementary *250 SparkPoints for your download)!

*After downloading the app, get your SparkPoints here.
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ORIGINAL STORY: We wanted to give you all a heads up on an exciting development. In about a week, SparkPeople's Diet & Fitness Tracker app (currently $3.99) will become free of charge! Because some of you might be on the verge of paying for the app, we wanted to let you know about this change before you download the current version. Stay tuned for the exact date, as we don't have 100% control (just a general idea) of when the app store will approve and release this new version.

So why go free? And why right now?
 
SparkPeople's mission has always been to SPARK millions of PEOPLE to reach their goals and live healthier lives. One of the ways we are able keep this mission alive is by offering our website and features for free so that we can break down barriers and reach more people. But being a free site comes with many challenges. We need creative ways to earn revenue to keep SparkPeople going, which is why we offer a variety of optional paid features such as SparkCoach, workout DVDs, SparkPeople Store merchandise, and books. A little over a year ago, we also started charging for our mobile app because building and maintaining it became such a resource-intensive matter. Many members weren't happy about the charge, which was tough feedback for us to hear, because the revenue really helped our small company continue to thrive during lean times. So we thank all of you who did pay for the app in this period. Your support really helped our team—we can't thank you enough!
 
We always hoped that charging for our app would be temporary, and knew that someday we'd be able to make our app free for everyone again. We think SparkPeople is the best nutrition and fitness program around, and we want to be able to help more people discover SparkPeople and our healthy, sensible approach to weight loss and healthy living. A free app certainly helps support this mission. With some strategic planning and smart changes, we've been able to do just that. Not only will the app be free on all platforms in just a few days, but we're also releasing a much-anticipated update for the iPhone app (Android update is coming soon!), packed with tons of great new features that will make your mobile SparkPeople experience easier and better!
 
As soon as the new free version is available, we'll be sure to let you all know. Please look for announcements of this re-launch in the coming days!
 
Thanks for your support of SparkPeople over the years!


Click here to to redeem your SparkPoints
  You will earn 5 SparkPoints
 

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Comments

  • 67
    Didn't see this blog before and for some reason my old android didn't let me know there was an update. I received new update with my new phone this past weekend! WOW! I love it. I love how the daily spin is included on "home page" along with so much other info! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! - 7/14/2014   11:48:39 AM
  • 66
    LOVE, Love, love the changes and that fact that it's free again....brought me back to the SP I love! - 6/16/2014   11:22:04 AM
  • 65
    I take it back, I found my tracker info. I now officially love the app! - 6/7/2014   3:36:52 AM
  • 64
    I just downloaded the app for the first time and it looks great. I was even able to change my goal weight "by" date, which for some reason, I wasn't able to do on my laptop. However, while it is syncing my step count and distance from my spark tracker, it isn't syncing my fitness minutes or calories burned. I don't think it will be that big of a deal since I have to turn on the computer to get the Spark to sync anyway, but my phone is faster than my current computer and goes with me everywhere so I like the fact that I can easily access everything all in one place. Would be nice to see my minutes and calories on the app too. - 6/7/2014   3:25:49 AM
  • 63
    I absolutely love the iOS app for the iPhone. The iOS for iPad could use some bulking up.

    I do have a request for the iOS app for the iPhone. When entering information into the food tracker, for a new food you cannot add a decimal. So, if you have 1.5 grams of fat, you can only input a whole number here. Can we please add the decimal places for future revision/release of this app?

    Thank you! - 5/19/2014   2:22:47 PM
  • RIEXPLORER1
    62
    Help! Earlier this week my fitness "library" (where it list the many exercises and their calorie values) just disappeared. I have been waiting for it to reappear but it's gone. Am I alone on this or it is like that part of the site is down. I am currently running an IPad with the latest operating system IOS 7.1.1 I believe. I have deleted the app and reinstalled it but that did nothing to solve the problem. The rest of the site seems to be fine. Thank for any help or information on this. - 5/16/2014   4:55:22 PM
  • 61
    I love the new app!!! It's much easier to use on the go. The barcode scan is great. If I could add one feature, it would be a "check in" option from the app versus having to log in on my computer.
    I heart SPARK and this is yet another tool in the kit for health and fitness success!!
    THANK YOU
    - 5/13/2014   10:15:34 PM
  • SUNSPORTSMOM
    60
    a little bummed out since i just purchased the app, about 2 months ago. I was trying to get back on the wagon. I originally joined sparkpeople in September, fell off the wagon then decided to get back on in March. Computer issues and life got in the way, but I'm back and what to I see the app i just paid for is now free. So much for my bragging to my coworkers about how great SP is.
    - 5/11/2014   10:02:23 PM
  • 59
    Had paid for a version a few months ago. Just realized it automatically updated it to the current one. Love the food tracker now. So easy to search food and favorites lists (hating scrolling on and on). Like that you can customize the home screen view too. Nice work SparkPeople! - 5/8/2014   5:26:53 PM
  • 58
    Loving it, I have the app on my phone, as well as my kindle fire hdx. For being such an amazing free health and wellness resource, I did not mind paying $3.99. It was a one time fee and so worth it. If sparkpeople charged again, I would pay it it again. $3.99 v a lifetime of information is worth it! Thanks SP!!! - 5/8/2014   8:37:27 AM
  • 2MANGOES
    57
    I want to thank you so much for making this free again. Today I went to the App Store to see if how much you were charging and found it was free! I'm back on the wagon! - 5/8/2014   3:48:05 AM
  • 56
    I had the original free app and then paid for it when it was no longer free... love that it is free again so it accessible to more people. Don't suppose that means a refund for those that paid for it or bonus material?
    - 5/7/2014   7:32:18 PM
  • 55
    A little trouble at first but that was my tablet. After a reboot it worked fine - 5/7/2014   5:06:16 PM
  • 54
    It is a great app to have and I DL it on my tablet....but I do not carry my tablet with me everywhere I go. Sure wish it was available on the Windows Phone... - 5/7/2014   12:37:56 PM
  • 53
    Thank you to the programmers and those who support them. Well done and very much appreciated.. Thank you! - 5/7/2014   10:58:31 AM
  • 52
    I love the app, especially the ability to scan foods in on the go. This is so helpful. Between this and the SPAT, I am that much closer to my goals! - 5/7/2014   10:46:41 AM
  • 51
    I like the idea of and I have both the old and the new on my iphone because when I tried to add a new food to the new app, there was no decimal. so i use the old app to add foods and the new app for the rest. I hope there is an update soon to fix the decimal problem...hint, hint....so that I can delete the old app and just have one app on my phone. Thanks! - 5/7/2014   10:35:15 AM
  • JRDUPREE
    50
    Thank you for the wonderful updates. It is very nice and easier to use. I was trying to decide about purchasing the app when the blog about it being free soon was written. I uploaded the android app as soon as it was free and enjoyed using it, but this new update is even better. Thank you SparkPeople, I have a lost a lot of weight and have a lot more to lose but I know with this site and all of its options - I will succeed. - 5/6/2014   11:54:07 PM
  • 49
    Chris, I joined SparkPeople in your first month on the web, went away, gained some weight & came right back. It's been a long time, but you're worth it. Thank you for creating this platform, I've made some life-long friends & still making them. And thanks for continuing to create new things for us to use, so that our own lives will be as bright and successful as they can be. Much appreciated, be blessed! ~Megan - 5/6/2014   11:31:17 PM
  • 48
    The link takes me to an app that looks exactly like the old one. Is the new one not available on the Kindle? - 5/6/2014   1:32:51 PM
  • 47
    I just switched to iOS7 and installed the update for my app. The first thing I did was to try to add new food.... Can you please tell me why there's no decimal points for entering nutritional information? Not very helpful.
    Otherwise, it looks good.
    Now, can you do something about the iPad app? It's kind of archaic. :) - 4/24/2014   3:26:49 PM
  • 46
    Looking forward to the update on Android. I paid the $3.99 and don't feel like I got ripped off now that it's free. Everything else that I use and benefit from on SP is free, which I appreciate and I have been using this site for years. So, I'm not going to whine about a lousy 4 bucks....especially if it was put to good use and continue development of a product that I value. - 4/21/2014   3:50:11 PM
  • 45
    Uploading now!! - 4/10/2014   3:27:20 PM
  • EPZELLER
    44
    This is good news for new sparkers, but I am one of those people that paid for the iPhone version several years ago, and then paid again when I switched to Android 6 months ago. I feel slightly betrayed. Not that it's a hardship for me, but it still stings. - 4/10/2014   1:27:08 PM
  • 43
    Love the new update of the app! Everything is wonderful! I love that I can see my friend feed, track workouts easily, update my status, and so much more! I like that the home screen is customizable. The only thing I'd like to see is track "Other Goals". That is the only thing I would add. - 4/10/2014   1:24:53 PM
  • 42
    I love my windows phone and actually hate android phones--too complicated. It would be nice if this app was available for all types of phones. - 4/10/2014   9:10:16 AM
  • 41
    So if you have an Android, will your Sparkpoints be added when the new upgrade is available? Because I downloaded the app, and signed in, but received no Sparkpoints for doing so :-( - 4/10/2014   8:16:16 AM
  • TLYNNE1968
    40
    Hey you forgot about windows people. We need the app too. It would make it so much easier to use. - 4/10/2014   4:59:03 AM
  • 39
    Thanks so much for the free app. I don't think $3.99 is much. I spend that much on a drink at MacDonald's and it's gone in less than 5 minutes. You can't reuse it, you know. Lol.

    My question is: will there ever be a sinc for the Spark Tracker on the app? Just curious. I love my Spark Tracker a lot. It would be a fantastic feature. - 4/9/2014   11:54:04 PM
  • 38
    Please make an app for Windows Phones. - 4/9/2014   10:55:47 PM
  • 37
    Thanks! - 4/9/2014   10:51:52 PM
  • 36
    FYI-the old iphone app does not update. you have to install the new app on its own. once i confirmed the new app worked (and was better!) i deleted the old app. - 4/9/2014   10:28:49 PM
  • 35
    Got it this morning. How to get the points? - 4/9/2014   10:10:40 PM
  • 34
    Love, love, love it! Thank you!!!! - 4/9/2014   10:01:53 PM
  • 33
    The new app is fantastic! Thank you for the hard work - it's appreciated. - 4/9/2014   8:24:56 PM
  • 32
    Even though I already had the old app (was able to snag it while it was still free), I downloaded the new one the instant I saw that it was available. I simply love it. It beats the old one by a country mile or, if you prefer, it beats the hell out of the old one. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. - 4/9/2014   7:04:24 PM
  • 31
    already paid for it when it WASN'T free. i really hope they send this same notice when the android update is released.
    and my 250 points were not added!! i just downloaded it to my ASUS pad so that should have counted. - 4/9/2014   5:31:38 PM
  • 30
    Thank you for the free app! Much appreciated!

    Go to this page if you are having trouble getting your download points!

    / www.sparkpeople.com/mobile-apps.asp



    - 4/9/2014   4:05:22 PM
  • XMSTAZX
    29
    Very nice, I installed it and LOVE IT. Now how do I get my points for downloading it? They have not shown up - 4/9/2014   1:32:23 PM
  • 28
    SparkPeople is an excellent resource and so is the ap for staying engaged in healthy living. The time I spend being sparked has already paid dividends. Thanks SparkPeople! - 4/9/2014   12:07:35 PM
  • 27
    Oooh . I'm so happy! I really wanted the app but didn't want to pay. Now I can track anywhere. Thanks so much. You guys are always things better. - 4/9/2014   11:45:27 AM
  • 26
    I just downloaded the new app. I've been using the old free one for a long time on my phone. Just at a glance, I love the look of this one! Much more user friendly. And I can't wait to use the new barcode scanner! Thanks, SparkPeople! - 4/9/2014   11:42:43 AM
  • 25
    Thanks from all of us that paid for it. Glad that there is an improved version that you can get for free. Last time I ever pay for anything from Spark. - 4/9/2014   11:28:16 AM
  • PICKICK
    24
    I am excited to see you creating useful apps for iPhone and Android devices... but what about us Corporate Folks who are tied to our Blackberries still??? When are you going to redevelop your pervious app for the Z/Q10's and 30s? - 4/9/2014   10:49:13 AM
  • 23
    very excited about the upgrades! I use the site on my work computer during the week and this will make it so much easier to do all I've wanted to do on my iphone on the weekends.
    Thanks Sparkpeople! - 4/9/2014   10:46:50 AM
  • 22
    Leave It to Sparkpeople to continually make my life better! For those complaining about having to pay for the app in the recent past, my guess is that a free app was not cost effective until now. The Downeys are not I this biz to lose their investment. If they lose, guess who else loses: We lose! - 4/9/2014   10:25:47 AM
  • 21
    A little disappointed that I paid for the app 2 months ago and it's now free...especially since I was really unhappy with the ease of functionality (or lack thereof). I am very eagerly awaiting the Android update, as of right now the only thing I really use it for is the barcode scanner and to enter weight in the mornings...everything else is far too clunky and slow. - 4/9/2014   10:17:03 AM
  • 20
    Finally! I had the older version of this on my Android a while ago when it was like a quick tracker. I tried to get it on my iPhone when I switched but the app was too much money. I am so excited it is free now! Just downloaded it. - 4/9/2014   10:02:41 AM
  • 19
    This were indeed the best news ever. I downloaded it once while it was free but I wasn't really tracking or working on achieving these goals, this way. Then I began trying but it wasn't free anymore, it sucked.

    Now that I'm really trying and succeeding step by step, it's FREE! I'm so happy!

    Thank you SparkPeople! - 4/9/2014   10:00:50 AM
  • 18
    I have always wanted this app on my phone and tablet but can't afford to pay the $4 on each. I was so totally excited to hear that the much coveted SparkPeople app is free so I quickly downloaded it to my phone. Haven't been on my tablet yet to download it but I surely will. I love SparkPeople and am on daily on the computer in the mornings and sometimes throughout the day. Maybe now that I have the app and it has a barcode so I can quickly impute my nutrition rather than forget something. Thanks y'all! - 4/9/2014   9:45:24 AM

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