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5 Water Logging Apps to Help You Stay Hydrated

Drinking enough water every day isn’t as easy or straightforward as it may seem.  Especially when you have a busy life, it’s easy to lose track of your water intake.

One way to not only help keep you accountable for reaching your daily water intake goal but to also help you figure out how much water you should drink per day is to use a water logging app.  Check out the following 5 water logging apps that make it easy for you to stay on top of your water consumption game!

What Makes a Good Water Logging App

Before diving into the apps, consider what factors make a water logging app the most effective at helping you log your water intake.  If drinking water is already difficult for you to do in the first place, then you don’t want to have an app that makes tracking your water intake difficult as well.

1. Easy to Keep Track of and Log Water Intake

The best apps make it fast and easy for you to keep track of and log your daily water intake.  Having an app that makes you jump through hoops in order to track your water intake basically defeats the purpose of it. Some app features that make it easy for you to track your water intake include:

  • Widgets
  • Logging reminders
  • User-friendly interfaces

If drinking enough water and keeping track of how much water you drink on a daily basis is challenging already for you, then be sure to consider with the highest priority the apps that make tracking and logging your water intake the most simple.

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The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is about 15.5 cups of fluids for men and about 11.5 cups for women.

2. Knowing How Much Water to Drink

Second, a good app will help you understand how much water you should be drinking each day.  While you’ve probably heard the saying before that you need at least 8 glasses of water per day, that isn’t necessarily true. The amount of water you should drink each day depends on factors related to both your physicality and lifestyle.  Some of the factors include your:

  1. Height and weight
  2. Activity level
  3. Gender

Moreover, the amount of water that we all should be drinking every day is different for each of us.  And, knowing what that amount of water that is isn’t all that straightforward.  Some apps have calculator features that take into consideration both your physical and lifestyle factors to help you come up with a specific calculation of how much water you should drink each day. Then, the app sets your daily water intake goal equal to that calculation.  As a result, your app is better suited to fit your specific water needs.

3. Different Water Sources

Third, a good app will help you keep track of how much water you intake from beverages other than pure water.  Some apps only consider how much water you intake from pure water alone which isn’t the most helpful considering you can get hydration from multiple different sources.  Other more useful apps consider the amount of water you get from not only pure water but also other sources such as:

  • Smoothies
  • Coffee
  • Soda
  • Juice

Moreover, when calculating the total amount of water you’ve had in a day, choose an app that considers not only pure water but multiple other hydration sources. 

4. Regular Reminders

In addition to easy logging, receiving reminders on when to drink water throughout the day is the other most essential part of a water logging app.  The best apps are ones that allow you to set reminders to drink water during specific times of the day that are the most convenient for you. The reminders should:

  • Pop up on your phone regularly
  • Easily grab your attention 
  • Align with your daily water drinking goals

If you easily forget to drink water, then setting regular reminders on your phone is the most effective way to ensure you don’t forget to drink water. 

5. User-Friendly Interface

A poor user interface can take all of the positive aspects of a water logging app and make them useless.  Apps that have a poor user interface might be:

  • Overly technical
  • Visually unappealing
  • Un-integrable
  • Loaded with advertisements
  • Too complicated

While it’s important that your water tracking app has all of the necessary features, it should also be simple, straightforward, and fun for you to use.  Below are the 5 water logging apps to help you stay hydrated.

1. WaterMinder

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  • Available for: iPhone ios & Android 
  • Cost: $4.99 with other in-app purchases available 
  • Pros: Integration with Apple Watch, Fitbit, and Apple Health and Google Fit apps; Simple interface; Water intake calculator; Customization; Widget features; Long term goals and achievements; Water intake statistics; No advertisements 
  • Cons: Upfront cost and additional in-app costs

To begin with, the WaterMinder app is one of the most popular water tracking apps in both the Apple and Google app stores.  This makes sense given how simple it makes it for you to log your water intake, integrate with other technology, and thoroughly customize it to your needs among many other positive aspects.

First off, WaterMinder makes tracking your water intake very simple.  Right as you open the app, you can impute the amount of water you’ve had to drink with just the touch of a button.  Or, you can input beverages other than water and how much of them you’ve had.  Each time you log water or another beverage, it’ll tell you how much more you have to go until you reach your daily goal.  

Secondly, WaterMinder makes it very simple for you to track your water intake as it integrates well with a lot of other technology.  The app syncs very seamlessly with Apple Watches, iPads, FitBits, and the health apps on both iPhones and Androids.  Also, the app creates a widget on your iPhone outside of the app so all you have to do is swipe right on your home screen to log your water intake.  You don’t even need to open the app up to keep track of how much water you’ve had to drink.

Third, the app is very customizable and allows you to personally adjust your:

  • Water intake needs
  • Drink water reminders
  • User interface

Also, the app helps you calculate how much water you need every day and then reminds you to drink at specific times set up by you.  Overall, the app is very suitable for your needs and preferences. The one downside of this app is the upfront cost of it. 

Unlike other apps that have a free version, WaterMinder has an upfront cost for its most basic version with additional in-app expenses in order to access some of its more detailed features.  However, if you’re really serious about upping your daily water intake, then the upfront cost of the app may be worth paying considering how simple and thorough the app is.

2. Hydro Coach

  • Available for: iPhone ios & Android
  • Cost: Free with in-app purchases available
  • Pros: Integration with FitBit, Samsung Health, and Google Fit apps; Simple interface; Water intake calculator; Customization; Widget features; Long term goals and achievements; Water intake statistics; Free standard version
  • Cons: Additional in-app costs

When you first open the Hydro Coach app, you get a glimpse at just how useful the app is.  In addition to all of its features, the app emphasizes the importance of drinking water in order to:

  • Achieve weight loss
  • Boost energy
  • Detox your body

Hydro Coach is more than just a water tracking app; it helps coach you into living a healthier lifestyle and staying motivated to achieve your personal goals through drinking water.  The app refers to itself as the “most motivating” water logging app. Upon opening the app, you start by setting up your water intake needs.  You can either manually input or calculate your water needs based on the information you put in about your physicality and lifestyle.

Next, you can set up when and how you would like to receive your drink water reminders.  The app tries to coach you into the automatic habit of drinking water by reminding you to drink water in specific intervals.  Also, If you fall behind at logging any water intake into the app for an extended period of time, it will notify you then to drink water.  

When you go through the app setup, you can also set up predefined volumes of water that you typically drink throughout the day to make it easier for you to log your intake throughout the day.  Each of the water and beverage options is highly customizable.  Everything from bottled water to specialty coffee drinks and smoothies can be logged into the app and calculated towards your goal.

Over time, the app analyzes your water drinking intake habits to come up with a dashboard.  The dashboard allows you to overview your drinking habits and suggests how you can improve your water intake.  This is also where the coaching aspect of the app comes into play.

Unfortunately, like with WaterMinder, some of the app’s best features are not available with the standard version.  However, if you’re looking to not only get motivated to keep up with your daily water intake but also live a healthier lifestyle, then the cost of certain upgrades may be worth it to you.   

3. Aqualert

  • Available for: iPhone ios & Android
  • Cost: Free with in-app purchases available
  • Pros: Integration with Apple Health and Google Fit apps; Simple interface; Water intake calculator; Customization; Water intake statistics; Free standard version
  • Cons: Multiple advertisements and additional in-app costs

Aqualert is a water logging app with all of the basic essentials that you need in order to keep up with your water intake.  While it doesn’t have all of the frills of some apps like WaterMinder and Hydro Coach, it has all of the basic elements of a water logging app in its free version that help remind you to stay hydrated.

The app includes standard:

  • Water intake calculator
  • Notifications and reminders to drink water
  • Simple graphic displays of water consumption
  • Customizable water serving sizes
  • Analytical charts showing water intake history

If you want a no-frills app that is great just for logging and tracking your water intake, then this one might be the way to go. On the other hand, if you’re not a fan of distracting in-app ads, then you’ll have to pay to upgrade out of the free version and into a premium version that comes without ads.

If you plan on spending little time in the app, then sticking with the free version that includes ads shouldn’t be a problem.  However, if you’re very interested in using the app to analyze your water intake history and overall plan on spending more time in the app, then you may want to upgrade out of the free version.  

4. Plant Nanny2

  • Available for: iPhone ios & Android
  • Cost: Free with in-app purchases available
  • Pros: Integration with Apple Health and Google Fit apps; Fun game with music and characters; Water intake calculator; Customization; Water intake statistics; Free standard version
  • Cons: In-app advertisements and additional in-app costs

Plant Nanny2 is unlike any other water logging app out there.  Unlike the other apps that track your water intake simply by you inputting what you drink, this one works more like a game.  In the game, you input your water intake in order to grow plants.  When you drink a sufficient amount of water, your plants thrive.  When you don’t drink enough water, your plants don’t grow as well.

To start off, like the other apps, Plant Nanny2 takes in your personal information in order to calculate how much water you need to drink per day.  Once you’ve got it set up, you will be given a seed to plant.  From there on out, as you drink water throughout the day, your plant will get watered.  Once you drink all of your water for the day, the plant will begin to bloom.

As you continue to reach your daily water intake goals, you will receive points.  You can use your points to buy new pots and accessories for your plants as well as buy new seeds to grow more plants. Like the other apps, you can also analyze your weekly water consumption on a dashboard, customize your drink water notifications, and sync the app with your Health app.

Overall, Plant Nanny2 is one of the most unique water logging apps available.  It turns drinking water into a game; if you struggle to log your water on a regular basis out of boredom, Plant Nanny2 could motivate you to keep up with your goals considering how fun it is.  Characters, music, and cuteness are all available in Plant Nanny2.

5. Waterlogged

  • Available for: iPhone ios & Android
  • Cost: Free with in-app purchases available
  • Pros: Integration with  Apple Health app, MyFitnessPal app, and FitBit; Simple interface; Water intake calculator; Customization
  • Cons: In-app advertisements, additional in-app costs, and works poorly on Android

The Waterlogged app is one of the first water logging apps ever created and is also one of the most simple ones you can use.  For a no-frills experience, Waterlogged is a great option. When setting up the app, it allows you to customize your experience by helping you calculate how much water you should be drinking each day. 

Then, you can set up drink water reminders at specific times throughout the day to fit your needs.  As you log your water intake over time, the app will show you charts that help you analyze your water drinking habits. One of the unique features of the app is that you can customize your glasses of water by snapping photos of them.

You can take a picture of the typical glass or bottle that you drink from and then, every time you use that glass, you can log that you drank water from that glass.  That way, you don’t have to spend time re-logging the amount of water you had from that glass each time you drink from it. 

Although this app is great for minimalists, it isn’t for everyone.  While its reviews are very positive amongst iPhone users, it is not the same for Android users.  Android reviewers note the poor user experience that they have while using the app.  Also, the app has multiple advertisements making the need to upgrade out of the free version necessary for some people who spend a lot of time in the app.

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Extreme thirst, dark-colored urine, fatigue, and confusion are just some signs that you need to drink more water.

It’s Important That You Get Enough Water

For as important as it is to drink enough water, not everyone takes that as seriously as they should.  One study found that half of Americans don’t get enough water each day. Considering how high this number is, it makes sense that you ask yourself if you’re getting enough water or not.  Regardless of your answer, a water logging app can help keep you accountable for your health by helping you keep track of your daily water intake.

Bonus tip: If you find drinking water boring, then try drinking lemon water for an extra boost of hydration plus other good-for-you health benefits.

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Joshua Perkins

Joshua spent ten years as a water systems technician in California before settling down with his wife and two young children in Nashville in 2018. Through all of his experience, he learned the benefits and shortfalls of so many different types of water filtration systems, from pitchers to whole-house installations. He started Water Filter Authority in 2019 to empower other families to make the right decision for their long-term health and wellness.