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

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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.

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


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! Report
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. Report
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. Report
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! Report
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! Report
I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE THIS!!! I can't wait to see the Android update!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH SPARKPEOPLE!!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!! Report
Dear sparkpeople,
Pardon me if I have a bitter taste at the news. I first had the app when it was first introduced for free a very long time ago. It was simple, easy to use and always worked on my phone.
One day I went to update and it required payment to update, so I didn't update. I didn't have some of the newly added bells & whistles that others were loving, but I still had my clean easy to use tracker. Then my phone did mean horrid things and I lost all of my apps, it was ugly so much lost data. I wanted my spark app back but couldn't bring myself to shell out $4.00, since the budget was tight and I was nursing my phone along since at that time I couldn't afford to upgrade.
I shopped the market, looked at and even tried other apps. Tried going truly old school, pen and paper, to track what I needed. Tried to find time between work and college to log in to track what I could recall from the day. In the end after months of agony, I bit the proverbial bullet and broke down and paid the $4.00. These days my budget is doing a bit better, so a $4.00 app should I want to splurge in such a fashion wouldn't be a s big a deal.
Now almost a year or so after I broke down and paid for a fancy version of the app than I ever wanted, I don't use all the features and possibly never will, your telling us that it's free again. Please forgive me while I feel shocked and just a touch upset.
If revenue is so important to keeping this site free to all may I please offer a suggestion. Perhaps offer a lite version of the app with just the nutrition and fitness tracker for free; or even just the nutrition tracker for those, like myself, only use those two features and offer a full version with all the bells and whistles as a paid version for those who use all of the apps features. I strongly believe that a quality product even when offered as two versions will stand on it's own and you would be able to do both offer an app for free and have an app that helps generate the much needed support income.
Sincerely, M Report
Can't wait for the android app update! Love my SP app! Report
I have a windows smart phone...maybe one day there will be one for those! But, thank you for what you have done! Just awesome!! Report
Love the app! I paid for it and use it daily. Thanks! Report
Thanks for the heads up, and even more for the app itself! Report
Fantastic! I'm so glad it's going to be free again- there are lots of members who just can't affart even a low price for apps, and this will help them stay on track. Report
This is awesome--- Thanks - Report
Thanks for the heads-up! I tried to download it yesterday but couldn't because I'd forgotten my password to the Google App store! I'll wait for it now - free is even better! Report
Looking forward to this! I've been debating about buying the app for awhile (especially due to the mixed reviews in the app store), but I'll have no excuse not to get it once it's free. Report
Waiting for a blackberry app Report
I paid for the app maybe a year ago. It isn't perfect, there are lots of features I wish it included, but overall it was well worth the money and I don't regret my decision to pay for it one bit. There are a ton of free tracking apps, and I've tried many of them. But I find the SparkPeople app the easiest to use, maybe just because I'm used to it. It saves me time and that is PRICELESS. I'm glad to have been one who paid for it, if it helped SparkPeople get through tough times in this rotten economy! I am also glad you are now able to make it free for everyone, and I really look forward to the Android update. Report
Will the fitness routines be synched to the web version? I cannot track generic strength exercises or yoga on the app but I can on the web. Report
I installed the ap but cannot sign it - so I've uninstalled. Wish it worked!! Report
Thanks so much! Report
Thank you! :) Report
Thank you!! Report
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