The Best Hydration Apps of the Year

Medically reviewed by Daniel Bubnis, MS, NASM-CPT, NASE Level II-CSS on November 8, 2017Written by Kristen Barta
Best Hydration Apps

 

We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for people who want to up their hydration. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com.

When it’s not scorching hot outside, you might be less inclined to grab your water bottle on your way out the door. But don’t send your hydration on vacation. Drinking enough water every day can help you stay healthy in major ways.

Water helps regulate your body’s temperature, lubricates your joints, protects soft tissues, and flushes waste from the body. Staying hydrated may also help keep headaches at bay.

According to the Mayo Clinic, how much water you need to drink every day is impacted by a range of factors, such as:

  • how much you exercise
  • environment (e.g., hot weather or high altitudes)
  • general health
  • if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding

It can be hard to know how much water you actually need. It’s also possible to drink too much water, resulting in hyponatremia, or too little sodium in the blood. That’s why we’ve gathered the best hydration apps out there to help you stay afloat of your hydration needs — without going overboard.

Here are our top picks of the year.

Daily Water

best hydration apps

Android rating: ★★★★★

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free with optional upgrade for $1.99

Easily track how much water you drink with this app. Set your own daily intake goals — in milliliters or ounces — or use their formula to set a recommended goal. The app will even remind you throughout the day to drink water. The best part? You’ll get a little celebration every time you log a drink.

Hydro Coach

best hydration apps

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Sync Hydro Coach with your Fitbit, Android Wear, or Google Fit, and build hydration into your workouts. You can choose from more than 80 glasses, set custom volumes, name your own drinks, and track everything with an easy-to-use diary. You can also set special goals for hot days or big workouts.

Water Drink Reminder

best hydration apps

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Staying hydrated may contribute to weight loss. It can help you feel full and curb snacking. This app sets a recommended intake based on your weight. It tracks both your weekly water averages and weight. Handy illustrations mean you don’t have to memorize every ounce you drink. You can set your own schedule so you won’t be glasses behind if you sleep in, too.

Gulp – Hydrate and track water

best hydration apps

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

With a clean, user-friendly interface, Gulp keeps you on track by making it simple to not only log your drinks, but also check your progress toward your goal. The pace ring lets you know what your intake should be at any time of day. A wide selection of containers makes logging drinks quick. Sync with Google Fit for more perks.

Hydro Diary – Drink Water

best hydration apps

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

For easy tracking, give Hydro Diary a try. This unfussy app makes it easy to set custom drink types and sizes with a handy color-coding option. Use its formula to set a recommended daily intake, or set your own goals. The app tracks your water balance, reminding you to drink when it gets low. Weekly and monthly stats are just a swipe away.

Waterlogged – Daily Hydration Tracker

best hydration apps

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Yes, you know you need water. But no matter how hard you try, some of us still can’t love the taste (or lack thereof). With Waterlogged, you can track beverages other than water. Your morning cup of coffee (or three) counts for more than a caffeine jolt. The app lets you save your favorite drinks so you can quickly and easily log your post-workout water bottle. You can also choose from real pictures of containers, so there’s no guessing based on illustrations.

iHydrate – Daily Water Tracker & Hydration Reminder

best hydration apps

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: $2.99

It’s true that you can hydrate with liquids other than water. This app lets you track everything from soda to beer as part of your hydration efforts. The app calculates the water percentage in your beverage of choice and even keeps track of how much of each beverage you drink. Customizability is the name of the game here. You can personalize reminders as well as beverages, so not an ounce of your homemade breakfast smoothie goes uncounted. The app syncs will HealthKit, Fitbit, and Jawbone. It also allows you to export your data.

My Water Balance: Daily Drink Tracker & Reminder

best hydration apps

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free with optional upgrade for $3.99

Want to challenge your friends to drink more water, too? Water Balance makes hydrating a fun competition. With this app, not only can you sync to Fitbit and Apple Health, you can also link with friends and compare stats. Unlock fun achievements by logging water, adding new drinks, and reaching your daily goal.

Plant Nanny – Water Reminder with Cute Plants

best hydration apps

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Need a little more motivation to make drinking water a regular habit? Plant Nanny combines water tracking with taking care of a cute pet houseplant. Log your water intake to water your plant. It’ll even remind you when it’s thirsty. While Plant Nanny isn’t as customizable as some apps, the regular reminders and motivation gleaned from seeing your plant happy and healthy make it a great way to get into the habit of drinking more water.

Aqualert

best hydration apps

Android rating: ★★★★★

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Aqualert’s brightly colored interface makes logging, calculating, and pacing your hydration simple. Easily add or remove drinks, choose from set serving sizes or customize your own, and visualize your progress toward your daily goal. Handy charts let you quickly track your intake over time. Notifications remind you to drink water. They also let you know when you’ve exceeded your goal.

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