Get answers to all your Strides questions here.
How do I get started?
The easiest way to get started is to create a new tracker from a template. To do that, tap the + on the Dashboard, then choose a goal or habit you're interested in from the templates, make any changes to the default goal and settings, and start tracking your progress. Since 100,000's of people have used Strides, we've found that you'll be most successful with it long-term if you start tracking about five things, typically from different areas of your life (e.g. Health, Money, Relationships, etc) so you can still focus with each.
To track something other than the templates, enter its name into the text box at the top of the New Tracker view, then tap the Next button in the top right. From there, you can choose from four tracker types, to track anything you want.
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Do you have a tutorial or guide?
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Which type of tracker should I use?
We've spent five years designing and developing Strides with one goal in mind: To make it easy to track anything and everything you care about.
In order to make this happen, we came up with 4 different types of trackers:
The Target tracker
makes it easy to track a goal you want to achieve by a certain date.
Target is best for goals like "Lose 10 pounds by June 15th" or "Save $2,000 by Nov 1st".
Know if you're on track at a glance (green or red), and see all your data in one view to save time.
The Habit tracker
type is best for helping you to break bad habits and form good habits.
Habit works for things like getting up earlier, quitting smoking or working out 5 days/week.
Like Jerry Seinfeld said: "Don't break the chain!" Stick to it until it's second nature.
The Average tracker
type lets you keep track of your average over time.
Average is best for tracking things like your budget, calories, hours of sleep, or golf strokes.
The graphs let you see every entry, with the date logged, so you visually monitor your progress.
The Milestones tracker
type helps you stay on track with anything that has steps or phases.
Milestones is best for projects with multiple phases like planing a party or wedding, or even set goals for the week, month or year.
Each milestone can have its own start and due dates, so they each have a pace line to shoot for.
Choose how much each milestone is worth to the entire goal, and Strides will do the math for you.
What do the Dashboard icons mean?
Is there a way to "Skip" a log?
No, and this is very intentional, based on lots of research. Why? In short, because it hurts way more than it helps. We've tested it out, and hundreds of studies have confirmed our findings: Relying on willpower in the moment is a terrible strategy for building lasting habits. Once our brain makes the connection that "skipping" something has no negative effect (e.g. You go on vacation and skip a work out, but it doesn't reset your Streak or affect your Success Rate), it becomes far too easy to skew your stats and the entire system breaks down.
So what do you do if you are on vacation or sick? The best option is to attempt to do the habit, even if it's not to the same level you usually do, and log Yes since the act of keeping up the habit is what helps to build it for the long-term. You could also add a Log Note so you can look back later to see you were on vacation or sick at that point.
To go with the Work Out habit example, if working out normally means stretching, strength training and cardio, but you're on vacation and don't want to make time to go to the hotel gym, simply do your stretches and maybe some quick bodyweight exercises in your room and go on a walk during the day. If it’s a work habit, treat it the same way as a paid vacation policy; if you’re getting paid to take time off, you deserve to count your habits too. :)
There's nothing wrong with logging Yes even if it's not your normal routine, because the important thing is that you're not completely breaking the habit. Keeping your habits top of mind and being consistent is what gets the best results.
How do I edit my tracker’s settings?
To edit a tracker, tap it on the Dashboard, then tap the settings icon in the top right corner. Or, long-tap the tracker on the Dashboard and tap Edit.
How do I reorder my trackers?
Long-tap any of your trackers on the Dashboard, then tap Reorder. Or, choose Reorder Trackers from the Settings screen.
How do I delete or edit a log?
1. To see your tracker's History, tap the log icon on the left side of the Dashboard, then "History" below the popup. You can also get there by tapping the History tab on its charts view, or by long-tapping the tracker on the Dashboard.
2. The History table shows all this tracker's logs. To delete one, tap the filled icon (green or red check/X icon) to de-select it. For Goals (numbers in each cell), tap the X icon to clear the cell.
3. When you go back, all the changes you made will be saved at the same time.
How do I delete a tracker?
Open the tracker, then tap the settings icon in the top right corner. At the bottom of the tracker settings page, tap Delete Tracker and confirm.
How do I log on yesterday?
To backlog, undo mistakes or edit past logs, tap the Log icon on the left, then tap History below the popup (you can also tap the tracker then the History tab at the top). There you’ll see a complete history with every day since the tracker’s Start Date and all its logs. To delete a log, de-select the icon (clear the row for goal trackers). You can also edit values and add notes there.
How does Logging "No" work?
When you tap the Log icon for a Habit tracker on the left of the Dashboard, there are two options: Yes and No (check and x). You can also log Yes by swiping the Habit to the right, or log No by swiping it left. We give the No option for two reasons. One, when you get an alert, you're held accountable by it. Rather than clearing the alert and badge by just opening the app, you have to log to clear it, which keeps you from forgetting to log your progress. However, if you didn't do the Habit, if you could only log Yes, this wouldn't work. The second reason is simply so you can look back and see that you logged progress, good or bad, and even include a note about why you didn't do the habit that time. It's far more flexible, and helps tremendously with accountability.
What do the green/red bars mean?
Throughout the entire app, green means you're on track, and red means you're behind pace.
What does “Pace” mean?
Pace is the value you should reach by today, based on the dates and values you set.
In the example above, we're on track with "Weight", "Get Up Early" and "Drink Water" because we're ahead of the Pace line (where we should be right now, based on our Start Date and Goal settings).
How do Bad Habits work?
If you want to break a bad habit, turning the Bad Habit setting on for a Habit tracker does a few things differently to help you track it:
1. On the Dashboard, you'll see the "Goal" number in red, instead of green, so you know it's your max.
2. Logging a Yes ("I did it") shows a red check to reinforce that it's a bad behavior.
3. Your progress bar will start 100% full and green for the day/week/month. As you log, the bar will shrink (rather than growing like a good habit would). When you hit your max, the bar will be empty. If you log one more Yes, it will be 100% full and red to show you went over your max.
This is all done to help you break the bad habit. If the max you set is too difficult, feel free to set it higher at first. You can also change the Start Date or tap Start Over on the Edit Tracker view to create a new goal if you want to gradually reduce the max until the bad habit is broken.
Can I get alerts on specific days?
Yes. On the Edit Tracker view, tap Alerts and choose Weekdays for specific days of the week.
Your alerts can also be triggered every X days, weeks, or months, and you can set multiple alerts on each log day.
How do I set multiple alerts?
On the Edit Tracker view, tap Alerts. To add an alert, tap Add New at the bottom of the alerts list.
To delete an extra alert, tap the trash can icon, or swipe left and tap Delete.
Can I change the alert sound?
Yes. Open the menu and tap Settings, then tap Alert Sound and choose from 15 unique sounds.
Can I move my data to a new device?
Yes. Strides Plus comes with Sync & Backup so you can simply download the app
on your new device and log in to your Strides account, and your data will sync!
Is my data safe/private?
Yes. We don't sell your data to other companies or advertisers. Your data is safe, and we have a transparent business model (monthly/annual subscription) so we don't have to clutter up the interface with annoying ads. Our goal is to help you achieve yours, plain and simple.
Is it really free?
Yep! It's free forever to track up to ten goals and habits at the same time.
How do you make money?
We don't distract with ads, sell data, or any other tricky stuff. Our business model is simple: If you're enjoying the free plan and would like even more value, you can upgrade to unlock some awesome premium features and support our small company so we can keep making Strides for you.
What do I get with the Plus plan?
Strides Plus gets you:
- Unlimited goals & habits (removes the ten tracker limit on the free plan)
- Sync between devices (iPhone, iPad and any computer with the Web app)
- Data Backups to keep your progress safe
- Tags & Filters to organize your trackers and focus on just the ones you want to see
- Today List which shows you just the trackers to log right now and fades out the logged ones like a to-do list
- Other features like Archiving, Data Export, Goal Notes, Privacy Lock
- And a bit of good karma for supporting development for people that love helping you achieve your goals. :)
What are the subscription terms?
Strides Plus is an optional monthly or annual subscription ($4.99/mo or $39.99/yr USD). Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, for the chosen plan's price.
What if I want to cancel?
You cancel anytime, and it's easy to do through the App Store:
1. Open Strides, then the menu on the left side.
2. Tap Settings, then Account.
3. Tap Manage Subscription, then toggle off Auto-Renew.
Note: To be sure you're not charged for the next renewal, turn off auto-renew at least 24 hours before the end of the current month/year.
If you subscribed through our Web app, you can cancel there or with the contact form below. Thanks for your support!
How do I report an issue?
Sorry about that! We're always working on a new update, so we'll do everything we can to get it fixed for you quickly. Feel free to contact us here
to let us know what's going on, with details of what was happening with the bug/crash happened.
In the meantime, try closing out the app by double-tapping home button from your home screen, then swiping up on Strides from the multi-tasking view.
Thanks for your patience, and we'll get this taken care of for you as quickly as possible!
How do I submit a feature request?
We love getting features requests to help improve Strides! You can vote on new features or submit your own ideas here
Have another question?
Email us here
and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Have a great day!