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Google Now has a Built-in Pedometer – Tracks Miles Walked and Biked From Each Month

Last night, and possibly because the month of October came to a close, Google Now started showing a new card to a number of our readers. That new card is a pedometer that has been tracking their steps and miles biked over the last couple of months, behind the scenes. I say “behind the scenes” because this is a card that we have yet to see or hear about. In fact, I took a quick look through Google Now settings and could not find this feature mentioned. 

Pretty cool though, right? As you can see in one of the screenshots, it actually compared September to October and split up the activities depending on activity type. There is a mention under the results that reads “Based on your device’s location which is periodically sent to Google.” A Learn more link sits below it, but doesn’t provide any useful info.

Has your Google Now pedometer card showed up? Feel free to post ’em in the comments.

Cheers Zeas, NCSUgolfer01, cory, Stephen, Dale, Jose, Grady, Matthew, and Brian!

  • Steen Kendle

    Mine isn’t showing up anymore. Anyone have any ideas as to why or is this happening to anyone else? Thanks

  • Piotr G.

    I have it, and it shows cycling time…..but i haven’t cycled in a LONG time

  • Don’t have the update yet… am I missing something?

  • How do you turn this card on? I updated my google search and see more card options but not the pedometer card?

  • GPSFix

    Last night I noticed another card I haven’t seen before. Is the shipment tracking card something other people have seen?

    I had an outstanding Amazon order shipped by UPS and based on my gmail, google now seems to have created a card I can tap which brings me to the UPS tracking page.


  • hoofhartid

    I had it last night…and when i checked this morning, it was gone.

  • mine showed up said I had traveled 4 miles though I have certainly walked more then that…now the card is gone

  • senvooo

    Now that looks like its gonna be really cool. WOw.


  • Bob

    You could have seen the card in the movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXtudZl5mzM&feature=youtu.be&hd=1 at about 15 seconds 🙂

  • Peaches

    When I opened Goggle Now this morning I saw the pedometer card. I had walked 41 miles in October. It’s not correct for October, I usually average 60 miles walking in a month I will see what number it gives for November.

  • I think this is a pretty cool feature. I bike a lot and it tracks it for me.

  • ddevito

    I got a card saying I walked (which I did) and cycled (which I didn’t)

  • I’m seeing the new card as well. Pretty cool, but I don’t believe the data.

  • Artune

    I run 3 miles every other day and in October I ran over 25 miles tracked by Nike plus running app and google now said I ran 21 miles so that’s close enough. I think you guys need to have your GPS on to be properly tracked, not just location services. I only had my GPS on when I used the Nike plus running.

  • samagon

    I didn’t get any card showing how much I walked, does that mean I didn’t?

  • Yup, it said I walked 2 miles in october, though a lot of the time I don’t have it on me while walking within the office etc, so I may have to start carrying it around to see if it reflects the changes

  • pholocity

    i do like how it anticipates your drive time to get to a meeting that’s not in your office. It’ll tell me you should start driving for your 11AM meeting when it’s 10AM because of traffic; and it shows me the traffic and the best route. NUTS

  • Most of my walking is done to and from my car, so I guess that’s why the card hasn’t shown up yet.

  • panicswhenubered

    lol It says I walked 1 mile in September, and 0 miles in October. wth?

    Edit: I bike 40+ miles a week, and run at least 10 miles a week, and got no idea how much I walk, but it’s not 0 miles!

  • mine showed a whopping 0 miles

  • jcorf

    Yep, saw it this morning when I woke up.

  • duke69111

    I did not get the walking card, but I got a new “Photo Spot Nearby” card.

    • michael arazan

      just got it earlier this week, google now is trying to figure out where i work, it’s kind of intrusive, especially for workers of the government

      • mbaldwin85

        I’m sure that the Marine Corps doesn’t need/want Google mapping out everything while I’m on base. Then again, you should see what kind of things people put on foursquare

  • hldc1

    29 miles walked in October, which I believe. 3 miles biked in October? Hard to believe, since I don’t even own a bike and haven’t ridden a bike since I was in middle school.

    Still a cool feature though.

  • bobbymay1

    I walked 49 miles in October, probably due to the fact that I live on one of the biggest colleges in the country.

    • Jim McClain

      GO BUCKS

  • Brian Saunders

    Apparently I walked two miles more in October than I did in September. I was momentarily freaked out when that card popped up, but it was quickly followed with a “Holy s#*t that’s awesome”.

  • Christopher Reeks

    Mine showed up this morning and I had 13 miles for September and 9 miles for October!!! Not bad.

  • literocola

    Mine said that I walked 12 miles in October, which I’m sure is a gross over estimate. This will be really cool if they can figure out a way to make it more accurate, but until then it is kind of a waste of space.

  • carluverdrm2004

    I biked 2 miles in September? False, I haven’t been on a bike in years? :X

  • Kizipotamus

    I opened Google Now this morning to find this. It’s pretty awesome!

  • Greg

    I had this card show up this morning, walked 42 miles in October, up 22 miles from September.

  • Matthew Morrison

    houston rockets yessir!!!

  • Since updating, its now showing photo spots and places to check in, but no pedometer. I always have location and GPS on and I walk about 5 miles a night with my Endomodo app.

  • Brian

    About location history card

    The Location History card appears once a month. It provides a very rough approximation of how far you’ve walked, cycled, or driven during that month compared to the previous one. These estimates are based on occasional samples of the accelerometer in your [phone/tablet], which are then compared to typical movements involved in walking, cycling, or driving.

    This information isn’t available unless you’ve turned on location reporting and history for at least one of your Android devices. If you’ve turned on location and history reporting on more than one device.


  • What is the card called? I don’t see pedometer anywhere and have updated everything and always run my gps.

  • Skynet!

  • drathos

    I saw this this morning, but it wasn’t accurate for me. It said I’d walked 5 miles in the month of October (2 less than the previous month), but I guarantee that I walked at least 5 times that amount.

  • poeddroiduser

    4 miles of biking even though I haven’t ridden a bike in years due to bad hip!

  • Freaked me out when I took turned on my phone this morning

  • roberthenderson

    No, but I would love that information

  • steven sullivan

    Just noticed it this morning.

  • s2k_848

    Mine popped up this morning and said I walked 23 miles for the month October, it should be no less then 70 miles just during the work week, since I walk every for at least 3 miles during lunch.

  • akazerotime

    I have a card that just says “Location history – Based on your device’s location which is periodically sent to Google” but no pedometer yet.

  • Rodolfo

    Apparently I walked about 21 miles (??? seriously doubt it. I ride my car to the corner bakery) and biked 4 (haven’t touched a bike)

  • Bob A. Booey

    If you also have google finance you will get Stock updates as well!

    • noticed that as well!

  • Daniel Maginnis

    We will see how accurate it is. I regularly take my nexus to school with me riding my bike. Its 3 miles each way. The card showed I only rode 10 miles.

  • LeDerp

    I gots it. I need to walk more!
    Although i dont wear my phone at the gym but i like the general idea.

  • Devilsephiroth

    And I thought a pedometer was for tracking nearby pedophiles.

  • gadgetryan

    Was your GPS on? My card didnt show up

  • onDroid

    I saw some new cards this morning too. It is now showing stock stats for the stocks that I own and also is suggesting a forbes article of a review of a game that I recently searched. I do not have the pedometer though. Any way to make that show up?

  • Mine showed up and I walked 52 miles in October! Pretty proud of myself.

  • connor

    I walked 8 miles in October ..it’s probably because I took a trip to Europe and walked everywhere!! http://imgur.com/oMdYV

  • PetiePal

    Pretty awesome I saw this this morning for the first time.

  • Mike Hawk

    Anybody else think of pedo – meter? Like short for pedophile? No… just me? Fine then.. *crawls vack in hole*

    • Kevin

      You’ve ogled 10 underage girls this month. Pedometer score: 4/10.

  • Roberto Taylor

    I just looked at my Google Now cards and it does show that card now. Very interesting. Although it says I biked 3 miles, even though I didn’t use my bike at all last month…lol

  • Its a cool feature, but boy howdy was it ever inaccurate.

  • Aaron Burroughs

    This is both cool and creepy… I love hw ‘Google now is ever evolving though… really interesting in my book

  • Sirx

    HA! I was JUST looking at this card like “What the hell? I didn’t ask them for this. But that’s kinda cool.” Thanks for the explanation!

  • Chris Pinola

    I got 28 for October, but I don’t think that’s accurate. I walk at least 3 miles a day during the week while I’m at school…

  • Stoker

    Google Now knows that you slept with your secretary after last year’s office Christmas party.

    Soon it’ll be able to show you a card when she comes within 100 feet of you.

    • Random

      I guess was a nice way for you to expose your secret.

    • I would pay good money for that app.

  • norgeloki

    Mine said I had bike 10 miles when I had actually used the Endomondo Pro app to log mountain biking in October and had quite a bit more miles than that. It will be cool if there is increase integration of this info but it does kind of have the “Somebody’s Watching Me” vibe.

  • it showed up on mines this morning..i walked 5miles in october.

  • KreeTerry

    7 miles walking and one mile cycling, which is weird because i never ride a bike lol. kinda of a cool feature.

  • Mine shows it, show’s 54 miles in Oct. 36 walking, 18 cycling, which I’m not sure is quite accurate since I bike to work 2 miles each day and bike at other times. Interesting that it tries at least to pick out cycling automagically.

  • Addison Todd

    It must be if you have tracks enabled…

    • r0lct

      This was my assumption as well except I don’t have it installed, but I did install at one time and maybe that authorization was all it needed going forward.

  • Nope. I would love to see that information, but no dice.

  • antwonw

    Showed up on mine. Both Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus. Not showing accurate results. Like another guy in the comments, I too live on a college campus and walk all the time.

  • MikeSaver

    I wish that Google Now could somehow figure out when I use certain transportation method. Like you can either set “Public Transit” or “Driving”. I often mix it up. I’ll usually take public transit in the morning to work but drive everywhere else. It’d be cool if I could set the “work” card to public transit.

    • dadllum


  • dadllum

    I believe it’s just using the location history setting. You can have location data enabled, but if you turn off history, it won’t be able to track these metrics.

    • Andrew Merewitz

      Where is the setting to enable google now to track your location?

      • drewbie_al

        As far as I know, the only location history setting is in Maps -> Menu -> Settings -> Location Settings, under the Location History heading.

        • and prepare for horrible battery life 🙁

  • markgbe

    i love google.

  • Thomwithah

    No great mysteries revealed in the “learn more” link; http://support.google.com/?hl=en&p=gqsb_locationhistory&version=210020112

  • ejtsang

    Yeah just showed up this morning. Says I walked 44 miles in October!

  • Shows up on my phone, but isn’t terribly accurate. Says I walked 9 miles in Oct. which is maybe true. But it also says I biked 3 miles. I go mountain biking weekly. That number should be closer to 30 miles.

  • Showed up this morning. This is what “Learn more” leads to. I wonder how accurate it is. Regardless, kind of badass.

  • Asimoalex

    Dose gps need to be on? I want this I have the new update and nothing just the weather always in my notifications…

  • Daniel Milton

    Got it on mine today. Funny thing is when I run or walk for exersice i usually don’t take my phone with me. 15 miles in october. yeesh.

  • gpzbc

    Weird. I updated Google Search but it is not there for me.

  • Alexa White

    Mine popped up and said 2 miles in October. Pretty sure I’ve walked more than that, but if the service is new, it might not be getting all the data.

  • I’ve got it on my phone now. I like it, just wish it used the gyro or the acceleration sensor to actually count steps.

  • Corey Foltman

    i also have a periodic history reporting card, no miles walked or biked yet though…a friend of mine plays basketball every wednesday; and that randomly added itself to his calender and pops up on a google now card.

  • abert78160

    Showed up for me. 36 miles of walking in October.

  • Don

    It’s on mine today

  • MikeSaver

    yeah but how does it know how many miles I was walking and not driving or biking or something.

  • Rob Putnam

    Just checked mine and the pedometer was there. Strange, I haven’t ridden a bike in a few months. The walking may be accurate. Seems low though.

  • hfoster52

    I use google now in the morning to plan my commute. I looked this morning and the pedometer showed up and was surprised (by how little I actually walked). Also showed me the flight information for my wife. Its like a one stop shop. I can’t imagine going back to a phone that doesn’t have it.

  • Ike Plemons

    mine has shown up…. i saw this on a video the other day and wondered what it was… now i know.

  • T4rd

    I thought this meant that it would show you how close you are to pedophiles XD.

  • strozykowski

    Does this tie in at all with My Tracks? I use My Tracks when I go walking, and it would be nice if that accurate data (as I don’t have GPS enabled all the time) was factored in.

    • Turning the GPS off doesn’t really save battery when you are normally using your phone. The GPS is actually only enabled when you have a map app open. It’s a common misconception that leaving GPS on means it’s running all the time.

      • strozykowski

        Oh, I realize that. I think it’s more a force of habit at this point.

  • shamu11

    does it count driving?

  • Nick

    Nothing here yet but I did see someone on Reddit get it yesterday. Would the Great Google Outage affect it?

  • s3pt1k

    I ride every day and have no card yet. ):

  • Dillon Brown

    I got 37 miles walked for October? I do walk a lot but seems a little high.

  • Steen Kendle

    Mine is saying I only walked 3 miles in October and 2 in September. The learn more page takes you to the Google help page. So how does figure out if I am walking, riding or driving? Pretty cool though. Will use this a lot.

  • I just saw it on mine. Said I walked 6 miles in September and 31 in October. The learn more link took me to a google support page that didn’t really tell me anything. I do a lot of walking during the work day so that seems pretty accurate perhaps.

  • Gaurav K

    I got it the card, but its a bit weird that it says I walked 0 miles in October. I live on a college campus, and all I do is walk everywhere.

    • Bigwavedave25

      Do you keep GPS services off all the time (for battery saving perhaps)?

      • Gaurav K

        GPS is always on for me.

        • Bigwavedave25

          Sorry dude. I have no clue, prob a checkbox some where…

          • Gaurav K

            No worries. Thanks either way. I’ll see what happens next month. Maybe it didn’t collect enough information for some reason.

          • Michael

            Do you only walk on campus or do you walk other places as well? It could possibly think 0 miles if you only stay on campus, as it may only use GPS to find the address and then measure distance between the addresses. In that case, my college campus would be all one address meaning no actual distance measured. Just a guess, but worth considering.

          • Gaurav K

            Hmm… I’m pretty sure I went outside campus. I did go home for a weekend, and that’s no where near campus. You make a good point. Hopefully it’ll change for November.

        • Have you enabled location tracking/history?

          • Gaurav K

            Yup. Its all on. I believe that has to be on to have Google Now working properly anyways.

  • Just showed up for me!

  • Lenesse Berg

    I’ve started seeing a “Location History” card and it says, “You are periodically reporting and storing your location” and it has a link to learn more. I had a hunch that it might have something to do with the pedometer thing.

    Google Now also randomly started showing me HPQ (where I work) Stock info after having a verbal conversation with my boss about stock, so now my phone eavesdrops on my conversations (I never searched or did anything on the computer/phone in regards to stock) so that was a little creepy, but I still think Google Now is AWESOME!

  • Yes……. And im lazy I guess lol

  • gbenj

    ‘Learn More’ leads to this page (http://support.google.com/?hl=en&p=gqsb_locationhistory&version=210020112) Not sure why though

  • The Learn more link just brings you to the general Google Support page. Not sure how to change these settings. But I like it!

  • I got this card today, but what was interesting is that it said I had cycled 3 miles even though I hadn’t actually cycled for the past month..

    • Br_d

      Same here – 3 miles biked although I haven’t ridden a bike in over a month. How many miles does it say you’ve walked?

    • sygyzy

      Guys, give it a break. This is a bonus feature they added in that takes advantage of the accelerometer. It’s not a dedicated app like Nike Run or Strava or Endomondo where *you tell it what activity you are doing* and the *start and end times*. It’s just guessing. Maybe tomorrow it’ll say you were running when OMIGOSH you were actually just jogging briskly.

      • sonicyoof

        All he did was say it is “interesting”…

        • sygyzy

          I had to reply to someone but I wasn’t attacking Nipam specifically. Look at all these other bozos on here that don’t understand how this app works. Br_d, Gaurav K, DanWazz, should I go on?

  • DanWazz

    I noticed this when I booted my phone this morning. Kinda creepy. Also, I showed I rode 10 miles on a bike last month. I haven’t ridden a bike in like 5 years. Also, does running on a tread mill count for this?

    • Fattie McDoogles

      I don’t think so. Not yet at least. It says “Based on your device’s location” which to me means its using GPS.

      • It’s actually all locations (network, wifi, etc.). Since I live in about a 3 or 4 mile radius (all walking) and never use wifi, My location is always the same, and Google thinks I have walked a grand total of 3 miles in October.

    • mtkregs

      Maybe you drive really slow and it though you were on a bike because of that. 🙂

      • DanWazz

        Hahaha. Fair enough.

      • Justin Hunt

        That’s what I’m wondering because I have a really dreadful commute

    • it counts by the speed I guess

    • Guest

      derp. wrong comment.

    • pholocity

      someone else mentioned that it showed them riding a bike when in fact they rode a bus to work. probably has some speed parameters to determine things like that?

  • Slightly creepy

    • Abhisshack D

      why creepy !!!!!!!

      • ramesh

        are yaar yeh bahar k logon ko har choti cheez ek intrusion of their privacy lagti hai…tu tension mat le

        • Abhisshack D

          @e8c039e6af346533a31fc1a8facc9874:disqus Sehi hai yaar . bilkool sahi bola tumney 🙂

        • Jab desh me exploiting companies apna jaal bichaana shuru karengi, jab desh me tum log government agencies se bachke rahoge, jab desh me patriot act laagu hoga, tab tumhe samajh me aaega ki location tracking kitni gaand-faad cheez hai.
          India me mujhe bhi aisa hi lagta tha, par yahan par kuch saal rehne ke baad privacy ki asli ehmiyat samajh aa rahi hai. Aur sach me ab dar lagta hai, ki companies kitna sab jaanti hain mere baare mein.

  • Marques Stewart

    This is actually a new feature that was enabled with the update to the Google Search app on Monday. This was talked about when Google discussed the upgrades to Android 4.2

    • I didn’t have it, read this comment, updated, now I have it.

    • I agree. the card was not showing up on mine. I checked updates for my apps, updated google search, and there it was.

    • ProfessAndObey

      I don’t have time to confirm right now, but I thought Matias spoke about this in the video from The Verge.