So I’ve been reviewing HabitShare and uncovering some helpful information and tips after using it for the past 1-2 weeks – part of my journey to discover which app out there is the best free habit tracking app.
HabitShare is a free habit tracking app available on iOS and Android that allows the tracking of an unlimited number of habits. Combined with its social support feature, it can be an effective tool for helping anyone build better habits.
|Pros of HabitShare||Cons of HabitShare|
|– Available completely free and can track an unlimited number of habits|
– Combines habit tracking with community support
– Easy to use
|– Only can track simple yes/no habits|
– Limitation in community support function
Being a free habit tracking app that can track an unlimited number of habits, there are no gimmicks with HabitShare, just simple habit tracking. It is great for anyone looking for a free habit tracking solution.
During my time testing out various habit tracking apps, I’d rarely come across one that is completely free. HabitShare is one of those rare ones, and surprisingly, it stacks up well even against other paid habit tracking apps I’ve tried.
How HabitShare Helped Me Build Good Habits
Available completely free and can track an unlimited number of habits
Like other free habit trackers that could track an unlimited number of habits, I tested out HabitShare and found that I was able to track at least 10 habits.
Unlikely freemium habit trackers where I usually can only track up to 3 habits, HabitShare allows me to improve more habits at once.
Definitely, a major plus point that helps me build good habits.
Combines habit tracking with community support
While not a feature I’m likely to use often now, creating my own community for moral support is a good option to have as I may want to do so in the future.
Easy to use
The interface of the app is simple and easy to use. All it took me was about 5 – 10 minutes to learn how to use the app in its entirety.
Aside from the adding of friends on HabitShare, there are but 2 basic and simple functions to learn:
- Marking a habit
- Adding a new habit
Where HabitShare Could Have Done Better
Only can track simple yes/no habits
On HabitShare, I can only mark the habits that I’m tracking with a yes, no or nil. Although this helps with simplifying the habit tracking experience, I thought that it also limited the precision of habit tracking.
I can say that I want to run for 60 minutes every day, and if I only ran for 45 minutes that day, the app would not be able to record that in my stats.
If HabitShare could track my habits in more detail, it could give me valuable information that could be used in reflection to help me improve my habits.
Limitation in community support function
While it is good that HabitShare allows me to join my friends in my journey of improving my habits, I found that the only things I could do with the friends I’ve added are:
- Let them see the habits I’m tracking
- Message each other on the app
It would’ve been better if friends could have a greater degree of accountability in the app such as being able to verify for one another if they had indeed completed a habit.
How HabitShare Fared As A Free Habit Tracker
I measured how well HabitShare did as a free habit tracking app based on 5 criteria that I think will be important to any habit tracking app:
- The number of habits the app can track for free (If the app can only track 1 habit, it is unlikely to be useful to me because I want to track more than 1 habit. The more habits that the app can track, the better it is for a user.)
- Data recording capabilities of the app (It is difficult for me to improve if I cannot see where I am succeeding and failing with my habits. The more useful habit data that can be collected over time, the better it is for a user.)
- Platforms the app is available on (If I am on iOS and Mac, it would be ideal if an app I frequently use is on both platforms. Therefore, the more platforms that an app is on, the better it is for a user.)
- The versatility of the app (If I can track whether or not I woke up on time today, a yes/no habit. And I can track how many bottles of water I drank today, a number habit, then I think a habit tracking app can be considered as versatile.)
- How well the app can help to improve habits (Even if the app scores well on all other aspects, I would be unlikely to continue using it if it is designed in a way that doesn’t really help me to improve my habits.)
|The number of habits HabitShare can track for free: HabitShare can track unlimited habits for free.|
If the app can track 1-3 habits – 10 points
If the app can track 4 or more habits – 20 points
|Data recording capabilities: HabitShare can both automatically record habit history and allows for the recording of notes with each data point.|
If the app can view automatically recorded habit history – 10 points
If the app allows manual recording of notes for each habit – 10 points
If the app can view recorded habit history and record down notes for each habit – 20 points
|Platforms HabitShare is available on: HabitShare is available on iOS and Android.|
If the app is available on 1-2 platforms – 10 points
If the app is available on 3 or more platforms – 20 points
|The versatility of HabitShare: HabitShare can only track simple yes/no habits.|
Does the app allow you to track all types of habits?
If no – 10 points
If yes – 20 points
|How well does the app help improve habits (On the scale of 1 – 10): 7 – HabitShare can be a useful free habit tracking tool especially because it can track an unlimited number of habits. It is also easy to enlist the help of friends to keep myself accountable.|
Disclaimer: Subjective and based on personal opinion.
If 1-5 – 0 points
If 6-10 – 20 points