Tracking hydration (for free)

Keywords: push notification app, water tracking, calorie tracking, long time, shortcut, modified, playing, show, recall, understand, ui. Powered by TextRank.

Lately I've been into calorie counting and water consumption tracking. I'm using the MyNetDiary app for calorie tracking but I haven't been able to find a free app that's good for water tracking. I tried the app DrinkWaterReminder which has a weird UI and takes some time to understand how to use such a simple app. I also hate that it constantly nags you to upgrade and displays ads (both in-app and fullscreen).

Instead of using a crappy app to track water, I wanted to use the built-in health app but it's not practical to launch the app, find the water component, press add data, input data and save. That's a lot of steps. This is where the ShortCuts app comes in very handy. I found a shortcut called "Log water" (or found it in the gallery, I don't recall exactly as I had been playing around with this a long time ago) and modified it to show the sizes of the glasses I use the most. Then I added the shortcut to my home screen, and that's it. I still use the app I mentioned to get the push notifications to remind me to drink, but at least I'm not seeing any ads. I could replace this with a push notification app (like PushOver) and a cron that sends the notification but no need for that now.


First published on 2021-01-23

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