Diabetes On Your Phone: 11 Great Diabetes Apps To Try Now!
There’s no lack of diabetes apps available. A quick search in the App Store can be overwhelming, and it’s hard to know which one of the hundreds to try!
What app works best for you depends on what you’d like to use it for. We’ve chosen 4 basic categories to focus on within the realm of diabetes apps: Healthy Eating and Weight Loss, Apps that Sync with Diabetes Devices, Numbers Tracking/Logbooks Apps, and our favorite category, Free! We found 11 apps that we think are worthy of your attention. Apps are all designed for both types 1 and 2 unless otherwise noted.
This is not an exhaustive list, but it does cover some of the most popular diabetes apps. We hope these recommendations give you a great starting point!
Healthy Eating and Weight Loss
Fooducate is great if you want a weight-loss coach in your pocket. It’s food focused and has a grading system that helps you evaluate the pros and cons of food choices and hopefully choose the smarter options. It monitors things that affect when, why, and what you eat. There’s also an online community available through the app that can field questions.
Does it Sync? No. This app is designed to be an encapsulated food coach/weight loss system.
Is it expensive? Nope! The app is free, but of course there are in-app purchases available that can provide additional guidelines for those with food allergies.
2. Diabetes and Blood Glucose Tracker (iPhone) or MyNetDiary (Android)
Two names—one great app. This app is highly rated by its users and is primarily a diabetes management and weight loss tool. It has an easy-to-use log for blood glucose, A1C, nutrition, food, blood pressure, and medication use. An upgraded version allows for integration with fitness trackers (like Fitbit). This is a great choice if you’re trying to lose weight. This app is great for those with type 1 or 2, but also for people with gestational or prediabetes. Customizable trackers allow you to track whatever is important to you beyond the built-in features.
Does it Sync? It can connect with some blood glucose meters, but not CGMs or insulin pumps.
Is it expensive? It costs about $10, but the upgraded version is $9 a month.
3. Diabetes in Check (for iPhone only)
This app was designed specifically for those with type 2. It’s designed as a coach to help you lower your blood sugar and improve exercise and eating habits. This is a food-focused app that offers recipes, personalized meal plans, and even a bar-code scanner. You can ask questions and read success stories to help you in your efforts to stay healthy, and your information can be sent to your doctor.
Does it Sync? No, and Diabetes In Control warns that this app is without tech support.
Is it expensive? It’s free unless you want personalized food recommendations, which are available for a small fee.
Apps that Sync with Diabetes Devices
This handy app provides a place for you to put all those numbers you have to keep track of: how much medicine you use, your carb counts, and other lifestyle info. It also has nutrition data from restaurants, grocery stores, and common home-cooked meals. If you like numbers, you can view charts and graphs that show your progress and anticipate patterns, and you can export that data into a PDF. You can also share your information with your medical team and set reminders.
Glooko is a great app if you want to see a really personalized picture of how your diabetes affects you on a day to day basis and what your trends are over time.
Does it Sync? Glooko syncs with most CGMs, blood glucose meters, insulin pumps, and fitness trackers.
Is it expensive? Yes. The app is free, but you need a subscription to use Glooko that will cost you $59.95 a year.
5. My Sugr
This is a fun one! My Sugr uses personalized information and challenges to encourage you to get and stay healthy. You can log all your numbers, and you’ll get encouraging feedback that helps you feel good about meeting your goals. It’s a little fanclub on your phone! There is also a junior version designed for children. It takes a little more time to get the hang of than some of the other diabetes apps, so keep that in mind.
Does it Sync? My Sugr can be integrated with CGMs via the Apple Health app and can integrate with Medtronic’s CareLink management system. It does not sync with insulin pumps.
Is it expensive? The basic version is free, but the pro version is $3 a month. For about $20 a month you can get in-app counseling from certified diabetes educators.
Numbers Tracking/Logbook Apps
This is a great app for data-lovers. You can track A1C, bodyweight, ketones, cholesterol, blood pressure, and other vitals. You can set targets and set reminders. Data can be backed up to a Google Drive account and exported to a CSV file. App creators hope to add bolus and basal tracking features soon, so this is one to watch!
Does it Sync? No, sorry!
Is it expensive? Totally free!
7. BG Monitor (Android only)
This app is consistently mentioned in reviews of top diabetes apps, so it’s frustrating that it’s only available for Android. As the name implies, this useful app is focused on your blood glucose, and conveniently provides insulin bolus calculation and blood glucose target for those with type 1 or type 2. BG Monitor is easy to use, and you can add different types of insulin so it can give you accurate recommendations. It also warns you when your blood glucose is too low, and data can be exported or saved to Google Drive.
Does it Sync? No.
Is it expensive? It’s free unless you upgrade to the pro version for $5.
8. OnTrack Diabetes
This is another great tracker app. You can track your food, glucose levels, medication, exercise, heart rate, and more. You can also add notes to your numbers if you want to remember that you had a special event or didn’t get enough sleep. The app is highly customizable and provides detailed graphs and reports that can be exported in a variety of formats.
Does it Sync? It doesn’t look like it. Perhaps future versions will!
Is it expensive? This is another free one, but you do have to agree to an extensive user agreement before using the app.
9. Diabetes Connect
This app was created by people with diabetes for people with diabetes (both types). It has extensive tracking options, and data and reports can be downloaded to share with your health care team. This one offers a clear view of your numbers so that you can see how your current management plan is working.
Does it Sync? No.
Is it expensive? It’s free to download but membership, which adds additional features, is an additional fee.
Highly Rated Free Apps
This app aims to help you understand and anticipate your highs and lows. It provides education and advice about diabetes-related topics. Note: BeatO is an India-based company so all upgrades and features may not be available in the United States.
Does it Sync? It can sync with other devices (not diabetes-related devices) and integrate with Fitbit. In India, a smartphone attachment is available that can convert your smartphone into a glucometer, but it doesn’t seem to be available in the United States yet.
Is it expensive? This app is free.
11. Tactio Health
This was one of two top-rated free apps named in a comprehensive review by the American Diabetes Association. It’s a comprehensive health-tracker that can sync with several other apps and certain medical devices (sorry, not insulin pumps or CGMs). The app allows you to test the amount of oxygen in your blood, and you can see the predicted results of various lifestyle changes (such as losing weight or quitting smoking). The app provides coaching and feedback and is great for anyone who wants a science based approach.
Does it Sync? Not to CGMs or insulin pumps, but it can sync to some other health apps and medical devices (sold separately, of course).
Is it expensive? No! No fees or subscriptions.
This is far from an expansive list, but hopefully you now have a good starting point! There’s a lot of tech that goes along with diabetes: CGMs, insulin pumps, injection ports — and more is coming out all the time! Hopefully one of these apps can help you manage your gear and your numbers. Stay healthy, friends!