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You can download the app from the Google Play Store. Here, you will find the paid and the free version of Weight Meter.

The paid version of the app is ad-free, the free version shows advertisements, displayed at the bottom of the app screen. In other respects, the free and the paid version share the same features.

I'm happy about every app purchase that you make! You directly support me as a developer by purchasing the app. Your money will help me improve Weight Meter with every update, add new features and keep the support going. Your money will also help me create other great apps in the future!

I encourage you to download the free version of Weight Meter. If you like and use the app on a regular basis, I hope you consider a purchase!

Weight Meter is an Android application. Thus, you need a smartphone or tablet running the Android operating system with Android version 2.2 (FroYo) or higher. Learn more about Android on the official website or on Wikipedia.
If you're looking for an Android device, the Android Device Gallery might be of interest to you.


Weight Meter supports all Android devices running Android 2.2 (FroYo) - Android 7.x (Nougat) currently.
If you have a short glimpse at the Android dashboard, you will see that this includes almost all modern Android devices.

Weight Meter is currently localized and completely translated into 15 different languages: English, German, Chinese (simplified), Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, French, Dutch, Swedish, Polish, Turkish and Hindi
English is the standard language, if you don't find your native tongue in the aforementioned list.

The paid version:
• WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: writing/reading files (photos, backups, etc.)
• VIBRATE: vibration feature of the alarm
• RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: automatically setting alarms on startup of your device

The free version:
• all permissions from the paid version
• ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE, INTERNET: displaying advertisements


The data backup is pretty straightforward, if you follow this instruction.

To manually back up your data
• Select your user and press the menu button on the home screen of the app
• Select the 'Import & export' menu and select the 'Write backup' list item
• Your backup file is written

To manually restore your data
• Press the menu button on the home screen and select the 'Import' or 'Import & export' menu
• Select the 'Read backup' list item and choose a backup file that you've created before
• Your data is imported

Additional info
• If you restore your data from a backup file, this data is imported for a newly created user. This new user is completely independent from all existing users. You'll notice a _backup appendix in the new users name to indicate that the user was restored from a backup. Naturally, you can edit the name of the user on the user profile screen.
• As a safety measure, a backup of all user data is created automatically every 5 days. Please read 'I accidentally deleted my data or the app. Is there any chance to restore my data?' below for more info.

The data transfer is pretty straightforward, if you follow this instruction.

• In the free version of Weight Meter:
✔ Select your user and press the menu button on the home screen of the app
✔ Select the 'Import & export' menu and select the 'Write backup' list item
✔ Your backup file is written

• In the paid version of Weight Meter:
✔ Press the menu button on the home screen and select the 'Import' menu
✔ Select the 'Read backup' list item and choose the file you've created before
✔ Your data is imported

The data transfer is pretty straightforward, if you follow this instruction. Possibly you need to pay attention to your image files.

• In Weight Meter on your old device:
✔ Select your user and press the menu button on the home screen of the app
✔ Select the 'Import & export' menu and select the 'Write backup' list item
✔ Your backup file is written

• Copy your files:
✔ If you use the SD-card from your old also in your new device, you just need to ensure that the SD-card is initialized properly on the new device.
✔ If you use a new or different SD-card or your device has internal memory, you need to copy the backup file from above, stored in the '\Download\weightmeter' directory by default, and all relevant image files from your old device to the same directory on your new device.
✔ All photos taken via Weight Meter are stored in the '\Pictures\WeightMeter' directory by default. If you linked photos in Weight Meter, you need to process them accordingly.

• In Weight Meter on your new device:
✔ Press the menu button on the home screen and select the 'Import' menu
✔ Select the 'Read backup' list item and choose the file you've created before
✔ Your data is imported

You can also send backup files directly via email by selecting the 'Import & export' menu and pressing the 'Backup via mail' list item. In this case you need to save the email attachment on your new device to your SD-card or internal device memory. You still need to take care of your image files as described above.

There's a bug in the Android system, Issue 38282, which also affects newer devices. If your device is affected, newly transferred paths and files won't be 'visible' until you restart your device.

The data transfer via your cloud drive is pretty straightforward, if you follow this instruction. Possibly you need to pay attention to your image files.

• In Weight Meter on your old device:
✔ Select your user and open your user profile to configure your 'cloud account' ('Security' section at the bottom)
✔ Back on the home screen of the app press the menu button
✔ Select the 'Import & export' menu and select the 'Write cloud backup' list item
✔ Your backup file is written to your cloud drive

• In Weight Meter on your new device:
✔ Press the menu button on the home screen and select the 'Import' menu
✔ Select the 'Read cloud backup' list item and select your 'cloud account'
✔ Select the file you've created before from the 'weightmeter' directory on your cloud drive
✔ Your data is imported

• Image files:
✔ The cloud backup feature does not transfer your image files automatically.
✔ If you have no 'image syncronization' configured on your old and new device, you need to copy all 'Weight Meter photos' from your old device to the same directory on your new device.
✔ Photos taken via Weight Meter are stored in the '\Pictures\WeightMeter' directory by default. Linked photos are situated in the respective directory you've selected them from.

Weight Meter has an easy to use and configure CSV file importing mechanism. It allows you to import data from 3rd party sources. Currently, it allows you to import date, weight, time and body height values.
Learn more about CSV files on Wikipedia.

Most modern spreadsheet applications let you export your data as a well-formatted CSV file:
Excel (Microsoft Office)
Calc (OpenOffice)
Spreadsheet (Google Docs)
Numbers (iWork)

You find additional info about this topic in the How to use guide.


You can find all photos you took in Weight Meter in the '\Pictures\WeightMeter' directory on your SD card or internal memory of your device.

You can find those files in the '\Download\weightmeter' directory on your SD card or internal memory of your device.

You can find those images in the '\Pictures\WeightMeter' directory on your SD card or internal memory of your device.


Weight Meter does not delete any photos you took or linked with your profiles.

Yes, your data will be lost!
To not lose your data: Please create a backup of your data or export your data as a csv before deleting the app.

Please backup your data regularly!

If you'd like to hide the photos you took using the app from your gallery, please download this nomedia.zip file and extract the single .nomedia file inside the archive to the '\Pictures\WeightMeter' directory on your SD-card or internal device memory. It will prevent the gallary to display these photos. Delete the .nomedia file to display your photos once again.

Once every 5 days, the app creates automatically scheduled backups of all user data on your SD card or the internal memory of your device. In the worst case, you will lose the data of the most recent 5 days only, if you can access your SD card or the internal memory of your device.
You can find the backup files in the '\Download\weightmeter' directory on your SD card or internal memory of your device.
The naming convention of these files is: automatic_backup_NUMBER_USERNAME.wd.


The non-technical answer: Don't worry about any limitations! You can create as many users as you like.

The technical answer: A finite number of users your Android device can support.

The non-technical answer: Don't worry about any limitations! You can create as many weight records as you like. Weight Meter is designed to support several thousands of them.
On one development and testing device, a Motorola Defy from 2010, I tested the app with a user profile which had 40000 weight records. If you made 5 records a day, you'd reach this number in approximately 22 years. Everything was working fine, except that creating charts, statistics, backups took longer than with a profile with just 1000 records.

The technical answer: A finite number of weight records your Android device can support.

The free version allows you to create 1 user-defined tracking item.
The paid version allows you to create a maximum of 10 user-defined tracking items.


Unfortunately, there's nothing I can do on my side, this restriction is imposed by google. I activated the sale of the app in 'all available' countries. Google provides the following info about Supported locations for distributing applications.

Weight, BMI and estimated body fat percentage data is normalized by default when displayed by the line chart. Please press the menu button of your device and press the ‘Raw data’ option to display the unprocessed data.

You find additional info about this topic in the How to use guide.

I received many email from users asking how and if the arrows are working properly. In version 1.2.0 the arrow functionality has been updated. Starting in this version, in your user profile you have 3 options to adjust the arrows behavior:

difference, arrows show the difference between two successive weight records (default)
trend of last 7 records, arrows show the weight trend of the last 7 successive weight records (default versions <1.2.0)
no arrows, arrows are not displayed


Of course you can!
If you think that you found a bug, please let me know about the issue you encountered.
Just use the Support page or the in-app contact feature to get in touch. Be as specific in your description about where and under which conditions the bug occurs. Also, let me know if you discovered a workaround which circumvents the bug, as this is a big help when resolving it.

Great! Contact me via the Support page or the in-app contact feature and let me know about the typo (spelling), in which language and of course where (which app screen) you found it.
I promise, it will be fixed in the next update, once you told me...

I'm always interested in getting the app translated into a new language, but it also depends on the target language itself! If you think you might be interested in helping me with a translation, contact me.
I can't promise big rewards, but we'll try to work something out...

I can't promise that the feature you think of will be implemented, but I'm always very interested in new features, improvements, etc.
Contact me and tell about your idea...

As you can imagine, I did not do all available translations by myself. I personally translated the English (the base language), the German, the Dutch and with some major help the Polish version of the text. I'm pretty confident that in these languages almost all expressions, sentences, etc. have the intended meaning.

All other languages have been translated by a translator who is a native speaker of the language. The translation has been quality checked to the best knowledge, but it is possible that the translator misinterpreted a particular word, expression or sentence.

If you found such a case, please contact me via the Support page or the in-app contact feature. Let me know about the unfit translation, which language is affected, where to find it (which app screen) and how to correct it in your opinion.

Last updated: december 05, 2016