1. Home screen

Once you start the application you will see the app's home screen. This screen is divided into three main parts.

The top shows your currently selected user, your weight trend as well as actions you will use most frequently, e.g. edit an existent or create a new user. The center lists all records you have created so far. Here, you can easily browse, edit, sort and delete them. At the bottom (in portrait mode) or at the right side (in landscape mode) you see the four main navigation buttons. Using these buttons you can create new records, a statistical summary of your data, bar charts of various time spans as well as line charts with the course of your data. If the screen resolution of your device is sufficient, an additional button, which lets you reach the photo list screen, will appear.

Each record has a date on the left and a weight and unit on the right side. The most recent record shows your total loss or gain in weight. Below (in portrait mode) or to the right (in landscape mode) of the weight you find additional information, such as BMI or body fat percentage. You can configure the 3 details to be displayed on the User profile screen. If your record has a note, photo or user-defined tracking value, a respective icon will appear. An arrow - adjust its behavior in your profile - indicates the difference in weight between two subsequent records or a trend over the last 7 records. Edit a record by tapping a listed item. Long tap an item to edit and delete records.

Weight Meter - single record

Above you see a possible record. On the left you see the time and date the record was taken. The 'line' between the day and month on the left and the year and time on the right indicates the weekday. If the 'indent of the line' is at the top, as in this example, it's Monday, if it's at the bottom it's Sunday with all other weekdays in between. On the far left, the color, in this case cyan, additionally indicates the month (each month has its own color, of course).

By pressing the ‘menu button’ of your device, you can perform additional actions, e.g. adjust the record sorting, open the about screen, import and export your data, etc.

Weight Meter - home screen

2. User profile screen

On the user profile screen, you create new and edit existing users. Just input your name and you are good to go.
This screen is divided into 5 sections: general settings, weight goal, my tracking items, my settings, security and synchronization. Each section is described in more details below.
Via the actionbar at the top of your screen you create and edit reminder alerts (alarm clock icon), create user-defined tracking items (eye icon) and access the general menu. Via the general menu, you can access the ideal weight calculator and this online help.

Input your basic info here, your name is the only mandatory entry. Tap the ‘user icon’ at the top to choose a picture for your user from your gallery or to simply take a new picture. Set your body height and the app calculates your body mass index (BMI) automatically. Additionally set your gender and birthday and the app estimates your body fat percentage automatically.

Create weight goals to aim for your ideal weight and monitor your progress. Tap the ‘new goal’ button to create a new weight goal. All your weight goals are listed, showing an optional target date on the left and the mandatory weight goal on the right side. Tap a listed element to edit an existing goal, long tap an element to edit or delete a goal. You can create several goals and the app will highlight the ‘currently active goal’ selected by the next upcoming date or by a comparison of the initial and latest weight if no date is present or a date already lies in the past.
The ‘initial weight’ is set to your oldest record by default, tap the ‘initial weight’ button to set a different date. The app will see your input as a new reference point, e.g. if you'd like to start over and you'd also like to keep your old records.

Create and edit user-defined tracking items in this section. Tap the ‘new tracking item’ button or the ‘eye icon’ at the top of the screen to create a new tracking item. All your items are listed, showing their name, type and subtype or unit. Tap a listed element to edit an existing item, long tap an element to edit or delete an item. You can create items to track various things like body circumferences, workout results, daily food/water intake etc.

In this section you edit several general and convenience settings. Adjust your preferred weight unit, length unit and date format. Adjust the body fat calculation of the app. You can choose not to use the body fat calculation provided by the app, choose to manually input your own values (e.g. from your personal scale) or choose to use the built-in body fat calculation. Adjust the details of your home screen: ‘home screen arrows’ allows you to adjust the behaviour of the arrows of each record on your home screen and ‘home screen details’ allows you to choose what additional values each record might show on your home screen. Adjust the ‘remember last record’ option and the app will automatically fill in your last weight to a new record, so that you only need to adjust the new record slightly.

Last but not least, you adjust the security features of the app in this section. Set your own unlock pattern, if you'd like to access protect your user data. Set your cloud account, if you'd like to have automatically performed backups of your data to your cloud storage. Finally, configure your synchronization, if you'd like to synchronize data between several devices. A detailed explanation and example can be found in the synchronization description.

Weight Meter - user profile screen

3. Record screen

On this screen you create new and edit existing records. Just input your weight via the scroll control or the number input control below. Switch your weight unit by tapping the unit symbol.

When creating a new record, time and date are set to your current local time and date by default. Just tap the shown time or date to edit these values. Add notes to your record by tapping the 'note icon' or by tapping your note directly. Add new photos to your record by tapping the 'camera icon'. You can add existing photos to your record by selecting the 'Pick photo' menu. Enlarge a photo by a tap, edit a photo by a long tap. Use the swipe gesture to scroll through your photos.

Measure your body fat by tapping the 'body fat' button. If you don't need or use this button you can hide it via the User profile screen. If you created one or more user-defined tracking items in your profile, set your user-defined values by tapping the respective item.

By pressing the ‘menu button’ of your device, you can perform additional actions, e.g. display and edit the body height of the current record, calculate your ideal weight, view all your photos, get additional information about BMI values and body fat percentage, etc.

Weight Meter - record screen

4. User overview screen

This screen shows you a list of all your available users, here you can easily manage them and select your active user.

The list gives you a brief overview of your users, showing the number of records, photos and user-defined values, the body height as well as the latest weight and BMI values along with their respective difference to your oldest record.

Add a new users, by tapping the ‘user add icon’ at the top. Tap the ‘alarm icon’ at the top to create ‘reminder alerts’: your Android device will remind you, when to take a new record. Tap a user to select him as your ‘active’ user. Long tap a user to select, edit, delete, backup and export users.

By pressing the ‘menu button’ of your device, you can perform additional actions, e.g. read existing backups, import data from csv files, sort users, etc.

Weight Meter - user list screen

5. Line chart

The line chart is a great tool to view and compare the course of your data.

Tap the ‘hand icon’ to select the data to be displayed and the ‘add data icon’ to add additional data to your chart. You can select your weight, BMI, body fat percentage and user-defined data as data source. Tap the ‘hourglass icon’ to select a predefined or own time span. Selecting an own time span will lead to the chart settings screen, where you can specify the start- and end date exactly. Tap the ‘user add menu’ and compare your data with up to 4 users.

If you have a weight goal set, a forecast, based on your data of the last 3 months, is calculated and displayed as a dashed grey line.

All data is shown in its raw and unprocessed form by default. Especially weight, BMI and estimated body fat percentage data (weight dependent data) can benefit from the built-in normalization. The normalization can create a better viewing experience, especially if you've tracked this data over a longer period of time. Just press the ‘Normalized data’/‘Raw data’ menu to switch on or off the normalization.

Zoom and pan your chart by using the zoom buttons or the pan and pinch to zoom gesture. Press the ‘Share & export’ menu to share your charts with your friends on various social platforms.

By pressing the ‘menu button’ of your device, you can perform additional actions, e.g. show goals, open the chart settings screen, open the help dialog, etc.

Weight Meter - line chart screen

6. Bar charts

The available bar charts are a great tool to get a quick and compressed info about your data. In a first step you need to select by which time span your data is grouped. The following options are available:

Overview chart, data is grouped by years.
Yearly chart, data is grouped by months or by weeks.
Quarterly chart, data is grouped by week.
Monthly chart, data is grouped by days.
Weekly chart, data is grouped by days.

In your selected chart, tap the ‘hand icon’ to choose which data to display. You can select your weight, BMI, body fat percentage and user-defined data as data source. Set a time span by tapping the hourglass icon. Tap the user add menu or icon and compare your data with another user.

Depending on the grouping you chose, arrow buttons will be available to switch between years and time periods of your bar chart. Zoom and pan your chart by using the zoom buttons, if available, or use the pan and pinch to zoom gesture. Press the ‘Share & export’ menu to share your charts with your friends on various social platforms.

By pressing the ‘menu button’ of your device, you can perform additional actions, e.g. show the chart values or open the help dialog.

Weight Meter - bar chart screen

7. Statistic screen

The statistic screen gives you a great overview of all your data. You can view a general or detailed overview of your data, compare your data with another user, create reports, etc.

Tap the ‘user add icon’ in the actionbar at the top of your screen to compare your data to a second user. Easily switch a user by tapping on the user's name. Remove a user from your summary by tapping the ‘trash icon’. Set a predefined time span by tapping the ‘hourglass icon’ at the top of your screen. Set a specific time span by tapping the start or end date of the respective user. Tap the ‘magnifying glass icon’ at the top of your screen to view all statistical data.
Via the ‘general menu’ you can create a report of your data by pressing the ‘Create report’ option. You can save your report as a csv file or send it via email. Additionally, you can view additional info about your BMI and body fat percentage and access this online help.
The statistical summary is divided into 5 sections, described below.

This section shows the development of your weight. Here, you find the overall gain or loss of weight in the selected time span, as well as the development of the last week, last month, last 3 months, last 6 months and last year of that same time span. Additionally, this section shows you a ‘weekly change’ averaged over those same time spans. This section predicts where your values (e.g. weight, BMI, etc.) are heading for. This section shows the average, minimal, maximal and median values of your weight, BMI, estimated and measured body fat percentage in the selected time span. The date in brackets shows you when a minimal or maximal value was reached last. This section shows the weight difference from your currently active weight goal at the end and the beginning of your time span, as well as the average weight difference within the time span. This section displays the details of your user-defined tracking items, in a similar fashion as the ‘values’ section above.

Weight Meter - statistic screen

8. Photo overview screen

The photo overview screen gives you a great overview of all the photos that you've taken and linked with a specific user. You can sort, view, share and remove all these photos.

In contrast to the record screen, where you see the photos of a particular record only, this screen shows you all photos that you've created and linked with a specific user. Press the ‘sort icon’ in the actionbar at the top of your screen to sort your photos by date or weight. Tap a thumbnail to view your photo in full screen mode. In this mode, swipe a photo left or right to page through all your photos. Long tap a thumbnail to share or remove a photo.
Via the ‘general menu’ you can adjust the size of your thumbnails, show or hide the date or weight of the associated photo and access this online help.

There are 3 possible ways to reach the photo overview screen:
• on the home screen: swipe a record left or right
• on the record screen: select the ‘All photos’ menu item in the ‘General menu’
• on the home screen: if the screen resolution of your device is sufficient, an additional button, as shown below, will appear
Weight Meter - photo list screen extra button

Weight Meter - photo list screen

9. Body fat percentage calculation

Weight Meter comes with two in-built methods to calculate your body fat percentage. Besides, you can also configure the app to manually input your own body fat percentage values, e.g. from your personal scale. Please see the last chapter below for details.

The first method, called estimated body fat percentage, is a rough evaluation of your body fat percentage. It comes for free when you create a new record. Once you start entering your weight, it is displayed below your weight on the record screen. The only condition for you is to set your body height, gender and birthday on the user profile screen in advance.

The second method, called measured body fat percentage, is more sophisticated and was created by the US Navy. When you create a new record, you can optionally measure circumferences of several body parts depending on your gender to calculate your body fat percentage. Just press the ‘body fat’ button on the record screen to start your measurement. You find an easy guide how to take your measurements on the subsequent screens. Via the ‘general menu’, you can view additional info about the body fat percentage, get additional measurement hints, and access this online help.

All circumference measurements used for calculating the measured body fat percentage are not recorded by default, only the resulting body fat percentage is saved. If you'd also like to record your circumference measurements automatically, you just need to create one user-defined tracking item of the type length/distance for every circumference you'd like to record. If one or more of your user-defined tracking items is of the type length/distance, you can assign the circumference measurements as one of these items to automatically save your values. Simply assign the respective user-defined tracking item in the now visible ‘save as’ field once.

As already written above, if you do have a personal scale, which calculates the body fat percentage for you, set the ‘body fat’ setting to ‘manual input’ in the my settings section of your user profile or create a user-defined tracking item to be able to input those values manually. If you don't want to use the body fat percentage calculation at all, just set the ‘body fat’ setting to ‘not used’ in the my settings section of your user profile.

Weight Meter - body fat percentage screen

10. Csv import screen

On this screen you import csv-formatted 3rd party data to Weight Meter, e.g. from Excel, Google Docs, Numbers or other sources. Naturally, you can also import csv data that you have exported with the help of the csv export functionality in Weight Meter, please see example 3 below. For a simple data exchange functionality, with no data modification, it's simpler to use the apps backup functionality though, please see the note below.
Via the general menu, you can activate the ‘Save setup’ option, which will save your complete csv import setup, e.g. if you use the csv import regularly, and access this online help.

First, specify the mandatory name of your new user in this section, optionally set a body height. Each csv import creates a new user.

Next, specify the filename of the file containing your csv data and the separator type used in your csv file in this section. Simply tap the ‘Choose file’ button to select your csv file.

Last but not least, specify how a row of data in your csv file is formatted in this section. A date is the only mandatory value. Just tap the ‘Add data’ button to add additional csv fields, the ‘order number’ on the left to remove a field and the ‘move button’ on the right to change the order of a field. Long tap an item to edit or delete a field. Remember, the position of a value in a row of your csv data is represented by the position of the respective input control in the data setup section. You can find three examples below.

Once your setup is done, tap the ‘Start import’ button to start the import. A dialog will inform you about the import result, listing the number of imported records.

Examples

1. Each csv row of your csv data is formatted like this: date;weight
...
05.25.2016;150.3
05.26.2016;151.1
05.27.2016;151.4
...
Weight Meter - csv import example 1
2. Each csv row of your csv data is formatted like this: date;time;weight;height
...
27.05.2016;12:30;150.3;180.3
26.05.2016;13:30;151.1;180.3
25.05.2016;13:45;151.4;180.3
...
Weight Meter - csv import example 2
3. You'd like to import a csv file you've exported using the csv export functionality in Weight Meter, without losing any data.

This example assumes that the csv data that you exported contained one user-defined tracking item (a jogging distance). BMI and estimated body fat percentage are replaced by placeholders, as both values are calculated from other values.

Weight Meter - csv import example 3

Please note

For further formatting options, please read the date and time format section and the help of the csv import screen.
If you have issues importing your csv data, please check the 'csv conformity' of your data, as shown in the linked examples.

If you'd like to exchange Weight Meter data internally, e.g. between the free and paid version or between two Android devices, please use the backup or cloud backup functionality. You can find instructions in the FAQ.

Weight Meter - csv import screen

11. Reminder alert overview

This screen lists all your active and inactive reminder alerts. Here you can easily create new alerts, as well as edit and delete existing alerts. Alerts are a great way to remind you to take your weight or any user-defined values you keep track of with the help of the app, e.g. values you need to record regularly like your blood pressure. You can specify the notification schedule, notification sound, notification text etc. You can access this overview by tapping the ‘alarm icon’ at the top of your screen on the user profile or user overview screen.

Create new reminder alerts by tapping the ‘new alarm’ icon at the top of your screen. Long tap an element to edit or delete an alert. Each element shows you the schedule of your alarm, its notification text and an alarm icon that indicates, if an alarm is currently active or inactive.

Weight Meter - reminder alert screen

12. Reminder alert screen

Alerts are a great way to remind you to take your weight or any user-defined value you keep track of with the help of the app, e.g. values you need to record regularly like your blood pressure. Once set up, they will inform you by sound, vibration or notification. You can create alerts by tapping the ‘alarm icon’ on the user profile or the user list screen.

Tap the time button to set the time when an alarm is triggered and the schedule button to set the weekly schedule. This way you can create a different schedule for weekdays and weekends. Tap the sound button to set a custom notification sound, long tap the sound button to play the current sound. Additionally, you can activate or deactivate an alarm and set the alarm and vibration behavior in priority mode. Last but not least, input your own notification text to customize the alarm to your needs.

Once an alarm is created, you see a list of all your active and inactive alarms on the overview screen.

Weight Meter - reminder alert screen

13. User-defined tracking items

User-defined tracking items are great tools, if you’d like to keep track of values besides weight, BMI and body fat percentage in the app. You can keep track of almost anything you can think of, such as your daily calorie intake, daily workout goals and results, various body circumferences, etc. Naturally, user-defined tracking items are fully integrated into the apps various features: you have the same great charts, statistics, reports, etc., as with the standard values.

To create a user-defined tracking item, open the user profile screen and tap the ‘new tracking item’ button in the My tracking items section or the ‘eye icon’ at the top of the screen. Now, you just need to specify the name of your new item, its type and the subtype or unit. There are a lot of types and units to choose from, like units of blood pressure, duration, distance, etc. Additionally, you can activate the ‘remember last record’ option, which will fill in the last value of your item, when you create a new value entry for your item. Once created, your items are listed in the My tracking items section of the user profile screen. Tap the corresponding element to edit your item, long tap an element to edit or delete your item.

Once you create or edit a record on the record screen, you can optionally set the values of all your user-defined tracking items.

Weight Meter - user-defined tracking item screen

14. Weight goal

Setting up a weight goal is a convenient tool for you to aim at a weight of your choice. You can set up more than just one goal, additionally add target dates, and easily monitor your progress. This way you will have an early visual indicator for any discrepancies between your desired progress and your actual measured weight in the line chart.

To create a new weight goal open the user profile screen and tap the ‘new goal’ button in the Weight goal section. Once created, your goals are listed in the aforementioned section. Tap the corresponding element to edit your goal, long tap an element to edit or delete your goal. You can create several goals and the app will highlight the ‘currently active goal’ selected by the next upcoming date or by a comparison of the initial and latest weight if no date is present or a date already lies in the past.

Input your weight goal via the scroll control or the number input control below. Switch your weight unit by tapping the unit symbol. Set an optional target date to aim at a due day. This will provide additional statistics, show the remaining time to reach your goal and activate additional features in the line chart. Calculate your ideal weight by tapping the ‘weight icon’ at the top of the screen.

Weight Meter - weight goal screen

15. Ideal weight calculator

With the help of the ideal weight calculator you can determine the healthy weight of a human. The formula used by the app to calculate the ideal weight is based on hands-on research of medical doctors specialized in the fields of human health and nutrition. In order to create good and representative results throughout all ages, the formula uses body height, gender, age and figure/physique as input values.

To access the ideal weight calculator and determine your ideal weight, press the ‘Ideal weight’ item in the general menu of the user profile or record screen or tap the ‘weight icon’ at the top on the weight goal screen.

Input your body height via the scroll control or the number input control below. Switch your height unit by tapping the unit symbol. Set your age by tapping the birthday button, your gender and figure by tapping the respective combo box. Once all necessary parameters are set, your ideal weight is calculated. Tap the result button to set the calculated ideal weight as a new weight goal.

Weight Meter - ideal weight screen

16. Synchronization

The data synchronization functionality is a great tool, if you'd like to use the app on more than just one device, e.g. a smartphone and a tablet, and would like to keep your data in sync automatically. The synchronization lets you even share your data with a friend, family member and vice versa so that they can view your data, which is kept up to date automatically, on their respective device.

In order to use the synchronization, you need to set up your user profile accordingly and have a working internet connection. The following example assumes that you use a smartphone (device 1) and a tablet (device 2) and would like to configure a data synchronization of a user profile on both devices. Initially the smartphone contains the respective user profile, which you’d like to synchronize with your tablet.

• Start the app and select your user
• Open the user profile screen of your user
• Scroll to the security and synchronization section at the bottom and select your cloud account
• Press the synchronization button below, select the ‘create new’ option and wait for the synchronization step to finish
• Once finished, you will see the location of your users ‘synchronization data’ in your cloud storage, e.g. ‘Google Drive\weightmeter\sync_William’, and the current data upload and download behavior
• By long pressing the synchronization button, you can adjust this behavior via the settings option
• Press the ‘Done’ button to save all changes

• Start the app
• Press the ‘New user’ button (‘general menu’/‘New user’)
• (Alternatively, you can open the user profile screen of an existing user, but the data of this user will be overwritten in the following steps)
• Scroll to the security and synchronization section at the bottom and select your cloud account
• Press the synchronization button below and select the ‘use existing’ option
• Select the ‘Google Drive\weightmeter\sync_William’ directory on your Google Drive, which was created by your smartphone (device 1) before, and wait for the synchronization step to finish
• Once finished, you will see the location of the selected ‘synchronization data’ in your cloud storage, e.g. ‘Google Drive\weightmeter\sync_William’, and the current data upload and download behavior
• By long pressing the synchronization button, you can adjust this behavior via the settings option
• Press the ‘Done’ button to save all changes

Once you've finished the setup on both devices, a data synchronization between the user profile on your smartphone and your tablet is established. If you'd like to add another device, just repeat the steps you've performed with your tablet (device 2) with this third device.

Once you've set up both (or more) devices as described above, you can start using the synchronization. Depending on your configured upload and download behavior, which is independent on each device and can be configured by long pressing the synchronization button on the user profile screen in the security and synchronization section, the synchronization performs automatically or manually initiated.
automatic upload:
• each time your user data changes, e.g. with a new or modified record, etc.
• the app will upload this data automatically
manual upload:
• you decide when any data is uploaded
• you start an data upload by pressing the synchronization icon on the top right of the home screen and selecting the ‘upload data’ option
automatic download:
• the app will check for new data automatically
• you can manually initiate a data download by pressing the synchronization icon on the top right of the home screen
manual download:
• you decide when any data is downloaded
• you start a data download by pressing the synchronization icon on the top right of the home screen
• if you've simultaneously configured the ‘manual upload’ option, you need to additionally press the ‘download data’ option

Weight Meter - synchronization

17. Widget

The widget is a small tool for the home screen of your Android device. As with a standard ‘launcher icon’, you can start the app by tapping the widget. This will open the user profile the widget currently displays. Additionally, the widget does display a limited set of further information.

By default, the widget will display the user that is currently active in the app on its home screen. If the user changes here, the user displayed by the widget changes appropriately. By tapping the user photo, you can detach this selection and cycle through all your users to display them in the widget. Once selected in the widget, a user selection will become independent from the currently active user in the app. This way, you can configure two or more widgets each displaying different users, e.g. if two users share a device and both would like to see their ‘own’ widget on the home screen of the device.

Besides name and a photo of the currently selected user, the widget will display the current weight trend, information about the last record as well as information about the currently active weight goal of this user.

1. go to your home screen
2. tap the home button
3. tap the ‘Widgets’ tab
4. select the Weight Meter widget from the list

1. go to your home screen
2. long tap the home screen
3. select the ‘Android widget’ option
4. select the Weight Meter widget from the list

Click this link for additional info.

Weight Meter - app widget

18. Security features

The app uses several methods to keep your data safe and sound.

Each user can define an individual unlock pattern on their user profile screen to access protect their data. Once properly configured, a successfully entered unlock pattern stays valid for 20 minutes, unless you ‘close’ the app using the back button on the apps home screen, remove it from your recents screen or force the app to close in your device settings.
Please note that the unlock pattern only access protects your data, it does not encrypt it. It is possible to access your data, provided there is extended physical access to your device.

Once every 5 days, the app creates automatically scheduled local backups of all user data on 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. Simply use the ‘Read backup’ feature to import such a file.
The naming convention of these files is: automatic_backup_NUMBER_USERNAME.wd.

Analogous to the local backups from above, the app will also create automatically scheduled cloud backups of a user once every 4 days, if you’ve successfully configured the cloud account of a particular user on the user profile screen. If you configure your cloud account for the first time, the app will ask for permission to use your cloud account.

You can find the backup files in the '\weightmeter\automatic_backup' directory on your cloud drive. Simply use the ‘Read cloud backup’ feature to import such a file.
The naming convention of these files is: DEVICEID_NUMBER_USERNAME.wd.

Naturally, you can also create manual backups of your data. Use the ‚Write backup’ feature to create a local backup and the ‚Write cloud backup’ feature to create a cloud backup. The import of your data is carried out in the same fashion as described in points B and C.

Weight Meter - security features