10 Years Of Helping Millions Staying Hydrated With WaterMinder
Staying properly hydrated is essential for maintaining optimal health and well-being. Water is the elixir of life, serving as a vital component for our bodies to function efficiently. Water helps regulate body temperature, lubricate joints, transport nutrients, and flush out toxins. It boosts cognitive function, aids digestion, and enhances skin health, among other benefits.
The WaterMinder App was released on July 19, 2013 with the purpose to help people achieve daily hydration balance. A decade past since the app transformed people’s hydration habits and created a consistent routine for them. It has been successful in helping people mitigate the problems caused by dehydration.
Throughout the ten years of helping you staying hydrated, WaterMinder evolved into the most advanced water tracker app on the market. WaterMinder supports all possible technologies available on the iOS and Google platforms and is providing innovative and fun features such as widgets, shortcuts, watch support, advanced reminders, multiple customizations, simple visuals and more!
Below you can see how our water tracking app evolved throughout the years.
Year 1: Inception and Early Challenges
First drafts of the WaterMinder app UI:
Features of WaterMinder 1.0
WaterMinder was created with the purpose of making a user friendly app that helps you stay hydrated throughout the day. The features of the first prototype of WaterMinder app included:
Home screen with character fill
The app showcased a visual representation of water intake in the human body. It helped to understand better what the hydration intake was for the day.
History of your water intake in comparison to the ideal intake
Default three cups and the ability to create custom cups
Hydration progress on Application icon badge shows progress in percentage
Custom reminders to drink water
International measurements of the water intake, i.e. UK, oz, ml, etc.
Year 2: Building the Foundation
The app was released on the Android Play Store with features such as logging default cups,
showing the home screen with character fill, the ability to create custom cups, and regular reminders.
Year 3: Broadening the scope of the application
In 2015 WaterMinder aded support for the Apple Watch Series 1 devices.
The app was made compatible with the Health Kit feature on the Apple Watch.
Here are some screenshots of how WaterMinder app looked in the year 2014:
Year 4: Scaling and Expansion
In 2016, two major versions of WaterMinder were released, and new features were added for the Apple Watch.
WaterMinder 2.0 version
The new version of WaterMinder was released for the Apple Watch 2 series. The new features included:
Apple Watch Complications
The term watch complication refers to any additional information or feature displayed on the watch face beyond the traditional timekeeping function. These complications can provide various types of information or quick access to certain features.
A series of interesting hydration challenges were introduced on the WaterMinder app. The achievement feature shows the hydration challenges you have overcome on the app as well as on your Apple Watch.
New Tutorial Setup
The tutorial setup was added so that you can set up the app and access it from the smartwatch.
New Home Screen Characters
New and creative characters were introduced so that you could choose your preferred character and check your hydration progress.
WaterMinder 3.0 version
There were new updates made to the app version for both Mobile and Apple Watch.
The app was made functional and active on the Apple Watch Series 1.
Integration of CloudKit API for data syncing across iOS devices
Here are the changes made in the Apple Watch version:
The HealthKit sync feature was introduced to the Apple Watch app
New animated stickers were added
Improvements were made to the UI of the Today Widget
Year 5: Recognition by the premium brands
The app was updated and made compatible with the iPhone X device.
A special feature in the list of great apps released by the Apple Watch.
It was released on the list of great apps featured: Great on iPhone X
Year 6: Global Dominance
WaterMinder 3.5 version was released with added accessibility and voice over features.
Special Mention for the App
On March 27, 2018, WaterMinder was featured in the list of third-party apps on the official website of Apple.
It was a great achievement when the app was also featured during the WWDC18 conference.
In the course of five years, WaterMinder was on a mission to help users stay hydrated globally. Here is an insight into this journey:
Thrilled to see WaterMinder as one of the apps used by Jack Dorsey (Twitter co-founder)
Featured on the app story as under:
A special mention of the WaterMinder app in the list of Apps and Games we love right now by Apple
Year 7: Technological Advancements
On February 22, 2019, we were super thrilled to receive the App Store Editor’s Choice award!!
WaterMinder 4.0 version
On July 9, 2019, WaterMinder 4.0 (compatible for iOS 13.0) was released with following features:
70 new characters
An interactive and user friendly layout
Apple Watch app with colorful complications
WaterMinder 4.1 version
On December 19, 2019, WaterMinder 4.1 version was released with the following features:
Track your water intake quickly by checking the intake logs in the History menu.
Year 8: Major Breakthroughs
Updates, updates updates were made, now compatible with iOS 14 support.
New widgets were introduced in the app that enhance your hydration experience.
Special mentions for the app
Year 9: Innovation
WaterMinder 4.4 Version
You can track your hydration process and share your achievements with friends and acquaintances.
You can now access the VoiceOver graphs to hear your data.
WaterMinder 5.0 version
Receive smart, custom reminders from the app and stay hydrated throughout the day.
Released a new feature- “Water Level Indicator”. It shows how much water you should have consumed by that time of day. It will appear as a line indicator on the character, reflecting how much water you should have consumed.
Special mentions for the app
Featured during WWDC21 keynote event.
Year 10: Many more glass of water to go
WaterMinder 5.1 Version
Now enjoy a brand new version of the WaterMinder app on your Apple Watch with the new home screen options.
WaterMinder 6.0 Version
10 years passed. Now let’s hydrate into the future!
WaterMinder 6.2 Version
Introducing a new “Simplified Mode” – decluttered UI option of WaterMinder.
iOS 17 and Vision Pro
The app is now compatible with WatchOS 10 support.
Stay hydrated while in your Vision Pro workspace.
On a developing note
The WaterMinder app has significantly improved overall health and well-being over the past decade by promoting and maintaining healthy hydration habits among users. The user-friendly interface, personalized reminders, and tracking capabilities have contributed to its success. Users report feeling more energized, having improved concentration, and having better digestion after using the app.
The personalized reminders and tracking feature have increased compliance and user engagement, transforming drinking water into a long-term habit. The app also raises awareness about hydration’s importance in society through educational resources and initiatives, empowering users to take control of their hydration and inspiring others to do the same. As the app continues to evolve and reach more individuals, its positive impact on hydration and health is expected to endure for years to come.
Remember, keeping your body hydrated is a simple yet powerful way to optimize your health and well-being.
Now raise a glass of water and stay hydrated with us!
The WaterMinder Team.