The Best Free Carb Counter Apps of 2018

A close-up of a nondescript snack bag that shows the number of net carbs and grams of protein.
There are many free mobile apps that will help you keep track of how many carbs you consume.

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Whether you're on a low carb diet or just thinking about jumping on the keto diet bandwagon, being able to keep track of your carb intake is essential. 

There are many carb counter apps and low carb diet apps, but few of them are truly free to use and even fewer allow you to use the carb counting feature without a subscription. 

These free carb counting apps do exist and we've listed the best ones below. Here are the best free carb counter apps of 2018 to help you maintain your diet. 

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Senza: Carb Counting and the Keto Lifestyle

A screenshot of the Senza's app's food Journal screen. Here we've logged a packet of instant oatmeal and 10 squares of milk chocolate. Senza has immediately calculated the total number of carbs as 46.
Senza's food journal feature organizes the food you eat and provides a breakdown of the number of calories, carbs, protein, and fat you've consumed.

Of all the free carb counter apps on this list, Senza is the most keto-focused. This app is all about educating its users on how to properly live the keto lifestyle.

In addition to keto diet tutorials, Senza offers recipes, a barcode scanner to make food tracking easier, and you can search local restaurants' menus for keto-friendly dishes.

Available on iOS and Android, Senza is free to download and use. 

What We Like:

  • Teaches you the basics of the ketogenic diet with its 5 Days to Keto program, perfect for those new to the diet.

What We Don't Like:

  • Compared to the other carb counter apps on this list, Senza's barcode scanner is the most responsive, but the least accurate. Other scanners were more adept at identifying the correct brand of the food item scanned.
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Carb Manager: Easy Carb Counting With Easy-to-Read Graphs

A screenshot of the Carb Manager app's daily breakdown of the number of carbs and other macros that have been consumed on a given day. Here, a colorful pie chart shows the amount carbs consumed relative to the other macros consumed.The app also notes that on this particular day the app user went over their daily limit of net carbs.
Carb Manager clearly shows how many carbs you've consumed in a given day relative to any other macros you've consumed.

Carb Manager is primarily a carb counter with easy to understand graphs and analyses. Extended health tracking requires a Premium subscription, but the carb counter works without it. 

Without the Premium subscription, you have access to features like water intake tracking, exercise tracking, and users can use photos and their own voice to log their food intake. 

Available on iOS and Android, Carb Manager is free to download and use. If you want to use its premium features you'll have to upgrade to Carb Manager Premium and pay $39.99 per year, but, again, you don't need the premium subscription to use the carb counting features. 

What We Like:

  • Does exactly what we want it to do: Counts carbs and provide easy to read graphs.

What We Don't Like:

  • Besides the carb counting and food journaling, many of the other health tracking functions are unavailable unless you upgraded to the premium service. 
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Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal: A General Fitness App

A screenshot of Calorie Counter- MyFitnessPal's Nutrition feature. On this screen, there is a statistical breakdown of all of the nutrients consumed in a given day. It shows the total amount consumed, the goal amount to be consumed and the difference between the amount consumed and the daily goal.
The Calorie Counter- MyFitnessPal app provides a comprehensive analysis of the nutrients consumed on a given day.

Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal doesn't just count carbs. It's an all-around fitness app.

It's primarily a weight loss app but places heavy emphasis on exercise as well as dieting. It also recommends exercise routines and provides users with many different options to log and track their progress. 

Available on iOS and Android. Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal is free to use and download. 

What We Like:

  • Keeps track of fat, carbs, and protein, as well as cholesterol and sodium consumption. 

What We Don't Like:

  • The app can be slow at times, and searching the app to add items to your food diary is often cumbersome. 
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Macros: A No-Frills Calorie (and Carb) Counter

A screenshot of the Macros app that shows a list of foods consumed in a given day with the statistics for carbs, protein, fat and total number of kilo-calories.
Macros is as straightforward as they come.

When you select the Calorie Counter Mode in the Macros app, that's exactly what you get. A no-nonsense calorie and carb tracker. 

Macros allows you to calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index) and your basal metabolic rate. The entire app offers a number of statistics and graphs that can be utilized to plan your meals.

Available on iOS and Android. Macros is free to use and download. You can upgrade to a Pro version after a one-time fee of $2.99 to access premium features like the removal of ads. 

What We Like:

  • Two modes to choose from: calorie counter and meal planner. Calorie counter mode concisely summarizes your caloric and carb consumption for a given day.

What We Don't Like:

  • Unintuitive interface; it took a while to determine how to log food items into the app's food diary.
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MyPlate Calorie Tracker: Community Support and Carb Counting

A screenshot of the MyPlate Calorie Tracker app's Nutritional Details screen, once foods have been logged into the app for a given day. In addition to keeping track of the number of carbs consumed, the app also notes the amount of sodium and cholesterol consumed as well.
MyPlate Calorie Tracker has a clean design and clearly shows the amount of carbs consumed in a given day as well as other nutritional information.

The MyPlate Calorie Tracker enables you to easily track your carbs and your dietary progress, but its real strength is how it facilitates community and social support among its users; it's as much an encouraging social media app as it is a carb tracker. 

MyPlate also offers meal-time reminders, exercise tracking, and water intake tracking. 

Available on iOS and Android. MyPlate Calorie Tracker is free to use and download. Its premium features require a Gold Membership, which costs $9.99 for one month, $29.99 for six months, and $44.99 for one year.

What We Like:

  • It has a social feature called Support and Motivation where MyPlate users can post their fitness goals and receive feedback from fellow users. 

What We Don't Like:

  • The barcode food scanner isn't very responsive and can take a while to scan food items.