Edit Map Visibility

You have the ability to hide portions of your activity map from other Strava athletes. You also have the option to set a default preference so that your activities automatically upload with this preference. Additionally, you can change the visibility of individual activities.

Keep in mind that map visibility does not replace your activity privacy control. For example, if your activity privacy control is set to "Everyone" and you choose to hide your start and end points, your future activities will continue to be visible to all Strava athletes, however, your start and end points will be hidden on activity maps. Only athletes that have permission to see your activity will be able to see what is shown in orange and anything shown in gray is visible to only you.

Please note Map Visibility controls apply specifically to activities on Strava and are not shared to other services along with your activities. Applying Map Visibility settings to your activity does not mean it would be impossible for someone to deduce a hidden location using additional information. To prevent others from seeing the activity map, use your Map Visibility controls to "Hide your activity maps from others completely."


Visible to you

Visible to other athletes




Changing Your Default Preferences

Your default Map Visibility settings are applied to each new activity uploaded to your Strava account.

Once you have uploaded your first activity to Strava, the first and last 200 meters of your future activity maps will be hidden by default the next time you open the Strava app. If you wish to change your default preference, you can do so at any time by following these instructions:

  • On the website, hover over your profile picture in the top right and select Settings from the dropdown menu.
    • Select Privacy Controls from the left-hand navigation menu.
    • Look for Map Visibility under “Additional Controls”
  • On the mobile app, open your settings from the icon in the upper right corner of the You tab.
    • Select Privacy Controls > Edit Map Visibility.

Use the options below to customize how much of the start or end of an activity is hidden up to a 1-mile radius or hide the entire map.

  • Option 1: Enter an address to hide the portion of any past or future activity that starts or ends nearby. This selection will apply to all past and present activities, excluding any activities whose Map Visibility settings you have edited individually. More on editing individual activities below.
  • Option 2: Hide the start and end of all activities regardless of where they start or end. This selection will only apply to future activities.
  • Option 3: Hide the entire map. This selection will only apply to future activities.

If you’ve chosen to hide portions of your map near a specific address and the start/end of your activities, and those portions overlap, the larger selection will be applied. For example, if you have a mile hidden around your home address, and ⅛ mile hidden on all activities, the first mile would be hidden from activities that start from your home.

Adjusting Individual Activities

In addition to the default Map Visibility settings on your Strava account, each activity you upload contains its own Map Visibility controls.

On either the Strava mobile app or website, open the activity you wish to adjust and select the three-dot icon (from the upper right-hand corner of the app and left-hand side on the website).

  • Select Edit Map Visibility.
  • Use the sliders to specify the portion you want to hide or enable the option to Hide the Entire Map.

Editing the map visibility on an individual activity will override any default map visibility preferences. In other words, you can hide more or less of your map than was automatically hidden by your default preferences. Once you have updated the Map Visibility settings on an individual activity, the default settings on your account will no longer apply to the activity.

Map Visibility Settings Can Affect Segment Matches

You will be matched to any segments within the hidden portion of the activity. However, your times will not appear on those segment’s leaderboards. In other words, the segment matches within the hidden portions will only be visible to you. Your full activities will still count towards challenges.

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