Public Photos on Routes

Strava includes public photos on both saved and suggested routes of all sport types to help members of the Strava community better understand the route they plan on taking. They will also be visible on your maps page on the Strava website. These photos can provide more information on recent trail conditions, viewpoints, tree coverage, and much more, ultimately helping Strava users better understand whether a route meets their needs and draw inspiration while planning their next adventure.

How it Works

Strava subscribers can view photos on Strava community routes, their saved routes, and on the maps page at On the mobile app, open the Maps tab from the bottom navigation menu and select the icon to the right of the search bar to view your saved routes. Select Routes at the top of the screen to browse or generate Strava community routes. On the Strava website, you can access the community photos by opening your Maps page from the navigation bar at the top of your screen.

Tap on the relevant route to view associated photos. Scroll through the photos and tap on a photo to see a full-screen view and more details on when it was taken. To turn off community photos, click on the layers icon Screenshot 2024-05-31 at 11.58.09 AM.png at the bottom left of your screen and toggle off Community Photos.

Opting in or out of Community Photo Usage

You can control whether you’d like to make your photos available to the community (subject to your privacy controls—see below) by following these steps on the Strava mobile app. Any changes to this setting will be applied to all photos you’ve previously uploaded to Strava and all photos you upload moving forward.

    1. Open your Settings by tapping on the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the You tab and selecting Privacy Controls.
    2. Tap Public Photos on Routes.
    3. Choose whether or not to allow Strava to use photos on routes.

Which Photos Are Shared With the Community?

If you’ve opted in, photos that meet all of the following criteria may appear on public routes: 

Please be aware that selected photos will not be associated or linked with the photo uploader's account or activity from the route page. In addition, we aim to exclude photos that contain identifiable faces or specific gear (a bike, for example).

If would like to exclude a photo from consideration for public photos on routes or remove one of your photos from a public route, you may do so by: 

Providing Feedback on Route Photos

Please indicate whether or not the photo was helpful to you using the thumbs up or thumbs down icon at the bottom of the photo. This helps us determine which photos are most helpful for the community so we can improve the feature.

If you want to report a photo violating our Community Standards or Terms of Service, please refer to these instructions. If you would like to tell us more about your report, follow the instructions to contact our Trust & Safety team from the Contact Us section at the end of this article.

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