Recording an Activity

Recording an Activity

Navigate to the record screen by tapping Record from the bottom navigation menu. Strava will default to recording the activity type you recorded last, but you can change this by tapping the sport icon (for example, the shoe or bike) above the start button.

  • To begin recording, tap the Start button near the bottom of the screen.
  • If recording a GPS-based activity, you can toggle between the map and stats displays by tapping the pin icon (highlighted below)

Tap the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the record screen to access controls for the following:

  • Display Settings allows you to choose whether you'd like to prevent the screen from turning off while you're recording.
  • Audio Cues can be enabled for the activity start/stop/pause, running splits, and Live Segments.
  • You can choose to enable auto-pause for hands-free pausing or you can choose to leave auto-pause off and we will calculate your moving time when the activity uploads to our server.
  • Live Segments brings the experience of competing on a segment to your mobile phone.
  • Subscribers can use Strava Beacon to share your real-time location with up to three safety contacts.
  • Connect a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) heart rate sensor.

Pause, Save, or Finish an Activity

Tap the square, stop icon to pause your activity. You have a few options to remove resting time from your activity:

  • It is not necessary to pause your recording while stopped unless you'd like complete control over your moving time. You must be consistent about pausing if you go with this option.
  • If you'd like the app to auto-pause, the app will use GPS data or your phone's accelerometer to figure out when you're at rest. If you go indoors, you should manually pause or else the obstructed signal may trigger a false auto-resume.
  • If you turn off auto-pause and don't use manual pause, we would do all of our calculations on the server-side after the activity is uploaded. We'd use your GPS data to figure out when you were at rest.

Pressing the Finish button will take you to the save activity screen.

  • Title your activity, add photos, write a description, change your activity privacy controls, and more.
  • Tap Save Activity to upload to Strava's servers - and be aware that if you tap Discard Activity (and then confirm this choice) - there is no way for Strava to recover the activity.
  • Your activity will be uploaded to your feed immediately and you’ll be able to view the full activity details after it is done syncing.

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Other Recording Features

  • Load a route by tapping on the routes icon in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Learn more.
  • Live stats (subscribers only) like speed, cadence, heart rate, and power will show real-time values instead of averages. Runs will still use average pace.
  • GPS strength indicator is a halo around your location indicating accuracy. The smaller the halo the stronger the GPS signal.

App Data Usage

While recording there is no data usage unless you're viewing the maps, or have Live Segments or Beacon turned ON. Otherwise, the app just uses GPS while recording. Once you've finished recording the app will need to transfer some data to sync the activity with the Strava servers. That's typically about 1MB for two hours of recording but can vary a bit. There will also be a small amount of data transfer to update your feed. Please note, however, that if you can wait for a wifi connection to sync the activity or view the feed then you can prevent all cellular data usage.


My activities aren't being recorded correctly. The activities are missing a map or the map that was recorded doesn't match what I actually did.

There is likely an issue with your GPS connection. Refer to our article on troubleshooting GPS issues.

I hit save but the activity hasn't synced to my account.

Refer to our article on troubleshooting syncing.

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  • Same problem. Pressed record at the start, same at the end then save, all as I usually do, but no activity recorder. App has been faultless up to now. Just lost a complete ride. Is this a new issue? Recently updated to IOS 9.3.2 on iPhone 5S, app version 4.17.0 (4119)

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  • Hi Steve, I have the same setup as yours and I have the same problems. Until last Saturday I still had iOS 7.1.2, Strava worked but missed some last KMs (5 to 10 out of 40-80 total, on average). Up to and including April 2016 Strava had worked flawlessly instead (since June 2014, iPhone 5s and iOS 7.1.2). Trying to solve the problem, last Saturday I updgraded to latest iOS 9.3.2 and Strava version. Problem has worsened :-( I've switched to Motion-X GPS, it looks reliable so far. I hope the Strava team will sort it out soon :-)

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  • Steve and Eros - Support tickets have been created for both of you.

    In the future, please contact us directly for issues relating to the record experience for iPhone.

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