When Auto-Pause is enabled, the Strava iOS app will automatically pause when you are resting during your activity. Auto-pause alleviates the need to manually pause your activity each time you stop.

  • Enabling auto-pause
  • How it works
  • Troubleshooting problems with auto-pause

Enabling Auto-Pause

  • Select Record from the bottom navigation menu.
  • Select the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner and Auto-Pause on the next page.
  • Toggle auto-pause ON and OFF for runs only, rides only, both runs and rides, or neither.

How Auto-Pause Works

Auto-Pause ON

Auto-pause for cycling uses GPS movement to automatically detect when you are at rest. It's important to note that the app will only pause when you're completely stopped. Once you begin moving again, Auto-pause will turn off. Because this feature is GPS-based, it's important to note that if you are taking a break to go indoors or someplace where the GPS line of sight is obscured, you should use the manual pause feature to prevent any miscalculations. Cycling auto-pause will be on by default but can be turned off on your settings page. 

Auto-[ause for running is motion-based and uses your accelerometer to automatically detect when you are at rest. Athletes will hear audio announcements for auto-pause events if they have split announcements on or Live Segment audio enabled.

Auto-Pause OFF 

If you choose to turn auto-pause off, Strava will calculate your moving and resting time during the upload process instead of during the activity. 

For Runs with auto-pause disabled, we will do server-side resting time calculations (per above) unless there are manual pause events. If there are manual pause events, we assume that you want to control the time and will calculate moving time with respect to timer time instead.

Have problems with Auto-Pause?

Typically, problems with auto-pause are actually caused by problems with your GPS or other location services. The simplest fix is to turn your phone off, then back on again, and flip your GPS or location services off and then back on. You may also want to review our Troubleshooting GPS Issues and try those fixes as well. If you continue to have problems, please proceed with submitting a support ticket.

Keep in mind that if you manually pause the app, you must manually resume the app before continuing your activity, even if you have auto-pause enabled. 

To share your feedback and discuss troubleshooting tips, please see this article.

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