Recording an Activity - Android

This article describes how to record and save an activity. 

  • Record an activity
  • Pause, save, or finish an activity
  • Other recording features

 Recording an Activity

Click the plus sign icon in the lower right-hand corner to reveal the option to record an activity. Strava will default to recording the activity type corresponding to your preference saved to your Profile (Ride or Run), but you can change this by tapping the shoe or bike icon.

To begin recording, simply tap the large Record icon (the play button) near the bottom of the screen.  From there, the app will begin recording, and the timer will begin counting up.    

While at the Map display, you can move the map and zoom in/out as you are used to - and if you're recording a run you'll see mile/kilometer markers along your path.  Tap the location icon to focus back on your position then restart the recording or resume movement to return to the record screen.

You can also tap on Splits (if you're recording a run) or Map to see your splits and progress in real time.

To create a Manual Activity, select the plus sign icon and choose 'Add Manual Activity'.  The manual activity page allows you to set Duration, Distance, Speed, Title, Activity Type, Time, Description, Gear, and Privacy and Sharing options.

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Pause, save, or finish an activity

To pause or finish your recording, simply the Pause icon on the screen.  This will give you the option to return to the locked screen, pause your recording, or finish your recording, as shown above center.  

Please note that it is not necessary to pause recording manually while stopped as the Strava servers will automatically calculate moving time after the activity has been uploaded.  Pausing is primarily beneficial for saving battery life if you know you'll be stopped for an extended period.  

Once you have pressed the finish button, you'll be taken to the Save Activity screen, shown below right. From there you can set the activity Title, Activity Type, Description, Gear, and Privacy and Sharing options. Tap Save Activity to upload to Strava's servers - and be aware that if you tap Discard (and then confirm this choice) - there is no way for Strava to recover the activity. Your activity will appear on the Feed screen 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

Load a route by tapping on the Record settings icon near the bottom left of the screen. Read more here. 

Live Segments

Live Segments brings the experience of competing on a segment to your mobile phone. Read more here.

Live stats (Premium Only)

Speed, cadence, heart rate, and power will show real-time values instead of averages. Runs will still use average pace. 

Connect biometric sensors

Learn more about pairing compatible heart rate, cadence, and power meters to the Strava app. 

Auto-Pause

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. Read more here. 

GPS strength indicator 

There are no longer green status bars for GPS signal strength. Instead you'll see a halo around your location indicating accuracy. The smaller the halo the stronger the GPS signal. 

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