Wear OS and Strava

We take full advantage of Wear OS’s innovative built-in GPS and wireless connectivity. You can record and upload a Strava activity without using your phone. 

Set up Strava on your Wear OS Device

  • On your phone, install the Android Wear companion app.
  • On your watch, download the Strava Wear app.
  • Open the Strava app on your watch. You will be prompted (on your phone) to authorize Strava for Android Wear to connect to Strava.

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Recording an Activity with your Wear OS Device

  • Open the Strava app on your watch.
  • The first time you record:
    • You will be prompted to accept location and sensor data permissions and a safety warning.
    • Wait for a strong GPS signal. The GPS pin icon will go from empty to white when the device is ready to record. Please note this may take a few minutes.

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  • You can now update your Settings. Select your sport type (ride or run, change your auto-pause settings, or choose your units of measurement.

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  • You're ready to record an activity! While recording, use the button on the top-right of your watch to start, pause or resume the recording. Use the button on the bottom-right to manually mark your laps.

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When using the Strava app for Wear OS, you'll see the time, average speed/pace, distance, heart rate from your device's native sensor (third party sensors cannot be paired), run splits, laps.


Strava offers three complications that can be added to your watch face. Choose from the following:

  • Launch Strava: Simply launch the Strava Android Wear app
  • Record Activity: Begin recording an activity on Strava. You can also use this complication to pause or resume an activity recording that's already in progress
  • Weekly Totals: Display weekly totals for a sport of your choosing. You can choose between displaying total time or total distance for the week
  • If you do not see a Strava listed an option, the complication may be too big. Strava only supports small complications.

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Can I customize the screens for the watch app?

Unfortunately, we do not allow for customization of the screens at this time.

Can I use Strava Beacon or Live Segments and my Wear device?

No, these features are not currently supported.

Will I hear Audio Announcements from my Wear device?

Unfortunately, audio announcements are not available for the Android Wear app.

I'm having trouble authorizing the Wear app.

First, please try changing the default browser on your phone to Google Chrome. If your default browser is already Chrome or you're still having trouble, try performing the set up over a different connection (use a cellular data connection if you were using WiFi for example.)

What can I do to improve my GPS connection?

First, check that you've allowed the Strava Wear app permission to read your location. Next, make sure that the GPS pin icon is a solid white color and not just an outline before you begin recording. Lastly, be aware that the watch will use your phone's GPS if the watch and phone are paired during the recording. More information on troubleshooting your Android phone's GPS connection can be found here.



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