How Auto-Pause works for the Strava app:
Cycling: 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 some place where 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 in your settings page.
Running: This is a motion-based (accelerometer) Auto-Pause that uses your running movement 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.
There's a backup to the accelerometer-based Auto-Pause and auto-resume which is based on movement. So if the accelerometer doesn't indicate movement but the GPS shows speeds faster than a pace of 2 meters per second, then the app will auto-resume.
*If recording a walk or hike activity, it is recommended to turn Auto-Pause off, as the slower speeds can cause false pause detection.
Auto-Pause disabled: 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.
The latest version of the app no longer uses the M7 motion coprocessor for Auto-Pause.
With the changes to Auto-Pause, we've seen some reported issues:
- Connectivity issues with the phone's GPS/location services can cause issues with the app's Auto-Pause: When the phone loses the GPS signal, the app will Auto-Pause due to the lack of location updates which may affect the accuracy of the distance and moving time once the recording is finished. **This isn't exactly an issue with the Auto-Pause feature, and relates more specifically to the device's GPS connection.
- When walking or hiking, it's best to turn Auto-Pause off because the slower speeds may falsely enable Auto-Pause. With Auto-Pause enabled at these slower speeds, the activity can appear to be missing data and have a shortened overall distance.
- For cycling, we recommend pausing the app when stopped for a prolonged break as the GPS motion detection is sensitive and can detect movement when going indoors or walking around.
- If you have a Samsung Galaxy S7, see our discussion of the issue.
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