How to share an Activity with a friend (transfer an activity to another account)

See the following tips to share a Strava activity recording with a friend, or transfer a Strava activity from one account to another. For bulk exporting multiple files from one Strava account, see here.

Use-case examples:

  • "My recording failed, and I was riding with a friend. Can I use their activity on my Strava account?"
  • "I recorded an activity with a friend who's not on Strava. Can I tag them in my activity so that it shows on their account?"
  • "An activity was recorded on the wrong account, and I need to move the activity to the correct account."

1. Make a copy of the Strava Activity by exporting the GPX file from the Strava website

If you are the owner of the activity in question, log into the Strava website and navigate to the activity page. On the left side, locate the "wrench" icon and from the menu click "Export GPX". Save the file to a known location on your computer.

If you are not the activity owner, ask your friend or training mate to follow the above instructions and email the GPX file to you. 

2. Upload the Activity to the desired Strava account: 

Log into the desired Strava account and select the "+" icon in the upper right. Click "Upload Activity" then select "File" > "Choose Files" from the left. 

*both versions of the Strava activity will share the same segment times

 

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  • I did a trail race (TRT) this year and my Fenix 2 crashed and I lost all data. It was suggested by a Strava tech that I could contact someone who also did the race in/near the same time and ask them to send me the GPX file of their race.

    After attempting to contact several people without luck, I recalled a friend did the same race last year. He sent me the GPX file for his race and I uploaded it to my Strava acct. the problem is that I can't figure out how/if I can change the event date so it appears in this year's stats.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks

  • Hi Glenn - 

    You'll have to open the GPX file in a text editor and "find and replace all" for the new date. Hope that works! 

  • Ellie, I'm glad to see a workaround like this to copying someone else's activity as though it were your own... but I'd really like to suggest prioritizing the development of a feature that does this with one tap from a mobile app.  I should be able to view an activity belonging to someone I follow and tap a button that says "Copy Activity" and be done with it  This is a lot of work and is especially difficult if not impossible to do from a mobile device.

     

  • Totally understand David. I also agree it would be a great feature to develop so that this action is easy and seamless. Thanks! 

  • I also think that copying the .GPX file isn't a good solution because you will have the same exact instant speed and sometimes even the heart rate. When in fact the only equal data is the total distance and average speed ( and all other average data). I would suggest something like: you have an icon that you click saying that you were in that run, and your friend or some of them need to confirm in order to you have the total distance and average data copied to your acct.

  • Totally agree this this needs to be easier, but thanks for the work around for now.

  • I agree with Ericsson Lima, should just be able to tag a friend in a run. That friend then gets a notification asking if he ran with you. If he/she clicks yes, then the run is populated into his account.

  • Since two weeks i noticed that sharing my activity by sms now sends a static picture of the map. Before it used to send a the URL. That website contained sufficient and interr

  • Since two weeks i noticed that sharing my activity by sms now sends a static picture of the map. Before it used to send a the URL. That website contained sufficient and interresting information, and was alot more convinient

  • Since two weeks i noticed that sharing my activity by sms now sends a static picture of the map. Before it used to send a the URL. That website contained sufficient and interresting information, and was alot more convinient

  • Since two weeks i noticed that sharing my activity by sms now sends a static picture of the map. Before it used to send the URL. That website contained sufficient and interresting information about the activity and was alot more convenient. I hope Strava changes back its Share activity

  • My situation is slightly different in that my friend and i started from 2 different locations. We met up part of the way to our destination and rode the remainder of the ride together. My strava failed before we met up but recorded the majority of that part of the trip. can i import the second half of his ride and add it to the end of my recording?

  • Greg C. Not sure if you can add two activities together, but you could import your friends activity and then crop off the bit you don't want from within Strava's website - once imported, just click the spanner from within the activity and choose 'Crop'. This will be a separate entry to yours but you still get the km's etc on your profile.

  • If you rode beside someone and you were not racing, then taking their GPX file seems ok. But if I lost my GPX file, I would just enter a manual time and distance and give up the map. Then it is clear that I am not showing non-real data.

  • So silly that Strava hasn't developed a feature yet that allows adding friends to an activity.

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