New Strava app for Apple Watch to support Series 2+

We are excited to release an updated Strava app which supports standalone recording using the built-in GPS of the Apple Watch Series 2+. 

Please note: To support the GPS in the Apple Watch Series 2+, we redesigned the app to work separately from the phone. Even if your watch still connects to the GPS from your phone, the app functions independently on the watch.

If you're experiencing technical troubles installing, recording, or syncing Apple Watch activities, please contact us directly by submitting a ticket at the bottom of this post. 

Learn more in our Apple Watch article

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  • I completed a 5.2 mile run yesterday on Strava AW2 and when I ended the workout it gave me a workout summary of 5.2 miles and ~48 minute total time. This morning I opened the Strava app on my iPhone and the workout uploaded but it's only showing 2.8 miles and 26 minutes of the workout. I haven't had this issue before but didn't know why it would cut off a large portion of the workout just because it was uploaded to the iPhone. Has anyone else seen this?

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  • I ran Boston yesterday using only my AW2. At the end of the race, the data was complete. I stopped recording and saved the data. When it synced to my phone later, the entry showed only the first 18.7 miles worth of data. Is there any way to recover the rest?

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  • Using Apple Watch Series 1 and a iPhone 6. Both are updated for OS and apps. First, I am very disappointed that audio cues were removed if using the Apple watch to record the workout. However, starting a workout from the watch is something that only happens occasionally. Getting the watch and phone to communicate should be an embarrassment for you. Other apps struggle but by comparison are flawless compared to the challenges of Strava syncing  devices. Heart rate only occasionally records. Honestly, this is getting to be a hinderance to my workouts. You have my money, please address the issues that are advertised as features.

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  • I used AW2 with strava and it didn't record the correct distance. I ran for 10km and it recorded 11km. So its always recorded 10% more distance, so I got a better pace ;)

    But not a good progress tracking..

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  • Hi,

    I'm missing the auto laps function. E.g. after each km a lap with a taptical feedback and a short summary on the watch app.

    Is this possible?

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  • I personally feel it was a very poor decision to completely sandbox both apps and break down their communication.

    By doing so you are no longer able to use beacon and heart rate together, and the watch often stops tracking randomly ruining the whole purpose. It would make more sense to offer both versions of the app, or a single app where you can choose tethered or untethered. By adding "support" for the Watch 2 working independently you have removed features which are more important... It's easier to buy a phone band for my arm than it is a dedicated heart rate monitor just because Strava wanted to showboat an Apple feature with very little benefit compared to the valuable features that have been dropped.

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  • I am also very dissapointed with the development of the Watch App. It is nice, that I can use strava now without my phone, but I almost always have my phone with me. And then I have the following problems:

    - The AW2 is inaccurate. Measurements on my phone are roughly 15-20% off.

    - All I want to do is to use the AW2 to measure my heart rate. But I cannot do this?

    - When I record both on my phone and the AW I have two separate recordings. One without heart rate from the phone and one inaccurate from the AW. No way to combine them? 

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  • Went for a 4.6 km run yesterday. Data was correct at the end of the run, but when synced to the phone only the last 2.6 km were showing(for elevation and heart rate the full run was showing...)

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  • Von Version 5 zu 6, von 6 zu 7 und jetzt 7 zu 8 - und immer noch funktioniert die APP nicht was einst in Version 5.12 ging. Echt klasse was Strava hier treibt!

    ..schöne Grüße von einem AW1 User!

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  • I have been a Strava pro customer for some time and I am so happy with it. However, when I untethered from phone (with Nike Apple Watch 2), the GPS data is very poor--approx 20% less distance. To test, I just ran with the Nike+ app and fed it to Strava after the run. The data matches my old tethered data exactly. Why would the the untethered GPS Nike+ data be accurate and the untethered GPS Strava data be 20% short?

    My workaround is to use Nike+ and an auto upload to Strava, but I prefer the Stava watch app. 

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  • Right, I'm going to add my two pennies worth. I've been trying out other offerings, with a view to just uploading data into Strava from them. Motifit proved rubbish, as the GPS constantly dropped out and wasn't really that accurate (I think it uses the phone GPS). As a result, I lost half of my "segments" due to not matching, and also ended up having missing heart rate data. Had to spend almost half of my ride time flicking my wrist or taping the watch to get the connection to works.

    Annoyingly, Strava without Live Segments still seems the best offering as an AW2 owning cyclist. So I can't stick it to them, as I'd like.

    Please sort out some kind of data stream to the phone app. I like that about Motifit. Sadly the rest of that app is crap!

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  • Hello I keep trying to use the app but again this weekend out of 3 rides using the Watch 2, one 13K ride was completely lost, finished it, saved it and fater returning nothing came to the phone or Strava.... Frustrating...

    Been paying as well many here for Premium from start and always a big supporter for Strava...less and less so now.

    Will wait another month to decide, leave or stay.

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  • I'm sorry but disabling the ability to run Apple Watch with iPhone is a downgrade.

    The main reason I bought an Apple Watch is because I wanted to be able to see the data at a glance when cycling instead of having to pull my phone out. That function is now gone.
    Heart rate monitoring through Apple Watch when using iPhone app- gone.

    This may be handy for runners but most of cyclists I know carry their phones regardless. You essentially disabled Apple Watch Strava app for those users.

    This is a step back, not forward. At least have an option to open the Watch app in slave mode.

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  • Strava in general rocks. I love the iPhone and uploading my garmin watch workouts. Strava for apple watch blows. Not sure how much is the fault of the Apple watch2 itself?

    Used Strava phone and AW2 apps on run last week. Phone showed 14.1, watch showed 13.5 miles at end of run..... that's pathetic.Needs screen lock feature like apple run app so when raining/wet, commands aren't entered by accident. Another workout was completed with watch and just never synced. It was definitely saved. Workouts before and after synced. Why? Since the watch app has ZERO review capability, who knows if it saved, file was corrupts etc. Once you click save, it just disappears and you hope it shows up on phone/website.

    RECOMMENDATIONS:

    Needs screen lock feature like apple run app so when raining/wet, commands aren't entered by accident.

    Needs to be able to tether to iPhone for cyclists and those whom for whatever reason want to lug around a phone when they run.

    Should show if actual GPS lock acquired (like other apps)

    Should show more than just real-time pace. Needs average pace or both.

    Should be able to creat split times

    Should show, at a minimum, basic details of last workout (distance, time, date) after saving.

    Slow display when awaking watch, I presume becuase it's a native app, not a mirror to iPhone?

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  • I keep checking this page under the assumption that Strava will change their mind on the direction they have taken. I am blown away by how wrong I am, they are sticking to their guns and dropping many loyal customers. 

    There is no reason there shouldn't be a tethered mode where the watch and phone function exactly as it did prior to the update. They need to stop working on a worthless complication and focus on what all of the users are saying. 

    RECOMMENDATION TO ALL: Switch to Run Keeper, they have a tethered option on the apple watch app that functions exactly as Strava did prior to the update. 

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  • Elle,

    All those future updates would solve my problems.  Hopefully those will be effective on Series 1 as well.

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  • Crazy disappointed that I can no longer use my iPhone to collect the heart rate data from my watch. I'm now restricted to using the very lacking iWatch app. Please revert this. I would much prefer to use the iPhone app and use the watch as an extension of that.

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  • Hi. My Apple Watch strava app seems to track me at a slower pace than my phone does?
    Please can I request segments to show on the watch?
    Many thanks !!

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  • My  wife bought me the apple Watch series 2 and I thought the new Strava app would be great for cycling. It is totally unreliable. On a 7 day tour it failed to record on 3 days. Twice it would not start and once it would not give me the option to stop which meant there was no mens of saving the ride. My Garmin Montana 600 ( which cannot be synched to Strava) is 100% reliable. It looks as though manual entry to Strava may be the only reliable option. .....or use a different app!

    I have sent messages to Strava support without any helpful replies. 

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  • Hi. I don't have a series 2 Apple Watch, I have the series 1. As a result of the changes I am no longer able to mirror what my phone says to the watch so I lose the ability to monitor my pace and time, and if I choose to record on my watch I miss the mile and segment announcements. Is there any way people like me can have the watch mirror the phone again?

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  • For an app that is supposedly separate from the iPhone, being separated from the iPhone mid activity sure does confuse it! My wife started her run, recording on her AW2, but with her iPhone in her jacket pocket. About halfway through the run she handed me her jacket, with the iPhone still in her pocket. At this point Strava on her watch stopped recording for about 30s. This isn't the first time we have experienced this.

    I thought the AW2 app was meant to be fully separate from the iPhone, hence you cannot use them in tandem.

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  • This morning I did a treadmill run using my Series 2 watch and Strava, and after 5 miles (which Strava tracked successfully during the activity), the app failed when I tried to "finish" the activity, saying it didn't detect movement. Yet, I could see 5 miles in the app! I was forced to discard the activity, losing my heartrate data.

    Is this a known issue? It seems far better to let me save the data I want to save!

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  • Looking for some new apps, I found one that able to use AW2 complications (use gps without iphone), it is runkeeper. I don't know yet how it goes, but it can be sync automatically to Strava with Tapiriik App. Been looking and mixing this possible option from Strava FAQ and forums. Will update again how runkeeper read the data..

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  • One other piece of feedback, would be interested to hear if others have had a similar experience. 

     

    Was running a half marathon yesterday. Recorded a warm up run with the watch, mainly to ensure the GPS had location nailed down for the start of the race itself. Then at the start of the race, pressed the Start button, but it was unresponsive. Kept trying and eventually it kicked in about 45 seconds in.

    Seemed to work fine after that, but it meant I spent the first bit of the run focused on trying to get the watch going, while also trying to negotiate a congested bunch at the start. 

    Can someone also explain what the split in the centre of the display while recording a run is referring to? Is it the pace of the overall run, the pace of the current km, or the pace of the last completed km? Based on the readings I was getting throughout the race, I found it quite difficult to tell which it was.

     

    Per comments above, it would be super to get km/mile splits, with a quick vibrate to alert you (or for the watch to call them aloud - but please make all this configurable!). 

    I haven't run with the Apple Watch and my Garmin Forerunner at the same time to see how accurate the splits are, but it would be great to be able to customise the main screen. 

     

     

     

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  • Well, well, well.. I'm reading this thread since it was started and the other AW2-thread before.

    There are 2 running apps I really like: Strava and Runtastic.
    I like Strava because of its detailed statistics and the live segment-feature.
    I like Runtastic because of its intervall-training with audio-feedback, the simpler and beautiful website and the better community-integration (live-feedbacks, more social-like).

    When I bought the AW2 last October I hoped that one of those two apps will release a standalone app with all the great features. So I could run while listening to music and enjoy my favorite app.
    Strava did release an app, but very basic, lacking features a 50$-GPS-watch has and quite buggy.
    Runtastic didn't release anything standalone for iOS.

    As both apps have released new standalone android wear 2.0 apps, I decided to give them a try.
    I got a Smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0 (Huawei Watch 2), installed the apps and went for some runs.

    Ok, they work. But they're both very basic! Eventhough the watch has cellular connection there are no network-features like live segments in Strava or live-cheers in Runtastic.
    So now I've done my choice and decision: I sent the Huawei back. Running with a Smartwatch can't actually give you the same infos and data like a dedicated running watch.
    I'll keep running with my Garmin 735XT with Strava-Live-Segments and take an mp3-Player with me for music.
    And I love my AW2 for everyday-use.

    Maybe in 1-2 years when AW3 or AW4 (hopefully with a SIM-slot or eSIM) will be released I'll have a look again.
    But for now I'm out of here.
    Greetings!

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  • I've already cancelled premium, but one final observation.  I'm an endurance cyclist and the battery life on the watch is only about 4 hours with Strava running.  I have to remember to end the app on the watch and start it on the phone to capture a day's activities.  It also mean I have two or more separate activities because although you have crop and split, there is no merge.  Please bring back tethered mode.

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  • Today I did a track workout and had to flip back and forth between the Strava app and the stopwatch app because the Strava app lacks a manual lap feature. I also have to manually add distance to make up for the distance that the Strava app under measures, AND the .1 that mysteriously gets chopped off in the upload process (meaning, whatever the watch says when I end the workout, the run will be .1 shorter when it is uploaded to Strava. 

    I'm pretty much ready to jump ship from Strava entirely at this point.

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  • Sometimes it's perfect, other times I don't get GPS lock for a km or 2 into my run, which is very annoying. Please sort this strava and the app will be perfect! If anyone has suggested fixes please let me know.

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  • Carroll. To make the complication work, uninstall the Strava app from the Watch (via the Watch app on your iPhone), turn the watch off and back on again, then reinstall the Strava app on your Watch. This worked for me and was advice given to me by the Strava support team.

    Andy.

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  • Hi,

    I have an Apple Watch 2 and iPhone. After your latest Strava update I can't open the app on the watch. The start button just pulses. Strava works on my phone fine.

    I have done the following:

    Rebooted both devices

    Uninstalled and reinstalled app on both devices

    Enabled background refresh

    The built in fitness app and N Run works fine and every other app updates and works seamlessly.

    What do you recommend?

    Scotty

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