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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  • @Simon, you hit the nail on the head perfectly. It is beyond confusing. They don't care is my only conclusion.

    Runkeeper has really stepped up their apple watch app since I last used it before switching to Strava. Many of my friends are still on Strava so I do like my data there. I paid 2 bucks to https://tapiriik.com/ so it will sync my runs from runkeeper to strava for my friends to view and comment on. Best of both worlds except I cancelled my premium with Strava and paid it to Runkeeper. 

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  • @Simon I'm guessing the major version bumps are to hide the negative reviews in the App Store. Each app version resets the reviews I believe.

    You're right though, the communication from the company is terrible and adding fuel to the fire of a major screw up. 

    Most of these pissed off customers and comments could be avoided with some real communications. When I worked for FedEx we believed that for every customer who took the time to complain (those here on this forum) there were hundreds and thousands who simply voted with their wallets and went elsewhere. 

    It's a shame really because I still love the analytics and web app. 

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  • Hi - i wrote this a few days ago:

    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!

    ..and now the game continues.. my trip went from 5 to 6, 6 to 7, 7 to 8, 8 to 9, and now 9 to 10 and I can not see anything better than it was in 5.12!

    Greetings from an aw1 user

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  • I pretty much agree with Simon's comments regarding the lack of detail provided for the update. That being said, it seems that the recent Strava and wOS updates have fixed the bug where the first half mile (at least) was not being picked up by GPS.

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  • Hi,

    "   - We are also conducting research into the use-cases where cyclists are recording cadence and/or power data along with the heart rate from their apple watch, and/or using the phone as a second display, both of which aren't possible after the recent update. We hope the research will inform how we move forward on this. "

     

    Can Strava please update it's customers on the progress of this?

    Mark

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  • Please change the Apple Watch auto pause color. Grey is too hard to see in daylight, pulse some color maybe...

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  • @Jonathan – Thanks for the tip. I actually have RunKeeper installed on my phone/watch and have used the Tapirik service before. I've kind of been holding on to the Strava app (and premium membership) in the hope that they'll fix it, but I guess it's time to vote with my wallet. I actually find the free version of Tapirik okay (manual rather than auto) but more than happy to give RunKeeper my Strava bucks! That leaves cycling but I'll just resume my Elite membership on Cyclemeter (which exports direct to Strava) and swimming but the Strava watch app is missing that anyway..

    @Patrick – I think you're right about the version number being a ploy to hide negative App Store reviews. Unbelievable. I've just reviewed Strava 1 star for this very reason. My worry is that they're so concerned with negative reviews that they might end up ditching the watch app. Normally this wouldn't make sense, as it puts them behind the competition, but if they continue valuing PR more than the quality of service and communication with their paid members then it seems plausible.

    Why do they only comment on this thread every few months? It seems that we care about their app's shortcomings more than they do. Their focus seems to be away from the apps right now and focussed on much more superfluous features for the service (networking / athlete diaries / etc) which are.. okay.. but can only work around a service whose core features work (not quite, if recording is their core feature(?)) and has the market share (Strava does.. atm..). This would explain why they don't care about workout recording so much. It seems like they're almost encouraging users to use other apps for recording (the big push on the v3 API for 3rd parties being another example of this), so long as we keep using their service for logging, comparing, networking, etc. 

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  • Live segment notifications is the primary reason I have a premium membership, if this option is not expected to be released for the watch app I will likely return to the free app.

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  • Guys if runkeeper is better for aw1 users I don't know but for aw2 it is ridiculous
    Rk doesn't have any type notification!!!!
    Rk has hiit on the Watch but without sense (without notification how can use it???)
    Rk display is able to change data display but doesn't able to set it with avg, pace and hr together!!!
    Their customer service reply (since December!!!!!) we're working on this topic, but after each release you discover they doesn't made anything.
    strava at the moment is the best app standalone for aw2, it's poor, very poor but this is the better :(((((
    Alternative is use aw with iPhone, in this case there are many app very complete for running world
    I hope, soon will be possible to get the same on standalone aw2

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  • For some reason, the app in my Apple Watch won't run. I open it in my watch, which prompts me to open the app in my iPhone. I open the the app in my iPhone and tap on "getting started". It gives me a check list: of five items. I click on 4 of them and turn on the requirements. One of them: Motion and Fitness, when I click on this, it takes me to a different page, I turn on everything there but still doesn't allow me to click on "finish", therefore, I can't use the app in my Apple Watch.

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  • For some reason, the app in my Apple Watch won't run. I open it in my watch, which prompts me to open the app in my iPhone. I open the the app in my iPhone and tap on "getting started". It gives me a check list: of five items. I click on 4 of them and turn on the requirements. One of them: Motion and Fitness, when I click on this, it takes me to a different page, I turn on everything there but still doesn't allow me to click on "finish", therefore, I can't use the app in my Apple Watch.

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  • I'm looking forward to updates. I can't wait specialy for:

    "We are also conducting research into the use-cases where cyclists are recording cadence and/or power data along with the heart rate from their apple watch, and/or using the phone as a second display, both of which aren't possible after the recent update. We hope the research will inform how we move forward on this."

    I realy need use my Watch and iPhone together for audio notifications and live segments.

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  • If you get the app up to equal features as my TomTom Cardio watch I might consider using this. More specifically it's the training within heart rate zones and intervals that are essential. Make it a Pro only feature if you have to, be glad to pay.

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  • @Michele some of us, myself included, have started to use Motifit Run. Has a good set of features including customization of display on AW and auto-syncs to Strava.

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  • Has anyone tried the following combination with any success...use the native Apple Watch fitness app to log their run, allow Runkeeper to read the data in Health (why Strava can't do this is bullsh*t IMHO), then use Tapiriik to sync Runkeeper with Strava?

    Really long winded way to do it, but as Strava are inept, it may be a possible solution?...

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  • Ran a tempo today with my old Garmin and AW2 on opposite wrists. I felt like a tool, but unfortunately that's what's necessary when you can't rely on Strava to give a reliable pace. Often looking at the two devices, they disagreed substantially on my pace. I'm guessing the AW2 Strava app shows only "current pace" and not lap average pace, which is really dumb. Here's the comparison- you can see they diverge more and more as I progress through the run: 

    AW2: 4.8 miles, 8:12 pace                                      

    Garmin: 5.0 miles, 8:00 pace

    At this time I'm still waiting for what should be basic features of a running app: 

    1. Accurate distance

    2. Average lap pace

    3. Manual lap function for intervals

    4. Haptic feedback for split notifications

    5. Auto-pause that does not trigger just by looking at my wrist while running

    Did any runners test this app before you released it?

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  • Unfortunately Nicolas Silva I'm guessing you have an iPhone 5 like me. I'm guessing it has to do with the fact that older phones don't have the "Motion & Fitness" hardware so you can't enable it in the "Privacy" settings on the phone and only in the app settings. I reported this bug to Strava and they responded saying they "recently found this bug and we are currently trying to resolve it". I'm back using the Nike+ App in the meantime and use the "nike.vinz.xyz" website to export to Strava.  

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  • I have the same problem as Nicolas Silva (see above post - Saturday 0846) when trying to set up the Strava for Apple Watch App

    - the watch app asks you to open the app on the phone
    - you get to Set Up Checklist on the phone
    - all items are auto-checkmarked with a green 'tick'
    - the grey 'Finish' button is completely unresponsive: which means you cannot progress beyond this step to actually use the app

    I have deleted the Apple Watch app and reinstalled it. It is now refusing to open completely 

    Really rubbish first experience of the app that I expected would be the one I used the most : (

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  • @Chris I never tried using the apple health to runkeeper. I didn't think that worked like that. I am running a setup using some of the same steps that works great. I use the runkeeper app on the watch to track the run then Tapiriik to auto sync back to Strava. One less step that yours. I have used apple watch to track runs and bike rides, those items do not sync into my runkeeper. 

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  • Hi @patrick
    I know motifit run app and I believe it has good chance to be top app runner but in the future... at the moment the app has a lot of serious bugs (crash, distance wrong....)
    For people runs with iPhone I suggest to try runmeter (elite for aw)
    Your aw transformed in a garmin device with all feature and measures

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  • Being able to use strata without my phone was one of the reasons I upgraded to the AW2.  Now Strava broke that feature...unable to click the motion and fitness off the list too. GRRRRRR.  Looks like I may have to use a different app to track my cycling/running.  I already use Swim.com as Strava has no swimming tracking.  Strava better up their game soon or they will get swept away...

     

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  • My use case is this for cycling.

    The iOS App is paired with a heart rate strap + Power Meter (4iii). 

    I would like an option with the App to simply be used as a remote for the iOS App (Start, Stop) and User configurable screen (Power, HR, Cadence etc).

    This would allow me to not have to replace my recently lost garmin 510!

    Thanks


    Kevin

     

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  • @James - thanks for sharing this info, I found it very helpful. I had reported this bug several times but hadn't received anything from the folks at Strava yet.

    I appreciate the Nike+ App temporary solution with the "nike.vinz.xyz" website for exporting to Strava.

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  • Despite numerous updates the app still doesn't have anywhere near the functionality of 5.12, I've commented numerous times on here about how disappointing that is and how it feels like our comments and thoughts are being ignored.
    Currently using Motifit and exporting data to Strava. I find the app to be everything Strava used to be and more. Never had a problem with bugs or distance unlike a comment above, I would highly recommend it.

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  • I am new to Strava. I have used the AW2 activity app, and mostly Zombies, Run.  Strava seems to have interesting options, but they don't seem to work on my watch.  I always have my phone and watch with me. In the past I put the activity app on my watch and Zombies, run on my phone and then run. 

    I have NO idea how to make Strava work for me.  Ideally, I would continue zombies, run on my iPhone and use Strava on my watch.  On my particular watch on my particular wrist the HR monitor works great and I want my heart rate including in analysis.  However, when I go to analysis it always says I should connect a heart rate monitor. 

    If there is a way to make it all work together, I would stay Premium, but so far, frustrated that my watch screen is grayed out when I run and I need to monitor my heart rate! 

     

    Thanks,

    Doe

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  • Hello, I'm using strava app directly on Apple Watch series 2 and have had a couple issues. The mile spilt notifications do not pop up constantly every mile, sometimes they pop up and sometimes they will not for several miles? Not sure if this is a bug or what but the ones that do not pop up do appear as missed notifications on my watch once the activity is completed?? It would also be nice to get a haptic/vibration response and/or sound alert with spilt notifications. An Actual 'current pace'option in my opinion is also a much needed feature. Thanks for all that you do

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  • @Jonathon Clark - yeah it appears that Runkeeper doesn't actually do anything with the data, the option is a selection but it is intended for future use, there is something on a Runkeeper help site about it. I used Runkeeper last night and then tapiriik - worked ok, although there is a huge difference Runkeeper and Strava. Runkeeper said 8:30 average pace, Strava said 7:30 when it was uploaded.

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  • Apple Watch Wishlist

    1. Average pace

    2. Cadence

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  • Come on Strava! Get it sorted. It seems that you have prioritised runners over cyclists. What is most painful is that this used to work, before you decided to separate the AW2 functionality!

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  • I understand the desire to expand the capabilities of the Apple Watch by itself but please allow us to use the built-in Heart Rate Monitor on the Watch when using the iPhone as primary display and recording device while cycling.

    Currently I need to run the App on both devices at the same time which records two sets of events. This messes up all Interval timings etc during the ride and then once complete, I need to delete the event recorded by the iPhone and Watch event which has all of the Heart Rate info... It's a mess right now...

    Thanks in advance!

     

     

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