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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  • Also, at the very least the activity icon should show up on that huge START button. There's certainly enough room to show a shoe or a bike, for those who frequently switch between the two. Help cut down on those 30-mile, 4:00/mi runs.

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  • I'm extremely disappointed with this update. 

    I've been a premium subscriber for over a year now and was very happy with Strava's use of my Apple Watch (original). After the update, several of the features I depend on have been removed.

    The most annoying change is that I am forced to choose between seeing my pace on my watch or getting audible cues through my iPhone+headphones but I cannot do both.

    I understand that you've rebuilt the watch app from the ground up to support Series 2 and that there are fixes for this in the pipeline, but there was absolutely no indication in the upgrade text that I would be losing features by upgrading. Had I know I would have happily stuck with the previous version!

    I also do not understand why you had to remove the Taptic notification for end-of-mile/km. It seems crazy to take out both audio notification and that too. Now the only way I can determine if I've finished a km is by checking my watch periodically.

    Removing live segment notification is another kick in the teeth. This is a premium feature that I now lose if I want to be able to view my pace on my watch. 

    Auto-pause for running also seems to be broken. I spent 10 minutes in the middle of my last run trying to figure out why this wasn't working and ruined my pace as a result. Disabling and reenabling it from the watch's settings screen did nothing.

    Finally, when I first upgraded my previous preferences for running as my primary sport and my use of kms instead of miles were reset. I was expecting to be able to head out the door on my run and hit start as I normally do but instead had to fiddle around with these preferences again and restart my run.

    All in all, this is a really disappointing release for what is otherwise an excellent product. I sincerely hope fixes will appear quickly for most or all of the above otherwise I will not be renewing my subscription.

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  • My experience with the watch has been pretty positive.  I have been surprised, in a good way, at the performance of the battery - my recent 1h runs have drained less than 10% from fully charged.  I do have a feature request that echoes that of a number of posters; please can we have a GPS status indicator.  There seems to be no way of knowing if the watch has acquired the GPS signal until you're actually moving and checking, repeatedly, if you are starting to tick off distance.  On the Apple Watch Series 2 Strava Support page there is a helpful comment "Wait to acquire GPS signal and hit start" - unfortunately I can't tell I have acquired a signal!

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  • Hi Elle,

    i really miss audio updates when running. You say that is being worked on. Do you know when it will be available?

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  • To be honest, the updated app is no better than the native workout app. The only advantage is the ability to sync strava activities to complete the apple watch activity ring. Not only that, app is pretty flicky. GPS totally fail today when i try to run with it. Zero pacing at all even after restarting it.

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  • @Salvi Becca yes and thank you! All I was trying to get across.
    @Andy Brooks and anyone else experiencing issues with not being able to save runs or having the app lose distance.

    First I decide to push the AW2 GPS and use RunKeeper and Strava simultaneously on the same Watch. I was hopeful that at least one would record my run accurately.

    Runkeeper was showing pace times anywhere from 9 min to 12 min. This has never happened that I'm aware of but lately the Watch is less accurate than before. I had to keep looking down to see if it would avg out. I was really running about a 10-10:30 pace. Next I kept going back and forth with Strava to see if the distance was close. Not even. Strava had me at 20 min and the distance was .2/mi off at first.

    I ran 5.5 miles and when I ended the workouts, Bluetooth was turned off on my phone as not to prematurely try to sync and have a tethering issues.
    Trouble shooting different methods of saving.

    When I ended both runs, Strava had me at 3.2 mi and RK at 5.6. To stay that is a difference is an understatement. Over 2 miles off. I wanted to compare time and other metrics which I would post.

    However, after stopping the runs both said they saved and Strava said it was ready to upload to phone. I went to my phone and turn Bluetooth on. Usually I get a notification on the phone that Strava is ready to upload. I didn't. After waiting and refreshing several minutes Strava never uploaded my run. RK took a minute or so and actually the Apple Activity app showed it before RK did.

    So now I have experienced the loss of a run after saving it with Strava. I had no other issues when I left BT on for the phone, even when I wasn't in range. When I got in range it would sync. This may be what some are experiencing or it's probably another issue. But I think it a huge problem. Sorry I can only compare that Strava is not accurate on recording distances while running in the background. But the HR with my Wahoo TickR X seemed to be consistent on both as I was looking at them in the Watch.

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  • @Andy Hewitt I would agree that I think if you have BT off you have to turn it back on before you save the Activity on the Watch. This seems to be the most reliable approach for it to sync properly. The data should be able to be saved to the Watch given the extra space but we have no way of knowing how the devs handle this.

    Unfortunately it's sad there is the process to go through just to track a workout. Why can't it "just work". All my friends have Garmins and they just work. Press a button and go.

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  • like many other users i'm awaintng a solution to the absurd update that, by failing to provide aw-iphone tethering, halved the APP usability for AW "original" owners

    As long as it is resolved I will cancel my premium subscription

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  • I got an AW2 last week and took my first run on Wednesday (without iPhone). The first 200 meters were not tracked but after that the route and pace were logged properly.

    Today I went for a longer run and took my iPhone with me so I could listen to music. I put the iPhone in my pocket as I assumed the GPS from the watch would be used. The results on Strava were terrible, the GPS rote was all over the place and as a results my average pace was well off. I can only assume that GPS of the iPhone was being used and it was getting spotty GPS due to it being in my pocket.

    Is there a way to force GPS from the watch only??

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  • Elle,
    I just used the Strava App for iWatch on a one hour spinning (ride) and after finish it warned me that the app died`t recognize any movement and I have to move before it could save. Ok so the app doesn't support this kind of workout I guess, anyway I did, I moved away from the stationary trainer and out to the parking lot and then saved the workout.

    Later when logging on to strava.com I could se that the workout haven't didn't  tracked at all. With that I mean my heart rate had no log from this last workout- The only log was from leaving the spinning bike and walking out to the car. It gave me no warnings about this when I startet the workout.

    Yes I did check out the iWatch while working out and it measured my pulse through the whole hour. No warnings, no sign or anything about this issue.

    What went wrong? Is this something that you are aware of and shouldn't the app start to track the workout no matter registration movement?

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  • @Matt Kornegay. Right - wrong terminology. I understand Agile software development cycles, but this was a total screw up. In the mad rush to get the watch untethered, Strava completely IGNORED the use cases for keeping it tethered. And I can say ignored because of the initial post that Strava didn't even know what the use cases were, and that "re-thethering" wasn't even on the roadmap. That's just treating your customers with contempt any which way you cut it.

    Anyway, I've tried cyclemeter now. MUCH better. Doubt I'll be renewing my Strava premium, and still considering asking for a refund.   

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  • Just like so many others I don't like that the iPhone app and the Apple Watch app is separate. Mainly because the users cant have the whole Strava experience.  The new version forces the users so have to choose between and weigh different functionality agains each other and that is frustrating.

    Example:

    - If you want to use routes, beacon, feedback and Music, you can't know your pulse or see your progress on the watch. 

    On its own the Apple watch app is step forward, but for people who bring their phone with them when they run this update is a disappointment and a step backward functionality wise. 

     

     

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  • Hi Elle.

    I'm a runner who used AW for HR and iPhone for mileage and live segment announcements. I was happy with the last app. Can you just rerelease it as a second app and call it Strava Watch Connected or something similar while all the heavy engineering takes place to get the functionality back into one app.

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  • I was wondering what in the world happened to Strava - it has always been very accurate and reliable in measuring distance run and, consequently, pace. I thought that it went nuts during a workout on March 1 because I ran in a large stadium with a partial roof, so I figured the roof interfered with the GPS signal. But yesterday I went to run my usual outside route and was surprised to see that my splits were almost a full minute faster than my usual pace. I re-measured the distance following my run, and, as I suspected, I had run 9.1 km where Strava showed exactly 10K.

    This is very disappointing and I hope it will be fixed soon. This has to be a MAJOR problem, with others - such as audio notifications, taptics and customizable watch in-run screen following it. As a Premium member, I certainly expect it.

    Now, question is whether there is a way to use Strava the old way - using the phone's GPS chip - while seeing the run metrics on the Apple watch, and if it is going to make any difference.

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  • I had several runs with the new Strava app on my Nike+ Apple Watch. Overall, I really like that I don't need to carry my phone with me. I like the big start button, and the screen during the run.

    What I'd like to see improved:

    - The most important thing is the accuracy. The Strava/Apple Watch combination yields a very noisy gps signal, which is not filtered. If I zoom into the routes afterwards, it looks like I was drunk during the run. This results in more kilometers than I actually ran, and faster pace than I actually ran. The exact same route yielded 17.8 km using my iPhone, and 18.8 km using my Apple Watch, and the same holds for other routes. I expect much better results if the Strava filters the gps signal and smoothes it out (and calculates pace based on that smoothed out signal)

    - The display is slow when I raise my wrist to have a quick look at the time. Would an always on option be possible?

    - Audio cues are very much appreciated

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  • Well, there's certainly no doubt about the passion that people feel about this subject! If you check Strava's Twitter feed regarding the AW update, their official line late last year was that the update was coming 'early 2017', and that it was taking some time to get it right, because they want it to be 'AWESOME'. Well, there's still no sign of the official release, or for that matter, of it being awesome... What would be nice from someone official on here, would be another update on these latest comments, further acknowledgement of the problems, and some approximate time frame for an official release: when you're stuck at the airport, or on the train or in traffic, it always seems to help knowing what's causing the delay, even if it doesn't necessarily shorten it...

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  • There is bug in that the watch app doesn't respect privacy controls. If you set rides to 'Private by Default' and record a ride with the watch, the ride is automatically made public.

    Not being able to start a ride with Siri is a nuisance in these winter months. I am having to resort to starting Strava with Siri, and then pressing the 'Start' button with my nose so I don't have to take my gloves off.

    I would like the beacon to be automatically activated when I start a ride from the watch.

    ** Note: The privacy bug seems to have been fixed now **

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  • Apple Watch battery significantly drained when recording in the Watch and no tethered with iphone. 

    Please make the tethering - untethering optional.

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  • Apple Watch battery significantly drained when recording in the watch and not tethered with iphone. 

    Please make the tethering - untethering optional.

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  • I noticed that 5.14 has been released. What were the fixes that were applied ?

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  • I've noted that a few people here have said the new Series 2 Watch app was released as a beta. Well today it has been updated and has officially been launched (I assume with just minor bug fixes and not major feature changes).

    Please add my views to the pile of others above.

    My use case used to be as follows:
    - I run with my phone in my pocket, listen to music and audio updates from Strava.
    - I look at my Series 2 watch to know what pace, time, heart rate, and distance I am currently on.

    Now I can only pick one or the other.

    Until the watch app is re-tethered (even if it is just tethered one way - e.g. start on the phone and it shows on the watch, and not the other way), I have decided to stop using Strava whilst out running and have signed up to Runkeeper as that works as the Strava app used to. This should be your highest priority ticket.

    I won't ask for you to give us the opportunity to reinstall the old version, as doing so would take development time away from you adding to the new app. But this has to be your highest priority in your app teams.

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  • So I see a new AW2 update this afternoon. The write up was not very detailed (just something about minor fixes since the first version came out.) Can you elaborate on what has changed? Is the pacing problem fixed at least?

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  • Hi Elle

    I have been enjoying using Strava on a phone as a replacement to my Garmin but missed being able to see my average speed on my wrist. So I bought an Apple Watch!I have found a few issues that other people have found. However, there seems to be a big problem with the speed and distance recording that renders that app unusable.

    The distance and speed is wrong. I ran a 5 mile run with the app set to record the distance in miles. It recorded closer to 8 miles on a route I have recorded over 100 times as 5 miles using the Strava iPhone app! Now , either the GPS on the watch is faulty or the system is recording kilometres and storing them as miles. Could this be a bug where setting the app to miles means the app records as kilometres and stores the recorded amount as miles? I checked the map that it recorded and it didn't look too different from the map the phone version records. I cannot also see that this additional 3 miles can be the GPS having bad signal at the start. It also had my speed at 6 minute miles when I was running  8-9 minute miles on this test run.

    Fingers crossed this is fixed for my marathon in April as I bought an Apple watch purely to use Strava on it!

    Kevin

     

     

     

    All I wanted from the watch was to show my average speed without looking at the phone. Is there anyway of setting the app to use the GPS from the phone until this issue is resolved?

     

     

     

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  • Feature Requests:

    Haptic/ Notifications for:

    Mile/Km splits

    Auto pause

    Segment upcoming 

    Course Record

    Heart Rate Alerts

    Also screen customization would be awesome!!

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  • A couple of weeks after releasing "bug fixes"..

     

     

    Still trying to understand how this was an appropriate way to do beta testing.

    Still waiting on a separate app/test flight/roll back.

    Still baffled at the completely ignorant approach.

    I have forgotten to start my Strava the last two rides because I can no longer do it from my watch. Pretty soon I might have to forget using it altogether if customers are going to be duped and mislead.

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  • So after waiting ages for the capability to use the strava app on my Apple Watch 2 to record my run without taking my iPhone with me I used it for the first time yesterday and to say I'm disappointed is an understatement. I know other people have stated most of these points but here goes anyway:-
    No way of knowing if you have GPS signal so the start of my run was missing.
    No voice or haptic tap announcement of km/mile splits
    No average pace display
    Very basic end of run data
    To make it worse if I go back to using my phone to get some of this functionality back I can't see any data on my watch and I know lose HR data.

    Come on strava sort it out both the apple workout and Nike apps have announcements, average pace etc...and record all of my runs!!!

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  • Strava,

    Your continued lack of support and functionality for all users both free and premium is upsetting. How in the world could you discriminate your users and reduce functionality like you have?

     

    RETURN APP VERSION 5.12 FOR ORIGINAL AW USERS!!

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  • I downloaded the March 6th update (version 5.14.0) and while the app works on the iPhone, the Apple Watch Series 2 has not updated. In fact...my phone shows that it is still "Installing" and the app does not open on the watch...

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  • Please add Swimming or the ability of Strava phone app to read Apple Workouts data.

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  • After the last abysmal update that did away with the mirror/tethering of the AW and iPhone, it seems they managed to break something else.

    So I decided HR was more important that audio cues and beacon. Yesterday's update seemed to of broken auto-pause. So of course I didn't realize it right away becaus no audio cues. Bravo Strava.

    Back to NRC until Strava decides to bring back the functionality that they once had. When that happens I'll just import my NRC data to Strava. If they don't bring back what the old app had then no problem. $59 more for me every year.

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