Record Apple Watch HR with iPhone app

I like the new standalone app for the Apple Watch series 2 but the GPS signal is not as good as the iPhone.

While biking in the mountains the watch loses the signal. 

I would like to use the iPhone as GPS and use the Apple Watch for the heart rate.

Is this possible?

 

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  • Just got a spam email from Strava advertising “All the ways your Apple Watch works with Strava”. Was excited to see that they finally fixed their problem of having the watch talk to the iPhone app, but NOPE. They should have called it “All the ways out Apple Watch App doesn’t communicate with our Strava App”. I’m now going to cancel my Premium account with Strava. Any suggestions on apps that care about what the users want?

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  • This is all quite disconcerting. Normally I wear a chest strap for HR, but this morning I forgot to put it on first and needed to get on my way to work. I thought, no problem I'll just use my AppleWatch for HR. I actually starting a recoding on BOTH my AW and my iPhone w/Quadlok. The AppleWatch ended up with HR data but no power data, my iPhone ended up with power data (via BLE) but NO HR data! I don't want to write the word that I am thinking, you can fill in the blank. Let one or the other (preferably both) be aggregate ALL of the data.

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  • Cyclemeter is the app I have gone with. Totally the bomb for recording EVERYTHING. works fine with Apple Watch HR and my BLE cadence sensor. GPS maps included. No subscription fee, stores data in your iCloud, allows sharing to most major fitness apps INCLUDING Strava. $9.99 on the App Store and WELL worth it.

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  • One other thing, in Cyclemeter, Bring up the app on both watch and iPhone then use “start” on the watch at the beginning of activity to make sure you get your HR. Found that to be foolproof. Perfect sync.

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  • Latest response I received from Strava Support about this...
    “We've decoupled the watch app from the phone app and I do not believe there are any current plans to reflect watch information onto the phone.”
    Disappointing Strava aren’t listening to the feedback.

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  • I've really enjoyed using WorkOutDoors as a much better Apple Watch tracker. It is well worth the $3 price, though I also have to pay for RunGap separately to import into Strava. WorkOutDoors won't help for those of you wanting to track on both iPhone and Watch simultaneously but it is excellent for me as a runner. IMO Strava should just hire the developer.

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  • That’s a very disappointing comment from Strava. I’ve cancelled my subscription.

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  • Runkeeper does an amazing job of pairing your Apple watch and iPhone. I started using runkeeper, and if I'm so inclined, i'll transfer it over to strava. Much happier using Runkeeper pro. 

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  • Obviously they don't give a rats' ass about anything anybody posts on the forums, either the other thread or this one. I think the only hope of getting them to listen is to get together in a group and complain directly to them. I've failed to find the CEOs email. Any thoughts?

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  • Well I do like Strava and had bought the Pro version but will be cancelling my subscription and going with Cyclemeter now. Shame that Strava are not listening to what we want

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  • It is annoying not having both watch and phone syncing for heart rate.

    A temporary work around could be using the iphone(8) Strava App only for runs, after finishing run go to "Heart Rate" on the AppleWatch3, scrolling down to "Outdoor Run" (where it gives you the Av and High bpm figures, time of run and graph); taking a screen shot by pressing the side button and Digital Crown simultaneously (which saves to Photos on the iPhone, if enabled in the My Watch App on the iPhone - General settings "Enable Screenshots") and then posting as a photo on Strava. 

    Obviously not as good as seeing it as it should be if both Strava apps synced with each other (with the elevation in the background), but at least it would keep a record, if important.  

    In the meantime, Strava, please...................................................................................................

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  • Just signed up for Premium purely for the ability to analyse my heart rate data from my runs. I'm using the Strava app on iPhone and assumed it would sync HR data from my Apple Watch 2 but apparently not. I dont want to track runs via the watch app as to get audio feedback on pace etc while listening to podcasts I need AirPods attached to the phone. Many other apps sync with their watch counterparts I dont see a reason why Strava have decided to separate the two so completely. It's clearly a missed feature by the community. Syncing HR data is a key reason to go premium and not being able to use the Apple Watch as the source despite it having a very capable HR monitor really makes premium a waste of time for users like myself. Strava please consider finding a solution to this problem of using the Apple Watch as the HR monitor for the iPhone app, I think it might pay for itself in subscriptions!

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  • Hi,

    Currently, I have to use the Strava iPhone App to get Power data from the Garmin Vector 3s pedals because power does not show up when using the Strava app on Apple Watch.  AND, I still have to use the Strava App on the Apple Watch to get HR data because HR data does not show up when using the Strava iPhone App.

    Please consider re-prioritizing the integration of the HR from the Apple Watch when using the Strava iPhone App.

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  • Dear Strava.

    I've just started using your app, and have focused on making the iphone the bike computer, and ordering bluetooth sensors etc. I am an apple watch user, and initially enjoyed having the heart data, except I can't have the phone collect heart data from the watch. This is seriously disheartening. Not sure what technical reason there may be to explain this, but if you could fix this, it would appear to be a feature many users would use and dearly appreciate (and one I would expect if I am to be a paying Summit member).

    Sincere thanks,

    Jon Davis

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  • Hi Have been using Strava for a while now and have been struggling to understand why I was not getting heart rate data when starting the activity from the iPhone app. 

    It's a real shame to have to cancel membership and look for another app that can do this and then try to import!

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  • Will the Apple Watch ever work with Strava to record heart rate? We are at 18 months now where this has not worked. Can we get an official update on when we can use Strava on the phone attached to our bikes to see heart rate and speed without having to look at our watches to see the data while the phone on our handle bar just sits there doing nothing. It’s just a little hard on a downhill ride at 30 miles and hour to take my hand of the handlebars to see how fast I am going. Would love to renew my premium membership and give you guys money...

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  • Hallo Strava Community, hello Team. Like the persons before, i really hope to see this necessary feature very soon. Please fix it, thanks in advance.

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  • Have been using Strava for a couple years. I have an Apple Watch 3 and the IPhone. It’s crazy that we can’t obtain a recording of Heart Rate and Power all from the Apple Watch or the IPhone. Without power Strava is useless for analysis and training. Will this ever be enhanced? If yes when?

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  • To any who may read this from the email alerts from forums, I am guessing after looking through the products available online that Strava is more positioning itself as the platform to publish data rather than the platform to collect it. Sure, you can use the simple iphone app, or, if you want heart data use the watch app, however if you want anything more than that, eg accurate GPS, cadence/heart/RPM sensors etc, it is likely you will need to step off the strava platform for recording. Eg Wahoo, Garmin etc. These other platforms support uploading data to strava, and often when run on a dedicated GPS device (eg bike computers) you get better GPS positioning data (at least over iphone 6/iphone 6s).

    Clearly Apple won't offer the heart sensor on the watch as a bluetooth sensor for activity applications, which I am guessing where the technical breakdown is.

    I would probably prefer now, that the coders were more focused on reading GPX data submitted by apps like Wahoo, and not rob me of km's in the GPX data that appear everwhere else I inspect said data.

    None the less, Strava continues to be a great common standard for publishing run/ride data amongst friends for motivation...and segments continue to be the best aspect/novelty.

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  • Please update the apps to include heart rate from an apple watch!

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  • Still doesn't work. :( 

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  • It’s so bizarre that Strava still hasn’t fixed the Apple Watch integration so that it’s mirrored on each device. It seems like the whole purpose of Strava is to collect accurate exercise data. Why can’t I see a map of my ride on my phone while collecting heart rate data on my watch? It doesn’t make any sense why Strava can’t figure it out when every other exercise app works perfectly for this e.g. Cyclemeter, Runkeeper, etc. It’s almost as if Strava has an agenda to purposefully nerf the Apple Watch integration to sell more third-party devices.

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  • HR is the only reason I have a Summit subscription. If this isn't possible, I'll move to an app that will do it. Sounds like there are already options.

    GPS on the watch is worse than iPhone (10% shower distances recorded quite often for MTB), but HR is what makes Summit worthwhile. If I have to choose between HR and proper GPS, I'll choose GPS.

    I don't understand why Strava couldn't just collate 2 runs together, from my watch and my phone.

     

    Please add a way to do this, Strava.

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  • If Zwift can have their iPhone app receive heartrate data from the Watch, then so can Strava https://theapplewatchtriathlete.com/blog-1/2017/12/13/using-apple-watch-as-a-hr-monitor-for-zwift

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  • Hi Peter,

    I'm surprised to learn that Zwift can indeed use the apple watch as an HR device. It would appear that Strava have an alteranitve reason (unknown) for doing so. My own experience and discussion so far with many, is that whilst the iPhone can have GPS blips, so can the Garmin/Wahoo devices, but pairing with external sensors from the iphone (eg cadence / speed ) and wanting to integrate the watch as an HR device should be seen as commonly desirable.

    It's also easier than having to strap a heart rate band around your chest.

    Despite this lack of pairing with the watch, I've actually found Strava on an iPhone pairing with Wahoo sensors to give me the best data set, including over the Wahoo app, and dedicated bike computers.

    That said, iPhone samples GPS 5 times a second, where as Garmin samples GPS 10 times a second, which I believe is why most serious cyclists use Garmin. :)

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  • Just bought the Apple Watch series 4 and still the same problem that I had with the original watch and the series 2.  So likely this will never be fixed, and I am getting quite comfortable with Cyclemeter (and actually prefer it to Strava for a lot of reasons.)  But, if this was fixed so I can get heart rate recorded and use Strava on the phone to see how fast I am going and all that, I would sign up for premium Strava if this is fixed.  In the meantime, I am spending $80 less a year with Strava.

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  • Well I just started my Summit free trial hoping to get the HR data to crossover from my watch to phone... but this thread is very disheartening. I know other apps do this no problem. I cannot use solely the watch app because of battery and accuracy concerns. Glad the Summit sub is just a free trial...

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  • Tried Cyclemeter recently and it works with HR from AW. Cancelled my premium. Can’t be too hard since other apps that aren’t subscription figured it out. Must not care about the users in this thread. Enough paying customers elsewhere.

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  • Been disappointed by this limitation as anyone alse here. :-(

    I would like to suggest the option Runtastic chose: let users configure the Apple Watch App as tethered or standalone:

    https://www.runtastic.com/blog/en/runtastic-on-apple-watch/ 

    This way the original Strava Watch App code could be re-used to get the HR data when tethered or in standalone it could be used without carrying the iPhone, as runners do.

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  • Fix this Strava

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