Auto start on movement

I'm somewhat forgetful, and twice this month I have forgotten to tap "start" in the Strava app, realising it part-way through a ride.

This lost me 15 KM two weeks ago and 26 km today. I had the app open and running, and the moving map was doing its thing, but there was no blue line.


So my idea is - if the strava app is running in the foreground AND it notices you've started moving THEN start recording automatically.

Remember people can always use the CROP command to trim off the front and end of a ride/run if its wrong.

Probably best as an optional feature that users have to turn on, but for me it would be awesome

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  • I had the same problem occur twice this month, once earlier and again yesterday.   It would not be hard at all for Stava to start recording when it sees that I am riding the identical route and even at the same time, that I normally ride it.   I'm not sure why this is not already in the app!   I guess the the Strava wizards are trying to figure out if they should accept Payment by PayPay without requiring a credit card first!

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  • Mark - I just changed from a work-provided iphone to a super-cheap android phone yesterday.  There is a tiny android app called "One Tap for Strava"  which does almost what we want - it starts strava and starts recording immediately.

    Not sure if there's a matching ithing version.

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  • Hi Criggie,

      I found that app after I posted!   I have it loaded on my One+ One.     I did notice that it is possible to start the "One Tap " app and still not start the recording, so I'll have to make sure that I see the timer increment

     

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  • "Moves" owned by FaceBook has had this feature for years.  It also auto-categorizes the type of activity.  (run vs. walk vs. bike)

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  • I have a similar request, but it's safety related: https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/96448917-Start-and-stop-timing-at-designated-points-on-the-map.

    Before I get on my bike, or when I'm about to start, I can look carefully to ensure the app is in the correct mode. But once I'm moving, it is less safe to look down long enough to make sure the ride is being recorded.  I've had several rides that didn't get recorded, including one where what would have been by far a segment PR.

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  • I have the same problem. I'm always forget top tap Record button.

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  • I'm comforted to see I'm not the only one with this problem. Lost 11 miles today because I forgot to hit the start button. Please help us Strava team!

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  • Google Fit does this already so it's clearly possible.

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  • This features would be really cool to have and also pretty simple to implement, at least on Android (the ActivityRecognitionApi takes care of figuring out whether the user is biking/running or not).

    Somebody also managed to achieve this using tasker: https://www.reddit.com/r/bikecommuting/comments/4gxrgt/tutorial_fully_automatic_strava_commute_recording/.

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  • As the author of the script on reddit comments:

    "I'm astounded Strava hasn't built in this feature by now, having an accurate, hassle-free log for personal use while helping your city plan better infrastructure makes it well worth it in my book."

    Well, it's beyond my understanding as well...

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  • Hey Strava people, this turn on automatically upon any movement feature has been requested by many users for years. Take your time though.

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  • Yes, I have that same exact problem and I actually started to build a device for my bike hooked with a tiny Arduino and a battery, activated by IFTTT. The problem is that although Strava has some IFTTT interesting interactions, they lack precisely the "Record" function.

    That led me to assume that did that on purpose - probably because they do not want their users "out" of the app, forcing us to actually fire up the app every time we want to record. I might be completely wrong, this is just an assumption.

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  • They could also set it up if you don't hit start after 30 seconds the phone vibrates and makes noises. That way it reminds you to hit the button. 

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  • Hi everyone,

    There's now an app for that (on Android) :) 

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.colino.stravaautostartstop

    That's my first Android app and I'm quite happy about it !

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  • RunKeeper has it. And on the free version too. I have RK exporting to Strava via tapiriik. Does the job, but would be better if Strava was able to perform this itself.

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  • Hi Strava Team,
    Please add this feature. You have such a great app but the delay of the start is something that makes me forget to log my routes. Having this would increase engagement with your platform.
    Thanks in advance

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  • When starting the app, there is a "+" icon, which has an option to start recording. Can we please set it to be the final step to start recording? right now it tries first to find satellites, and only after loading the local map there is an option to start.

    I understand that there is nothing to record without the location data, but allow me to request recording, with one click, even when I do not have any reception, and start the actual recording  when possible without additional input from me.

    I just missed another ride by clicking "record activity", my phone beeped so I assumed it started, and put it in my pocket. Later I realized I should had waited longer to be able to confirm that I actually meant to start recording.

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  • @boaz and everyone - look at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.onetapstrava&hl=en  which I mentioned a few years back.  It does exactly what we want.

    No need to wait for Strava (the company) to code anything - for android its done and works perfectly.

    For iphone there's https://www.reddit.com/r/Strava/comments/9kw519/create_an_ios_shortcut_to_start_recording_a_run/  but its inconclusive.

     

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  • After missing many rides in 2018, I was wondering the same thing. I'm no developer but I would like it to start when for example, I leave my wified home or when I'm cose enough to the cheap tag on the bike that recognized that I take the bike. Selling such a tag could als bring some revenues, I suppose.

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  • @criggie, the app is nice, but at least what I was after was a "record" function in IFFT so I can have a button in my bike that will activate my recording, without the need to pull my phone.

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  • I just got bitten by this. Opened the app, hit "Record", watched the GPS home in, then packed up the phone into my armband and set off on my run. Totally nailed a segment, got back, opened the phone to upload, and was greeted by the "Start" button. Argh! Why is this two-action start so necessary? If auto-pause is enabled, why not go straight to auto-paused when you hit record, after GPS is acquired? 

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  • Mine does just that, hit start but I take too long to actually get underway it goes to auto-pause, then activates when I do start moving. You sure you actually actuated start. Any lateral movement of your finger takes priority over a "click."

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  • What I meant was, as soon as you hit 'Record' it should acquire GPS and begin, you know, recording, without any need to hit additional buttons. It could put up a popup while it's trying to acquire GPS and only move to the tracking screen when this is done, to make clear to the user what is happening.

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