Feedback for audio Run Announcements/Alerts in Strava app

Please add your feedback here if you have thoughts on how we could change our improve our current Run Announcements for distance splits during recording. Also, if you have any questions or encounter any issues. Thanks! 




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  • On my iPhone 5s running iOS8 I used to hear a female voice, but it has recently changed to a British Male voice.  When looking at settings, I can no longer see a way of selecting male or female.  Has it changed or am I missing something?

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  • Hi - I have a related issue - maybe you can help? Am very happy with Strava for the most part, great for tracking runs, however one minor issue has been bugging the hell out of me. When I listen to a podcast or music when I'm running with Strava on in the background, Strava cuts in after each kilometre to tell me my time for the kilometre, HOWEVER, after every announcement it increases and then decreases the volume of the music - it's like it is auto-calibrating the podcast volume levels after Strava has spoken but the problem is that when it's low I cant hear it. So, I get to listen to my podcasts properly only for every second kilometre! The high volume, then low volume, then high volume cycle is driving me crazy - makes me want to turn off split announcements - help!

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  • Hello, audio announcements work fine for me, when using headphones. There are some times, though, when I don't want to use headphones, running with friends or during a race for instance. Moreover, in these occasions I dont' like to hear a yelling voice announcing my splits, because they could be barely intelligible when running on a busy road and annoying for other people on a quiet one.

    My suggestion is to add the option of setting just a "beep" instead of the whole audio feedback: in this way I can keep track of the distance and watch my stopawtch if I need it. Of course the volume should be set very high, but a beep is much less disturbing for other people than the announcements.

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  • Some interesting points. As a new user to Strava (mainly for running), I have found it a real asset to monitor my training and also to keep tabs with members of my running club now that I spend most of my time abroad. I use an iPhone 5s and when I first started the adio announcements were loud enough for me to hear while I was running. For some reason I can only hear them now if I hold the phone to my ear, as in making a phone call. It looks like others are having similar problems but I haven't seen this issue addressed specifically.

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  • Further to my post on 24th Sept, my App Settings look nothing like the ones Elle posted at the top of the page.  There is no US Female option on mine, nor any "download" options.  See attached screen shot.  There used to be a US Female option, but it has vanished! 

    But in answer to Melvyn Cole, I have no problem hearing the audio announcements.  They are as loud as the current volume setting, so yes, if I have turned the audio volume down, they are too quiet, and I need to turn the volume up.  Now with IOS8 this is much easier than it was with IOS7, because with IOS8 the volume control by default is the audio volume.  With IOS7 it was the ringer volume, and would only be the audio volume during the announcement itself.  Well you can imagine the amusing scenarios with IOS7 of me running along trying to "catch" the volume control before the audio announcement finished! 

     

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  • Thank you Ben Cooper! I didn't realise that Ringer and Alerts control, controlled two different volumes. As you suggested I turn off the "change with buttons" option and found that the volume was now low. Turning it up solved the problem. Hope this sorts it out for the others with this problem. Thanks again, I would have been fiddling for ever.

    Apart from this glich I am enjoying using the app and keeping track of my friends progress.

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  • For Android users of the Strava App just to share my experience: at first use I got no audio alerts despite correct settings, I did however notice that after approx every kilometer the music volume would turn down, I guess at the moments the audio announcements were supposed to come in. Could not get audio alerts working untill I noticed I use two text-to-speech functions on my Android Phone. Next to the stock Google function I have also SVOX Classic TTS installed. Whilst other Apps like Endomondo and Runkeeper seem to work well, Strava did not come up wth voice announcements untill I selected the text to speech option back to the stock Google one. Having done that I immediately heard voice alerts when starting, pausing, stopping  a workout in Strava.
    So to conclude another option to fix audio problems is to check your text to speech options in the general settings of your Android phone under the Lanhuage and Input menu item and then scroll almost all the way down to select Output for Text To Speech.

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  • new user of this app and sure would like to have announcements for biking, like there are for running.  thx.

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  • What's with the new voice feedback voice? It sounds like a drunken middle-aged woman talking now. "Staaahhrrting riiiiide" ... "pawwwwwshing" 

    I'm not a fan

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  • I have the opposite problem. New to Strava and liking it it however I wish I could turn down the mileage announcements when listening to my music on my iPhone 5. She's coming in very loud, too loud. Is there a way to adjust without turning down my music as well?
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  • With the iPhone (may be similar on other devices), I was able to change the volume of Strava by going into settings, sounds and turning off the "change with buttons" option and then use the slider to adjust volume. You can turn button option on again. It seems that there are two lots of volume controls and Strava only responds to one of them. Hope this helps.
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  • Thanks Melvyn, I tried that but didn't seem to work. The Strava girl seems to hang out with my music volume, when I turn that up she gets louder as well (really loud). Turning off "change with buttons" and turning down the sliders didn't alter her volume.

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  • Ok, sorry Stuart. I never run listening to music so I haven't actually explored the problem that way round. I hope you manage to get it sorted. I do like using Strava to track my running. All the best with yours.

     

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  • Is there a premium option to set custom distance splits? 1 mile and 1/2 mile are a little restrictive.

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  • Make em available for cyclists. 

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  • I have changed mobiles from an iPhone to an android and now I cannot hear any audio voice on this app when I am running but I could on my iPhone. Very dissapointed. Is there something I can do. Thanks.

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  • Hi, There are two things that needs to be improved.

    1 - I should be able to trigger Audio announcements using a button in my headphones. For example, double volume up or double pause button. This way I can check my pace (or other stats) without looking to my phone. Also, different buttons could be assigned to different audio announcements.

    2 - Audio announcement should be customizable. I should be able to add pace/HR/distance/time etc. information to the audio announcement list.

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  • Please give an option to have an audio announcement of calorie burned, heart rate (when paired to heart monitor) and distance traveled every 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 3 mile, etc. For the iPhone Strava App. 

    I wear the iPhone on a arm strap and am not capable of seeing the display while i am running, this would be a very informative feature to me.

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  • I'there, I'm disappointed too by the fact that on android announcements are not available for cyclists. Many other apps offer this service.

    I've read that you can record in run mode and then switch to cycling mode at the end of the training. Is this effective on android to have announcements ?

    If I record in run mode and at the end switch to cycling mode do I get the same datas and results ?

    Third question: do I need ear phone to hear the voice or I can use phone speakers ?

    Thank you.

     

     

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  • I'd favor customizable announcements too.  I'd really like to hear both mile and km announcements.  Generally, I run in mile increments but still would like to know my 5k pace as I cross that 5k marker in a 5 mile run.  10k pace in a 8 mile run, etc.  

    Other  customizations proposed here are pretty cool -  being able to add something like heart rate and then undergoing a period of training targeting heart rate and then being able to remove that element from announcements at a point in time would be interesting.  

    I do like the ability to choose accents for announcements.  I'm convinced that the South African lady's accent makes me run faster.  ;-)

     

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  • My strava voice has gone low, everything is still the same. I have logged out and back in and still low!

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  • Is there a way to have the Run Announcements let me know my average pace while running? This is more important to me than my split pace. Thanks.

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  • please have a look at the Runkeeper's audio announcements, they have plenty. I would love to see these in Strava as well:

    Announcement timing: not only per distance, but also per X minutes

    I would like to be alerted of my current time (duration), current & avg.pace, current & avg. heartrate

     

    Thanks!

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  • Since upgrading my iPhone 6S to iOS 10, the volume of audio cues when running seems to be tracking audio playback volume but with enough of a boost that it's almost painful. I ran this morning, listening to podcasts as usual via (wired) headphones at medium volume but I was on the verge of having to pause tracking due to the excessive announcement volume.

    Ideally it would be great to have options modelled on the iOS Maps application which has low/normal/loud settings for voice announcements *plus* an extra option to pause spoken audio during announcements.

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  • I would like to use it but it is annyoing when it does not pause my music/audiobook when it announces the data. So then i miss a lot of details in the book.

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  • Volume issue seems to have been fixed but as pointed out by others it would be great to have voice audio (e.g. Podcasts) pause for split/distance announcements. I have been told by developers that there is an iOS API for this, which would work for me on iPhone but not sure about android.

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  • Audio alerts important when you run

    would be prefect if Runkeeper audio options could be provided by Strava Run. Current Strava Run alerts are very limited 

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  • +1 for more frequency options for Run Announcements.  Admittedly, I got used to quarter mile updates with a different app (that was otherwise far inferior) and I miss them now; I enjoyed the more frequent nudges if I was falling off pace. 

    Also, I would like the choice of overall pace instead of split pace.

     Thanks!

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  • I'm still having issues with the audio cues for running. Any suggestions to get it running. I love strava and use it always for biking but I'm forced to use Google fit for run as the audio cue work for that app.

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  • Ed, it took me a while to figure out that the Strava Android app uses "Notification Volume" for the running audio cues. (Probably available from a drop down menu when you change your ringtone volume.)

    I'd had my notification volume off on purpose for years and no other apps I have used it in this way.

    I don't use it for biking. I would be a bit surprised if the different activities used different volume controls, though, so this might not be your issue.

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