Apple Watch heart rate in the iPhone app

I'd like to use my iPhone as a bike computer and my Apple Watch as my heart rate sensor.   Is it possible to get real-time heart rate data onto the iPhone strava app while biking and also have this included in the workout data?

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  • I have an AW but don’t use the strava app on the watch. I use the strava app on my phone and use it as a basic bike computer.

    I’ve just signed up to summit and expected to be able to see HR data (previously this feature said i needed to subscribe to Summit) but it now says start training with a HRM etc. with no data.

    Strava has permission to read my HR from my watch in the health app.

    I expected it to pick up my HR data from my watch post ride, real time would be great but surely post ride should be possible???

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  • I tweeted Strava to try to get a response to this, but ignored so far.

    Feel free to like/comment/retweet! See if we can get some kind of an answer:

    https://twitter.com/philipfreid/status/1148327714904072193 

    Thanks!

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  • *foil hat mode*

    i heard a rumour that Strava is developing their own wearables... if this is the case, they may have little inclination to develop a simple software patch for free to allow this functionality when they can charge 200+ (insert your currency symbol here) for a plastic strap. 

    */foil hat mode*

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  • Canceling Summit. I just started the free trial to get my heart rate zones. I'm not going to buy a HR strap if I already own an Apple Watch.

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  • The simple solution i’ve found is to record the activity on both the watch and the phone, they appear to work completely independently of one another.

    At the end of the activity I first sync the watch to strava then send the activity to strava on the phone. It records the activity twice but i just delete the phone one.

    The watch records everything the phone does, inc segments, but includes all HR info and effort levels etc. One tiny difference is that the watch is always 0.1 or 0.2 km/h down on the phone for average pace.

    I use the phone app on a mount just to look at route/map and speed/distance etc.

    Still seems daft that they don’t work together.

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  • Zwift does it... so it's possible (even if it does require a companion app). Been following this one for 2 years now... Just wanted to show that I (and probably plenty others) are still hopefully for this to start working soon. Such an obvious paring to me. ;-(

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  • @Rob Blick: The watch does not capture things that the phone can get via BLE. For example cadence and power from sensors on one's bike.

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  • Yep, I bought a year subscription at the beginning of the year and will cancel when it's used up.  I doubt they'll be adding this feature that you can get on many other apps.  They've been silent for months on this and will not say whether or not it's on the list or has any priority.

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  • Hmm - I actually have started using MapMyRide since I didn’t think this worked at all with Strava. I did have to allow MapMyRide to access the data, so maybe I was missing that step. Will try again today.

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  • OK - just played around with this again and all permissions seem correct. Strava just doesn’t see the heart rate data on the phone app. It’s there on the watch, but I want it to read from the watch and send to the phone so I can see everything on the phone while I ride.
    Must remember to downgrade/cancel. MapMyRide does this no problem.

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  • @Rob Bick: Yes, realtime HR is the issue. Also, GPS performs better on the iPhone than the watch, so if pay for the Strava ecosystem,  you really want and expect that these two devices would integrate. Or at least have some reasonable explanation for why Strava can not manage to make it happen.

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  • If recording on the Iphone app I have to wear a 2nd heart rate monitor because the Apple Watch app won't talk to the Strava Iphone app.! Bizarre.

    Also Strava app won't communicate to the Apple Watch for directions. Komoot does! In fact Komoot and the Wahoo apps give better data analysis than Strava and one is free and the other costs less than Strava so guess where I'm off to at the end of my summit subscription. You can still send the data to free Strava to keep you total values going if you want.

    Lousy customer service by Strava ignoring the requests of paying customers!

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  • Since signing up for Strava, I have found more and more of these ridiculous situations where forums have hundreds of replies/requests for features, but nothing ever comes of it. The fact that the app resides on both the Apple Watch and the iPhone, but the two cannot sync data is just crazy. There must be some deeper reason as to why they don't automatically do this.

    Is there a better riding app out there? I just want to be able to use my speed/cadence sensors connected to my phone and then grab my HR from the watch.

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  • In the absence of a proper Strava response, there are several hints to other hardware above in this thread (which is inadvertently turning out to be a great resource for alternative solutions). My membership expires in Nov so I’ll stay on until then.

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  • I just signed up for the free trial of summit, did my first workout, and was confused why my heart rate wasn’t showing. I figured I had some setting disabled. After 30 mins of trying to figure it out I finally found this thread and promptly cancelled my subscription.

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  • Come on Strava! I still believe in you!

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  • Embarrassing and terrible behaviour by Strava here by ignoring our valid feedback from paying customers on here, and Twitter and outright ignoring them as if they don't matter at all.

    If 1 star app store reviews and paid subscription cancellation messages aren't triggering a response, nothing will. Seems like the rumours of them developing their own HR equipment maybe true, I see no other reason why they would keep ignoring hundreds of these comments and Twitter support requests to integrate, what is essentially BASIC functionality of the Apple Watch.

    They keep claiming on Twitter they're a 'small team' who only 'prioritise' important updates, but it seems like they have actually allocated their resources and have gone out of their way to make sure that the Apple Watch HR functionality DOESN'T work with the iPhone app. Awful.

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  • At this point I only visit these forums to discover which other apps do what I need, as Strava just ignores customer feedback and requests.

    The real icing on this cake is that there’s still a page listing how to set this up, even though it’s no longer possible, which is some of the false advertising that got me to install the app in the first place.

    I’ve worked for software companies for 20 years now, and none of them could ignore customer requests like this.

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  • I'm now using Cyclemeter. Heart rate from Apple Watch Series 3 shows in the Cyclemeter app on iPhone beautifully. It even exports workouts to Strava.

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  • I'm with John Stotler. I literally follow this thread to find out what else I can use. I started out thinking Strava was great. I love the segments, the community, etc., but the application support and company response FOR A PAID APP is dismal. Trying my first ride with Cyclemeter today. Looking forward to using it the way I used to use Strava. Speed+Cad, HR, and my PHONE as the GPS and computer.

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  • Same here, I downloaded Cyclemeter yesterday. Going to give it a try for a couple of months so when my Summit subscription comes up for non-renewal, I'll have a good basis of comparison. Not exactly apples to apples, but Cyclemeter has the features important to me and is a fraction of the price.

    Strava, do you see how this works?

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  • I spent the morning researching trail running apps. It was between MapMyRun and Strava. I just finished my first six miles in years and was excited to see my heart rate zones and so on. Needless to say, I’m cancelling my subscription. I did think it was odd that my heart rate was NOT showing up on the bottom right corner. The data was recorded and I can see via other apps. Just not Strava. Goodbye.

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  • How is it 2019 and you (Strava) still don't support this? Can someone from Strava comment, please? 

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  • Just wanted to comment that I too am looking for this feature. Been riding with an AppleWatch and iPhone thinking it would all work seamlessly with each other, including being able to see my ride on my iPhone and record my heart rate with my watch. 

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  • Even if you start a Strava activity on your watch and then start one on the phone....Strava app isn't smart enough to MERGE the two activities that occur at the SAME TIME and have the same distance and GPS path?

    This isn't a lack of a feature. This is being deliberately obtuse and makes me wonder if your developers even understand the device landscape out there.  TRUE OR FALSE...is it likely that Apple ecosystem users who are into fitness might have a smart watch? TRUE.  is it likely to be an Apple Watch? TRUE.

    Jes** Christ guys....are you even trying? This is embarrassing - FIX IT. 

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  • Well if you saw today's announcement it is clear they not only have no plans to fix this, but they are apparently getting out of the business of recording sensor data altogether, starting October 28. Struggling to see what the value prop of Strava is at all after that date. Just a social sharing tool?

    Craziest part is that they said it was because sensors were causing the app to crash. I've been using a HRM and power meter with it for years and have never had a single crash. Regardless, I think it is safe to say that you should no longer look to Strava to record any sensor data. :-(

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