Problem with duplicated activities

The Apple Watch and Strava are one way to record data, Garmin is another. Problem is Garmin can tap into all ANT devices, while Strava only some. So, Garmin gets HR, cadence, speed, GPS, and power meter data. Garmin doesn’t communicate with my Apple Watch, but it does have Garmin Connect. Garmin automatically dumps data into Strava to create an activity. If I record one activity simultaneously with both Strava app and Garmin, I end up with two activities on Strava, which messes up my cumulative Strava record. Can Strava be fixed to cognize by time one activity and automatically give user a choice to merge data?

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  • I am having the same problem. Does anyone know if it is possible to merge data from a Garmin with the same activity recorded  by the Strava app under iOS? Thanks

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  • I'm having the same problem, but with Polar devices. I've been using the Polar Flow system for a while now and don't want to stop, but I can't take advantage of Strava's Beacon feature without also running Strava simultaneously, which results in duplicate data.

    I mean, I don't mind getting double credit in Strava for each ride or run, but it seems like it shouldn't be that hard to identify activities that overlap significantly in both space and time and give you the choice (manually or automatically) to remove one from your stats.

    (As a GIS data nerd, I'd also love to KEEP both GPS tracks, but show them on the same screen, so that I can see how the devices GPS tracking hardware and algorithms compare, rather than merging the two or even worse, deleting one entirely.)

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  • Same problem with Polar device

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  • Same problem

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  • Same problem with Wahoo Bolt

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  • Same problem. Need to merge the activities....phone has ant and Bluetooth sensors......watch has heart rate....

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  • Same problem, with Polar m430.  What's the fix or workaround?

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  • Same problem with Strava app and Garmin watch.   Just don't want to get credit for two runs, want to keep both sets of data.  There must be very many people who have more than one way of tracking the same activity! Just to be able to chose one as the main one and keep the other as information only would be a start.

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  • Same problem, use apple watch for heart rate and Garmin Edge for GPS, Cadence etc. Is there a way to combine the information in Strava?

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  • Simple workaround (I previously said solution, which I agree is not):   start recording only in the watch.  Your watch will use its own GPS and upload all its info to Strava.   Strava in turn will do its thing (crunch your effort vs. previous sessions, map the route segments taken by the watch, etc.).   It will take a bit longer to show up in your Strava feed, but it will eventually.

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  • Sorry, Carlos, not a solution. If you want to actually USE Strava for things you can't do with your Garmin/Polar/whatever, you have to start recording in Strava. This includes using Strava's Beacon functionality to let people know where you are for safety reasons. Also viewing segments as you go on your phone's big screen.

    Ultimately, my solution has been to disconnect uploads to Strava and use it completely separately from Garmin. That means two heart rate monitors: chest strap for Strava and optical arm band (OH1) for Polar. I'd love to simplify, but this solution means less work when I'm done, for now. At least until Strava gives us the ability to merge recordings.

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  • Same problem with Fitbit Versa

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  • activities can be merged with some software eg sporttracks and fitfile repair tool. there are probably more tools as well out there.

     

    i dontknow of any way within strava

    merging files with eh aforementiioned software takes a little time and is not worth the hassle on a regular basis but ok as a one off

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  • My solution is to go into Strava and delete one of the rides, usually the one uploaded from my Garmin, but it still leaves a record of "PR" for segments that I have only done once.  Perhaps the Strava team could introduce a "recalculate the ride" button to remove these references to the now deleted ride?  Though I agree that avoiding duplication in the first place would be better.

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  • Same issue with the Samsung Gear Watch.  One would think that since both run are done at the same time, it has to be the same activity. A bit annoying to manually remove each run. I like to use strava on my phone, and the samsung gear program at the same time. Just in case one faile (which do happens). Might have to disconnect the watch from strava, but that's a bit sad.

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  • Ditto James. I’m on exact same page as you. I looked to disconnect Strava to then manually push data from Garmin Connect to Strava but you then lose “Live Segments” and “Beacon” functionality. Can imagine many many users having same issues. Seems like simple fix on Garmin side?

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  • Same issue...... I run strava on the galaxy watch to collect HR and again on a galaxy phone to collect the ANT input for speed and cadence. These activities should merge when overlapping! How can one user perform multiple activities at one time!
    Strava should at least ask if it should merge when it finds an overlap and make one activity from the two or alternatively, when an activity is started on one device, like the watch, the other devices running strava should also commence collecting data too.

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  • I might try to run Strava only on the watch, and run something else on my Samsung Phone, Note 8 as a back up. For some reason , the live pace on the watch is always off, That s why I like to use the phone to check my pace, especially if you do splits, or tempo run. Gets very complicated. I am trying Summit version of Strava at the moment, looks like I wont get the full benefit if it doesn't load an Heart rate.... Shouldn't be that hard lol. Technology is suppose to help us...

     

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  • Really need a feature in Strava to specify which device to prioritise for recording the ride, whilst having the other running for the capability offered. e.g. I use my Apple Watch to record my rides because the I get the HR data without having to wear a nasty, horrible chest strap (which only works half the time at best), but I run Garmin as my riding HUD, so I can see speed etc and Strava segments. Disconnecting Garmin from Strava means I don't get the live segment on my Garmin, so that's not an option. All that's really needed is for Strava to ignore Garmin data source - the same segment data will be available from my watch after-all... For now, deleting the unwanted data is the only option I have - noting the PR data persistence issue mentioned above...

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  • Same problem but through Wahoo.

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  • I also have a similar issue. I want the HR data from my watch (Android Wear) but the audio updates from my phone.

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  • Please fix this one. Simple fix: allow activity  form one (or more) device to be marked as a duplicate of another, and no not counted as double credit for aggregates and segments.  

    More complicated fix: Allow two GPS traces to be merged, with for example filling in GPS points as average of two devices, or taking whichever device has the data when only one has. (Sometimes a Garmin watch can take a while to get GPS) .

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  • same issue with Polar M400

     

     

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  • Same issue, I record all activities on my Polar Vantage M for daily activity tracking etc. I record all my outdoor rides with Wahoo, indoor rides with Zwift or Sufferfest. The duplicates are annoying having to delete them. I thought about disconnecting my Polar account from Strava but for running & the gym it works fine.

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  • Same issue here with my Fenix 5X & Edge 1030. 

    Very annoying. Wish Strava could figure out this issue.

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  • So, now that Strava is removing HR and other device recording to the app, this is going to be a MUCH bigger problem! Will Strava ever fix this?

    How is this a bigger problem now, you ask? If you want HR and other sensor data in Strava, you're going to be required to collect it on a separate device (iWatch, Polar, Garmin, etc.) and sync that to Strava; but if you also want to use Strava during your activity, especially for Beacon, you still have to start (and record) a Strava track. So when you're done, you will have two tracks, doubling some of your metrics (but not all!) meaning you'll have to manually have to remove the Strava track after you're done if you don't want bad data. Each and every activity.

    This also means we're back to one point of failure; no redundancy. I've been recording in both Strava (with HR connected) and Polar (NOT synced to Strava) so that I have HR and GPS data in both systems (Strava and Polar Flow), and if one happens to glitch/fail, I can still get the data from the other. Now, if your recording device fails, that's it! You lost your recording of that effort.

    Is there really a problem with sensors causing the app to crash? This is news to me. I've never had a problem with it. It seems to be a manufactured excuse to drop sensor support.

    The email announcing the change includes a special offer for the Polar Vantage watch. Curious! I wonder how much Polar is paying Strava for this advertising. And was that advertising contingent on Strava dropping functionality to force users to purchase additional hardware?

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  • ...and just tonight, I had my Polar M600 GPS fail on my run. Thankfully, my Strava + HR monitor did work as always, so redundancy saved the day.

    But only for 4 more days. After that, Strava turns off HR connectivity with the app. I guess it's time to seriously look for a Strava app alternative. And with that, kind of missing the point of Strava itself.

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  • Same issue with Fitbit and Strava

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  • Not a proper solution, Strava!

    I went to upload my latest ride from my Polar M460, which has HR, GPS and cadence data. But there was already one track in Strava's brain due to me having used the Beacon for the ride as well (and no HR since you removed that functionality last month.) I had hoped to upload the Polar recording BEFORE deleting the Strava one so that I could compare the tracks, but NO. Strava now requires you to delete the previous track before uploading the the replacement.

    I guess this is an improvement over before, because now you can't have duplicate activities. Maybe? But if you went this far, why not go the next step and allow users to compare and choose which data from which tracks and data they want to use for an activity? 

    Perhaps you could collaborate with https://gotoes.org/gotoes/strava/ to integrate their technology for managing and combining data right in the Strava UI? They've already done the hard geospatial work!

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