New Strava app for Apple Watch to support Series 2+

We are excited to release an updated Strava app which supports standalone recording using the built-in GPS of the Apple Watch Series 2+. 

Please note: To support the GPS in the Apple Watch Series 2+, we redesigned the app to work separately from the phone. Even if your watch still connects to the GPS from your phone, the app functions independently on the watch.

If you're experiencing technical troubles installing, recording, or syncing Apple Watch activities, please contact us directly by submitting a ticket at the bottom of this post. 

Learn more in our Apple Watch article

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  • Just want to add, I understand the appeal of being able to use just the AW2 and leave the phone at home or in the car but that's not really an option for me. For starters, I like to listen to music or podcasts while I run but on a more practical note, I occasionally run alone and it's just not safe, in my opinion, to run alone without a phone. So I'm carrying my phone with me, whether or not I can use just my watch to record the workout.

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  • Previous versions allowed me to start a ride on my watch and see stats on my phone. Now my phone just sits there doing nothing. Way to break functionality. There were two reasons I came back to Strava after trying other apps was the heart rate support from the Apple Watch and the dual display I got from the watch and the phone.

    Please return this functionality because without it you are no better than your competitors.

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  • To the disappointed cyclists, if you find an alternative app that fills the void this release has created, may I suggest you post it here. Show the strava team that they can't just release BS updates that alienate their user base without repercussions.

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  • Please bring back the old app. The new app is not at all good for Apple watch 1 users and is a big step backwards sadly.

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  • Ran with the AW2 on my left hand and Garmin 920 on the right. I'm pretty sure I hit ~36km as that was the distance my group also hit.

    AW2 hit 42km and some very unusual paces (sub 4:00min/km) which could not have happened. Overall pace 4:45/km. The weird paces occurred in the city (?tall buildings in Toronto?)

    Garmin hit 36.3km and paces which fit (overall 4:57/km).

    I don't think I can use the AW2 and Strava with this kind of result. 

    Minor suggestions 

    -intervals

    -haptic to tell me when I've hit a km or mile split 

    -swim function with deep screen pushes to pause or auto pause since it's hard to sweep the screen when wet

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Thanks for the update. I think a lot of the feature requests have been covered - e.g. Audio queues, etc.

    But the big issue that kills this is a useful tool is accuracy - features are nice - but reasonable accuracy is critical. I just completed my second run with the new app on a stand alone Apple Watch 2. The result was out my 1.4 mile over 13 miles (versus the distance as measured on native Apple Watch 2 run app) whenever I got near buildings the track starting zigging and zagging. Also the app uses 60% more power than the native Apple Watch 2 app. Features are nice to talk about but basic functionality like accuracy needs to be addressed first - otherwise it is unusable.

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  • One thing I've not really noticed mentioned here is heart rate monitoring. I use my phone to track my runs, but wear an Apple Watch for heart rate monitoring.  Since moving to the new app I've noticed that all runs that I log no longer have any recorded heart rate data. The only way to get this to record is by starting the recording from the watch - something that I don't want to do for many of the various reasons above (no audible segment and status updates, auto-pause issues, gps accuracy, etc.)

    Is this a general problem or just me?

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  • I've just run the Surrey Half and using only Strava on the AW2. Total distance shown was 22.6km. This meant that the watch was of no real use to pace myself around the route. It was much better before the update.

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  • Hi
    I primarily use the app on an AW2 for running. When it works it is great, but I do seem to be having a few issues in about 50% of my runs.

    In the main while I am running and I raise my wrist to check time/distance or current pace; I find that the app is either paused or it is on the settings screen and the settings have all been changed. ( I have auto pause turned off before I start my run).

    It was really disappointing today as I was running a HM event and now won't have my time logged on strava as a best effort.

    I don't really understand why the settings screen is accessible while you are running anyway, there is no reason to change them mid run.

    I'm not sure if my wet sleeve is making presses on the watch screen while I am running, or this is just a bug. ( I never had any rogue key presses while using the native app or RK).

    Perhaps a lock screen function would be good so that no accidental key presses can be done if it is enabled. Turn crown to unlock maybe.

    This gives me an idea to try using the Apple water function to lock the screen while I am on my next run actually!

    Thanks
    Mike

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  • Hi,

    Just went for a run with my mate today. Same distance, identical speed. He was wearing his TomTom watch, I used Strava on AW2.

    - TomTom recorded 9.9km with average of 6:06 mins/km
    - Strava recorded 10.2km with average of 5:56 mins/km

    If you zoom in far enough you can see that GPS tracking on straight streets is more like a zig-zag recording.

    When will this be fixed?

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  • Not a happy bunny :(

    I've been using the Strava watch app to start the recording of a ride activity. Which was great.

    I have my iPhone on a bike mount like nearly all other strava users to easily show Route, Cadence, Watts etc..

    Linked from other external devices i.e...Power meter and Cadence Sensors.

    Having the Apple watch was great as it allowed the HR to also be linked to the same activity and simultaneously 

    Show all this data on the iPhone while on a ride.

    Why on earth would a developer think that removing the linking of the display of this data for the activities be a good thing ?

    We are not all runners on Strava

    Some of us Cycle bikes !

    Please give us the option to display this data on the iphone again during an activity !

    Surly one of the main reasons of Strava is of simultanious Data Collection giving an athlete the option of what to do at a given moment during their activity.

    If only I could put the old version back on my apple watch.

     

     

     

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  • very happy with the latest release and being able to leave phone and home.  however, I don't believe that you're "Activity does not sync to Strava....   happening very sporadically" claim as its happened to me now twice!  seems like you'd want that locked down before you rolled it out to us as thats just about the worse thing to happen.  i clearly won't be using it again until you do.  

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  • The functionality was SO spot-on before this update for me as a mountain biker. Pulling out my phone to see the additional functionality as needed was great. Beacons and other notifications no longer work. Worst update ever.

    Back to just relying on my phone.

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  • offline run/ride activity did not sync to Strava for the 2nd time from Apple Watch S2. any way to trigger re-sync or manually extract the data out of the watch?

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  • Today I used the new Strava app on my Apple Watch, without my phone, during a brick workout. It consisted of a hilly bike ride, immediately followed by a run. I noticed no problems, no complaints and it was very easy to swim from bike to run on the watch. The run course a previously measured 5k run and the watch measured it perfectly. 

    Ive been reading a lot of negative posts here, but, at least for today's workouts, the new app worked really well.

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  • Tried this out in a race yesterday.  Trouble was that it was raining.  So, lined up Strava app, hit the orange circle as I crossed the start and nothing happened.  Tried several times and same thing, think it was the rain on the screen.  Need to have the option of starting and stopping the run by pressing the crown, which could also lock the screen to stop rain terminating the run early.

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  • Afraid to say I prefer the old version: I tried this today and it all appeared to work fine until I hit save, I got the message on my iPhone saying its ready to view, but it does not appear to have recorded it!

    I went back to using just the iPhone app for the afternoon and now find that it no longer picks up my HR from the watch!

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  • Water mode.  

    The reason I quit using the previous version of the app, aside from the non-native gps, was that it would quit activities due to my jacket somehow quitting the recording of the activity.  In the Apple built-in activity app, I can enable water mode which disallows this to happen.  

    I'll give this new version of the app a go, and will report back my experiences.  

     

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  • Solid first release!

    A few things I have noticed:

    • Activity upload sometimes takes a while. So far I have only lost one activity but I may have not been in range with my phone before I went out for the next activity and overwritten it. 
    • The optical HR reading is not as good as other optical heart rate recordings; connecting a friend's polar heart monitor gave a much more live reading. My Tomtom takes the HR more frequently and gives a more realistic curve (not full of large plateaus). I would not mind increased battery consumption for a smoother HR curve.

    One thing I think would be a useful addition laps and lap time.

    Cheers!

    Sterling

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  • Hi there. I have the Apple Watch series 1, and after the latest update I found that there is no communication between the Strava app on my phone and my watch. I normally start the app on my watch and it then automatically starts up on my phone, vice versa. However, this no longer happens. It seems as if my watch now works independently from my phone but the watch does not have a GPS function.

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  • Hi

    I am trying to link my apple watch 2 series with Strava, but something seems to be not working, when I start it will start counting time but no distance is recorded. Please assist

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  • In the infamous words of Ron Swanson, "Don't half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."

    GPS watches have been made for quite some time now - and are generally the gold standard. So why not enable, at minimum, some of those features?

    Features that I've enjoyed from a dedicated GPS running watch that I would like to see on the Strava Apple Watch app:

    • Average pace data field
    • Set distance run
    • Distance to finish data field
    • Calorie burn
    • Customizable screen layout (i.e. four fields, all editable how you like it)
    • Multiple screens for multiple layouts
    • GPS signal strength
    • Vibrating/Audio alerts from the watch at customizable distances ( every half mile/mile, etc)

    It doesn't matter if these are set from the watch or app on your phone, but if these features were present, it would be a game changer in my eyes. 

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  • I want to echo the requests for 1) audio prompts, 2) the ability to record split laps, i.e. 400M laps or 800M laps.  

    A perfect app that I can use for long distance as well as track workouts gets my vote.  For track workouts, the ability to hit Split / Stop to rest interval, then Start again and Split / Stop.  This would record the track splits accurately.  Most all Garmin watches do this, so I am not sure if Strava could program this into the app.  

    Right now I keep using Nike+ and then sync it to Garmin, which auto-syncs it to Strava.

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  • Is it possible to do treadmill runs now? 

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  • Really happy that you brought this out for the Apple Watch 2. In all I am pretty happy with what you have produced. A couple of things would make it even better which have been mentioned previously:

    1. Notification for mile/km.

    2. Be able to set interval timer would be great which again would notify you with a haptic (vibrate) countdown 3-5 secs.

    3. Post run analysis similar to that of the Nike+ app where it has overall distance, average pace and a little summary/picture format of the route.

    But must say well done to strava for getting on and doing this app.

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  • Strava, you need to act fast.

    Every single comment and criticism on here is true. I guess there's a lot of stressed people in your offices right now, so I sympathise. I also guess that at least one of the developers wasn't happy for this to be released, but ignored. Listen to that developer in future. Promote him/her. Have a word with your PR team – and whoever the hell wrote that iOS update description. Moving on..

    You really need to address the following, in no particular order and without any exclusions.

    • Watch app should be at least as fully functional on AW1 as it was previously. This really should go without saying. I'll end all AW1 stuff there, because realistically it'll never be a good sports tracker without the iPhone present.

    • AW2 app should utilise GPS on AW2. You've done this - kind of - so well done.

    • AW2 GPS co-ords need to be smoothed (or some other algorithm – this is your field of expertise!). Basically, no more zig-zagging around. This is so utterly crucial to your service and you've got it way wrong.

    • AW2 should have the option to mirror the iPhone app OR be self-contained. It should be smart enough to know when Strava is running on the iPhone, when a recording on the iPhone has started, etc.. and react accordingly.

    • AW2 app should show which bluetooth devices, if any, are connected and being recorded.

    • AW2 app should allow for more activity types. At the very least swimming.

    • AW2 app should give audio cues and taptic feedback. Options should be included to change the settings for this.

    • AW2 app should have a better (more detail) post-activity screen. Not necessarily as much as the iPhone app and certainly not as much as the website, but enough to provide food for thought before jumping in the shower. And much faster syncing to Strava.

    • Once the above is done, the AW1/2 apps should have a settings panel on the iPhone (within the Watch app) to control most of it.

    • Auto-pausing needs addressing. Auto-pause and subsequently auto-start.

    • As well as the fixes, there are plenty of 'default' features you could add (laps, intervals, etc.) and a little innovation would be welcome for us paying members who've stuck by you despite this blunder. i.e. give us a tap on the wrist when we're entering a segment we've starred - stuff like that. How about an optional tap every x minutes to remind us to hydrate? Win us over again Strava :)

    I'd also like all records from the faulty GPS to be flagged/wiped from strava.com so nobody has false stats to live up to. Keep the activities but don't allow PRs, KOMs, QOMs, whathaveyou. Of course, users can do this themselves, but many won't.

    More than anything, I'd like more updates from your development team about their plans and progress. We really won't beta-test forever without knowing what our money is paying for.

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  • Missed one:

    • Customisation of activity-in-progress screen. You need to realise that users have wildly different criteria and targets. Let us decide what's important.

    Please provide updates. You can easily do this on a bi-weekly (or even daily!) basis, given the inclination. Do you not feel any inclination to do so? We're paying your wages, afterall. My advice would be to bite the bullet hire an extra few staff to get the app's shortcomings resolved, your communication snappier and your customers back to the happy days :)

    Similarly, give us much better descriptions in the app update descriptions. Be honest, admit any mistakes, just tell us what the plans are to get this in to an app worthy of the Strava name.

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  • As per the request #780905 I opened, I believe almost all the issues I raised can be solved by giving us the options whether the Apple Watch App Tether to the phone or use as standalone.

    The UI on the watch itself, I prefer to have 2 clicks to end it (Stop, Finish) like before the recent updates. Now it needs 3 clicks (Stop, Finish, Save). For the third click 'Save', it needs to scroll down a summary so it takes more time. 

    Most frustrated things for me with the recent updates is that my rides getting lost for no reason and it happens so many times already.

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  • While you wait for Strava to get their app working I suggest to use ismoothrun. You can use HR from AW and pair most BT sensors and app exports data instantly to Strava - only thing I miss is that ismoothrun isn't stand alone for AW yet, but that might be a good thing considering Stravas struggle..

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  • Hi !

    For all those who are suffering from the current very poor state of the Strava app for the Apple Watch, i invite you to test this wonderful app, available on iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.

    The GPS of the Apple Watch Series 2 is handled and all the metrics are presented in a very good Apple Watch standalone app.

    The Support is very responsive, and the developers are very prompt to reply to your requests !

    And... there will soon be a Direct Strava Export (and automatic one) of your workouts !

    This app is called MotiFit Run, and there is also a Motifit Bike and Motifit Workouts apps.

    The MotiFit site is here : http://www.motifitapp.com/

     

    Enjoy !

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