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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  • @Colin Smith

    I have been using Runkeeper and starting my runs from the watch. At some point mine was doing the same thing you are describing. It could have been an update to the app or getting a new phone, they both happened at the same time for me when it started failing. I removed the watch app, the phone app then rebooted. Once the phone was back up I did a fresh install of runkeeper for both and everything is working perfectly again. I have my audio cues, live tracker, and both the watch and phone are in sync when viewing the current run. I even took my watch off mid run and when I put it back on it resumed the run on the screen without me doing anything but opening the app. 

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  • @Colin some guys here mentioned cyclemeter, i have not tried it but the hmi looks go. MIght give i try.

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  • +1 for the setup @johnbaxendale suggests. No problems using the native app plus RunGap to sync to Strava for analytics etc. The other logging option you could look at is Tempo.

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  • Is it possible to use the heart rate on your Apple Watch for the Strava phone app. Reason being I like using my phone app when I’m on the bicycle so I can use the Beacon but I can’t seem to capture the heart rate from the watch. Is this something I need to do or is it impossible to do?

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  • @jonathan clark yes I did that last week, but do you get a gps map after your run? I used to, if I had my phone with me, now it just acts as if the phone isn't there and says "Tracked with Apple Watch" (the great thing about Runkeeper was that you could chose to run with or without your phone, even with a non-gps watch).

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  • @colin yes, my GPS route shows up. I can easily tell if it is working because I use the audio cues that only show up if the watch and phone are connected properly. Do you use audio cues?

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  • the application of the apple watch is fantastic just to miss that the apple watch can be used to track a route that you have created in Strava or has downloaded it. I think people would pay for these services. Do you have it in mind?

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  • Could you add a lap option in the apple watch app? It would also be great to have an option to keep the display on through the whole workout.

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  • Please re-tether the Apple Watch to the iPhone, or at least give the option to the user. 

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  • How about an option to auto-select Run vs Bike?

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  • @Rick - I’ve been using the App iSmoothRun for the last few months. This allows to use either the watch or Phone GPS. It then auto posts to Strava with other info like the weather and cadence. It’s a really great App and means you don’t have to use the basic Strava App at all. I find for running the phone GPS is far more accurate.

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  • I am really upset that I just spent all of the time importing my hundreds of runs from Runkeeper, only to discover that the Strava app for Apple Watch is untethered.  The most important features of a running app for a watch are (1) being able to stop/stop the run from the watch (2) being able to get visual feedback about the progress of the run on the watch and (3) still getting regular audio cues through my headphones.  With your app, I have to choose between 1+2 or 3.  At least when Runkeeper is theoretically working correctly, I can do all 3 at once.

    Basically it seems that you've decided to make your app only for the few people people who have AW2, connect to AW2 with wireless headphones, and run without their phone.

    I guess I'm going back to Runkeeper.  If you ever offer a tethered option, I'd love to come back, since your data handling is way better than Runkeeper.

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  • Recently purchased the Apple Watch 3 and continue to carry my iPhone on runs and rides. Only feature I'd ask for -- one which I've seen repeated by multiple other users on this thread -- is the ability to use the watch and phone simultaneously during workouts. Since I have my phone on me, the main (essentially only) feature I'd like to use my watch for is capturing heart rate during the workout. 

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  • It would be nice if users had more than one training face to choose from on the watch when in an activity. I would love a training view showing what heart rate zone I am in at the moment. And possibility to lock heart rate zone.

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  • Has anyone here had trouble getting the heart rate to show up in an AW3? All I get is the heart shape redrawing itself (I’m sure you know what I mean). I’ve checked everything and tried everything I can think of and google. Any magic fixes?
    Thanks,
    John

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  • I would _love_ to see Beacon come to the LTE Apple Watch standalone, so that I can go on a run without the phone and still keep my wife updated on location.

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  • @John
    Yes, have the same problem on AW2. No heartrates in Strava, although AW is logging the heartrate in Health and Activities App.

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  • Hi all,

    I have a solution to the "no heart rate" issue with the Apple Watch 3 (and presumably 2). This worked for me and several others. Thanks to CS Tan and the Strava Support team:

    1. Uninstall and then reinstall both watch and iPhone strava app (remember to keep the data).

    2. Using your iPhone Strava app, pair the watch app to the iPhone app (more -> applications, series, and devices -> Connect a new device to Strava -> Apple Watch). Authorise (click on)

         a - Location Services

         b - Code of Conduct

         c - Motion & Fitness

         d - Turn on Notifications

         e - DO NOT AUTHORISE "Sync with Health".

    3. Start the Strava watch app and start a run. You'll see the HR icon greyed out. Tap on this grey HR icon and the watch will display a message asking to enable HEALTH permissions. Now check on your phone and there should be a pop-up regarding this. Follow the setting prompts and complete the HEALTH permission link.

    The heart rate should now appear, and will appear for all future recordings.

    https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/115000185850/comments/115000663590

    Hope this helps,

    John

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  • I use Strava standalone app on my Apple Watch to record all my running sessions. I've tested NRC and Exercice but Strava is the most reliable and accurate, except for pace of last split which is scatty every time a new split starts. Why not display pace of, lets say, last 500 m of 1/2 mile? Audio feedback is very usefull since v20.0.0, but how to manage the volume? Haptic feedback would be also very appreciated when audio cues are toggled off...

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  • @Ed Adler,
    Did you try the solution I posted above?
    John

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  • Strava tech support doesn’t care about this thread. But I wonder what the CEO would say. I’ve looked for his email withou any luck. You would think a tech company would have an easily accessible email directory; but no! The only way to get this fixed will be to point out the huge dissatisfaction in his thread and the lack of response by a team that just doesn’t have this as a priority.

    I mean good lord, how hard would it be to create a second AW app for live monitoring of heart rate and to interact with the phone. Oh wait, it already exists. This doesn’t take a genius to figure out how to make us happy.

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  • @ John
    Yes it did work for me. I got this workaround from Strava Support.

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  • @kazys you can probably contact him on Instagram where he is taking ‘unfiltered’ selfies for his Strava feed features that nobody wants....

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  • How do I add swim
    As a sport option on my Apple Watch strava app?

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  • Elle, why won't Strava listen to us and simply give us the ability to use the old app on our watches again?

    There has been no technical explanation given as to why it cannot get the heartbeat from the watch and display a summary of data on it. Your customers feel ignored. There are 30 pages of this here!!!!! 

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  • It has been a year since Strava launched its standalone app. I suspect that the lack of improvement in the app is due to them realising that they need to go back to the drawing board and start from the ground up. The communication from the company during this period has been woeful. For cyclists in particular, the app has been a spectacular fail and what we're left with is a basic running app with little customisability and for most users the only selling point is the simple Strava integration.

    • No customisation so cyclists have to put up with the near useless actual speed display rather than average speed and runners only have pace (which seems to be all over the place most of the time);
    • No swim activity type (there are pages requesting this);
    • No ability to switch off gps for indoor workouts;
    • No integration with phone so that phone can display activity stats in real time;
    • No ability to "hand off" to the phone if the watch runs out of battery on long rides (the original app did this, presumably because the phone was doing the work);
    • No ability to structure workouts (e.g. set haptics or audio cues for every kilometre).

    In short, in order to make the app independent of the phone Strava lost much of what was good about the original app without gaining much at all. Every cyclist I know would still carry their phone, most runners going on long runs would carry their phone. I'm hoping Strava have taken on board the pages and pages of criticism (most of it very constructive because we all love Strava) and launch a shiny new Apple Watch app that addresses these issues. Currently we have an app that is good for lunchtime office runs and commutes to work - which is possibly how Strava employees test it.

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  • @Kazys, I’m on the AW2 and I get heart rate data just fine. I’ve tried both with an external HR strap and from the watch itself. 

     

    @John Sutton - agree with your points, but they MUST keep the option to go with just the AW and leave your phone at home. I could never imagine carrying my phone with me on a run - it’s such a hassle! Which is why I oove that I can get Apple Music on the watch now. 

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  • I have used the new Apple Watch app many times now and it works great for me. With the single exception of **beacons**. I became a premium member for the ability to send beacons, so my wife could know where I was while out running trails alone. But this has never been available while tracking from my watch.

    I always run with my phone so I can listen to my audio books on the trail. There must be a way to make beacons available as long as your Apple Watch 1 or 2 is connected to your phone or if you are standalone on a Apple Watch v3. Or if I start an activity on my watch that the app on the phone will detect that it is running and let me track my stats/send a beacon from the phone...

    Thanks for your hard work, I love most everything about the app... just want that Beacon :)

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  • Could you explain why Strava AW app uses pedometer's data to calculate distance for outdoor runs and hikes and not GPS data which it records anyway?

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  • Thanks for the update.

    Wishes for next update:

    Recording swims

    Recording triathlons

    Be apple to delete all history with one click

     

     

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