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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  • Please allow us to use routes and segments on Apple Watch 2+. I am running a series 4 and I don't want to have to carry my phone to do this. 

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  • My son was doing a workout this morning with Apple 5 watch on which he started from, while doing his workout and going in a defined route , I myself put my sons phone in my pocket while I walked round fields , every so often I crossed over field to pick up cones etc when he had finished an exercise

    once my son had finished he stopped and saved on Apple Watch and I took his phone out my pocket and seen notification on Strava app on his phone to edit and save 


    what we noticed when saved was that not only was the time considerably more than previous but graph was all over the place 

    With me having my sons phone in my pocket while I was walking all over the field could this have put my sons times and graphs all over the place ?

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  • I wanted a new running watch and sadly went with the Apple Watch series 5! Despite trying numerous settings etc the distance isn’t recording correctly. On most runs around 5-6mile it’s at least half a mile out. Very frustrating as I’ve resorted to having to carry my phone and use the app on there.

    Is this an app issue or my watch?

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  • I've used various versions of the Apple Watch but not the Series 5. I run with the Series 4 today. Have used the native app, Strava, Nike and Runkeeper variously over time. While the GPS  (absent local anomaly's which do occur) is generally as accurate as any other out there in and of itself, there are a couple of caveats I've found-

    1. On initial startup, assuming not tethered to a phone, it will occasionally seem to interpolate location and therefore pace while it locks on. Unlike the Garmin's I've used in past which let. you know they were still syncing (last was the 935XT IIRC- is this still a thing Garmin users??), it just "assumes" and lets you start.
    2. In urban areas, like all of them, it needs to see the sky and if it can't see at least 5 satellites (I think that's the number) it will be less accurate. 

    The apps OTOH all seem to have proprietary algorithms to calc path and therefore distance. Apple's native app does some interesting "smoothing" that, if you look closely, can sometimes take you impossible through a building. :) All of them do it to some degree more or less. 

    In aviation, for comparison, where locating you within 3m can be life and death, they add a ground-based station to further correct where you are more precisely. 

    This is all off the top of my head, frankly, as I haven't careed to dig in to it in some time. It's always been close enough.

    This guy has written extensively on his experience training and racing with the Apple Watch.

    Hope some of this is useful.

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  • I became so frustrated with the most recent performance of the Strava app for the Apple Watch, I have reverted to using the Apple Workout app on the Watch to track my runs and my rides. The Strava app on the iPhone can now import the workout from the Workout app, including the map. So I don't use the Srava app on the Watch anymore.

    A trick I have found useful to improve tracking at the beginning of a run (both Strava and Workout apps) is to start the run or the ride on the Watch before I put on my shoes, and immediately pause it. I then resume as I start my outing. This allows the Watch to get a good GPS fix while I finish getting ready.

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  • For the time third time in a very short week and a half I have almost no data to show for an outdoor run. I thought the new Apple Watch 5 would work better than my original version 0. Nope, utter frustration as this app can’t record HR and location reliably. So you switched to a more streamlined pricing structure, good for you. You are way off in getting close to any of my money if you can’t fix this. Entice with a working platform.

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  • I cannot install Strava onto Apple watch. Please help.




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