Beacon: Send us your Feedback

Premium athletes can use Strava Beacon to share their real-time location with their family and friends. To learn how to use this new feature, you can read our documentation for iOS and Android

We are looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this new release. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us below. 

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  • I am on the trial premium membership. When I turn on the beacon button no contacts or button for contacts shows up. When I close and reopen the window the beacon is in the off position. 

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  • I want to cancel my Premium account but the part that is suppose to show up on my computer/Cell doesnt appear . 

    Can you cancel it on your end  ??

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  • O recurso beacon NÃO Funciona. Meus contatos recebem apenas a mensagem de texto que eu redigir no início. Não recebem nenhum link. O que devo fazer? Assinei o premium por este recurso.

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  • One of the huge impediments to beacon functionality in the UK (and I suspect, most of Europe) is that the message it sends is an MMS rather than simple text – it does this even if you only have one contact selected. In the UK, most mobile phone plans include a text message (SMS) allowance, but do not include an MMS allowance (and MMSs are quite expensive – about $0.60 per recipient).

    By using the send intent in the way you are, you also prevent beacon being shared via other means (e.g. IM’s such as whatsapp).

    I have MMS disabled, and as such they fail to send. I can then copy and paste the text from the failed MMS to my chosen method of sharing, but this is tedious and doesn’t always seem to work (the recipient clicks on the link but then gets the message that the athlete has no recent or current activities).

    I’m not sure if your current implementation is an attempt to prevent sharing of a run with 100’s of contacts to prevent load on the server (I assume my location is uploaded once to your sever and then the server takes the load from everyone who has the link), or just poor choice of share intent, but given the approach above of copy & pasting the text does sometimes work, I can only assume this is a fairly weak deterrent – load limiting should be done on the server (e.g. set a cookie to the browser when the link is first clicked on, and limit to 5 distinct cookies per beacon, after which you can send a message about runs being limited to 5 viewers).

    For example, the following should allow beacon’s to be shared via any sharing mechanism:

    private void shareBeaconUrl(String beaconId) {

    Intent share = new Intent(android.content.Intent.ACTION_SEND);

    share.setType("text/plain");

    share.addFlags(Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_CLEAR_WHEN_TASK_RESET);

    // Add data to the intent, the receiving app will decide

    // what to do with it.

    share.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_SUBJECT, "You’re a safety contact for my next activity. Watch me on strava.");

    share.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_TEXT, "https://www.strava.com/beacon/" + beaconId);

    startActivity(Intent.createChooser(share, "Share your activity"));

    }

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  • I think Beacon is a great idea but here are 2 suggestions...

    First up, could the current Lat/Long co-ordinates be displayed on the screen, or an option added to easily call them up?  In case of emergency, it would be great to let the emergency services know my co-ordinates.

    Secondly, would it be possible to add an option to manually pause Strava whilst adding a message to be sent to / via Beacon for the reason for the pause?  A couple of times now I have had to stop (puncture / mechanicals etc) only to get panicy calls from the wife thinking I had kicked the bucket because I hadn't moved in a while.

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  • I notice the latest release notes say "Adding Garmin compatibility to beacon" . I can't see any way to activate this. How does it work?

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  • What I really want to see is the ability to auto share the beacon URL to a WhatsApp group. Especially when using Garmin's auto start.

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  • So, while 'Beacon' is nice for safety, etc ; its not really the 'live tracking feature' that was desired by many users. I know that I was looking for something similar to the Strava Labs ap, that lets you see other users - specifically Strava friends - live as you are in your travels. IOW, if they enter your vicinity, they will show up on the map.

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  • I use a 4G WiFi dongle and tether my phone to this, leaving mobile data turned off on my phone (Android). This improves battery life and mobile data signal when out on the bike. However, the Beacon feature insists that mobile data be enabled and so I must switch it back on. Is it possible to remove the dependency on mobile data for the Beacon app?

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  • @Ruben Bax - you can already share to WhatsApp (at least on Android) - just select no contacts and when you press the send button it pops up the standard share link box and you can select a WhatsApp group.

    The UI is misleading, I always though you had to select some contacts - I only found this out thanks to Ethan@Strava.

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  • Thanks Ian, didn't realize that. However, this only works when recording with the Strava app. I did notice you can share an active beacon link from within the Strava beacon menu. I haven't tried this yet, but if it also works with Garmin initiated beacons that's probably as good as it gets since WhatsApp apparently doesn't allow automated messages.

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  • It would be great to have a option to send a message when you finished/saved your ride. My wife just wants to know if I got to work safe first, then location if there is a problem :)

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  • I would like to see two more features for beacon: it would be great, if "starting a beacon activity" would trigger an IFTTT Event, so that we could handle the Beacon-Link the way we want. It would be easy then to publish it using Twitter, mail, whatever ...

    The second thing is that the API for beacon is not yet working: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/strava-api/2aw5t8dXEf8 

    Best regards, Martin

    @Gordon Brown: have a look at IFTTT - there is a "New activity by you" Recipe available...

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  • What does this mean? You can choose to send a text message at any time during your recording by clicking on the Beacon icon and then sending another text message (B).

    the last phrase, 'and then sending another text message'

    Does it mean that every time Beacon generates a text message to send I have to confirm it? By tapping the screen button?

     

     

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  • If Beacon is such a life-saving feature, why not make it avaialble for EVERYONE regardless of whether they are a premium member or not. Otherwise, it is just a shill to extract money from people with the promise of 'new and improved'.

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  • Beacon used to work great, but now it's really temperamental. I'm using it on Android via a Garmin 520. I'm up to date with all software and firmware. My wife uses it to track me on longer rides and says that it works about 60% of the time.

    Issues include:

    • Auto start is temperamental (I live in the middle of Los Angeles with good cell signal)
    • The tracking will 'pause' or say that I've finished riding (when I'm still cycling) - this occurs in areas of cell coverage and those without
    • The link will use a previous ride's end point as the start

    Considering I'm paying for this service, I wanted to report.

    Craig 

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  • I never dud get Beacon to work, although correctly configured. I don'tceven know what informations are shared... I don't give any vote on argumenting Beacon us for your safety. Maybe yes... But I'm not using Strava for safety reasons, but for evaluating my trainings...
    Beacon might sound interesting as a sportive point of view... If you are transfering my ride netrics in live (Watt, HR etc) this is why I would really findxa useful application. But since I never got it work, I dob't even kniw what is shared.

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  • When I send my Beacon text, it duplicates the message:

    "https://www.strava.com/beacon/34tgdfg54gg55 Follow me on Strava.

    https://www.strava.com/beacon/34tgdfg54gg55 Follow me on Strava."

     

    Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

    Android 7.0

    SMS App: Textra

    Strava 6.0.0

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  • I've found the BEACON feature to work well, and I activate it for rides when I'm alone.  I've tested the links (literally, grabbed my wife's phone, clicked on link in her Messages, see my ride in her browser), and they've always been accurate.  Kudos to Strava for recently making it easy to change the default text sent out. I haven't been able to detect any difference in battery usage when tracking on my iPhone 6...

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  • I have been using the Beacon in conjunction with Garmin connect for a few months.  Garmin connect seems to only have Live-track compatibility with email addresses.  So recently, for a particularly big ride for me, I also enabled the Strava Beacon so that I could send text messages. 

    I was under the impression that I could add up to 3 safety contacts and that I had to do this manually for each ride.  However, today I have learned that I am still sending beacon text messages to all the people I've added before.

    I cannot find a way to view or manage (edit/delete) the beacon contacts through the mobile app.  In the mobile app (Iphone 7, just updated it to be sure) there is still just the option to add 3 safety contacts.  On the website I don't see any option to manage the beacon contacts either.

    I don't want to send beacon texts to every person I've ever sent them to for every ride in the future.  Please let me know how to delete some beacon contacts or how to reset it altogether and I will stick to the Garmin Connect.

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  • Beacon works great for me! However, adding the selected route to the map would greatly improve it's usability. My wife would also like it to calculate an ETA.

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  • I don't currently use Strava Beacon because my wife & daughter can find my iPhone any time they want.  If the iPhone won't let them find it, it probably won't broadcast beacon information either.  That said, I was in a minor accident today (I'm fine, thanks) and started thinking about the possibilities that you could use the data from the Apple Watch or iPhone (and presumably from most any other phone that will run the Strava app) to detect a crash and then be able to send out some sort of alert to interested parties if the phone is not moved again in a suitable (configurable) amount of time.  I shouldn't have to turn this on for a given ride (or run, though I do that only in emergencies) - once I configure a (short) list of target SMS and email addresses (likely one each for my wife & my father) and a timeout (default to 90 seconds, perhaps) - if I start a ride or run using the Strava app on either the Watch or the phone, the crash monitoring feature should always be on.  Then if I get in a crash it should override any muting and start beeping for my attention and if I don't pick up the phone and clear the alert (whether it is on the lock screen or open), it should notify the selected people with a message indicating that it has detected a crash and I have not responded to the alert on the phone and my GPS coordinates.

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  • Dylan - Garmin Connect already does this, but I think you need a Garmin unit. Would also be a good Strava feature.

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  • Craig,

    That's very interesting.  I have an Edge 1000, which is tied to my phone (except that the most recent update seems to have dropped the bt and ble connections, again).  I will have to investigate that feature...

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  • Strava beacon is a great feature, but I wish there was a way to open it in the app.  In order to use it, I have to get a text message, then open a link and view it in the browser.  The experience is a little clumsy, and it would be much better if I could just open it in the Strava app.  If somebody I'm following is doing a long run, I have to continually go back to the text and click the link to reopen the beacon page.  This would be better to have a tab in the Strava app showing who's currently sharing their location with me via Becaon, along with a map.  The text/link could always be a fallback for people without a Strava account.

    I say this especially because I recently failed to get the text about somebody running a race that I was supposed to be meeting them at the end of (Their Strava app said the Beacon was shared, but I never got it). If I could have pulled it up in the app, it would have been fine that the text didn't go through, but as it is, I had no way of finding the link to the map.

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  • I used Beacon for the first time this weekend.  Reassured my family whilst I was out on a 300km ride until it stopped updating after 13 1/2 hours.  Is there a limit to the time the beacon will update?

    NB There was no loss of battery and phone signals were good.  iPhone recorded full ride.

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  • Can you show multiple people on the same map with Beacon? Thanks

     

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  • Works well, but need to be able to start it from my watch (Android Wear) as I don't always use my Garmin.  

    Also are there any plans to integrate Beacon with the Wahoo Bolt?

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  • Tim Eh!! L.   I wish I had your app.  My Strava only lets you put in 3 contacts.  If you want more contacts, you can add them to you text normally like you would an ordinary text.

     

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  • I think what many want is to be able to publish their live tracking on Social Media, I certainly do. This would be especially useful when taking part in Sportives and Charity events in which Social media plays a big part.

    Though the Beacon is a good feature I can't see a way to practically share it on on FaceBook or the like.

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