Strava Launches Native Apple Watch Workout Sync: Here’s how it works


Strava just launched more cohesive integration with the Apple Watch, allowing one to effectively sync directly from the Apple Watch to Strava, so you don’t have to use 3rd party apps to see your Apple Watch workouts on Strava. Given that the Apple Watch is, by far, the most popular wearable on the planet, it makes sense to complete this hookup.

Now – before you wonder – the point of this sync is to enable you to use the default Apple Watch ‘Workouts’ app, rather than the Strava Apple Watch app. The native Apple app is a bit more flexible than the Strava app, and is personally what I use when I’m using the Apple Watch in a workout recording capacity.

Still, you’ll want to be aware of some of the limitations of the first implementation. It’s a good V1 stopgap solution, but I suspect many folks will continue to use existing 3rd party apps like HealthFit or RunGap for the time being.

I’ve been using it for a number of weeks now with my Apple Watch Series 5 (but it works on any Apple Watch edition), and have a fairly solid grasp on how it all works. So let’s dive into the details.

Getting it setup:

The first thing you’ll need to do is get your iPhone all updated with the latest version of the Strava app. Yes, I said iPhone, because of course Apple requires an iPhone to use an Apple Watch. It doesn’t work with an iPad because the iPad doesn’t have Apple Health (and in turn, HealthKit). Without that repository, there’s no place to store your workout/activity data.

Once that’s done you’re gonna have to go deep diving a bit to enable it within the Strava app. You’ll select the ‘Profile’ tab, then Settings, then the ‘Applications, Services, and Devices’ option. From there you’ll see the option for ‘Health’ at the bottom.

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This technically is divided into two parts (sending and receiving), but for now we’re just focused on the receiving bit. You’ll get an option to ‘Connect with Health’, followed by another page to confirm your hookup intentions.

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Then Apple will ask to confirm the relationship, and you’re going to want to turn on all categories. I mean, technically it probably works with just the ‘Workouts’ option enabled under ‘Read data’, but honestly I wouldn’t tempt the beast. This sequence requires three confirmations in total.

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After which, you’ll finally see it looking roughly like this. This page is how and where you manually select to import in an Apple Watch workout. Each workout you’ve done in the last 30 days that’s available to import is listed there. If it has a checkbox next to it, it’s already imported into Strava. If it has the import button, you can smash it to get that workout posted to your Strava account.

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When you do that, it’ll show up briefly as importing (it takes perhaps 3-5 seconds where you’ll see a swirly icon seen above), and then you’ll see it listed in your feed for editing like normal.

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As usual, your normal Strava privacy settings will apply here. So in my case, all new workouts show up as ‘Private’ and without visibility to anyone. That helps me ensure that my Apple Watch Series 7, Garmin Fenix 8, and Suunto 19 aren’t accidentally disclosed to you. You can add photos, emojis and such as usual. In fact, a few of my workouts over the past three weeks were posted exactly that way to Strava. You’ll notice the ‘Apple Watch Series 5’ listed properly in the activity.


Also, it’s worthwhile noting that you can turn on workout notifications, which will save you a few button presses when a new workout comes in. By turning that on, when the Apple Watch saves a new workout, Strava will immediately pick it up and notify you. From there it’s just one tap to get to the import page versus the 3-4 taps. And then only one tap to confirm the import. So that saves a bit of time for sure.

Now, there’s two downsides (or ‘details to be aware of’) with the overall solution today.

Super Practical Detail: First, the most visible downside is that this is a pain in the ass. You have to dive into your profile settings each time (Profile > Settings > Application, Services, and Devices > Health, and then manually select each workout. That’s annoying, and is far more work than HealthFit, which just magically happens. Especially since last week when HealthFit rolled out an update that returns ‘Autosync’ back into the app (it got axed with iOS13, but has now returned) – making it all instant and behind the scenes. The downside though to HealthFit is that it won’t show as an Apple Watch within the details of your Strava activity. Given that doesn’t show on the mobile apps anyway, it’s probably not a big deal. Of course, HealthFit also syncs with TrainingPeaks, Dropbox, and like a million other platforms.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering why – it sounds like the concern Strava is trying to hedge against is ‘Ring closers’. On an Apple Watch people try and close daily rings which are tied to various activity types, including workouts. One way to close a ring is to start a workout and then do something. But that could just be as mindless as walking circles around your yard. If they enabled automatic push to Strava, that might end up polluting the feed with people yard circling. Of course, the proper solution there is for people to set activities to private first, but that’s like teaching people to signal before turning.

Super Nerdy Detail: But ok, moving on. The second issue I encountered is a temporary one. Which is a bug that impacts people like me who use more than two devices concurrently (such as a Garmin watch and Apple Watch). Again, super into the weeds here and impacts likely less than 1% of people. But essentially Strava is right now incorrectly pulling the heart rate values into their app. They aren’t pulling the values associated with the ‘workout’, but rather just the HealthKit timeline. In a normal universe that’s perfectly fine. But where it breaks down is when you have a fool like me who’s using two devices (or four), all of which send to Apple Health. In that case Strava isn’t pulling the values from the Apple Watch, but just rather any HR data from that time period.  Strava has already got a fix in the pipeline for this, but it won’t be in today’s release. My bet is the next one. And again, my bet is that it impacts incredibly few people.

Note that from an accuracy standpoint of the GPS track, I’ve seen zero differences between the file that Strava exports and the file that HealthFit exports, at least for running. I can’t confirm swimming or outdoor cycling with it, as I haven’t compared multiple sets of those (I have done singular device outdoor cycling activities which looked fine). Most of my stuff has been indoor riding and outdoor running. You can see (or not) the two tracks identically overlaid here:

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With that, that’s all you need to know.

Going Forward:

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As I said at the end of last year when Strava changed up their leadership structure (brought back their original founder as CEO), I’m cautiously optimistic things will go from virtually no meaningful/memorable improvements to meaningful ones. Sure, this change won’t impact everyone. Nor is it perfectly executed at launch. But given the millions upon millions of Apple Watch users out there, it is one that at least has tangible and immediate benefits.

Also, it doesn’t require a premium (Summit) membership or anything else. I suppose you paid enough for that Apple Watch as it is. That’s your membership.

With that – thanks for reading!


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  1. Toby

    I don’t know how you do it Ray, the timing of this article is perfect! I just tried the updated Strava App and couldn’t get it to work, so I’m going to try again following your descriptions above – although at a glance it seems like I did everything correctly….??

    Very happy that Strava (may have) finally fixed this issue which has been on their forum dating back to 2016(yes 2016!!! insane), and as you say I hope this is first of many signs that the new CEO is refocusing Strava’s efforts to things many people care about and not niche features for Summit users who around me have been falling.

    • “as you say I hope this is first of many signs that the new CEO is refocusing Strava’s efforts to things many people care about and not niche features for Summit users who around me have been falling.”

      Yup, I’m optimistic. I agree, many of the smaller niche features that have been added thus far just don’t seem to excite me. They may be analytic type features that we’ve seen, but they fall flat when you can’t do something simple like zoom in on a section of pace/wattage/etc… Still, I have a feeling Strava’s getting it here.

      I will say though that to your last point, I think folks need to be ready for some features this year to be Summit only – and perhaps even big new features. And honestly, I think that’s fair. Strava has to find a way to be profitable. They have to, investor-wise. Short of Apple or Peloton or such getting drunk one night, nobody is going to buy them anymore. That fad is over. So to that end they’ve gotta find ways to convert non-paying customers to become paying.

      Take for example my most desired feature: The ability to have a completely cohesive group ride ‘thing’. I say thing because it’s more than just one feature. I want the ability to schedule group rides, allow people to join into it, or also lock it down. Send out a URL on Facebook/Twitter/snail mail, and people can join the group ride and then automatically receive the route (if applicable) to their head unit via the existing Strava API’s. I then want Beacon integrated into it all, so people can figure out where others are. Heck, even reminders tied to it. Perhaps 15 minutes before a ride it reminds you and then asks if you want to go ahead and start beacon now?

      Anyways – in my dream feature I could see it such that only Summit members could create those group rides. But anyone could ‘join’. To me, that’s fair. One needn’t have all summit packs, perhaps just any summit pack. In my mind, that’s a totally fair tradeoff. Just my two cents.

      (Also, I have zero information if such a feature is being planned. I’m just optimistic that since I’ve been banging the drum long enough on the most obvious Strava feature missing that people use all sorts of other non-optimal solutions for, someone might have listened.)

    • usr

      “I could see it such that only Summit members could create those group rides.“

      That would indeed be exactly how freemium is done when it’s done right. Too be fair, Strava has always been solid in their free package, taking it serious as the engine of their network effect and not just using it as a permanently nagging billboard for premium.

      The summit pack question (any pack? all packs? one existing pack? an additional pack?) makes me wonder if Strava have painted themselves into a corner a little with the summit split, because it must cause a lot of pointless friction to their internal processes. Before summit, putting a new feature into the free bucket or the premium bucket was a binary decision. Find the person responsible for monetization strategy and tell them to provide a decision, have them flip a coin if necessary. With three packs you have eleven theoretical options instead of two (3x existing pack, 3x two existing packs, any pack, all packs, new pack included in existing full subscriptions, new pack not included, and the free tier) and inevitably a sizable population of internal stakeholders who cannot be left out of the decision. I get nightmares just imagining to be forced to sit through those meetings. I wouldn’t be surprised if features exist that have been completely finished on the technical side but then stalled out in the freemium council.

    • dr_lha

      It’s boggled my mind for the last few years that Strava, which claims to be a social network, doesn’t really have any features for actual social interaction. Being able to organize group rides/runs whatever seems like an obvious feature. I think Specialized even tried to do this in their app, but sadly nobody uses it. I’d love to integrate my club’s group rides into Strava to reach out to new members.

    • Toby

      Thanks Ray,

      I love the idea of the Summit ride. Being able to see your friends rides, join in and even track it and join it when it approaches you would be a great feature and certainly one that I would happily pay for.

      To me Summit analysis and training features are not great (certainly compared to platforms like Trainerroad designed as a training tool) and I found myself wanting having spent time trying to get useful training analysis out of it.

      Rather I would love to see them play to their strength and focus on the social aspects which they are so good at and I believe what many people join it for.

    • venkata appala

      link to chasingwatts.com This app has all the features you are looking for. it has mobile app as well as a Web version.

    • That does look cool. But realistically Strava has 50 million users (or at least user accounts). I can’t think of a single person I run or ride with that doesn’t upload to Strava, as such, it’s uniquely positioned to make it work without anyone needing an extra app.

  2. Damian

    have set it up but havent been for a run yet. One question I have is what happens to workouts synced from Strava to Apple Health.

    My use case is when I use Zwift it uploads my ride to Strava which then syncs it to Apple Health as a workout, will Strava then see this as a new workout to sync even though it created it? Probably not an issue with having to manually import but could possibly result in a strange loop of syncing.

    • Thrasius

      Since the update, I’m having this exact issue. Strava will no longer sync my Zwift rides to Apple Health. It’s driving me nuts. Though it has worked twice. However, active energy and heart rate data didn’t import to Apple Health. Anyone else having this issue?

    • Mark Roberts

      Exact same problem. Can import third party workouts into Strava, and until this week they then showed up as workouts in the Apple Activity App. No more it seems….

  3. dr_lha

    OK, this update has caused a major breakage in my device flow. So here’s how things used to work. I ride on Zwift using my computer and ANT+ (no watch or companion app). Zwift uploads to Strava. I open the Strava app and it syncs the Zwift ride to HealthKit, so it registers the ride as an activity on my Apple Watch (so I get my rings).

    Now that last step doesn’t work. I can’t figure out how to get Strava to register the Zwift ride on HealthKit. It just doesn’t seem to work. I’ve gone through all the permissions and healthkit options, enabled everything, to no avail.

    This used to just work, dammit!

    • Rodrigo

      I have the exact same issue. Strava has stopped writing workouts to HealthKit. This is certainly a bug.

    • Toby

      This was why I thought this update wasn’t working for me. In fact – it is working – kind of.

      When you complete the exercise Strava doesn’t automatically send the data to your destination platform. You have to go into Strava and under Profile/Applications..etc/Health/you need to “import” the workouts.

      I think this was the “Super Practical Detail” Ray mentions…… and why I have gone back to HealthFit app for now.

    • Rodrigo

      dr_lha and I are referring to Strava’s ability to writing workout data TO Healthkit. You are talking about Strava’s ability to pull workout data FROM Healthkit. Two different topics.

    • dr_lha

      @Rodrigo OK glad I’m not the only one with this issue!

    • fungogh

      same thing for me; last Data in Health is a workout from 12-Feb (prior to update); there is no way how to force Strava to push the workout into Health. I went through 3 rounds of generic troubleshooting emails with Strava support, only until early morning today I got a person responding and asking for screenshots from Health data listing screen… so let’s see, but yet I confirm the update broke the flow for me in exact same way.

    • Rodrigo

      @fungogh Thanks for sharing. The Strava => HealthKit flow is definitely broken. It is unfortunate but we can now only hope that Strava fixes the bug quickly.

    • Michael Adrian

      I can confirm this issue. Last activity that synced for me is from February 12th. Yesterday (after a Zwift ride that didn’t sync from Strava to Apple) I authorized the HealthApp using the Strava App on my iPhone but obviously this didn’t resolve the issue.

      Hoping that the Strava support will be able to figure this out. Please keep us posted!

    • Ok, confirmed with Strava this is a ‘known issue’ they’re working to fix ASAP.

      In the meantime, a workaround to get it working again in the meantime is to go into Apple Health and unselect all permissions for Strava (as an app). Then go back into the Strava app and it’ll ask you for permissions again. That should get things cookin’ again for folks.

    • Il Papa

      I feel incomplete unless my rings are closed. For the love of all that is holy, Strava needs to fix this.

    • Il Papa

      I don’t think the work around works, at least for me. After I’ve unselected all the permissions for Strava in Apple heath, when I go back to Strava, it doesn’t prompt me for permissions to Apple Health. I also can’t force Apple Heath to accept Strava proactively, it seems.

    • Rodrigo

      @DC Rainmaker Thanks for this update. The recommended workaround didn’t work for me though.

    • Jeff Tignor

      Same here unfortunately. When I select Strava in the “Apps” section of Apple Health and then show its Data, it doesn’t show my workout from this morning. Which it’s Valentine’s Day so by “workout” I mean…

      Yeah… nope. It was a Zwift ride in the basement. :-)

    • Katie

      This happened to me too but I found out how to fix it, you just need to turn the setting back on in Strava. If you open Strava on your phone, go to your profile and then settings followed by “applications, services and devices” and select “connect with Apple health”. It should fix it. I had to then close both apps and reload but the data did pull back through to health for all Strava runs since the update

    • dr_lha

      Neither Ray’s or Katie’s solutions worked for me. I guess we’ll have to wait for Strava to fix it.

      In the meantime, running the Zwift companion on my phone while Zwifting, makes sure that it goes into Apple Health.

    • Gryphon

      What? I have never gotten the Zwift Companion App to send any data whatsoever to Health? When I select it under Health’s app list, the data is completely blank, and always has been.

      But I agree, I have go so far as to uninstall/reinstall Strava and reset the app permissions in it and in Health and it is still not syncing my activities to Health. I just did a Zwift ride and the data is no where to be seen in the Health app, including under the Strava “data” list.

    • Scott S

      Note the following on the Strava support page which must be new with this update:
      “Please be aware that route information from third-party activities (Garmin, Zwift, etc.) will not sync to Health.”

    • Rodrigo

      @Scott S It is not only the route info that is not syncing to HealthKit. No activity data loaded to Strava from 3rd party apps is syncing to HealthKit. None.

    • Joe P.

      Same issue here, sort of. Yesterday I used Zwift for a ride which then uploaded to Strava. I have to open Strava on my iPhone, then scroll through the “You” tab, which seems to prompt it to send to Apple Health (I think). On my Apple Watch, it showed my exercise ring as closed due to the ride, but my move ring didn’t move much, if at all. Seemed awfully strange to me, maybe it’s related to the issue here. Are use my Apple Watch for all exercise except cycling. I prefer Zwift in the winter, my wahoo bike computer in the summer with a heart rate monitor. I just got my Apple Watch a few days ago and was hoping to keep an eye on all of my fitness using the watch, while using the workouts app for everything except cycling like I described here. I’m bummed out it doesn’t seem to be working and I am about to return the watch, not sure what to do or how long to wait.

  4. Mark P

    Does the native Strava sync respect the AW barometric elevation data Ray?

    • Hmm, I’ll ask (but it’s 1:49AM, so I won’t find out for a while). My bet is that they’ve set the Apple Watch as being barometric.

      The way it works is that Strava manually toggles barometric or not for a given device. So they set a flag saying ‘Apple Watch’=Yes, but Garmin FR245 =’No’. Well, actually, technically speaking everything is assumed as non-barometric by default.

      In any case, I’ll find out.

  5. Pavel

    I wonder if it will still sync that activity back to HealthKit and create a duplicate activity. On some days I ended up with four of the same runs / rides (one from native Workout app via Apple Watch and three of the same workouts from Strava (first uploaded to Strava via HealthFit and then downloaded back by Strava app). Ended up rewoking Strava permissions to write HealthKit data and then just removed Strava app.

    • dr_lha

      Well now it doesn’t at all! Is that better? It didn’t seem to bother healthkit to have duplicates, it knew how to handle that.

  6. The obvious question to me is “What are the benefits of using this, rather than just logging the ride on the Strava App on my Wstvh?”

    • The Strava Apple Watch app is fairly limited. For example, it only supports 5 sports versus a boatload for Apple. Things like swimming aren’t supported in the Strava app but are in Apple’s. Apple also supports bits like workout targets, etc…

    • Cool. So for someone who just rides bikes it probably won’t make much of a difference. May give it a try and see how it works.

  7. andrei

    It’s bugged. totally. I cannot get to the confirmations screens. I hit “connect” in the Connect strava to health screen and…..nothing. I tried activating what I could in the health app but to no avail.

  8. Warren

    It’s a good first step. Do you know of you’ll ever be able to link an Apple Watch to external heart rate monitors, speed/cadence sensors or power meters for cycling?

    • The native Apple Watch app already links to external HR monitors, but not speed/cadence/power sensors.

    • Jomo

      Uhg. Frustrating. Is this a technology limit thing or has Apple just decided not to allow this yet? If they enabled synching to these devices it would truly be a great competitor to Garmin watches.

    • Just a case of Apple deciding against it. I suspect in the grand scheme of Apple, they don’t see that as mainstream enough. Which, at the scale Apple is at – probably is true.

      That said, there are Apple Watch apps out there that connect just fine to sensors, including HR/Power/Cadence. I outlined a few of them within my Apple Watch Series 5 In-Depth Review.

  9. Aleksander H

    I wish I could set up Garmin sync to work the same way. A list of activities from last 30 days, with a button to import it. I’d appreciate that kind of control.

    • What’s your workflow now? I just have it set everything to private by default, and then I manually enable them when they come in.

    • Aleksander H

      Currently everything just syncs over as public. Reason for this is that I’m an extremely forgetful person, so if I set it to be private by default, I would forget to make them visible. I’m less likely to forget to delete the ones I don’t want to show, so that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve had quite a few I’ve deleted lately as I’m trying to figure out the best settings for my new Fenix 5 plus which, fankly, hasn’t been great in terms of gps accruracy (my vivosport does a better job). So I often start an activity, cover 1km, and stop to see what the track looks like. I then go into Strava to delete it. If I could instead get a push notice from the Strava app letting me know it has detected a new workout, that would work better for me. I do however aknowledge that this is very much a niche need :).

    • Jan

      Well, depends if I understand it correctly, but: it would be great if such a function would allow one to rename an activity before it gets synched/uploaded. It’s such a nuisance you have to rename it both in Garmin Connect and Strava.

  10. Chris Elias

    This update has broken my Strava to Apple Health. A Fairly dramatic say to remove the duplicates!

  11. jindraj

    Just imported 5 swim activities (available for import) to Strava in the way described above. Everything worked relatively fine (see the P.S. below) and as expected but these imported activities did not appear in the activities list / dashboard of Strava. The only thing that appeared after the import is a “processing activity” badge in iOS Strava app which sits there for 2-3 hours now already without any progress /change. Is there a way to fix this? Is it just me?

    P.S. after updating to this version of Strava the Apple Health seemed to be interconnected with Strava already from past but the activity import screen did not appear. I needed to disconnect the Health entirely, restart the Strava app and reconnect the Health again to “unlock” the ability to see the import page in the Strava App.

    • jindraj

      UPDATE … the “processing activity” badge disappeared after several hours but that’s all … none of the 5 activities was imported FROM the Apple Health although they are marked as imported in the Strava dialogue :/ …

    • Nicky manson

      My experience exactly. Swimming Apple Watch activities clearly aren’t integrating properly.

    • Michael

      I have the same issue. No swim activities are imported, and the only thing I see is “processing activity” just like in the screenshot.

  12. Dionne

    Doesn’t look like cadence is coming over for runs. At least not yet. I recall Healthfit didn’t have that functionality early on either.

  13. Blackie

    If your sporting the suunto 19 can we have the review of yesteryears 18??? Lol love this site

  14. Fredash


    This works only with AppleWatch native Workouts stock app. If you use other 3rd party workout apps on Apple Watch like WorkOutDoors for example, which also creates a workout in Apple health like Apple app, then Strava ignores those workouts !

    So this is useless for people who prefer using third party workout apps.

  15. Mike

    I think I’ll pass on this given that it doesn’t automatically upload to Strava. I’ve been happily using HealthFit for awhile now. It just works.

  16. Rodrigo De la Hoz

    Hi Ray,

    Do you know if Apple it’s thinking in allowed AOD in third party apps in order to not depend on native app. It’s kind of boring uploading to strava from the netive one. Have you heard something about it? Any gossip around?

    • I suspect the reason they haven’t allowed always-on display for 3rd party apps is due to some 3rd party app creating a ‘watchface’ that’s a 4K 60FPS YouTube video streaming via cellular, and then having users blame battery that the watch only lasted 18 minutes. :)

      Or roughly that.

  17. Phil

    Still no sync weight (from withings scale) between health app to Strava, correct?
    I’m using IFTTT now but I would like to stop using it just for that purpose…


  18. Telematt

    Hi and thank you very mich for your review and explanation. Maybe you want to point out, that reply 35 was helpful for me as well:
    “P.S. after updating to this version of Strava the Apple Health seemed to be interconnected with Strava already from past but the activity import screen did not appear. I needed to disconnect the Health entirely, restart the Strava app and reconnect the Health again to “unlock” the ability to see the import page in the Strava App.” – thanks jindraij

    keep on running

  19. Jared

    After the update Strava is no longer pushing activities to the apple activity app for me…

    • Gryphon

      Same here, and apparently, unless you’re a beta tester for Strava and can revert back to a version that works, you’re completely out of luck. And Strava wants to be able to monetize more effectively but they put out an app update that’s half-baked at best.

  20. jindraj

    one more strange change

    although my Strava syncs new activities into Apple Health even after update (which does not work for all apparently), for some reason the Apple Health DOES NOT count in the burned calories calculated by Strava into circles … In my case I see the activities listed in the Apple Health and Activity App, it even contains the Total and Active calories count BUT these numbers are ignored after the update … until the update of Strava App these numbers were counted correctly into calories burned and exercise time, etc. now nothing.

    • Chris

      Yeah, you’re not alone on this one. I had to revert to a previous beta build to make sure my exercise streak wasn’t broken in Apple’s activity app. Ray, is Strava aware of this issue, and if not, can you help bring attention to it? I didn’t see anything on the “known issues” section on Strava support. Thanks in advance.

      Others have noted it on this reddit thread too:
      link to reddit.com

    • Dan Walton

      I have the same issue. No calories coming through. I reported it to Strava as I am a TestFlight user. Hopefully they fix it SOON. My streak is now hosed.

    • Chris

      Dan, revert back to 20419 build.

    • Dan

      Thanks Chris. Worked like a charm.

    • Justin

      I have the same issue with active calories not being represented in the rings, even though they show in the workout summary. The exercise and stand minutes populate, but not the calories.

      My work around is to add a workout manually to get credit for the calorie burn:
      link to iphonelife.com

      What a pain in the ass. It worked fine before the update.

    • Gryphon

      I agree, this is the current state of affairs it appears. Thank you for the idea of the manual addition of the calories as a temporary (hopefully) workaround.

  21. Lowey

    Used the new upload – it pulls in total time so included 5 minutes walking round a hardware shop mid run. The Apple Watch Workout is correct (paused watch) but Strava shows total time with pace etc adjusted?

  22. Thomas Brockmann

    Zwift next?

  23. Jay

    just tried it this morning (been using the Strava Apple watch app til now) and one thing I noticed right away is the pace graph in Strava (after importing) using the native activities is much smoother than when using the Strava app to record… not sure why that is, but other than that, works as intended.

    One thing that I like on the Strava app is the auto-pause so when you take breaks in your run it automatically pauses, does the native Apple activities app have that functionality?

  24. Raghav

    I saw the notification form Strava app yesterday and did this. However, I have a few questions for you after reading this.
    1. I can get rid of HealthFit app? I try to have minimal apps in my phone.
    2. Can I extract HR data alone from Apple Watch and merge it with a Cycling workout tracked by garmin device (I don’t wear HR strap for all activities)?

  25. Stephan Drooff

    After years of duplicate entries they seem to have rewritten the API, but afterwards the sync was broken for me: Instead of duplicate entries no entries at all. Garmin and Cyclemeter made my day. But I found a hint at strava: “Strava activities not Syncing to Health? You can try forcing the activities to sync by force closing the Health app and then scrolling through the “You” feed in the Strava app.” That worked! So they know what´s wrong, but haven´t fixed it. Hopefully this is not again the Healthkit-Bug for the next years!

    • Thrasius

      For me, that imported the activities and exercise data to Health. Thanks! However, active calories and heart rate data is still missing from Health.

  26. John

    in contrast to health fit NO cadence data on strava using this methode!

  27. Kurt Obermeyer

    My workouts done in Zwift and uploaded to Strava now no longer are sent to my Apple Watch Activities. This started at the same time that the new feature was added last week. I have followed the steps above in your post to no avail. I’m just wondering if anyone else is suddenly having this issue? It worked seamlessly before Wednesday of last week.

    • Colin Hayes

      The same thing is happening to me. Tried all the above workarounds but none have worked.

    • Kim

      Same thing here. Disconnecting strava app in health on my iphone doens’t change a thing, when I go back to the strava app to re-connect health, the window closes so I can’t select the categories.

      So we will have to wait until strava gives us an update.

    • Mike Race

      Snap. I even tried outputting from Strava to Garmin and back into the Apple watch, it does it but then you’ll magically lose the “red ring” but keep the “excercise/green ring”. Frustrating is not the word. I never realised i was that addicted to closing by rings, but apparently i am…

    • Jeff

      I was having the same issue and found a solution that worked for me! Go into the apple health app on your iphone. Scroll down to Highlights and click on workouts. Scroll down to the very bottom of that page and click on “data sources & access”. Then click edit in the top right hand corner. Scroll down to the bottom and activate strava (Since the update, mine was inactive). Do the same process with the “workout route data sources & access”. That worked for me! Hopefully it will work for you as well!

  28. Tdeck

    Now if only Strava will allow us to schedule workouts in the future (ie – trainingpeaks), it will become the only app I will need.

  29. John

    Seems like my issue has started with the new update as well, my rides are logging in Health as Workouts in hours now rather than Cycling Distance in miles. In Activity it also no longer shows the portion of my Move ring that came from Strava. I can’t say I’m happy with this change, I’d much rather delete duplicates than see my ride in workout hours!!

    • John

      Update: last Zwift workout sent to Strava never populated in Activity. Plus my distance in Zwift and Strava don’t match, off by 0.09 miles – never seen that before.

  30. Geraldaut

    You are synchronizing sexual activity with the “Sex” option? weird.

  31. Ian

    Do you have a suggestion on a foot pod for running/walking indoors with the Apple Watch? I had a 920xt, but hate swapping for indoor stuff that’s less intense.

  32. Dan

    Everybody who’s using Zwift Companion and struggling to get data into HealthKit, please visit this bug page to vote and weigh in with a comment:

    link to forums.zwift.com

    • fungogh

      I have a ticket open with Strava ever since this first occurred (please note this is not Zwift Companion related, but rather anything you send from Strava to HealtKit). After sending them several screenshots and links to even this discussion here, they came back to me today saying that they’re:”hoping to address this issue with version 139 in the next few weeks”. They just posted 138 y’day/today to the Apple Appstore. So I guess it is a wait for us now and report if fixed with 139.

    • Dan

      Version 139 was released in beta yesterday. I will report back this evening after my workout whether the issue is fixed or not.

  33. Simon Bushell

    I went through the set up as described, and while outdoor activities appear and can be imported, they are lacking a map! The route is there in Health app. But that gps route never makes it into Strava. Any ideas?

  34. Joe Pickering

    Ray (or someone),

    What’s the best way to do this? I feel like I’m so close. I’m very interested in sending workout data TO Apple Health as a ring closer who does not wear a watch while cycling (I do for other workouts). I want Strava to send data to Apple Health in order to show activity on my watch and close Apple Watch rings. I do not wear Apple Watch while cycling, I use Zwift indoors or a cycling computer outdoors, both upload to Strava. I’d like to see and track results on my Apple Watch and it’s not working now. I hope that makes sense. Can HealthFit, this explanation or something do this? For cycling, I want to just see results on Apple Watch and close my rings. Driving me nuts.

    • Justin

      I commented above, but my interim fix is to add a workout manually to get the active calorie credit:
      link to iphonelife.com

      I can get the exercise minutes and stand hours to populate from Strava, just not the calories. It also takes way longer for the Strava activities to show up on my watch then previously.

    • Erik Matey

      I submitted a ticket to Strava about the ‘broken’ updates of the Move/Calorie Rings in this recent update. They told me that in the next version (139) it should be fixed and that it should be out in the next few weeks.

    • Dan

      Good news! Version 139 fixed it. Not sure when they will release it but though.

  35. Ryan Rudy

    I am not having any issues with Strava updating on the website or closing my rings. The problem I am having is that my Strava activities are not showing up in my Apple Activity App along with my other “Apple” workouts like racquetball or an outside walk. I guess this is not that important but its irritating not to see them accounted for in that manner. I tried removing all permissions in the Health App and then restarting everything. Not sure what to do next. Anyone else have this issue?

  36. Kim

    For me the solution untill they release the new strava update is to add Garmin Connect in the health app since all my activities from Zwift, Garmin 830 are sent directly to Garmin Connect. Then now my apple watch checks my Garmin connect activities and fills up my rings perfectly.

    • I checked with Strava – the fix for the issue is in the next app release. The date is fuzzy (mostly due to Apple), but it essentially ASAP.

    • Tom

      Strava app updated today but apparently did not fix the problem. Did my TrainerRoad ride, automatically updated Strava, but nothing on Health App or Apple Watch rings. So my overbearing watch keeps telling me I’m usually farther ahead on Move and Exercise at this time of day even after my 2 hour TrainerRoad hammerfest; and so it goes.

    • Grandpa Tom

      Dan is right. Version 139 actually DOES fix this problem. Weirdly, it didn’t work after updating the app. But later, unknown why, all of a sudden my Apple Watch registered a huge increase in both Exercise and Move and my rings closed–hard. Went from 240 (Move) to 1268 and from 6 (Exercise) to 106 due to my 1:40 TrainerRoad workout. So–I guess it’s fixed? We’ll see tomorrow. It didn’t have the immediate effect like it did before the notorious 12 Feb update, but we’ll see going forward.

    • Grandpa Tom

      Still a weird, long delay before a Strava event uploads to Health and is reflected in Apple Watch rings. Will try to figure out why but it’s been this way now for three Strava workouts, and also takes a much longer time for Strava to upload to MyFitnessPal calorie counter. So it’s a Strava thing, I believe. Prior to The Night of the Long Knives (12 Oct) update, I would immediately see updates to both rings (Apple Health) and MyFitnessPal apps when I touched Strava’s Feed for that workout.

    • Gryphon

      My experience is different. I completed a Zwift ride, which gets uploaded to Strava. Then a few minutes later, I went to the Strava app on my iPhone and as soon as I hit the notification that my activity was ready to view, the rings closed. This is exactly how it used to work for me.

    • Kim

      Yes, update 139 fixed this issue for me! Just go to the strava app and watch your workout/activity and the rings on apple watch close like before.

  37. Charlie Dill

    This is related, hopefully at least a little. My question is about Strava and Apple Activities (The Apple Watch App). I ride Zwift in the winter and when the ride is complete it uploads automatically to Strava. That used to link to my Apple Watch Activities where I’d get the appropriate credit towards my Apple Daily Activity goals. This worked fine for a long time (although not until I went to Strava and opened the ride and then saved it) But it seems to have stopped working in the last month. Not a giant deal, but I do those activity competitions with a friend and even with a 30-40 Km ride on Zwift I don’t hit the goals.

    I’ve been searching around the web and various FB pages related to Strava and Zwift and cant find anything.

  38. Robert Kelly

    Excellent, for cadence recording at last. Strava for Apple Watch, inexplicably, does not record your running cadence; Apple Workout does. And the Apple Workout watch app does several other things better, such as customization and music integration. So now, everyone will use the native app: it’s obviously better, and it’s now easy to use with Strava. So…there’s really no reason to use the Strava Apple Watch app anymore.

    Which is a really bizarre outcome for a major, well-regarded athletic service like Strava. Why not, um, improve the watch app at last? Isn’t that the blindingly obvious thing to do? It’s problems have been know for years (link to cultofmac.com). Why would anyone buy Strava Summit when the company can’t even make a decent watch app and all but tells you to use the Apple app instead? This is very strange. Strava really needs to stop dithering on features no one uses and even on the social stuff and get back to actually making athletic applications which work well. That is the whole point of the service. If Runkeeper wasn’t so endlessly glitchy and un-social, I would use it instead.

  39. Chris Bedford

    Ok, little issue with this update that I noticed in that I was no longer getting move calories counts… anyway, long story short, I deleted all the activities in the health app and deleted Strava thinking I could just re-upload all my past activities when logging in again… WRONG! Strava will now only re-upload 30 days of past activities to the health app regardless of which device you used… so now my health app is missing 10 years worth of activities, nice!

  40. Rikard

    I can’t see the heart rate graph when I login to the Strava web page but I can see it in the Strava app and Apples app.

    I’m using the Apple watch workout app and then uploading it to Strava via Iphone.

  41. I’m just curious whether I’m the only one that sees the dialog about no route information being present in Apple Health every time they try to use this feature. I’ve got the beta version installed, but the version number is 144.0, same as on App Store. I sent them a bug report via TestFlight, but never saw a response. So I stick with HealthFit! Works fine!

  42. Chelch

    Hi! I’ve noticed that once my apple workout recorded runs are imported into Strava , the distance ran and pace are completely different. Which one is accurate? Why would it change? And it’s a significant difference. I.e. my Apple Watch tells me I ran 6 miles at an 8:00 min pace, but once imported to Strava, it’ll say like 5.6 miles at 8:15. Am I the only one experiencing this?

    • Laura

      I recently set up my workouts to import to Strava and I am noticing the same! Would love to know if you figured out why this happens, or even better, if you found a solution.

  43. Daniel

    Ray or anyone,

    I just completed and exported my first run from Apple to Strava, however, the map/gps data doesn’t appear at Strava. Any tips?

    • Sarah

      I’m also having this issue but cannot seem to find a fix as it’s random. Sometimes the map is there and sometimes it isn’t!

  44. Neil Robinson

    Is it possible to use ape watch for heart rate data and then combine with Garmin(520) data and export to Strava? At the moment I am using both devices and both are feeding to Strava.

    • Thomas Palguta

      Yes! I found a mention somewhere of a product called “heartbeatz”. Look it up. For a company called North Pole engineering. Mine works flawlessly.

  45. Stu

    So just ran 17 miles this morning, I’d swapped to using Apple instead of Strava on the watch becuase I prefer the read out and it’s worked well… until today – it popped up to upload on strava after but only pulled a 9 mile run?! I cannot for the life of me figure a way to re sync or get the data. It shows accurately and fine in Apple’s workouts/activity… Any help would be appreciated!

  46. Rick krisburg

    I’m a rookie who just bought my first road bike. I have Strava on both my iPhone and Apple Watch 5. Everything is syncing as expected.

    Hereis my question … I created a custom route on Strava and have the map up while I’m riding. Do I use the Strava app on my phone to track my ride OR the app on my watch?


    • Paul S.

      The watch is an appendage of the phone. Usually if you’re running an app on the phone if there’s also an associated watch app it will start running, too. For example, navigate with the Maps app on the phone and you’ll get turn-by-turn on the watch. So I’d navigate on the phone and maybe the Strava app on the watch will do something appropriate. (My guess is that you can’t navigate from the watch, anyway; I certainly don’t see any way to do it.) But I don’t know for sure the watch will do something useful, since although I have both iPhone and AW5, I also have an Garmin Edge 830, so I never use the Strava app except for viewing my feed and uploading photos.

  47. Gerrry

    Have you noticed that every run imported from Apple Watch activities is shorter in Strava? I’ve only been importing to Strava for a few days, but so far every one is shorter. 3.14 became 3.01, 7.02 became 6.72 (5%!) and 6.04 became 5.80, just for a few examples. Do you know of a setting to fix this?

  48. Sarah

    I like that you can now do this so easily as I much prefer to use the Apple Watch workout that the strava app, I find that strava under calculates distance but over calculates calories. The only issue I’m having is that sometimes it doesn’t input the Map of my run onto strava even though it is recorded in the activity app – all my settings are correct so this is a little frustrating!

  49. IGS

    Nice write up. Question, why do I not see a lot written up about “map my ride” I ve just got a series 4 watch…. & use Map my ride, it d/lds to my iphone seamlessly, ( I have an e-bike). In the end I think I will install Kiox from Bosch as it seamlessly d/lds onto my PC. I do notice that the drain on my iPhone 6s is massive. Will Strava operate even if your mobile is switched off??
    thanks Ian Smith

  50. Jenny Brandt

    I am doing this exact thing– recording workouts on apple watch and importing into Sava. I consistently have different data recorded in the Apple “Activity” app, vs what Strava shows. Example: 10 miles this mornign took 1:34 (ave pace 9:24) according to Strava and 1:38 (ave pace 9:48) in Activity. That’s a pretty huge difference! Anyone know why this is happening?

    • Robert E Kelly

      Yes. I have this problem too. Lots of people do. The differences are huge too. Strava errs absurdly in your favor, making you seem much faster than you are. I don’t know why it doesn’t just import the data directly as generated by Apple Workout

  51. Serhiy Lukovenkov

    You mentioned Garmin Fenix 8 – is that something new from Garmin?

  52. Brad

    Is there a way to do manual laps and/or customized workouts on the Apple Watch? And/or are there running apps that have this functionality?

  53. Chloe

    Does strava let you look at apple watch manual laps? i.e. strava premium where you can deep dive into your intervals, can you do this with the apple watch/strava integration?

  54. Dan

    Just a heads up, yesterday I recorded a ride with the Apple watch workout app, with my phone on iOS 14 and my watch on WatchOS 7. It did not record the route! So once I imported it to Strava, no segments, etc. Apparently this is a big issue others are experiencing too (link to discussions.apple.com). I would stay away from using the native Apple app until they fix this.

  55. Diana

    Like you I have my Apple watch and Garmin both connected to Strava. Yesterday I ran a 50k, but had my Garmin to auto pause so that I could see actual running time vs. clock time. The Fitness app on the iPhone only shows the Strava and Garmin information which due to a lag on resuming from auto pause, is shorter than the distance, and my Apple workout information is no where to be found. How do I fix this in the Strava app? Any advice is appreciated.

  56. Arild

    Hi Ray! Tried contacting Strava and apple re my issue, but noone can give me an answer so hoping you have time to answer. Could my daughter use any apple watch to record her training and sync it to her strava profile. However she has not got an iphone. I have, but I am also on Strava and I would not like our activities to be doubled sync’d…

    • Paul S.

      I just checked the Strava app on my Apple Watch and there seems to be no way to enter any profile settings. So the Watch is getting the profile from the iPhone, and even if the Watch would sync on its own (and I’d be surprised if it did), it’d be going to your account. Pretty much any other watch that could record training would have a better chance of working the way you want, although it may take some effort setting things up. (Garmin watches certainly can, because I have one and activities done with my Fenix 5+ automatically show up on Strava, transferred from the Fenix directly to Garmin Connect and then automatically on to Strava using WiFi.)

  57. Ruairi Nolan

    Hi there, thanks for the informative articles.
    I have an Apple Watch 2 I got as a hand me down, and thought it would be better than my garmin forerunner 35 which was on the wane.
    Problem I had was that when I uploaded my run from watch to strava, using Apple workout during run, following a track session it would say I ran all sorts of outrageous records and at least two k more. So pointless for seeing actual development on strava although original workout was fine in health app… it just converts weirdly…I’m using strava a while now so prob won’t change social media wise but I’d like to get Apple series 6 but am worried it’s a useless expense as same issue will arise? Any ideas?

  58. Ian Doolan

    Any news on the duplicating of Strava and Garmin Workouts within the Apple Health App? This has been going on for years, still with no solution that I know of. Garmin is the worst – it creates triplicates and more every time you sync Garmin Connect App.

    • Mike

      It’s not really any help to you but mine was doing this late last year and early this year. Sometime creating as many as 5 or 6 duplicates. Then, suddenly it stopped doing it. I have no idea why and I’m not complaining. I’m just happy I no longer have to go in a delete the duplicates.

    • Ian Doolan

      Thanks for that Mike – that at least gives me hope. I can get found it by making sure that any apps I use Garmin / WorkOutDoors / Keiser only feed Strava and not Apple Health. Then I only have Strava feeding Apple Health which will work for the time being.

    • Paul S.

      Hasn’t happened to me in a while, but it’s been so long I don’t remember whether I did something or whether Apple fixed it finally.

  59. Peter Burgess

    When I import my Apple Watch (Series 1) workout to Strava, rather than adding heart rate and other data to the existing Strava workout that my phone app already created, it creates a duplicate entry instead. So this week it shows 4 rides instead of 2, and weekly totals all incorrect as a result. What am I doing wrong? Thanks!

  60. Kerri Nugent

    I am unable to get the swim workout to appear on my apple watch. it is on my phone but not on watch. Not sure how useful it would be to take my iPhone into the ocean……

    Is there a version I am missing. The info I am reading says it will track swimming but I’m not sure how?


  61. Steve

    I realize this is an old thread, but here we are two years later and the same thing has happened to me. Yesterday there was a Peloton update to use the watch for all workouts even if not on the iPhone. And today, Strava doesn’t sync.

    I realize they don’t sound related, but I noticed when I did a Peloton digital ride yesterday after the update, it only showed by Peloton app workouts and not my Strava (integrated from mPaceline). In the past I would have one workout from Peloton and one from Strava. Something has changed. I

    • Dan Walton

      Steve, you read my mind!!! I was frantically searching for others online who are having the same issue. My Zwift rides no longer get synced from Strava to Health, as of two days ago when the latest Strava iPhone app released. Seems like a regression bug. Although, the official Strava docs (link to support.strava.com) state that third party activities will not sync with Health. Nevertheless it has been doing so for years. I’m submitting a support ticket.

    • Steve

      Well, it looks like the fun is over. The response I got from Strava is that they have changed their Apple Health Kit integration and no longer send data from 3rd party apps to Apple Health. This means that I need to set up my Garmin Connect app to get my rides into Apple Health (which I did successfully tonight). I hate this, as Strava had become a great hub to bring together Zwift, Garmin, and Peloton workouts before interfacing to Apple.



    • Dan Walton

      I got the same reply from support. (Sigh)

    • Dan Walton

      Strangely, the 3rd party sync seems to be working again in the latest test version of the app. I am so confused now.