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Could the Apple Strava phone app use heart rate from Apple Watch?

Pico de Orizaba

Would it be possible to use the heart rate sensor from an Apple Watch to sync with a ride recorded on the Strava iPhone app? 


Moderator Moderator

Hello @Padge 

Thanks for posting about this.  The Apple Watch cannot be used as a heart rate sensor for activities recorded on the Strava iPhone App.  In order to upload your Apple Watch recorded heart rate data, you would need to record the activity using your Apple Watch.

You can pair a compatible bluetooth heart rate sensor with your Strava iPhone App if you wish to record with your iPhone.  See more information here on how to do it and what's compatible.  

I hope that's helpful information - please let us know!


Jane (she/her)
STRAVA | Community Hub Team

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Mt. Kenya

Been a long time strava customer. I just bought an apple watch ultra and i'm shocked to see the apple watch heart monitor is not actually compatible with strava. I was kind of taking it for granted, since both have such a big reputation on the sportsy world. Now I seem to have to record twice my trainings,  with apple watch + strava and holding my phone (for routes, strava on Apple watch won't give directions either), to get some very basic features. What a shame.

I'll start look for alternatives, it's been ages since I used runkeeper, and honestly it pisses me off having to change platform, but it seems this is how it going to be and don't really see any indication of change here


Mt. Kenya

I use the Training App from the Apple Watch. Newer models can mirror the data from the watch on the iphone. After the training they are automatically imported on strava.

Well, not perfect, but it works until strava/Apple get their homework done.

Mt. Kenya

Not only does Runkeeper do this, Cadence does this. We just want to see our heart rate on the phone without needing to buy a second heart rate sensor when so many of us are wearing the Apple watch already. (I do it while riding). 

Mt. Kenya

Seriously? I have heard so many good things about Strava that I just signed up to give it a try. I have been using Runkeeper for years, and it is totally able to use the Apple Watch heart rate sensor when recording activities on the iPhone app (by having the Runkeeper app open on the Apple Watch at the same time). This really needs to be fixed.

Mt. Kenya

Ok, so now that iOS 17 and Watch OS 10 are out, you can start an Apple workout on the watch, and the Apple workout pops up on your phone, showing all kinds of info, *including* heart rate.

Tell me, why I should renew my Strava subscription?


Why is it always advised here that there are other ways? Or you can use a heart rate sensor from another manufacturer. But that is not the point. It should be possible to record the tour with the iOS app and use the Apple Watch as a heart rate sensor. I wonder what the problem is here? Is it so difficult to programme?

I am seriously thinking about going back to RunKeeper which has been able to do this for years. 

From RunKeeper app. They can do it 


Mt. Kenya

Kudos, but isn't that using three methods when only one should be necessary?