Strava & Samsung Galaxy Watch is a great combination to follow your fitness goal. The app supports Samsung’s watches since it was first launched on Gear S3. Since then, it is a must-have or essential health tool for users. The Wear OS 3-powered Galaxy Watch 4 & Watch 5 are also part of Samsung. Further, to make it a healthy partnership, Samsung & Strava offers a one-month free premium subscription for all users. Strava has recently announced to stop supporting Wear OS 2 watches, except Samsung smartwatches.
Most users use Strava over Google Fit or other fitness apps due to its accuracy, plenty of workout modes, sharing, and hassle-free synchronization. Run with Strava, track your route, trail your run or bike, activate advanced modes, and track the distance are a few features of the app to mention here. It gives you daily challenges, guides you to motivate, and lets you share data with friends or connected devices. In this complete guide, I will write how to use Strava on Galaxy Watch 4 & Watch 5 watches.
1. Install Strava
It is the first step you can perform from the Play Store. The app is available in Play Store, and you can download it on paired smartphone & smartwatch.
2. Open & Sign in
The app needs to be first signed up on your paired smartphone. If you don’t have a previous account with the app, then first make a new account. The good thing is for a limited time, Samsung offers 30 days of a free trial of premium features. All the features are not paid for; you can use them for free.
3. Authorize the app & give permissions
The app requires some permissions from your side like location, sensor, terms, sharing, privacy, synchronization, and other authorizations. It will not start unless you accept all the permissions and terms.
4. Start the activity
It includes all the major activities. In the Strava app, you can perform Run, Walk, Ride, Hike, Canoe, E-bike ride, Handcycle, Velomobile, Ice Skate, Elliptical, surf, Rock climb, Weight training, Yoga, and many more workouts. Tap on any activity to start it.
5. Stop, Resume, Settings, or Delete
In the middle of the activity, you can pause or resume the activity, or completely delete it. To pause the activity, press the back button and also press it to resume it. To delete it, slide your finger from left to right on the activity screen, and you will see all the options.
6. Finish the activity
When you have done the activity, then after a few minutes it will stop in auto-detect mode. You can also finish the activity from the activity page. To do that, slide your finger from left to right, and tap on an accomplished sign. Later, you can view the score or share it with your friends.
The Galaxy Watch 4, Watch 5 & Watch 5 Pro also have a Samsung Health app, an excellent tool to track your health. The only drawback of Samsung Health is it will not work with Apple Watch or other watches. That way, transferring all your data with the smartwatches will become difficult. It is the reason you should go with the Strava app.