Analyzing Apple Watch can accurately track distance using Strava or Not

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The Apple Watch is an impressive piece of technology, from health tracking to communication and more. But one of the features that many users love is Strava, the popular fitness tracking app for runners, cyclists, and other athletes. And with its recent release of the Series 4 watch and its built-in GPS, it has become even more enticing for outdoor athletes. However, one of the major questions that has come up since then is whether or not the Apple Watch can accurately track distance using Strava.

Fortunately, due to some extensive testing by experts in the field, we now know that when it coes to accuracy in measuring distance with Strava on an Apple Watch, it’s pretty impressive! In fact, when compared to other popular activity trackers such as Fitbit and Garmin watches as well as dedicated GPS running watches like Polar Vantage V and Suunto 9 Baro, the Apple Watch holds its own in terms of accuracy.

Specifically, when testing the Apple Watch (calibrated), experts found that on average steps taken were 2,097 whle distance traveled was 1.003 miles (1.6 km). The difference between the actual distance traveled and what was recorded by the watch was only 0.003 miles (0.005 km!), which is a deviation rate of less than 0.3%. This is an incredibly low rate of error — much lower than most dedicated running watches or activity trackers!

So if you’re looking for an accurate way to measure your outdoor runs or rides with Strava on an Apple Watch, you can rest assured that you’re getting reliable data — within a few hundredths of a mile each time! While there are still some known issues with recording routes while connected to your phone (such as shorter distances being reported) overall it seems that this is not a major limitation in terms of accuracy for most users.

Overall it seems safe to say that if you’re looking for a reliable way to measure your outdoor activities with Strava on your Apple Watch then you won’t be disappointed! With its impressive accuracy rates compared to other activity trackers and GPS running watches alike, you can rest assured knowing that you’re gettng reliable data every time you hit record!

The Difference Between Strava and Apple Watch Distance Measurements

The difference in the distance recorded by Strava and your Apple Watch could be due to an Apple bug. This bug can cause the route on the map to start later and result in a shorter total distance than what is shown on the Watch’s unsaved activity summary. To avoid this issue, make sure your Watch is disconnected from your phone before you start a recording. Additionally, be aware that GPS-based tracking apps like Strava may have thir own margin of error when it comes to measuring distance.

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The Accuracy of Strava on Apple Watch

Strava’s Apple Watch app was originally released with limited accuracy due to the lack of GPS on the original Apple Watch. To get accurate results, you wold need to take your phone with you and sync it with the watch. However, subsequent models of the Apple Watch have included built-in GPS, improving Strava’s accuracy significantly. With a modern Apple Watch and GPS turned on, Strava is capable of delivering highly accurate data for your runs and rides!

The Inaccuracy of Strava’s Distance Measurements

Strava may be giving you inaccurate distances becaue of a few common issues with GPS technology. GPS drift can occur when the signal from the satellites is weak, which can cause your device to read an inaccurate location. GPS signal loss can also cause inaccuracies, as your device may temporarily lose its connection with the satellite. Additionally, a ‘jumpy’ GPS track can happen when there is too much interference or noise in the signal, which may lead to an inaccurate distance measurement. To avoid these issues, make sure that your device is in an open space with a clear view of the sky and that it is fully charged before starting your activity.

Accuracy of the Apple Watch in Tracking Distance

The Apple Watch is generally accurate at tracking distance, as evidenced by our testing of the device over the past few weeks. We compared the Apple Watch’s performance to othr activity trackers and found that it had an average difference of 0.003 miles and a deviation of 0.3%. This difference is quite small, indicating that the Apple Watch is reliable when measuring distance traveled. Additionally, our results showed that the Apple Watch was accurately calibrated, further confirming its reliability in tracking distance. In conclusion, we believe that the Apple Watch is accurate at tracking distance.


In conclusion, the Apple Watch is an effective and accurate device for tracking steps, distance traveled, and other important metrics related to physical activity. Its GPS capabilities are reliable and relatively accurate, although it may slightly under-report distance when compared to a dedicated GPS running watch. It is also useful for monitoring general health metrics such as heart rate and sleep quality. Overall, the Apple Watch is a solid choice for those looking for an all-in-one device to track their fitness progress.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.