Hot Topics • 15.02.2017

Run with Your Smartwatch, Not Your Phone: Android Wear 2.0

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Google has recently presented Android Wear 2.0, a new software for your Android smartwatch focusing on fitness and communication. Among the new features, smartwatch apps now function without a smartphone connection. And Runtastic is one of the first apps available for Android Wear 2.0. If your watch has GPS, you can soon leave your phone behind on your next run, walk or hike and listen to your favorite music on Bluetooth headphones.

What does this mean in detail?
If you have a new smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0, or have updated your watch to the latest version, you can install the Runtastic app directly on your wrist device. Just go to the Google Play Store on your watch and search for the Runtastic app. You can find it in the “Health & Fitness” category.

Android Wear 2.0 apps run directly on your watch: installation takes place on your wrist device, the connected smartphone – depending on the watch – simply provides the Internet connection. One big advantage of Android Wear 2.0 is that the iPhone experience is much better than in the past. This means you can use your favorite apps to motivate yourself to get more active. For instance, you can display the distance you have run and listen to your favorite music at the same time. And if your watch is equipped with GPS, you can even leave your phone at home while you run.

Your Runtastic app for Android Wear 2.0
Getting started: start the Runtastic app on your Android Wear watch. You can start your activity by pushing the START button. Would you like to change the Activity Type, enable/disable the Auto Pause or add a heart rate belt instead of using the heart rate monitor installed on your watch? Then click the down arrow or swipe up on the screen.

Android WearStart

Using the app:
Once you have started your activity and begun running, you will see the duration, distance and your heart rate on the screen of your smartwatch. You can select the most important stats for you and personalize the screen by pressing down and holding on the value you would like to change.

15.02._Android Wear_During Session15.02._Android Wear_Ambi Active

Do you need to stop for a minute on your run, or would you like to take a short break while hiking? No problem. Just press the Pause button on the screen. To stop the activity, swipe up and tap the Stop button. Your activity will end and you will see the route ran as well as other details like duration, distance, calories burned and much more. You can also select how you felt and the type of terrain you ran on.

15.02._Android Wear_After SessionAndroid Wear Session DetailAndroid Wear Session Info

If you have a smartwatch with an Internet connection, your activity will be saved and uploaded to If your watch is not connected to the Internet, the activity will be uploaded to your smartphone.

Android Wear 2.0 will be available for these watches soon
Google has partnered up with LG to develop the first watches to run on the new software. For more information on which watches will be available for update, check out the Android Wear page.

Give it a try and let us know how you liked our app for Android Wear 2.0 in the comments below. We look forward to your feedback!


Christina-Anna Stenz

With a background in communication and political science, Christina-Anna is not only interested in the media, but also keeps up with the latest trends. In her free time, she likes to try new things - whether they be sports, recipes, or devices.
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  • Runtastic Team

    Hi, unfortunately we can’t give you any info right now. Stay active!

  • José Carlos Sánchez Morilla

    Congratulation for your amazing work! One question, When will the training plans be available for a smarwatch with android wear 2.0? Thanks.

  • Runtastic Team

    Please note: We’re looking forward to your feedback and suggestions in the comments section, but we can’t answer support inquiries on the blog. Please open a support ticket if you require support, thanks!

    • Heiro78

      Thanks, will do

  • Runtastic Team

    Thank you for your message. We have our own Support Team for such questions. Please log into your Runtastic account and send over your request to our Support Team via this link & they’ll get it taken care of ASAP. Stay awesome!

  • Matthew Burton

    So far it is working great on me LG G Watch R! Great work. I was wondering if the watch app could sync its data with Google Fit like the phone app does?

  • Runtastic Team

    Thanks for getting in touch with us. This topic is not our team’s specialty, but if you send your request directly to our Runtastic support platform, by logging into your Runtastic account and following this link, our hard-working team will get back to you with a solution as soon as possible.

  • Runtastic Team

    Please note: We’re looking forward to your feedback and suggestions in the comments section, but we can’t answer support inquiries on the blog. Please open a support ticket if you require support, thanks!