Hot Topics • 20.09.2017 • Runtastic Team

Runtastic for Apple
Watch >> NEW Standalone App

We’re excited to announce that Apple Watch users can now enjoy Runtastic as a standalone app right on the wrist – yep, without bringing your phone. You might remember a couple years ago when we announced that you could use Apple Watch as a second (and more convenient!) display for your Runtastic app, but that meant you had to take your phone with you, too. While that was great and innovative for the time, we’re always looking to level up. Now as long as you’re wearing your beloved Apple Watch, you can continue to track your activities using the Runtastic app and leave your phone at home.

Tracking has never been so easy

Do you want to go for a run? Just open the Runtastic app on your Apple Watch and press “Start”’. Your activity type is already predefined as running, but you can always change it to walking, hiking, cycling, mountain or road biking. As you’re heading out the door, you realize that it’s starting to rain a bit? No problem! Thanks to Water Lock, the watch face will be locked and raindrops won’t change your settings or accidentally stop your activity. Worry less, run more 🙂

During your run

After each kilometer or mile, your watch will vibrate and tell you how fast you’re going. If you would also like to check your heart rate, the value is shown on your main screen. If you swipe to the right, you can either tap and pause, stop the activity or activate the water lock.

  • Running/Auto Pause
  • Distance
  • Duration
  • Heart Rate
  • Pace (replaced with Speed in kph for biking activities)

Your workout is finished – awesome!

You’ve successfully completed your workout. Of course, you’re interested in your stats, aren’t you? Analyze duration, distance, average pace and heart rate as well as calories burned. What else? As an avid Apple Watch user, you know about “the Exercise rings” and are probably eager to get them filled. The good news is that your Runtastic activities you’ve tracked count towards the rings – new for watchOS 4.

 

watchOS 4

One of many reasons we’re delivering this update is the release of watchOS 4. Especially for this launch, we’ve made it easy for you to share your activity details with friends. Just show your watch to your colleague (without taking it off or turning it around) and flip the watch face forward – the display and values shown will turn automatically. You’ll also see your activities in Apple Health.

We still support Series 1, but due to the missing GPS receiver, we cannot show a trace. But steps and distance are tracked as usual.

Good to know:

You will need both iOS 11 and watchOS 4 to use the Runtastic standalone app on your Apple Watch.

We hope you enjoy using the Runtastic app straight from your Apple Watch!

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  • kärntnabua

    Though I know it’s called RUNtastic, I use it mostly for cycling. On the new OS 4 app, I don’t have the option to change my “recent activities,” and it doesn’t seem to pick up that I haven’t run, using the phone app, in years. Since I’m on the “Series 0,” I wonder if this new app is going to be as useful as the companion app that measured my heart rate and sent data to the phone that I used as my GPS. Help would be appreciated!

    • tomo360

      Same here, new app is useless for biking and hiking. We have to force Runtastic team to bring the old app back.

  • Cas

    So because of this update, I can no longer start a run from my watch and get audio feedback through my bluetooth headphones? Or start a run from my phone and see anything on my watch? What if I still want to carry my phone because I use Spotify for music?

    This update forced me to switch to another running app althogether – one that actually plays well with my Apple Watch, iPhone, and wireless headphones as a coherent experience, but gives me the the OPTION to leave my phone behind, while retaining support for bluetooth headphones.

  • Andrea Lamonato

    I can’t use anymore the apple watch as a “second monitor”?

    • Runtastic Team

      Thanks for your feedback! The standalone app has replaced the original Apple Watch app. This means that the Apple Watch app is no longer a “second monitor” and it isn’t possible to have the data on your phone and the watch at the same time whilst tracking. You can now instead set up, start, pause and finish your activity directly on the watch and sync the activity to your phone app once your finished.

      • William Bremner

        This feels like a step back, for me anyway. I actually WANT to use it as a “second monitor”, not least because the new “Standalone” app does not include cycling as an activity, which I was using on the former version. If I can’t use it as a “second monitor” (or companion), will you at least be re-instating Cycling as an activity option? Right now it has Running / Walking / Hiking.

        My only other option is to revert to the earlier version.

  • Jonathan Pattin

    Can we use the app as the older companion app?
    As a series 0 owner, I feel very frustrated. I used to run having my iPhone in my bag or pocket, that way I could have all the data I wanted on my wrist and still have GPS and elevation info recorded on my iPhone. I hope the is a solution.

    • Runtastic Team

      Thanks for your feedback! The standalone app has replaced the original Apple Watch app. This means that the Apple Watch app is no longer a “companion app” and it isn’t possible to have the data on your phone and the watch at the same time whilst tracking. You can now instead set up, start, pause and finish your activity directly on the watch and sync the activity to your phone app once you’re finished.

  • Giampi

    Meanwhile Android Wear app is such a barebone app,not deserving the name Runtastic

  • agitpropre

    Folks, the standalone app might make sense if that was the ONLY set of options that runners want. But I use several different iPhone apps as I run – for instance so I can listen to the radio instead of music. You have broken that relationship with the iPhone. Back to iSmoothRun, I guess.
    Here’s a marketing tip: ask your clients what they want rather than imposing what you THINK they might want. You have my email address; you could have asked.
    So long…

  • Wes Powers

    I have a series one watch with no GPS. I have paid for a premium runtastic membership to use the preprogrammed training programs. How do I get the new app to load my paid for programs? If I can’t, why can I not at least use the watch app as a second monitor while still carrying my phone? There is no excuse for this.

    • Runtastic Team

      The standalone Apple Watch app can no longer be used in conjunction with the Runtastic app on the phone. Whereas previously you could use the Apple Watch app as a second screen during your run, the app now only works independently from the phone.

  • James LeBlanc

    I am still confused by this text in the Runtastic blog… “We still support Series 1, but due to the missing GPS receiver, we cannot show a trace. But steps and distance are tracked as usual.”

    How does Runtastic track distance/steps with a Series 1 watch? Is it like a pedometer and “approximate” distance based upon steps? Does it use the GPS from the iPhone if nearby? Does it still show the running route taken in the Runtastic app on the iPhone after the run is complete?

    Also, I am still confused by this text in the Runtastic blog… “After each kilometer or mile, your watch will vibrate and TELL you how fast you’re going.”

    If I pair my bluetooth headphones with the Apple Watch and play music from my Apple Watch, will it still provide voice coach at each mile? From your words in your blog text, it appears as if it will TELL you my running speed verbally.

    • 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!

  • Marcelo

    I think by making it a standalone app you have reduced the value of your iPhone app immensely. In addition I would like to select activities on the Apple Watch which do not involve cycling, mountain biking and road biking. The GPS on the iPhone is much better than the GPS on the Apple Watch as well (really the Apple Watch is more of a backup device when it is impractical to be running around with a phone). By decoupling these two apps you have broken them both.
    Until I am able to change the activities on the Apple Watch or fix the iPhone app to take data from the phone I will be unable to use either app (on the watch and phone) and will not be renewing my subscription. I am not willing to go out and pay for additional equipment when other rival apps can manage to provide the option between standalone and linked apps. The reason I liked runtastic is that it has a nice interface compared to rivals and the phone and watch worked together.
    You may want to look at how some of your rivals give the option of choosing standalone tracking on the watch or integrated tracking and see if you can work something out without being sued. Hopefully the next version of your app fixes this.

  • William Bremner

    When I try and start an activity in the new Runtastic app on Apple Watch (e.g. Cycling) I get the following message:

    “Login to start your Apple Watch experience with Runtastic”

    Where do I need to login?

    • 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 http://bit.ly/rtblhelp, our hard-working team will get back to you with a solution as soon as possible.

  • Joshua Monda

    Not sure why my last comment is not showing but also I have noticed that when I swipe to the right I am not seeing the water lock option. BTW I think this is a great feature because I have often had some issues in rain but again it is not showing up on my watch

  • Faber

    I use the apple watch sport 0 series , can I use runtastic for cycling?

    • 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!

  • Archer

    Your point is valid. The option to choose stand alone or link is very viable

  • Luis Arturo Martinez Figueroa

    I’m sorry, but with this update I really feel you didn’t make the right move. I have an Apple Watch Series One, and now I have to choose between measuring my HR (without hearing the zone shifting) OR seeing my trace on the map. I had both benefits before, and somehow, you just decided to separate them. That’s not fair… I even paid for a PREMIUM subscription and now I regret it. Please give us an option to get back to normal, iPhone-linked app. Thank you.

  • vladimir latorre

    I can’t belive this downgrade of your app. As far as the app on the iphone is not linked to the watch i cant trace my heart using the iphone and all my activities are indoor so i can’t use the watch because is limited to outdoor activities. I have paid for a year and i wasn´t notified that those changes were coming, now i have a 10 months of a suscription that is useless. please link the watch and the iphone again at least as an option. as you can see there are a lot of customs with the same issue and you cant keep answering “The standalone Apple Watch app can no longer be used in conjunction with the Runtastic app on the phone. Whereas previously you could use the Apple Watch app as a second screen during your run, the app now only works independently from the phone.”

    • Runtastic Team

      Dear Vladimir, thank you for your honest feedback. We will forward it to our product managers.

      Your Runtastic Team

    • Emmy Castelain

      I have the same problem! When i do sports inside the house (eg. crosstrainer) i’m no longer able to check my heart-rate and zones with my apple watch! :'(

  • Rob Baggerman

    In my opinion making it a standalone app makes it useless for me, previous i used it as a second screen during my runs showing HR (measured by BT hart-rate monitor which is more accurate than apple watch HR), time, speed and of course start and stop the activities (interval etc) while my phone was in it’s pouch. This major downgrade in functionality now forces me te switch my apple watch (original model) before runs for my ancient polar watch to just see accurate HR and of course I have to fiddle starting and stopping the Runtastic iPhone app by getting it out of the pouch and back in again while the run was already started…. I was just thinking about re-enabling my premium account but now it seems that I’m forced to search for another app that at least gives you the option to use it as second screen or standalone (with almost no features)

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Basil Aribi

    I am so disappointed to see that Runtastic Apple Watch doesn’t support indoor activity tracking anymore. Not only that, when I use Runtastic Pro iPhone app to track indoor, it doesn’t read heart rate from Apple Watch any more. I have been using Runtastic for close to 4 years. I loved it because I was tracking, my indoor and outdoor workout in one place. When I do strength workout indoor, I still can look at the Apple Watch, and see time elapsed, calories burnt and heart rate. Now that’s not avialable anymore.

    I am sorry to see Runtastic abandons their existing users to chase a feature that doesn’t have real value for most Apple Watch users, “Standalone”. Who really needs to leave the phone at home. First you have to have Apple Watch Series 3 to be able to stay connected. Second, carrying the phone is not a problem for most people. A $5 belt would solve the problem, if you don’t have a pocket.

    Runtastic, you made the wrong decision. The predominantly negative feedback from Apple Watch users is a testimony to that. I hope you fix it

  • Tamás Meskó

    Runtastic team,
    Could not agree more with the others. First I thought this was just a bug. Now I see, that you just don’t care about the needs of your customers. I want to use my runtastic app the same way as I did before. I am sorry but if you don’t make a 180 degree turn here I will leave the runtastic ecosystem. Please note that the lifespan of an apple watch is not the same as of an iPhone. We will not be changing our apple watches every 2nd year. You ever wonder why apple keeps the series one available for sale on apple.com? At best people would only change their apple watches like every 5th year on average. Even for the power users who bought apple watch 3 would not want to go this way as using the apple watch as a stand alone device would drain the battery in 2 hours because of LTE and GPS. So a regular Joe could not track his marathon with your solution. Think about it. I am afraid that if you don’t fix this, I will have to look for other solutions at your competitors. I am really hoping you will come to your senses soon.
    KR,
    Tamas

  • James

    Really not happy with what they have done here. I was forced to move to Runkeeper over the last 6 months due to limited Apple Watch integration. Runkeeper allows Watch Only and Linked modes allowing you to use the iPhone’s GPS in areas where the watch can’t get a strong enough signal. This should be the same functionality offered in Runtastic; not this crippled unlinking that has been delivered.

    My subscription renewed the day after this blog and have only just been able to update to iOS 11/OS4. Refund request incoming; last activity with Runtastic 18/04/17 and can’t see me using it anytime soon :(. So disappointed…

  • Bogdan Dimitriu

    Dear Runtastic team, please help me with this issue: i have apple watch 2 and I can use on Runtastic only 6 sport type (running, walking, etc). If I whant to add one more what shud I do?

    • Runtastic Team

      Hi Bogdan, it is only possible to track running, walking, hiking and biking with the standalone app at the moment.

  • Arjan

    With this new standalone app I cannot start and stop my selfmade interval training via the Applewatch. I think this is a downgrade for Runtastic. If this issue can not be solved I have to find another app. Although I use Runtastic fo years now. It would be great if I could select mij selfmade interval training via the standalone app. By the way: I still have to use my phone because of the coaching, which is not a problem for me

  • Mark van Dam

    I can’t believe that you make this choice. This upgrade makes this app useless for me. I used the runtastic app pro in combination with my apple watch 1. It worked super. Now I cannot choose the training I want (there fewer choices than on the app), i cannot use it in combination with my phone. And the “advantage” of not having the phone with me when i am running is for me not an advantage at all because I will never run outside without my phone, just for security, so I can phone someone for help in case needed. Sorry, i was a huge fan, uses it a lot, i really hope that you give us the old functionality back…

    • Runtastic Team

      Dear Mark, thanks for your feedback. We are very sorry you feel this way!

      Your Runtastic Team

  • CDV Bassist

    This update is a big disappointment anyone with a Series 1 Apple Watch. The Series 1 is still very much a current model and will still be on sale over the next year. Where I used to put my phone in my pocket and use the watch to track and trace my run, I just can’t do this now. I can’t use my watch for tracking heart rate whilst doing indoor activities. This is so shortsighted. I’ve been a Runtastic customer for 3 years now and own quite a few of your apps. I now have no option other than to move to another running app.

    • Runtastic Team

      We are very sorry you feel this way!

      Your Runtastic Team

  • CDV Bassist

    “Your activity type is already predefined as running, but you can always change it to walking, hiking, cycling, mountain or road biking.”

    Nope, I only get the option of Running, Walking or Hiking. How do I get these other options on my watch?

  • Gerrit de Graaf

    The update of the Apple Watch app makes it useless to me. I think everything about it is being said in this discussion so I’m just going to place a +1 here

  • Dan Feel Roberts

    What surprises me more about this thread is not the fact that so many people like myself have now suddenly found ourselves out in the cold with regards to iPhone / Apple Watch / Runtastic App integration, but the way that Runtastic seem to be replying to the quotes. They seem quite flippant towards the subject, without anyone looking to try and bridge the gap from where we are and particularly how they have just sprung this on us and we “have to deal with it”. Bye bye Runtastic.

  • Davide Rossi

    Bad upgrade.. I can’t use it anymore for cycling. I use to track everything and start the activity easy with the apple watch, and watch everything after on my iPhone.. and now? Nothing , if i use the iPhone i can’t track my heart beat. why? such useless now…

  • Paul

    Hi, the fact that my polar bluetooth heart rate monitor no longer works with Runtastic on the watch is a deal breaker for me. Also can’t seem to select Gym/weight training Workout either.

  • Paul

    Runtastic it seems most people do not like the standalone watch app. My watch is only a year or so old. However if I do a 10 or 12 mile run in the evening the watch battery can only just cope before it needs a top up charge. I am doing a half marathon next week and am worried that the battery will run out. Please at least offer an alternative similar to what was on offer when we paid for our Pro subscription.

  • Jessica Cashman

    This is probably one of the worst things you could have done. I use Runtastic not only for my runs (and I’m on a Series 1 watch)) but also for HIT workouts at home. Now my heart rate won’t be tracked for legitimate workouts I do at home that aren’t running because it’s not an option on the watch. Why offer so many workout options on your phone and so few on the watch? By separating them in to two separate apps, I’m FAR less likely to use this app. I regret purchasing it and will now have to find an app that is connected on both phone and watch. We do more than run! And some of us will always run with our phone! I loved the fact that the phone and watch were connected. Your ability to be an overall workout app is now gone and I’ll have to replace Runtastic. You’ve just lost another customer.

  • Kimberly Yurisich

    Like everyone else here I have to voice how disappointed I am in the downgrade to your app. Previously it was brilliant for tracking my heart rate during my personal training sessions – and now it is USELESS. Like other customers I had bought the pro version along with some of your other apps and was an evangelist for your company. Now I have to go to another company. Really poor understanding of what your customers want and value

  • If your standalone app cannot show routes, play music inside app, do audio coaching, etc.. I will never use it.
    I run from work to home so I will have to carry my iphone with me everytime.
    And in my opinion, runners who hate to carry things with them, like mobile phones, will rarely use smart watches neither.

  • Ed Kroll

    Sorry Runtastic, this new standalone watch app is useless. I have a series 1 watch and loved the fact that I could use the watch as my primary screen and put my phone away when mountain biking (since you refuse to make a Watch app for Runtastic MountainBike for some reason). Now, it’s pretty useless to me. No trace is bad. The watch app for me gives me only options for running, walking and hiking (recently used), which is bogus because I mainly use Runtastic for mountain biking. The watch app also refuses to go away and constantly shows as running in the background (little icon on the top of the watch). So unhappy with this update. Used it on a ride today and it failed to track just about everything. You’ve broken everything that I liked about the apps on both the phone and watch.

    • Runtastic Team

      Hi Ed, we are very sorry you feel this way.

      Your Runtastic Team