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Merge Activities

We've heard some requests for the ability to merge an activity into past activities. We think this is an interesting concept! Let us know why you would want to merge two activities in the comments section & give it an 'up-vote' if you agree!

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I would think that it would lile to merge differen activities. In the summer i would like to have a run , then i go into my kajakk and after that i like to go cycling. In Norway triathlon is very popular and to be able to merge sessions is a great idea

Stian Bårdsgjerde 1 vote
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I'll give a perfect example... sometimes in the summer I walk to a local restaurant for dinner, then walk back home. Right now, I would record this as 2 separate activities, as I would end one when I got to the restaurant, then start another one after eating as I walk back.

It would be great to then merge these 2 activities together into 1.

I have in the past used the Pause feature while I was eating, but I find that especially if its a long dinner, the phone just eats battery while RunKeeper is paused. Hence I'd much rather stop the activity then start a new one when I am leaving.

Anton 17 votes
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I'm doing one of the training programs and all has been going well, until today. During my run, I accidentally hit the stop button, and then the "Save Activity" button. I swear i couldn't have done it that fast if I tried! I still had 4 miles left on my 13 mile run, and I wasn't about to stop because of a little accident like that. Now I have two running activities I would like to merge - so that I may see my true progress. Please let me know if this will become possible, or, if there was a better way to have handled the situation.

Kenny 28 votes
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I think there are two requirements here:

1) The ability to group separate activities into a single activity, as in the triathlon example. The user would like to see stats for each individual activity but also as a multiactivity session.

2) The ability to merge two tracked activities into one because of a mistake in how the activity has been recorded (the accidentally stopped mid-run example, or the walk with a break in the middle being recorded as two walks instead of one).

I would find both the above extraordinarily helpful.

Richard Keatley 58 votes
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There are situations where I've accidentally stopped an activity when I didn't mean to and then decided to save that and start a new one. So joining them back together makes sense. And when hiking, a lunch stop can end up skewing your hike stats especially if using auto-pause. So better to record two activities and merge them later.

Uncle Jeff 10 votes
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Accidentally hit the stop button. But I didn't find that there should be a time limit between the activities so you can not combine endlessly

Bob Brants 5 votes
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Accidentally hit the stop button. But I didn't find that there should be a time limit between the activities so you can not combine endlessly

Bob Brants 3 votes
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I agree with all of these other users. This would be a very useful feature for when, just like today, I stopped recording my run when I meant to pause it. So now I have 2 activities that I would really like to be 1.

Nick Donnelly 3 votes
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I do a walk to (and from) work everyday that includes a 10 minute ferry ride in the middle. I can't pause, because when I resume, the ferry trip distance is included to the resume point (making me appear to have very impressive pace, not not to mention, the ability to walk on water). It'd be cool to either pause and skip that section, or merge the two walk sections together. I get around this by manually logging most days, but that means I miss out on accuracy.

Sarah Hughes 1 vote
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I normally run activities of 5km. On a recent run I stopped the time at 5km, but was still some distance from home. I decided after saving the 5km to continue running for as long as I could before needing to stop. I was concerned about poor pace for everything record after but did alright, so would know like to merge the second activity with the first! Ego!

Chris Jones 1 vote
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Same thing like most others, accidently stopping the workout e.g. taking the phone out of the pocket and accidently hitting the safe button (well I was still running) so I had to start a new activity, up to now I merge them manually lots of work and not accurate. So yes please!

Ulrich Gruener 4 votes
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App froze so had to restart phone, which ended activity mid way. Started new activity to finish and want to merge the two.

Charlie Shonkwiler 4 votes
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Your app broke during a half marathon due to a "known issue". I now have two separate runs one for ~8miles and another for ~5miles.

Paul Gofford 2 votes
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It would be great to be able to merge activities for those times where you accidentally bump the stop activity button during a run or if you are doing the same activity multiple times per day.

Lindsay Barnett 1 vote
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Runkeeper sometimes just stops (and won't restart) an activity during the middle of a run or ride. I hate it when my 10 miler has to go into the logbook as a 2.7 and a 7.3.

Oh... and fix RK so it doesn't stop by itself anymore, please.

Gray Strickland 1 vote
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Yesterday I was hiking and at a light I tried to pause while I waited for a crossing signal. I ended up hitting stop instead. I had to start a new session once I crossed the street but they were both part of the same workout, so I would like to track them together.

Oliver Edwards 0 votes
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Received a phone call during a run which I ignored. The app skipped the next set of intervals and went straight to cool down. Had to stop in the middle of my run, create a new interval plan and wound up with three separate activities. Need to merge them into one because they are one. Lost all the split information as well.

BTW: I received three achievements for that .06 mile run.

Jeffrey Doak 1 vote
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Maybe in addition to the merge feature, there needs to be a resume activity button once you hit "Stop" since it seems like a lot of the problems are caused by the stop button being hit on accident and then not being able to resume the same activity. I know it has that when you hit the pause but maybe next to the "Save Activity" there could be a button to "Resume Activity."

Lindsay Barnett 2 votes
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Hi, I'm a Windows Phone owner (yes I saw the feature request for a WP app)
I record my activities manually so having all my routes saved is a great help. What I would like to do is merge routes, so if I do a 5Km route 3 or 4 times I don't have to manually enter the way-points on the map. (I wouldn't record each separately)
Would this be possible?

Graham Bushe 1 vote
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Here's my example: I have a Microsoft Band. I use either RunKeeper or ZombieRun (which reports to RunKeeper) on my phone as I run. The MS Band app is MS Health, and it tracks heart rate, pulse, GPS, splits... However, MS Health reports all this data to RunKeeper without GPS. My phone tracks splits and GPS mapping. Both activities show up as being about the same time, on the same day. If I could merge the two sets of data, keeping the more accurate of the two, I would be very happy.

Lee J Jones 0 votes
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Well, I needed that many times. I accidentally shut down Runkeeper or my phone just ran out of juice. And even that you've done 90 and 60 kilometers cycling activities in the same day (of the second right after the first one), it is just not the same as do on 150 km trip, right?

Johnny Cook 0 votes
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Sometimes I'm forced to stop an activity due to an Android glitch that requires restarting, to conserve battery at a destination, etc. Also, as far as I know you can't access run keeper's setting while in an activity.

Being able to merge would be great, or being able to "pick up" an activity where it was left off would be awesome too.

Alexander Momchilov 0 votes
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Similar to some of the comments above I have Stopped and Saved an activity when stopping for lunch part way through a walk and then started a new activity when setting of again after lunch. I realise I could have pressed Pause and Resume but I wanted to use some of the other apps on the phone and the only way I could do this was to Stop Runkeeper first.

Ian Johnson 0 votes
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Being able to merge activities would be a great tool. For me, I often use my bike to get to where I would like to run, and then back again. In my mind that´s one training event. If I could merge these three activities it would be a more true statement of my activities. I also use my bike to and from work and even though the rides are spaced in time by several hours, I would like them to be merged. Another solution, instead of merging activities at the end, it would also be nice to be able to pause an activity and select another type, and then continue.

Geir Olav Fagerheim 1 vote
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I run commute rather frequently which I believe many among us do or aspire to do... So it would be terrific to be able to merge activities for a day and perhaps have them as splits or events within the total day... My basic commute is run to a ferry, take the ferry, and then run to my work and then of course the reverse in the evening? Any chance of bringing this as a feature - it would be terrific..,

Running Silver 0 votes
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Accidentally hit Stop button while trying to switch to Music Player app. Wished I could have resumed the activity, but saved it and started a new one. Now want to merge them. This happens every so often and it would be great to have a way to recover from the mistake.

Note, you might also consider putting a confirmation ("are you sure") on the Stop action. Or perhaps allow a Resume after a Stop. This would reduce the need for Merge, based on most of the answers here.

Steve Herskovitz 0 votes
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phone crashed while running and I had to reboot. would like to merge the two events with no gap in the middle.

Josh Neff 1 vote
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Seems like there are people who want to
1) combine two or more separate activities (either the same kind like running or different kinds like running and cycling), and
2) combine two segments of the same activity due to interruptions that cause the activity to stop (like an app crash or accidentally ending your activity manually)

I seem to be the only one that actually wants to merge data for the exact same activity as reported by two different devices (my Microsoft Band and RunKeeper). The GPS on my Band seems more accurate than my phone while running, and the phone cannot access the heart rate data.

I think it would be a good thing to accommodate all of the above in one tool on the RunKeeper website. It may also allow RunKeeper to separate warm-up / warm-down activities from the more strenuous parts.

Lee J Jones 1 vote