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Apple Watch Improvements

The Apple Watch is still a fairly new device, and thus, so is our integration! Let us know what else you'd want to see, or anything you'd like improved, so we can continue to work on bringing you a great Apple Watch experience.

Please keep in mind that the Apple Watch does not contain GPS hardware, so we're not able to add maps to your standalone runs at this time.

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Hey everyone, we really appreciate you sharing your suggestions for Apple Watch improvements!

If you get the chance, it'd be great if you could upvote this request! We organize requests based on votes, so the more votes a request gets, the higher up the list it appears and the more views it will get.

You can upvote just by clicking on the up arrow to the left of the picture of my face. Thanks so much!

Molly

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I'd suggest you remove one of the steps to finish a workout. Now you need to "Pause", then "Stop" and then "Save". Three steps!

How about "Pause" and then "Stop&Save" – or be really wild and remove "Pause", just use "Stop" (and save as a part of it) and then have a "Resume" as an "undo" thing if it was pressed by accident?

per åström 9 votes
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Another wish: it would be nice if you could change activity from the watch. Maybe by doing a hard push and then scroll through the list and choose another type.

Yesterday I swam 14 km through the city as I was to lazy to haul up the phone and change from swimming (which was the last activity) to biking....

per åström 7 votes
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Ditto for below - crown to change activity, force-touch to do some of the other changes. Phone can stay tucked away.

Also, RunKeeper should feed the Activity app (or visa-versa) so there's perfect sync.

David Birnbaum 0 votes
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It would be great to change what information is displayed on the watch. For me it is much more interesting to know my current pace vs the average pace it is showing now. The regular iWatch faces has an elegant solution solving how a user can customize the information on the display.

Niklas Lundback 31 votes
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It would be nice maybe with WatchOS2 to pick up heart rate monitoring from the watch itself. Or indeed make the app native to the watch if this is possible then.

Andrew Weber 35 votes
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I would like to view my current pace and average pace while running. I would also like the screen to show pace and distance in larger font. Right now, time running is in larger font (which I don't care about) and I can't see distance and pace while I'm running - the most important for me as a runner. Maybe an option where the full screen shows current pace and average pace and you can slide right to view time running and distance in the next screen - a time default back to your preferred view for one or the other so you don't have to keep sliding back and forth while running. The larger the better for those of us 40 and over.

Kathy Crawford 8 votes
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Let us pick which metrics to display on screen, and let us change those metrics during an activity similar to the Workout app.

Move the Pause button to Force Touch/left swipe (similar to the Workout app) to allow bigger text to be displayed on screen.

Force Touch to change the activity type before starting.

Phong Lê 17 votes
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It would also be nice to always have the option to hav e the display always on. I know this would drain battery faster but i don't care. looking at the watch when i first have to wait for the screen to turn on and then wait for the bluetooth to update to the data is something i would be prepared to trade for batterylife.

Niklas Lundback 0 votes
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For stopwatch mode activities, like strength training for example, the watch app should be able to work without needing the phone, once native apps are supported in WatchOS2 of course. Definitely need a customizable display that allows you to choose activity type without needing the phone also. Heart rate data should be displayed from a bluetooth chest strap, or from the watch sensors themselves once you have access to them. I would also love to see RunKeeper utilize the Apple Health app to gather steps data and calories from the watch and include daily steps as something that is viewable with RunKeeper. If we can use other apps to track weight lifting data, (which is not related to running) why not also use RunKeeper to view our steps? It has the potential to be a one stop shop for all our health data if Apple health and the watch are utilized fully.

Taylor Davis 0 votes
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I'd love to be able to see current pace, and bigger display numbers overall. It's hard for me to see the small numbers when running. Also, when I start a run using the Apple watch, I usually get a small spike going the opposite direction on my map. Why is that? It's not huge but I think it throws my pace off for my first mile. Other than that, my mapping has been pretty good.

verna 5 votes
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Apple Watch might be new, but very underwhelmed with Runkeeper's link to it. As iPhones get bigger I'm now running often without my iPhone using only workout.
- Runkeeper to import (key) data from workout (via Activity/Health app);
- Runkeeper watch app to change activity type;
- Watch to show actual distance/time faster (when raising arm I see my previous sync time)
- merge Stop/Save
- and of course HR (I know we have to wait for v2)
PS you only have to look at the Workout app to see what a good interface should look like!

Maarten van Berge Henegouwen 6 votes
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Hello. I know the current version was put together in a hurry and so I'm assuming the WatchOS2 version will be a dramatic improvement. At the moment I'm entering my runs in RK manually using the watch's Workout app data, because starting/stopping 2 apps is tiresome (and tricky) and I want to see my heart rate while I'm running (so I just use Workout). My wishlist is:

• heart rate (obviously);

• activities recorded in the Apple Watch Activity app.This is very important, because we can't manually add to the Activity app. Also, I live in NZ and mostly run up hills and the Activity app totally under-estimates my calories because it doesn't know I'm running up a hill (I have a iPhone 5s). That would be fixed if I could just use Runkeeper to record the data and do the calculations;

• customisable metric display or something similar to the Workout app;

• large, clear numbers (see the workout app). I find the display impossible to read at night otherwise;

• activity/route selection from the watch;

• a discard option with the save button;

Thanks! Johnny

Johnny Findlay 20 votes
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It would be nice if prompts like the start of an interval could be felt with a strong 'haptic' tap or vibration from the Apple Watch. Sometimes I can't hear the audio cues from my phone due to traffic and an unmissable tap on the wrist would really help!

Stuart Lawrence 15 votes
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Am I the only one having problems with the watch app not responding to tapping "start" until I hit it 4-5 times? Likewise with the "save" button. It is the only app I have this problem on, so don't blame it on the watch.

Daniel T. Wynne 1 vote
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Please make this feature un tethered, I would love to run without my iPhone and it is possible: Here's a quote from Apple: "Support for running apps without iPhone in proximity"

Flemming Bengtsson 2 votes
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The heart rate info from the Apple Watch in RunKeeper is the most wanted feature, please realize it soon!
Also native app for WatchOS 2 and closer integration with Health app (to and from information transfer) will be very useful.

Roman Privalov 1 vote
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Hello, I would also like to be able to change the running information that is displayed on the Apple Watch. The audio announcements are great, but I would like to see my lap pace for the previous mile displayed on the watch. Also the support for interval workouts is no longer working well since WatchOS2 came out. I can now only start the interval run from the iPhone even though it displays as the workout on the watch. Also I would like to see how much time remains on my current interval on the watch. Runkeeper could be the best running app for the Apple Watch if it allows display customization to include which of the data fields RunKeeper already tracks we want displayed along with time remaining on current interval. Also the ability to discard workouts from the watch along with better tap/sound notification of interval changes if we aren't using the audio.

Ethan Stettner 1 vote
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First,
I think you guys have the Apple Watch Interface to your app done right. Simplicity on the watch is what makes the most sense. Runtastic tries to put there whole app into the Apple Watch interface and this is a failure in my opinion.

I know you guys are working on the integration of the Apple Watch HRM but truth be told that is not a great monitor. I also hope you will be integrating viewing of your heart rate from a regular heart rate monitor on the watch. This will greatly simplify my interval training when I'm doing short sprints and want to go on a target heart rate.

Similarly, It would be really good if you guys incorporate a Lap button on the Apple Watch. When doing hill repeats or stair repeats, being able to hit the lap button and being able to go back later and see your splits would be great.

Nigel 2 votes
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Honestly, RunKeeper is 1/2 the reason I got an Apple watch. So clearly I like the app very well, and look forward to what you will do with the native watchOS version. One thing that I would really, really appreciate in the final watch version would be the ability to use the watch interface to start an interval. Basically I do my intervals in a set location, and generally I use my rest period to walk to the start of my next interval location (sort of like on a track when doing fixed distance intervals). I'd love it if instead of the watch telling me I've rested X seconds and that the next interval is starting now, instead if I could tell the watch "Ok, I'm at my starting mark, I'm ready to start the next interval now". Even better if it could give me a 3 second countdown after pressing the button or something.

Thanks for the great app!

Eric Klein 1 vote
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I've just purchased an Apple Watch and one of the main reasons was to be able to use it with Runkeeper as I found the fingerprint reader on the 5s didn't work when my fingers were sweaty after a run meaning I had to remember to turn off the fingerprint login function before every run. The Apple Watch lets me start and stop so solves that problem. However I now find that the watch screen keeps reverting back to the normal watch face during the run and the only way to get back to the runkeeper app is to reselect it by clicking the icon in the menu screen - not the easiest when you are running. It would be much better if the Runkeeper app could stay front and center while a run is in progress. Also, the delay between clicking start and getting the audio cue is annoying as you can't tell whether its taken or not for a couple of seconds.

Garry Robert Smart 2 votes
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@ Eric Klein, in the settings for your Apple watch, you can change it from the default setting on arm raise from show watch face to show last app used. that will resolve your issue.

Daniel T. Wynne 0 votes
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Now that it's getting cooler, long sleeves are turning out to be a major problem. It seems that the watch activates and registers touches, causing my non-stop run to be broken up into 5-6 individual activities. This has happened a few times, and only when I'm wearing long sleeves. How about making start/stop a force touch?

Michael Dixon 6 votes
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There are many good suggestions here, I'd like to add (except "force touch" for start stop out of wet clothes accidental stop/save, which happened to me as well) that when there is an automatic pause, keep showing the stats.

While running; when waiting at a zebra crossing for example, that's a perfect time to look at the stats, but then there's only a play/stop button visible.

So on pause: leaving stats showing (with pause mode indicated) and show stop/start after force touch.

Kim 4 votes
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And now the Watch OS 2 version is ready, thanks! Two comments;

1) The lady should not talk when I have set the watch to silent
2) I was running on a threadmil and it seems to auto-pause a lot which seems wrong since I kept a steady pace. When I put my phone in the pocket, it stop auto-pausing. So to me it looks like it is still using the phones accelerometer if the phone is within range. It really should do that since i don't want to have to carry the phone in my pocket while on the threadmil.

Except from that - great work on the new watch app!

Marius Wingerei 1 vote
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i have just tried the new update that is supposed to support the new IOS2 and apple watch fully. I can tell you it doesn't. started the workout with the watch and all seemed to be OK apart from everything still seemed to work through the phone and not the app. Heart rate was displayed on the phone but not transferred to the app on the phone. Once it was saved I later looked at the phone to see the app was still running and using power on the phone for no real reason apart from asking me to enter average heart rate manually and save the workout again. Disappointed there was no detail viewable on the watch and the watch app is still just a dumb terminal for the phone.

Richard Blayney 4 votes
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It appears that this release made it with a lot of the bugs I reported during the beta, including the ones that Richard Blayney pointed out. That's rather disappointing.

Phong Lê 4 votes