Strava releases native app for Apple Watch 2

Now can track your ride and leave your iPhone at home

Now Apple Watch owners can leave the iPhone behind

Strava has updated its app so that owners of the Apple Watch 2 can run it from their watch without it needing to be tethered to an iPhone.

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To do so, the Strava app now uses the GPS functionality of the watch. This news follows the announcement of a Strava app for Android Wear earlier this month.

The iOS app version is 5.13.0 and it will be making its way out as an automatic update. It’s also available to grab now from the App Store if you can’t wait.

Strava’s Head of Integration, Mateo Ortega, hinted of more to come, saying that this is just a “first step” in its plans for Strava on the Apple Watch 2.

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“We’re excited to add to our growing list of compatible devices, and see this as the first step in providing our athletes an excellent Strava experience on the Apple Watch Series 2,” he said. “Our athletes can look forward to continued updates as we strive to provide the best Watch experience possible.”