Strava is a popular workout tracking service for a lot of people out there. It has some really cool social features that make it stand out among a bunch of similar apps in the fitness market.
However, since Strava in only limited to its app, there isn’t a lot they can do when it comes to smartwatches and fitness trackers. Consequently, users often end up with features that aren’t up to the mark.
This problem becomes even more noticeable when you wear something like a Samsung. Apart from making smartwatches that have excellent health-tracking features, Samsung also has its own health tracking app called Samsung Health.
As you can guess, this means competition. And when the competition comes down to a device manufactured by one of the competitors, more often than not it goes only one way.
Why should you sync your data?
To be honest, it doesn’t sound like a great idea at first. I mean, both apps have different metrics for measuring and ranking statistics. Both have way different social features, and they are just entirely different from each other and in any case, you would only be using one at a time.
You’ll realise the convenience of being able to sync data once you actually start using a Galaxy watch. The main problem is the extremely limited functionality of the Strava app on the smartwatch.
I’ve talked about this in my Samsung health and Strava comparison article as well. Strava on smartwatches is way behind Samsung Health. For starters, Strava has no automatic detection features and functions as a completely standalone app for the watch. More so as a tracking extension of the phone app, which is fine as long as you don’t bring Samsung Health in the equation. To start an activity in Strava, you have to open the main menu, go to the app, select the activity, wait for it to acquire a GPS signal (for which it uses the watch’s onboard GPS) and then start doing whatever it is you want.
With Samsung Health, you just start doing your thing, and it automatically starts tracking 10 minutes into the activity. Even if you want to start an activity manually, all you need to do is select it from either the widget or from the app, and you’re good to go.
So what do you do when you want the excellent Health app tracking on a Samsung smartwatch and the amazing Strava social features? Yes, you sync your health data between the two apps.
How to sync data between Strava and Samsung Health?
To start syncing data, make sure you have both apps installed and set up on your phone.
For syncing Samsung Health data to Strava, follow these steps:
Step 1: Click on the three vertical dots in the top right section. Select Settings from the menu. On the next page, click on Connected Services.
Step 2: You should see the Strava option there. Tap on it and enter your login details. Strava will ask you to authorise Samsung Health. Click on the Authorize button, and you’re good to go.
You’ll see Strava appear alongwith a green dot in your list of connected services.
Next time you do a workout in Samsung Health, it’ll automatically reflect in Strava just like a Strava workout. You’ll get all the recorded stats transferred over as well.