Strava just turned Apple Watch syncing back on following backlash

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Strava has turned Apple Watch syncing back on, following its decision to remove the option to sync activities that have been not been recorded directly with Strava to Apple Health last week. The change meant you couldn't record a run or ride on a Garmin, upload it to Strava, and sync it to your watch. 

In a statement today, Strava said, "Our attempt to prevent duplicate activity uploads from posting to Strava created unintended consequences for our athlete community. After listening to their feedback and assessing the situation we have decided to turn syncing back on for third-party applications to Apple Health."

Last week, Strava support team told us that the update to Health Kit integration meant only activities recorded directly with the Strava iPhone or Apple Watch app will push to Apple Health. The move was to prevent duplicates of your activities being sent to your Strava account from both Garmin and HealthKit.

It's nice to see the brand, which has for a long time been withheld as a social media for athletes, has listened to its users' feedback on the decision. 

How do you turn on syncing from Strava to Apple Health? 

To allow your Strava activities to sync to your Apple Watch, you need to turn on syncing between the two devices. On the mobile Strava app, open your settings from the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the Home, Groups, or You tab. Then select Applications, Services, and Devices > Health > Select the plus sign icon.

Tap Connect on the next screen, and you'll be taken to the Health Access page, where you can enable the sharing of data from Strava to Health. You can control which types of information Strava will read and write to Health. You'll need to enable Workouts if you want your data to be shared, be that your bike rides, runs, or calories burned.

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Jane McGuire
Fitness editor

Jane McGuire is Tom's Guide's Fitness editor, which means she looks after everything fitness related - from running gear to yoga mats. An avid runner, Jane has tested and reviewed fitness products for the past five years, so knows what to look for when finding a good running watch or a pair of shorts with pockets big enough for your smartphone. When she's not pounding the pavements, you'll find Jane striding round the Surrey Hills, taking far too many photos of her puppy.