Runkeeper adds GPS support to track runs with Apple Watch Series 2

Live heart rate and pace graphs now also thrown into the mix
Runkeeper taps into GPS on Watch Series 2

Good news running lovers and Apple Watch Series 2 owners, Runkeeper has just issued a pretty major app update that takes full advantage of the built-in GPS to track runs so you can leave that iPhone behind.

While we were generally fans of Apple's headline feature introduced with the Series 2, it was disappointing to see that no third party health and fitness apps had really taken full advantage of the added GPS to enhance standalone Apple Watch apps.

Read this: Why GPS tracking on Apple Watch Series 2 is so impressive

With version 7.6 of the latest Runkeeper update, you'll now be able to view mapped routes on your phone after you go out running with the Series 2.

There's also the addition of active metrics you can see on the watch itself including target pace and live heart rate graphs. You'll also be able to view GPS signal strength and get live audio cues to keep you informed on your progress.

Runkeeper, which was bought by Asics earlier this year, is the first of the major fitness apps to become more Series 2 friendly. We're expecting more to follow suit with Strava having already confirmed that it is working on a new Apple Watch app that's expected to land in 2017.

The latest update is available to download now. If you're giving it a try, let us know what you make of it when you're out running and cycling with your Apple Watch.

Source: 9to5 Mac and Runkeeper


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7 Comments

  • iamrizlanotu says:

    I've been using the Runkeeper app for a few years now, but have been using it with my series 2 since it's release in October, and had some issues syncing my runs while in stand alone mode, but not anymore. I ran yesterday with the new update and no more issues. Plus it adds a few more metrics, and looks a lot more polished. A+

  • iamrizlanotu says:

    I've been using the Runkeeper app for a few years now on the iPhone for mountain biking and running. However, I have been using it with my series 2 since the watches release in October, and had some issues syncing my runs or rides while in stand alone mode, but not anymore. I ran yesterday with the new update and no more issues. Plus it adds a few more metrics, and looks a lot more polished. I really like the new design and the fact that I'm able to sync to the iPhone immediately after the run without any issues - huge plus. I hated having to input data manually because it wouldn't track miles I put on my shoes properly. All of those annoyances are gone with this sleek new update. I have yet to notice the voice through my headphones, though I have noticed the vibrations.

  • nldazuu says:

    Just used the update for the first time, but appearently you need to look for the settings, I think I made the mistake having in setting not the running with phone switched off... thus returning and not seeing the latest data... I also didn't see the new graphics interface on the Watch 2.... Knowing the run keeper app is updated on my iPhone5s and trusting the app on the Watch2 is also updated automatically.... #confused

  • nldazuu says:

    been using the update app and I think you need to check your settings on your watch as well cause I still don't see the map, think in settings on the watch you need to de activate the function run with iPhone.... I also don't saw the new fancy graphs while running... further more I still like the apple watch 2 while my tomtom spark runner 2 was also great and nice!

    • baretty says:

      Same thing happens to me.  I have been using the"updated" app for the past two days and I don't see the maps in my IPhone ... I'm sort of lost.

      1. Do I have to re-install the app in both IPhone and Apple Watch 2?

      2. Is there a specific setting I need to enable for this ( stand alone GPS use) to happen? If so, where is it?

      Thank you for your help and comments...

    • baretty says:

      Same thing happens to me... I've been using the updated app for the past two days and I can't see the maps on my iPhone.  I'm lost on this one.

      1. Do I need to re-install the app in both the IPhone and Apple Watch 2?

      2. Is there a specific place where I need to enable the stand-alone GPS use? If so, where is it?

      Thank you for your help and comments...

  • BobWithersfield says:

    Looks good.  Can  you share Runkeeper data with other sites eg Strava?

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