The Ride with GPS companion app for Apple Watch allows the freedom to roam with or without your phone. Navigate from your wrist or use in standalone recording mode for ultralight activity tracking. Receive haptic, visual, and audible navigational cues to help keep your rides and runs on track.
Ride with GPS on Apple Watch
Standalone Recording Mode
Simply tap Record to initiate standalone recording mode and leave your phone behind. Default metrics (speed, distance, duration) will be displayed along with Apple Watch's integrated heart rate data and the current time.
- Open the Ride with GPS watch app, and tap Record.
- Stop a recording by swiping the watch face left-to-right and tapping Pause.
- Tap Resume to continue recording, or tap Finish to save the activity.
In standalone mode, the saved activity will upload to your Ride with GPS account, and any Connected Services, when your watch reconnects to your phone.
In stand alone mode, your metrics are derived from the watch's built-in sensors.
In Tandem with the Mobile App
Open the Ride with GPS mobile app on your iPhone and tap Record, or view the route you'd like to navigate and tap Navigate. The companion app will mirror the mobile display as your ride progresses, showing updated metrics and navigation cues. Note: starting a ride on the phone will require ending the ride on the phone.
Customize Your Metric Displays
Whether you are recording a ride, or navigating a planned route, you can customize which metrics are displayed. Choose from 27 different metrics and reflect the exact information you want to see. Select new metrics from the mobile app and they will be mirrored on the watch. Swipe the watch face right-to-left to reveal a second page of metrics.
The center metric will remain, and the two corner metrics will update to reflect the lower section in the mobile app. As long at the recording is started on the phone, those custom metrics will display on the watch face.
With auto-pause enabled in the mobile app settings, your Apple Watch will show an auto-paused state when you stop for red lights, rest stops, rail road crossings, etc. You'll receive a haptic buzz, and the watch face will show the AUTO-PAUSED message on the watch face. When you begin riding again, the watch will resume recording.
Enable Heart Rate Measurements
- Open the Ride with GPS app.
- Tap More > Settings.
- Select Bluetooth and Sensors.
- Scroll down and tap Set Up Apple Watch.
- Toggle on Apple Watch Heart Rate.
Sync to Apple Health
- Open the Ride with GPS app.
- Tap More > Settings.
- Select Logging.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page, and toggle on “Publish rides to the Health app."
By toggling on this setting heart rate, distance and duration of your rides will be sent to the Apple Health app. Only new rides recorded by the Ride with GPS app will get synced to the Apple Health app. This does not retroactively sync your ride history nor rides recorded by other devices.
You can have the watch app in the foreground or running in the background. When the app is running in the foreground, full alert notifications are displayed along with your metrics. When the watch app runs in the background, notifications will display over your lock screen.
Each time a navigation cue appears on your Apple Watch screen, you’ll simultaneously feel a haptic vibration from the watch on your wrist alerting you to the cue. If you have sound enabled on your Apple Watch, you'll hear a notification alert as well. If you stray from your planned route, the Apple Watch will alert you with a visual Off-Course notification with your current heading, distance, and direction back to the nearest point on the planned route.
Save Your Ride and View Your Data!
Remember: rides started on the phone must be stopped on the phone — likewise rides started on the watch must also be stopped on the watch.
When you’re done riding, save your ride and it will be uploaded to your account automatically. View your saved ride in the app by tapping Library and choosing Rides or by visiting your account on the web at ridewithgps.com/rides.
- Can I install the app onto my watch without downloading the phone app?
- No, only by installing the app onto your phone will the wearable app install onto your device. You can remove it from the wearable while retaining the app on your phone but not the other way around.
- How can I reinstall the Apple Watch App?
- If you are not seeing the Ride with GPS app on your Apple Watch, there are two ways you can get it installed. A. Make sure you have the latest version of Ride with GPS on you iPhone via the iTunes App Store. or B. Go to the Watch app on your iPhone: My Watch > Scroll down to Ride with GPS > Toggle the switch for "Show App on Apple Watch".
- Which models have the standalone GPS?
- Currently only the Apple Watch Generation 3 and above will have the ability to record as a stand-alone device.
- I'm not getting heart rate, what am I doing wrong?
- Make sure the device is snug against your skin. If the watch is loose then you may get bad data reported by the watch. If this doesn't help, force close the Ride with GPS watch app then go back into it.
- Can I change metrics on the watch?
- Start recording from the app on your phone and change metrics there. You'll see these changes reflected on the watch. If you start recording on the watch, the metrics cannot be changed.
- How do I stop recording?
- If you started the ride on your watch, swipe left to right until you see the pause icon. Press pause, then Stop to finish recording. If you started the ride on your phone, tap and hold the PAUSE button on the phone app, then FINISH RIDE.
- I didn't mean to start recording on my watch, why can't I cancel it without saving?
- This is by design. Since you can't review a ride on the watch, you will have to save it, upload it, then either go to the website or mobile app to delete it.
- The watch isn't speaking the cues while navigating?
- The watch app only plays the standard notification sounds when prompting you with cues.
How do I enable my watch to give me audio alerts?
Once this is enabled, you'll hear tones generated from the Apple Watch during navigation. The tones will coincide with the buzz on the wrist whenever you've completed a cue.
- On your Apple Watch, open the Settings app.
- Scroll down, then tap Sounds & Haptics.
- Ensure you have Silent Mode toggled off (this is toggled off on the Apple Watch by default).
- Tap the volume up button to increase it. You can also tap the slider, then turn the Digital Crown.
- What do all these abbreviated metrics mean?
- ELEG – Elevation Gain
- ELEL – Elevation Loss
- DUR – Duration
- SPD – Speed
- TAS – Total Average Speed
- DIST – Distance
- VAM – VAM velocità ascensionale media
- HR – Heart Rate
- CAD – Cadence
- RDS – Remaining Distance
- TMP – Temperature
- POW – Power
- AMS – Average Moving Speed
- MVT – Moving Time
- ELE – (current) Elevation
- PAC – Pace
- MVP – Moving Pace
- TIME – Time
- CUE – Distance to Cue
- BAT – Battery
- AHR – Average Heart Rate
- APOW – Average Power (watts)
- HDG – Heading (N,S,E,W)
- CUE – Bearing to Cue
- ACAD – Average Cadence