Updating to the latest version of the app or installing it for the first time from the iTunes app store will install the app on your Apple Watch 3 or later.

Note: AppleWatch 1 & 2 are not compatible with Ride with GPS due to not being able to update past WatchOS 5.x

Apple Watch 3 and later have a GPS receiver, so you can record rides using only the watch while leaving your phone at home.

Recording an Activity

Choose your recording method:

iPhone: Starts recording on the iPhone while displaying the metrics from the iPhone app’s recording view on the Apple Watch. You can customize the metrics displayed on the iPhone and the Apple Watch app will reflect those changes.

Watch: Starts recording and storing the activity data on the watch. This mode will only show the default ride metrics. The ride does not get recorded on the phone until you have finished recording on the watch. After selecting your recording method, the rest of the screens and interactions are the same.

Apple Watch 1 will only show iPhone since it does not have a standalone GPS receiver.
After you have started recording, you will see the first page of ride metrics.
Swipe left to see a second page of metrics.
Swipe right to see the pause button.
When your ride is paused, you will see the option to Stop or Resume your ride.

Saving your activity

To finish and save your ride, pause your ride, then tap FINISH.The watch app will prepare your ride and attempt to upload to your phone.

You must open the Ride with GPS app on your iPhone to complete the process.


You can use turn-by-turn Voice Navigation in conjunction with notifications on the Apple Watch. Audible cues will be played by your iPhone, but you can also reference the cue on your watch, either within the app or as a watch notification.

You will see cues within the watch app.
If you are in any other watch app or haven’t accessed the watch app, you’ll see a generic system notification with the cue details inside.
Should you ride off course, you will see an off-course notification displaying how far and in what direction you are from your course.

Changing Metrics

The Apple Watch screen will show the top three metrics that coincide with the metrics in the app. Changing the top three in the app will be reflected in the watch.Learn more about Changing Metrics in the Mobile App.

Reinstalling 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.


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”.


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.
Which models have the standalone GPS?
Currently only the Apple Watch Generation 2 will have the ability to record as a stand-alone device. Gen1 devices do not have a GPS chip so will only be able to work in conjunction with the phone app.
I’m not getting heart rate, what am I doing wrong?
You’ll need to 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 the watch says it can’t communicate with the app, start recording in the app first then check the watch app to metrics being updated. Otherwise, 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. Then the changes will be reflected on the watch. If you start recording on the watch then the metrics cannot be changed.
How do I stop recording?
Swipe left until you see the pause icon. Press pause, then Stop to finish recording.
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. You can change the sound and haptic feedback in the watch settings but this is not app specific.
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?
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
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