Runtastic Apple Watch app without iPhone makes problems

The stand-alone feature for the Apple Watch is here - and makes problems.

Freely jogging: How nice would it be if Runtastic could soon be used on the Apple Watch without an iPhone? Photo: Pixabay.com | License: CC0 public domain
Freely jogging: How nice would it be if Runtastic could soon be used on the Apple Watch without an iPhone? Photo: Pixabay.com | License: CC0 public domain

The Runtastic app is one of the most popular iPhone applications for athletes. Use the Activity Tracker to record runs and many other activities. Already since watchOS 3 Runtastic theoretically could run alone on the Apple Watch. So we ask ourselves: Is Runtastic usable on the Apple Watch without an iPhone? Finally, Runtastic introduces the long-awaited change. But unfortunately, the Apple Watch app makes problems if you want to use it without iPhone. Update: Runtastic has announced that it will be bringing back legacy features to 2017 in December, allowing users to track their workouts back with Apple Watch and iPhone at the same time! An update to the article on how it works with iPhone X, watchOS 4.3 and iOS 11.4 can be found at the end of the article.

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How nice would it be: We're changing our Apple Watch, put on our running shoes, start Runtastic and comfortably record our workout the Apple Watch 2 on. Because the clock has an integrated GPS sensor and can therefore accurately display the distances.


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We could have practically any info about our running on the wrist and could do that Impractical iPhone 7 Plus let at home. Also the Bluetooth headphones from Bose can pair with the Apple Watch 2so that we could normally listen to music as usual while working out.

Quickly start Runtastic and off you go jogging! Photo: Pixabay.com | License: CC0 public domain
Quickly start Runtastic and off you go jogging! Photo: Pixabay.com | License: CC0 public domain

Apple Watch Runtastic standalone feature is taking its time

Of course, there is already a Runtastic program for the Apple Watch, But this can only be combined today with the app on the iPhone use. So far, the big smartphone has to be worn with every run. Loyal fans by Runtastic on the Apple Watch wait for the app to finally become independent of the smartphone and Runtastic on the Apple Watch will be usable without iPhone - also knows Runtastic. A research on the support runtastic.com gave the following information: "The standalone feature of the Apple Watch Series 2 is of course of great importance to us at Runtastic, because we know that our loyal users are waiting for it. That's why we already have the project on the roadmap for 2017. Stay tuned! "

So we'll have to be patient for a while, until we're freed from the iPhone alone jogging our Apple Watch 2 can go. Nevertheless, it will be like many fans of the practical running program: Runtastic, we rely on you to get it done!

Finally! Use the Apple Watch Runtastic app without iPhone with watchOS 4

Unfortunately we had to wait for the whole summer. Now that the end of the season is coming to an end in September, the time has finally come: From now on, the refurbished Runtastic App for iPhone will be released around the same time as the new Apple Watch operating system watchOS 4. to do outdoor sports with the Apple Watchwithout having to carry the iPhone. This long-announced feature coincides with the new Apple Music for the Apple Watch, which makes it much easier to listen to music on the go. Since many people who use the Apple Watch while jogging, certainly listen to music, both innovations come at the right time to make us in the next few weeks, the autumnal jog outdoors outside. So, from now on, Runtastic can be used on the Apple Watch without a mobile phone, ie without an iPhone, and will certainly give us a lot of pleasure in outdoor sports in the future!

Who then still has a few euros left and invested in the AirPods, which are particularly easy to connect with the smartwatch, is certainly athletic on the winner's side. For who wants to burden themselves with endurance sports already with unnecessary luggage such as the iPhone, even if he can simply start with the small timer on the wrist? Incidentally, the activities app on the Apple Watch now records all movements in a very clear manner and with the help of Health, the data can also be processed very conveniently. So you have his training progress always ready and she can, for example on his iPad Pro 12.9, which we have in the endurance test.

Runtastic Apple Watch app is causing problems and is currently unusable for us

After several days of jogging testing, we found that the new Runtastic Apple Watch App is completely useless. The program crashes constantly and our data has been lost several times. But it gets worse: If you've gone indoor, you have the combination of Apple Watch and iPhone appreciated with Runtastic. Using both devices in combination is now no longer possible. You have to choose either the iPhone or the Apple Watch to use Runtastic. In forums and in the App Store users complain about the lack of functionality. It would have been right to give users the option of deciding whether to the Apple Watch during outdoor sports use alone or in combination with the iPhone would like to use. This has unfortunately not been changed to this day (03.10.2017). As long as we're running on the treadmill Runtastic does not work with the Apple Watch and the iPhone In combination, to measure the heart rate and at the same time enter the distance with the iPhone manually in the workout, the Runtastic program is worthless for us. We are therefore early October changed to iSmoothRun, This app brings just this way, iPhone and Apple Watch combined to use or optional only one of the devices. So far, we are very happy with this app and still wait for a Runtastic update that finally fixes the problem. Maybe then we will return to the Runtastic Apple Watch app!


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Not just Standalone App: Runtastic returns Apple Watch as a second screen

We're glad! In an email newsletter from the end of November 2017, the app developer Runtastic has now announced, due to the widespread feedback from users to bring back the old Apple Watch features. For example, users can use the watch as a secondary display while jogging and, for example, use the watch's heart rate measurement during the workout. The Runtastic Standalone app for Apple Watch in this form should soon be history. Because users are - similar to us - obviously out to continue to combine the Apple Watch with the smartphone. The practical benefit is obvious. For example, on the treadmill we use the smartphone to record the activity. Because of the large screen can be particularly well read the key data of the workout. At the same time we record the heart rate while running on the treadmill with the Apple Watch. This will be displayed in real time on the screen of the iPhone Transfer - the perfect combination for sports. In the meantime, this was not possible with the Runtastic app. That's why we switched to competitor iSmoothRun in the meantime - and could well imagine returning to Runtastic after the update in early December!

Update: Runtastic Apple Watch app works without iPhone, but ..

Meanwhile, a few months have passed - but the problem of the combination of iPhone, Apple Watch and Runtastic has changed quite a bit, but not everything. meanwhile The Apple Watch works both standalone and in combination with the iPhone, Here we use the configuration Apple Watch 2 and iPhone X, We can only talk about our own experiences here, but the app still seems to be bogged down. Whether smartwatch and iPhone play well together when jogging with Runtastic, unfortunately, seems to be rather a matter of luck. Every second use causes some annoying bug. For example, training progress does not synchronize between the devices. And our favorite bug: When you start a new workout, the Apple Watch does not count down to the start of the program, but high! All in all, these are the mistakes that have long since been remedied after months and years. We only use Runtastic as a tradition and because we believe that the problems might still be solved. You also have to credit the app for running the latest updates at least a bit more stable on iOS 11.4 and watchOS 4.3.1. Hopefully it will bring the Apple Watch 4 and watchOS 5 in combination With a future version of Runtastic finally the desired progress - the hope dies so well known last.

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About Sascha Tobias Tegtmeyer 93 Article
As a journalist, passionate diver and ambitious stand up paddler, I've become more and more specialized in water sports topics. For several years as an online editor, content and SEO manager for the year Top Special Verlag in Hamburg, I edited the leading diving portal TAUCHEN.de editorially and am at home in the water sports industry. My passion is the sea and all the activities that can be practiced on, in, on and under water. To give this child a name, I created www.just-wanderlust.com - for all people who love the sea - love to travel and water sports like diving, surfing, stand up paddling.