The Watch App for Android and iOS

With the Watch App for Android and iOS you can view your position on the map, record tracks and read your tracking data. To use the Watch App you need the app on your smartphone as well as on your watch to log into your account.

How does the Watch App work?

The Apple Watch & Android watches can operate via 'Remote Control' or 'Standalone Mode'. What is 'Remote Control Mode'? For example, you can start a track recording on your watch or on your mobile phone and both devices will show you the same information. 

This means you can read your tracking data on your watch without taking your phone out of your pocket when hiking or cycling.

Pairing the watch with your smartphone

To use the Watch App in combination with your smartphone, the two devices will first need to be paired. Please follow the instruction presented below based on whether you have an iOS device and an iOS watch, or an Android device and an Android watch:


Pairing iOS Apple devices

  1. Make sure you have the Apple Watch app installed on your iPhone and place both devices next to each other.
  2. Make sure that Bluetooth and WiFi are turned on for your iPhone and watch.
  3. Open the Apple Watch app to start pairing.
  4. Follow the instructions on the devices.
  5. Your devices should now be synchronized.

You can now select which apps can be used on the watch in the Apple Watch app. To do this, open the Watch app and tap on ’My Watch’. Scroll to the app you want to add and tap ’Install’.


Pairing Android devices

  1. Make sure that you have installed the Android Wear app on your smartphone and place both devices next to each other.
  2. Make sure that Bluetooth and WiFi are turned on for your phone and your watch.
  3. Open the Android Wear app to start pairing.
  4. Follow the instructions on the devices.
  5. Your devices should now be synchronized.

You can now configure your smartwatch with the Android Wear app. Find the app you want to download from the Android Wear Google Play Store and tap Install.

The app should now appear on your smartwatch and you can start using it!

Show the map and your position on your watch

The map selected on your phone will also appear on your watch. You can view it in full screen mode, pan, and zoom in and out. Your GPS position is also displayed. You can switch between different map layers and styles on your phone, which is mirrored on your watch.

Start, stop and display tracking

You can start your track recording either with the watch or in the app. Your smartphone does the actual recording, while the watch itself shows the track. You also have the option of pausing or stopping the tracking via the watch or your mobile phone.


You can access the following tracking data via the watch:

  • Duration
  • Route
  • Ascent
  • Descent
  • Elevation
  • Position

The iOS Watch App also displays your heart rate and calories burned. When you reach the end of your recording, your track is automatically synchronized and you can find it in your profile under ’Tracks’.

Navigating with your Watch

There are two options for navigation: connected to the smartphone or standalone. 


Using iOS devices:

For more information on the standalone version on iOS devices, see 'Apple Watch - no smartphone required' below.

If you stay connected to your smartphone, the watch will only reflect the data. If you don't want to hear your device's voice prompt, you can turn it off directly from the watch.


Using Android devices:

In the standalone version you are able to download routes and maps directly to your watch.

When you download a route, the app will automatically save a map as well. If you then use the watch in the standalone version, you can navigate and view both your position and the route on the map.

Alternatively, you can stay connected to the phone, in which case it takes over the navigation, meaning that directions, route information, and your current position will be mirrored on the watch.




Use your android watch without your phone

The watches standalone functionality allows you to use the Android Wear OS watch without the need of your phone.


You can:

  • Login to Outdooractive user account, using username/password or social sign in
  • Sync login details from your Android phone running Outdooractive
  • Track recording on the watch (i.e. no phone needed)
  • Include heart rate recording
  • Your Tracks get directly uploaded from the watch to Outdooractive
  • Map: displaying map, allowing user to switch between different maps, offline storage, display track on the map 

Minimum requirement Android Wear OS 2.1

Apple Watch – no phone required

You can also record tracks on your Apple Watch without your phone! This makes an ideal option for running and cycling. Before you go on your run/hike/ride etc. just make sure your watch knows you are logged in on your iPhone.

Now, when you open the app on the watch, you will see an option to record on your watch only – select that. Once you are finished recording, you can see details about your track on the watch. When you are back, just open the Outdooractive app on your phone. This will transfer the track(s) automatically to your account. You can see the track(s) in My Page.


Things to know:

  • The standalone mode does not display a map.
  • Make sure you have granted the Outdooractive app location permission before using the watch in standalone mode.
  • To check you are logged in to the watch on your iPhone – just go to the Watch app. If you are not logged in, there will be an icon & message asking you to ‘log in or sign up on iPhone’.

Good to know

 The following operating systems are supported:

  • Wear OS 2.0 and higher (incl. the latest Samsung Galaxy 4 watches)
  • Apple: watchOS 6 and higher
  • The functionality of the app depends on the watch. If the watch does not have GPS, it is not possible to record in standalone mode, but only together with the phone. If the watch does not have a compass, no direction arrow based on the compass will be displayed during navigation. If the watch does not have a heart rate sensor, heart rate cannot be measured. 

Recommended reading