Do you have to carry phone with you to get the outdoor activity map?

aloper

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I just noticed this...If I go for an outdoor walk, with just my S5 watch, and without my phone, I don't get a map in the activity app. Since getting the cellular watch, Iv'e been leaving my phone home, for outdoor walks and hikes.

Do you have to carry your phone as well, for it to provide a map, after completing an activity? I'm going to test tomorrow by bringing my phone along...but was curious if anyone else does get a map, after completing an outdoor activity...without carrying their phone?
 

StumpyBloke

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I always get a map with or without my phone using my series 4 cellular watch. And I damned well better do when I get my series 5 tomorrow too!
 

DarkKnight1968

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I just noticed this...If I go for an outdoor walk, with just my S5 watch, and without my phone, I don't get a map in the activity app. Since getting the cellular watch, Iv'e been leaving my phone home, for outdoor walks and hikes.

Do you have to carry your phone as well, for it to provide a map, after completing an activity? I'm going to test tomorrow by bringing my phone along...but was curious if anyone else does get a map, after completing an outdoor activity...without carrying their phone?
You shouldn’t need your phone. I use my watch all the time without my phone and the activity app on the phone shows a map after it is completed.
 

deeddawg

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You don't need your phone. I run with my watch 3-4 days a week, phone stays behind, and I get the GPS tracks just fine.

If you're not seeing the tracks in the workouts in your phone's Activity app, something may have gone wonky in the activity database or something -- do a reboot of the phone and watch. I've had this happen a time or two in the past and that's fixed it.

EDIT: make sure you're starting an Outdoor Walk workout when you go for your walk. If you choose an "indoor" type activity the watch doesn't turn on the GPS. Same for if you don't actually start a workout, of course.
 
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aloper

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You don't need your phone. I run with my watch 3-4 days a week, phone stays behind, and I get the GPS tracks just fine.

If you're not seeing the tracks in the workouts in your phone's Activity app, something may have gone wonky in the activity database or something -- do a reboot of the phone and watch. I've had this happen a time or two in the past and that's fixed it.

EDIT: make sure you're starting an Outdoor Walk workout when you go for your walk. If you choose an "indoor" type activity the watch doesn't turn on the GPS. Same for if you don't actually start a workout, of course.


I've tried restarting, resetting location services and a few other things, I've found but still no map. One tidbit I found is this...


On your iPhone, go to: Settings > Privacy > Location Services:
  • Check that Location Services (the main setting at the top) is turned on.
  • In the list of apps beneath, check that Apple Watch Workout is set to While Using.
I don't have anything related to apple watch listed here except for watch faces...but this I think might have been for an older version of watch OS...Can anyone confirm they have something like this in location services?
 

deeddawg

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On your iPhone, go to: Settings > Privacy > Location Services:
  • Check that Location Services (the main setting at the top) is turned on.
  • In the list of apps beneath, check that Apple Watch Workout is set to While Using.
I don't have anything related to apple watch listed here except for watch faces...but this I think might have been for an older version of watch OS...Can anyone confirm they have something like this in location services?
I have this on my phone - iOS 13.1.2 -- it's right below the Apple Watch Faces entry also marked While Using.
 

orbitalpunk

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I have this on my phone - iOS 13.1.2 -- it's right below the Apple Watch Faces entry also marked While Using.
any reason why i would be missing the Apple Watch Workout entry? also when i go to the location privacy settings for the Workout app on the watch, the selections are greyed out.

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aloper

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any reason why i would be missing the Apple Watch Workout entry? also when i go to the location privacy settings for the Workout app on the watch, the selections are greyed out.

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Mine was the same...no Apple Watch workout listed in location services. My options were greyed out...Tried some things but nothing worked. What did was unpairing and repairing the watch. Once I repaired, you go through the setup steps and one was enabling location tracking. Now I have Apple Watch workout listed in location services, and now I’m getting the map, after an outdoor walk or run.
 

matrix07

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I've tried restarting, resetting location services and a few other things, I've found but still no map. One tidbit I found is this...


On your iPhone, go to: Settings > Privacy > Location Services:
  • Check that Location Services (the main setting at the top) is turned on.
  • In the list of apps beneath, check that Apple Watch Workout is set to While Using.
I don't have anything related to apple watch listed here except for watch faces...but this I think might have been for an older version of watch OS...Can anyone confirm they have something like this in location services?
Have it here
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orbitalpunk

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i finally got it back. as per @aloper instructions, un-pair and re-pair your watch and make sure during the initial setup to turn on location services when it asks and also to agree to tracking your route during workouts.