Nike+ app on treadmill

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  1. gman901 macrumors 6502a

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    I did a search but didn't find anything about this... I just completed my first run with my new Apple Watch coming from the original Samsung Gear S. I was pretty excited about using the Nike App on the Apple Watch figuring Apple/Nike will support the app better than Samsung ever did. I can't figure out how to run on a treadmill with just the Apple Watch and the Nike app and tracking my miles. I began running multiple times and it registered 0 miles on my watch. So I finally decided to strap on my 6S plus to my arm and then noticed the Nike Watch app starting to register my steps. I am confused why I can't just put my iPhone down and use the watch only. Even the original and unsupported Gear S Nike App would let me do this. Am I missing something or this an oversight of the Nike app?
     
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    I don't have an answer for you, but I had the exact same problem. When I took it to Apple, they told me to change the location settings on the Nike+ app to always. I haven't had time to test it as I am not allowed to run until March 1st due to a recent surgery.

    This is yet another reason where I prefer a dedicated GPS enabled running watch. So far, the Apple Watch just doesn't cut it.
     
  3. gman901 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I can try it. Maybe they meant to turn off location services for the Nike app so it forces it to use the accelerometer? I will test it out this weekend. Was it knee surgery? I also had ACL/MCL surgery in the past, which is why I prefer running on a treadmill when possible. I was hoping I could put my iPhone in front of me to watch movies, tv shows, etc while using the Nike App on the watch to track my progress. It kind of sucks having to run with your phone attached to you on a treadmill. It kind of defeats the purpose of the watch since I can easily glance at my phone.
     
  4. jbachandouris macrumors 601

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    Nope. Worse. Diaphragmatic hernia (hole in diaphragm). 6 inch incision just below my ribcage. 5 weeks with only walking allowed. No lifting of objects heavier than 10-15 pounds as well.

    Also, on the watch app on the phone: go to general>wake screen>on wrist raise and check resume last activity. This may or may not help.
     
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    Crap! That does sound pretty bad! I hope you recover fully! Thanks for that tip!
     
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    The Nike+ app does not currently work without carrying the phone. Most apps don't. The only two I'm aware of that are capable of this at the moment are the native workout app and Runkeeper. Was really bummed when I found out even iSmoothrun doesn't do this.

    https://support-en-us.nikeplus.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/36324/p/3169,3179

     
  7. gman901 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks! There is no way in hell that I would run with the 6S plus in my hand. I am thinking about testing the built in Apple workout app and ditching my years of Nike+ data. I read that once you calibrate the iPhone with the watch a couple times, you can then leave your iPhone off your body when running indoors.
     
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    For some reason I didn't get any notifications on this thread being updated.

    I can return to running this week (March 1st). So perhaps I will try the built in app or Runkeeper. That being said, I am trying to sell the Apple Watch and buy a dedicated GPS running watch.
     
  9. gman901 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's great news! So far I'm somewhat happy with the results. I'm just glad that Apple continues to support the watch compared to other OEMs. I'm sure it will get better.
     
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    Which app are you using?
     
  11. gman901 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just the built in activity tracker. I ran indoors with the phone for 20 minutes first and it seems close to matching the treadmill now. It doesn't have to be perfect for me. In comparison, the built in Nike app for the Gear S has no way to calibrate an indoor run so it is always about a .50 - .75 miles ahead of what the treadmill was showing. I think the Apple Watch does a much better job calibrating. I also tried the elliptical workout with the Activity tracker and the calories were very close to what the machine was showing. It still sucks that the Nike app on the AW requires you to run with the iPhone while on a treadmill but I'm hoping it gets updated.
     
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    And yet it's been how long since it received Apple Warch support? Not holding my breath.
     
  13. gman901 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not really sure. I just came back to Apple about a month ago from a Note 5 and a Gear S watch. It's my first time with AW but I would hope it's due for an update. Where do you find more watch faces? Seems like the store is a little sparse.
     
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    No idea.
     

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