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Privacy Settings

posted this on February 7, 2012, 1:26 PM

Strava offers several different features to help you manage your privacy. Most privacy settings are located in your personal settings page, but some are specific to individual activities or athletes.  


  1. Enhanced Privacy Mode

  2. Flyby Opt-out

  3. Privacy Zones

  4. Private Activities and Private Uploads

  5. Strava Metro & Heatmap Opt-out

  6. Manage Followers and Block Athletes (pictured below)


Enhanced Privacy Mode

Enabling Enhanced Privacy allows you to manage who can follow and see details about your activities.
  • Athletes have to request approval to follow you.
  • Hides activities on profile page from non-followers.
  • Hides follower/following list from non-followers.
  • Hides KOMs/QOMs/CRs tab from non-followers.
  • Hides Trophy Case from non-followers.
  • Hides photos from non-followers.
  • Hides clubs from non-followers.
  • Hides gear and time of activity from non-followers.


Keep in mind that your activities are still visible in public locations like the Flyby feature as well as segment and club leaderboards, even if the clubs are listed as private.  
Enhanced privacy on Enhanced privacy off





Flyby Opt-out

Flyby is a Strava Labs tool that lets you playback your activity, as well as those near you, on a map and timeline. If you do not want other athletes to see your activities appear in Flybys, you can choose to opt-out of this feature entirely. You can opt-out by checking the "nobody" button located in the Flyby section of your personal settings page





Privacy Zones  

A privacy zone will hide the portion of your activity that starts or ends in your zone from all athletes.

  • If you stop in a privacy zone during the middle of an activity, this portion will not be hidden.
  • If a friend starts their activity from within your privacy zone, the portion that began in your zone will not be hidden on their activity.
  • You will not appear on any segment leaderboard that starts/stops within your Privacy Zone and you cannot hold or earn any KOMs/CRs on those segments. Removing a Privacy Zone will reinstate your segment matches and any associated KOMs/CRs.
  • Your Privacy Zone will be respected when you share to Facebook. 


How to create a privacy zone: 

  • You must use to create and manage a privacy zone.
  • Go to your Settings page by hovering over your name in the top right and selecting "Settings".
  • Click on the Privacy tab on the left side of the page.
  • Enter a location in the provided text field, select the size of the privacy radius, and click “Create Privacy Zone.”

What you see vs what they see Map options




To display the red circle (as shown to the left) indicating your privacy zone, go to your activity page and click on "Terrain Map" in the map section.  Select the check box next to "Show Privacy Zone."



Private Uploads and Private Activities

You can make all your uploads default to private or you can make activities private on an individual basis. 

To make all of your uploads private

  • Go to your Settings page on by hovering over your name in the top right and selecting "Settings".
  • Click on the Privacy tab on the left side of the page.
  • Check the box next to "Make my activities private by default. Any activity can be made public after it has been uploaded"
  • Your activities will now be uploaded as private, however you can always change them back to public on an individual basis. 


Individual activities can be made private so that no one besides you can view them.

  • Private activities will not count towards challenges or club totals.
  • Private activities will be included in your profile stats and personal goals.


How to make an activity private:

  • Go to the activity you want to make private
  • Click the “Actions” menu (wrench icon)
  • Click “Make Private.” 




Strava Metro & Heatmaps                                

You can opt-out of contributing your anonymized public activity data to Strava Metro and the Heatmap by unchecking the box in this section. You can read more about the benefits of contributing your data here




Manage Followers and Block Athletes

From your profile page, you can easily manage your current followers from the "Following" tab.



Blocked Athletes

  • Cannot see the start time of your activity.
  • Cannot see gear attached to your ride.
  • If you have Enhanced Privacy on, non-followers have additional restrictions. See this section for more information.
  • Removes him/her from your list of followers.
  • Removes yourself from his/her followers and their Activity Feed.
  • Prevents him/her from following you again, seeing your Profile details, or activity details.
  • Someone you've blocked will be able to see your activity entry in public areas like segment leaderboards and segment explore however the blocked athlete will not be able to access your activity or profile page if they click on your entry.



Remove a follower

“Remove” a follower simply removes him/her from your list of followers but allows him/her to follow or request to follow you in the future. 

  • Go to your list of followers, which you can access from the 'Following Me' tab at your profile page (shown below)
  • Find the follower that you'd like to remove. Hover over the gray "Following" button and select "Unfollow" when the button turns orange. 


Block an athlete that's already following you

  • Go to your list of followers, which you can access from the 'Following Me' tab on your profile page. 
  • Find the follower that you'd like to remove. Click on their name to go to their profile page. Click the gear icon next to their name and select "block athlete."

 Block an athlete that's not following you

  • Find the follower that you'd like to block and click on their name to go to their profile page.
  • Click the gear icon next to their name and select "block athlete."





Last Updated: October 15, 2015


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