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How to find friends on Strava?

Andy Goulding .
asked this on April 05, 2012 12:23 PM

I have a friend using this app, but how and where can i find him?.

 

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Scott Granger

I would also find the answer to this question useful.  Is it even possible to find your friends that already have an account?  Or do I have to "invite" them?

April 05, 2012 10:00 PM
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Tim Niegocki

I'd love an answer to this as well. I have a friend using Strava on an iPhone but doesn't show up anywhere in my "friends to follow" list. The list is mostly pros, even though friends on Facebook who us S don't show there.

April 10, 2012 09:30 AM
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Eric Edgar

Can you just ask them for their athlete ID? Then access http://app.strava.com/athletes/<athleteID> and follow.

April 11, 2012 10:39 AM
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Shane Valentine

not the best search but there is this .... http://app.strava.com/athletes/search

April 17, 2012 10:18 AM
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Tora Olafsen

It would be great if we could find all our friends on facebook or via our email address book... 

April 25, 2012 11:06 AM
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Cecilia Ekberg
It would be nice if u could see users in your area!
May 09, 2012 04:48 AM
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Chris Tulk

I am trying to find my wife on Strava, but can't. Is there an easy or any way to follow people you know are on strava? It seems very difficult to find friends

June 05, 2012 04:56 AM
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Clair Parfrey

surely its a simple enough ask - i don't want to follow a pro I've never heard of but would like to follow some friends

June 06, 2012 08:32 AM
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Logan F
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To find a friend:  choose "Explore" at the top of the page, then choose "athlete search" then type in the friends name.  As long as you have the spelling correct you should be good to go.  You can also use partial names if you like, but that leads to lots of pages to scroll through.  

To invite a friend:  http://app.strava.com/invites/new

Hope that helps!

June 09, 2012 09:41 PM
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Keith Black

To the people saying fo to Explore and then use the Athlete Search function - that doesn't really work to achieve what people are asking. It is OK, if you know the name of the person you are looking for and can search by name (although even that sometimes doesn't work!).

If you've got your account connected with facebook it should, for example, be able to show you a list of your friends who are on facebook and have a Strava account. There doesn't appear to be this functionality and I think this is what people would like to see.

I've just had a notification in my dashboard from Strava saying: "Your Facebook friend xxx just joined Strava! Follow them now." This is OK when new people join but what about people who are already members?!

September 11, 2012 01:49 AM
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j bay

"To the people saying fo to Explore and then use the Athlete Search function - that doesn't really work to achieve what people are asking. It is OK, if you know the name of the person you are looking for and can search by name (although even that sometimes doesn't work!).

If you've got your account connected with facebook it should, for example, be able to show you a list of your friends who are on facebook and have a Strava account. There doesn't appear to be this functionality and I think this is what people would like to see.

I've just had a notification in my dashboard from Strava saying: "Your Facebook friend xxx just joined Strava! Follow them now." This is OK when new people join but what about people who are already members?!"

 
keith black has nailed it... please strada - how can i find my facebook friends who are using strada?
 
thanks
January 24, 2013 02:42 AM
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Ryan Finnegan

I can get you part of the way; I can get you a list of your friends that have linked their Strava and Facebook accounts. First you must link your Facebook account from your Strava account settings. Then, click on your account drop down menu and then the "Invite Friends" options. In the middle of the page is a button to "Invite Your Facebook Friends to Strava" - click this. All your friends will be listed, and you have the ability to pare down this list to "Strava Users" by selecting that option in the drop down menu. That will list all your Facebook friends that are using and have linked their accounts to Strava. This won't give you a list of all  your Facebook friends using Strava, but it is a start. 

March 07, 2013 02:50 PM
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Steve Ball
Any idea how to follow a friend I know is on Strava - I've seen her in leader boards - but isn't a Facebook friend of mine? I can't believe it's so difficult to do this. Strava needs a search box at the top like Facebook's.
May 08, 2013 05:49 PM
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Tim Rowe

Steve Ball,

If you found her on a segment leader board. You can click on them which will take you to their profile page and then you can click the follow button.

Alternativey, you can search for there name here http://app.strava.com/athletes/search

Another option everyone can try is to ask their friends for there profile number. This can be found in the address bar when you click on your profile. All you need to do is swap the profile number with theirs and this will load their page.

Example is mine http://app.strava.com/athletes/183124

May 08, 2013 10:06 PM
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Mr Fraggle

I have just started using this app ans am quite pleased with it. recommended it to a friend some miles away who is also using it but for the life of me could not see away to follow him. So thanks to Logan F for the instructions.

But common Strava make it easier, we all do not subscribe to Facebook.

July 31, 2013 03:46 AM
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Boycott Stra… D.

It used to be possible to search by town, I have done it before.  But now, for the life of me I can't figure out how to do it, it just keeps saying there are no athletes with the name of my town.  well, duh!  just try to search for someone when you only recall their first name.  there is no way i am clicking through 300+ pages looking for this person.

August 29, 2013 12:24 PM
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Frank V.

I agree with the fact that athlete search is far from optimal! Regional search should be one of the search options.

November 10, 2013 04:01 AM
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Ashley
Strava Customer Support
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Hi Folks, 

Sorry for the frustration and confusion!  We apologize that this is not easier and appreciate your feedback.

This article does a good job of outlining some of the ways to find your friends on Strava. 

Invite Athletes

1) Click on the "Invite Athletes to Strava" button when you see it on your Dashboard, your list of followed athletes, or anywhere else.

2) You can add emails of the friends you want to invite, or select Gmail to browse your Gmail contacts for easy selection.

3) You can also add friends via Facebook: just click on the Facebook icon at the left side of the page. From here you can see all your Facebook friends that are already on Strava, or select those that aren't in order to invite them to join in on the fun.

Athlete Search
You can find friends through the Athlete Search. Just click on “Explore”, at the top of your screen. Then choose “Athlete Search” from the secondary row of tabs. Or simply visit http://app.strava.com/athletes/search.

Additionally, Strava will recomend people you can follow. Look on your Dashboard for the “Who to Follow” list on the right side of the page. Or, from your Profile page, click on “Who to Follow” at the top, and see who Strava thinks might be interesting for you to follow.

Looking for your friends on Strava? Use the Athlete Search to find them.

 

 

November 13, 2013 03:07 PM
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Ryan Compton
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December 08, 2013 01:58 PM
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Rick Penlington

Understatement of the year there Ashley! Can't believe it's so hard to find an existing friend on Strava.

Perhaps move the "athlete search" from the misleading tab of 'Explore', ideally to a 'Search' tab along with Segment and Activity Search?

December 17, 2013 09:16 PM
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Rush Tempo

Need a geographic search of athletes on Strava.  If you include an "age" filter that would help.

January 21, 2014 04:56 AM