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Can I use Strava App on iPhone abroad if data, cell and roaming are turned off?

Svi Zamnom
asked this on July 13, 2012, 12:48 PM

I'd like to track my rides while on vacation in UK without incurring enormous international data charges...

Is it possible to use Strava App with cellular network, roaming, and data turned off? 

Much appreciated,



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whyte 74

As per Elle's comments, I tried to use the iPhone 4 in airplane mode to be safe from any surprise charges and only my run time was logged.  No maps, no segments, no distance etc.

It now worked for me perfectly well on the iPhone 4 if I have Airplane mode OFF.  When in Settings, scroll down and under Cellular, ensure Cellular Data and Enable 3G are OFF.

That will let the GPS pick up your run ride and not incur data charges.  To be sure, a little further down in Settings you can see your cellular data usage, so you can reset this and check after the run/ride You will however be safe to record the activity and then upload it when you are back on Wifi or home network.

September 17, 2014, 11:40 AM
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Elle Anderson
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We've posted this caution in our documentation regarding recording with iPhones and cell data turned off:

Beware of Airplane mode on the iPhone...

The iPhone requires data to acquire a GPS location estimate. So if your phone is in airplane mode, GPS cannot start. It can CONTINUE to receive GPS updates when in airplane mode, but if the signal is lost (like when traveling through a tunnel) then airplane mode will prevent it from re-acquiring GPS. You should enable either cell data or wifi data whenever attempting to establish a GPS lock.

 Hope that helps! 

June 5, 2014, 3:35 PM
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Rob Crawford
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You're probably back from your vacation, but for the record, the answer is yes.  While cycling abroad, I recorded the ride and uploaded it via wifi. No problems. 

October 14, 2012, 12:22 PM