iPhone GPS Recording Help

The tips outlined below should restore normal GPS recording to the app on iPhone. This should prevent most problems related to tracking, including incorrect distance, stats tracking, and GPS-necessary audio feedback. Fixing any incorrectly recorded stats or route details will require editing the workout, and/or editing the route. 

The app is not intended to record GPS activities or other stats when using on iPods/iPads/tablets since they do not have a native GPS chip for tracking without 'A-GPS' and a cellular signal. For any issues with GPS on an Android device, read through our Android GPS help article

Enabling Location Services on iOS 8, 9, and 10:

MapMy must have access to your location at all times in order to properly record your workouts. To enable this visit:

  • iOS Settings App > Privacy > enable Location Services > MapMy > Toggle MapMy to "Always"

For iOS 8 and 9, Location Services needs to bet set to "Always" for users to map their runs with zero GPS interruptions, or successfully use multiple apps concurrently with MapMyFitness. If set to "While Using" the app will not record all stats most likely unless the screen is left on for the duration of the workout, and this could cause interruptions to your recording. Selecting "Never" will prevent any tracking of location data with MapMy. 

Enabling Background App Refresh (all iOS versions) :

There are two settings for all iOS devices that must be enabled in order for GPS tracking to successfully connect and occur with MapMy: Location Services and Background App Refresh. 

Within the iOS Settings App visit:

  • iOS Settings App > General > Background App Refresh

While here turn the switch on for MapMyRun. If this feature is turned off MapMy will not record any activity when the phone's screen turns off or when you navigate away from the app. 

If the Background App Refresh and Location Services Settings are enabled properly, try the following steps, they are known to resolve almost all issues.

  • Force quit the app and any other open apps, especially processor-intensive ones such as games, GPS tracking apps, etc., as these can cause intense strain on a phone. This strain results in errors tracking. Relaunch it and see if the problem persists. 
  • Delete the application from your phone entirely, and then reinstall the app from the app store. You will not be charged again for the app you have downloaded previously.
  • Restart your cell phone, this can sometimes free up memory and restore functionality. Even smartphones and computers need a power-nap.
  • Turn off Wi-Fi before starting your workout. Wi-Fi is known to decrease the accuracy of your GPS and also cause network data transfer conflicts.
  • Navigate to your device's System Settings and from the Date and Time settings enable automatic time zone. This will prevent GPS points from being reported at an incorrect time when connecting to a GPS signal.
  • You may need to turn Auto-Pause off from the in-app settings. Auto-Pause goes into effect after 30 seconds of inactivity or when traveling less than 2.4 mph and, if you do not intend to use it, can cause some problems with distance and time measurement.
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