This is the one Strava setting you need to change now

Strava is one of best running apps on the market, and millions of runners and cyclists around the world use it to track their workouts. But is the app safe? In 2018, Strava made headlines after releasing user heatmaps, which detailed user activities and revealed the location of US military bases. Since then, however, Strava has tightened its security settings; you now have the option to hide your activities or allow only your followers to see them.

I’ve been using Strava for almost ten years, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized how much I was sharing on my profile. Not only was it public, allowing anyone to peek into my regular running routes, but it was extremely easy to find out where I lived from where my activities started and ended.

If you’re worried about other Strava users using your address, here’s how to tighten your app settings. It should be noted that from a security point of view, when you download the application, everything will automatically be public.

How to hide your home address from Strava

Strava gives you the option to hide the start and end of your activities. You have the option to set this option as a preference for all your runs, outings or walks, or add it to activities once they have been downloaded. When this feature is enabled, only you will be able to see the start and end of the activity, which will appear in gray on the map. The rest of the activity will appear in orange – this is what your followers can see.

Screenshots of a route and privacy settings in the Strava app

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To activate it, head to the app settings section by tapping on the cog in the upper right corner. Select Privacy Controls, then Change map visibility. You can customize which part of the start or end of an activity is hidden up to a 1 mile radius. You can also choose whether to hide the start and end of activities from a specific address (for example, your home), or if you prefer to hide the start and end of all activities, regardless of where they start. You can also hide the entire map. You will not be associated with any segments in the hidden part of the activity, however, your completed activities will still count towards the challenges.

A photo of the privacy settings in the Strava app

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If you have already downloaded a workout and want to go back and hide the beginning, click on an activityso select the three dots in the upper right corner. From this menu select Change map visibility and use the sliders to choose the part of the map you want to hideor enable Hide entire map option.

How to make all your activities more private

If you’d rather keep your entire profile more private, the easiest way to do that is to adjust your profile visibility and activity visibility. If you change your profile visibility to “followers”, Strava users you don’t approve to follow you will see a restricted profile. To do this, tap the cog in the right cornerso select Settings. Following, click on Privacy Controlswhere you can change who can see your profile page, activities, group activities, rollovers, and local captions.

A screenshot of privacy controls on strava

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You can also adjust the visibility of your activity to “followers” or “only you”. This will prevent your activities from appearing in public leaderboards. You can also do it manually on the downloaded activities by by clicking on the “Edit activity” screen of an individual download.

Read our full Strava app review here. Looking for more inspiration for your workout? Read what happened when I did 100 dead bugs a day for a week, or when I tried Carrie Underwood’s leg workout.


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Strava is one of the best running apps on the market, and millions of runners and cyclists around the globe use it to track their workouts. But is the app safe? In 2018, Strava made headlines after it released user heatmaps, which detailed users’ activities and revealed the locations of U.S. military bases. Since then, however, Strava has stepped up its security settings; you now have the option to hide your activities, or only allow your followers to see them.
I’ve been using Strava for the better part of ten years, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized how much I was sharing on my profile. Not only was it public, allowing anyone to glance at my regular running routes, but it was extremely easy to work out where I lived from where my activities started and finished. 
If you’re worried about other Strava users working out your address, here’s how to tighten the settings on your app. It’s worth noting that from a security point of view when you download the app, everything will be public automatically. 
How to hide your home address from Strava 
Strava gives you the option to hide the start and finish of your activities. You have the option to set this as a preference on all your runs, rides, or walks, or add it to activities once they have been uploaded. When this feature is turned on, only you will be able to see the beginning and end of the activity, which will appear in grey on the map. The rest of the activity will appear in orange — this is what your followers can see. 

(Image credit: Future/Tom’s Guide)
To turn this on, head to the settings section of the app by tapping the cog in the upper right-hand corner. Select Privacy controls, then Edit map visibility. You can customize how much of the start or end of an activity is hidden up to a 1-mile radius. You can also choose whether you hide the start and end of activities from a specific address (for example, your home), or whether you’d rather hide the start and end of all activities, regardless of where they start. You can also hide the entire map. You will not be matched to any segments within the hidden portion of the activity, however, your full activities will still count towards challenges.

(Image credit: Future/Tom’s Guide)
If you’ve already uploaded a workout and want to go back and hide the start, click onto an activity, then select the three dots in the upper right corner. From this menu select Edit Map Visibility and use the sliders to choose the part of the map you would like to hide, or enable the option to Hide Entire Map.
How to make all of your activities more private 
If you’d rather keep your entire profile more private, the easiest way to do so is to adjust your profile visibility and activity visibility. If you change your profile visibility to “followers”, Strava users who you don’t approve to follow you will see a limited profile. To do this, tap the cog in the right hand corner, then select Settings. Next, hit Privacy Controls, where you’ll be able to change who can see your profile page, activities, group activities, flybys and local legends.

(Image credit: Future/Tom’s Guide)
You can also adjust your activity visibility to “followers” or “only you”. This will prevent your activities from appearing on public leaderboards. You can also do this manually on uploaded activities by clicking the “edit activity” screen of an individual upload. 
Read our full Strava app review here. Looking for more workout inspiration? Read what happened when I did 100 dead bugs a day for a week, or when I tried Carrie Underwood’s leg workout. 

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