I have seen this question and there generally very little information on this topic. In the question linked above the they talk about the activity app. I use nike+ running. Last time I went for a run I ran for some time with my phone in my pocket, then I ran without it and the watch would not pick up the distance or any other info during the run. I started the run from my watch so I thought it should not be problem. Has anyone figure this one out yet?

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I think Apple's included Workout app can record activity and heart-rate data without the iPhone, but the Nike+ Running app can't (as of the 17th of November 2015).

Here's the info page from the iPhone Nike+ Running app (Nike+ Running > Settings > Apple Watch)..

Screenshot of Nike Running app (v4.8.3) on iPhone

Nike state that you need to have your iPhone on you.

  • that is pretty sad, hope apple guys are going to allow more access to developers in the near future. thanks for your answer Commented Nov 18, 2015 at 11:18
  • I hope so too. Apple recently provided a way to sync and play music from the Watch to bluetooth headphones and the example they give is a 'Workout Playlist' so they're adding capabilities a bit at a time :o)
    – Andrew
    Commented Nov 19, 2015 at 11:35

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