You’re Invited to Test the NEW Gaia GPS Apple Watch App

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    lmclister

    Awesome! Would be happy to help

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    mushumax

    Looking forward to testing this out!

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    reedmck

    I installed the TestFlight app on my iPhone. When I followed the link to join the beta, it joined me to the beta for Gaia GPS Hiking,Offroad Maps. It says: "This beta is specifically to test the new Search tab and improvements to interacting with objects on the map." There is no mention of the Apple Watch app.

     

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    Chris Hill

    @reedmck,

    https://testflight.apple.com/join/ssEufmcy should take you straight to the Apple Watch build, but it's possible you may see other builds if you're also in another testing group.

    To find the correct Watch Beta build follow these steps:

    • Open TestFlight
    • Select Gaia GPS
    • under App Information, tap "Previous Builds"
    • Select "2020.1010"
    • Select "Install" next to 2020.1010 (20201027)

    That will install the most recent Watch Beta build of the app.

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    mushumax

    Don't see that build yet.

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    Melanie Wilson

    Hey @mushumax,

    Can you try installing the beta version again by clicking on this link from your phone?

    If you continue to have any issues, please contact Support here.​

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    mushumax

    That worked. Thanks!

    One comment on the instructions to change the GPS setting on GaiaGPS. Please add that the setting is on on the Phone, not the Apple Watch. 

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    derek.bowen

    Have a feeling this Beta was not ready for prime, seems to be more of a Alpha to me, after 3 build I have been unable to get it to work on my watch.

    The latest is “Watch Unreachable”

    Still have high hopes.

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    Jim Margolis

    @derek.bowen

    Thanks for using Gaia GPS and for reaching out.

    I've passed your feedback to the Watch team.

    In the future you can send feedback directly to the Watch team like this:

    Snap a screenshot in the beta version of the app > tap Done > and then use the "Share Beta Feedback ..." option.

    If you have any further questions, please contact Support here.

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    Nomas Prime

    Hooray!

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    shutts

    Is there a date set for when this will be fully functional and ready for use in the field?

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    derek.bowen

    Don’t expect anything soon, I started to test the beta and gave up as it does not work and there has not been an update to it for a couple of weeks at least.

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    Jim Margolis

    @shutts

    We don't have an exact timeline, but we are actively working on further building and testing the Apple Watch app. 

    You can expect an announcement via email and on social media when the first production version is released.

    If you have any further questions, please contact Support here.

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    shutts

    I hope that you will be able to do some kind of battery management as well. Some way of enabling the watch to limit gps tracking like Garmin does. Turning off all unnecessary processes like cellular and track on ten minute intervals, etc.

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    mushumax

    I'm curious what your plans are to allow the phone app to sync to the Apple Fitness along with the watch app. The watch app, in its current form, doesn't make good recordings on a consistent basis. To be honest, it doesn't make make good recordings often at all. While I believe you'll resolve this problem, I've resorted to record my hikes with the phone for accurate tracks. But then this leaves me with no reporting to the Fitness app that I've done a hike. So I have to use the Fitness app on my watch to record a hike as well, which completely negates the point of having an iOS version of GaiaGPS.

    I'd love for which ever app I'm recording to report to the Fitness app. Only having the watch app report to the Fitness app results would be great if its recordings were accurate. 

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    clozner

    @Jim and @Melanie - 

    Is the standalone Apple Watch App out of beta now?

    What do you recommend for preserving battery life, while getting the most accurate track? I was thinking of turning off cellular data and wifi on both the phone and the watch. Should I turn bluetooth off so the watch is getting its own GPS signal or better to leave it on to work with the phone? I'm typically asking for a place that has no cellular or wifi, so fine to turn those off.

    Also, I see that the Watch app has a calories calculation? How do I get that to work? It didn't seem to calculate any calories, not that I'm overly concerned about this.

    Lastly, does the Watch app record heart rate?

    Thanks, Charlie

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    Jim Margolis

    Hi Charlie,

    I've answered your questions inline below:

    Is the standalone Apple Watch App out of beta now?

    Yes, it is out of beta now.  The first production release of the watch app was along with version 2020.13 for iPhone/iPad. 

    What do you recommend for preserving battery life, while getting the most accurate track? I was thinking of turning off cellular data and wifi on both the phone and the watch. Should I turn bluetooth off so the watch is getting its own GPS signal or better to leave it on to work with the phone? I'm typically asking for a place that has no cellular or wifi, so fine to turn those off.

    As long as your Apple Watch has a GPS chip in it, the watch app will work independently of your phone, so you could turn Bluetooth off and only transfer items between the watch and phone when needed.  You can turn off Cellular and Wifi, as the GPS chip can record your location.

    Also, I see that the Watch app has a calories calculation? How do I get that to work? It didn't seem to calculate any calories, not that I'm overly concerned about this.
    Lastly, does the Watch app record heart rate?


    The Watch app integrates with the Apple Health kit to provide calories, heart rate, and other measurements.

    The first time you record a track on the watch you will see a Health Access prompt. Follow the prompts to allow Gaia GPS to access and update your Health data.

    If you didn't set it up the first time, you can allow Health Access with these steps:

    • On your phone, tap Settings > Health > Data Access + Devices > GaiaGPS. 
    • Select "Turn All Categories On"


    Once you set up Health Access, the watch app records workouts alongside tracks. Workouts are viewable in the Fitness app on iOS. Also, when you finish recording a track in the Gaia GPS watch app, you can scroll down to see heart rates and calorie information. 

    If you have any further questions, please contact Support here.

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