Enable Location for Automatic Activity Detection

This article shares details on the latest upgrade to one of our most popular features, Automatic Activity Detection. We’ve been able to expand our activity tracking capabilities by adding route, distance, and pace/speed insights to some of your favorite workouts—including running, hiking, and cycling, to name a few.

Location data for AAD is only available on iOS at this time.

Here's what you can expect to find covered below:

  • Location for AAD, Explained
  • How to Get Started
  • Why Enable Location for AAD?
  • Things to Keep in Mind
  • The Specifics

Location for AAD, Explained

By enabling location services on your Oura App, you’ll gain access to a greater diversity of activity data, including route, distance, speed, and pace—depending on the type of activity you engage in.

These new metrics will be included in the "Workout Details" view of any detected, and confirmed activity where route, distance, speed, or pace apply to the type of movement you’ve engaged in. You can access these by tapping on any confirmed activity where they appear in both your Home Icon_Home.png and Activity Icon_Activity.png tabs. If you’re curious about which specific activities are capable of receiving location-based insights, you’ll find them listed below in "The Specifics."

Here’s a quick breakdown of what each new data point offers:

  • Route. View a map with your start, end, and the exact path you’ve followed.
  • Distance. See the exact distance of your workout, in mi or km (depending on how you’ve set up your Oura App).
  • Pace and, or speed (depending on the activity type). Observe your average pace over the course of your workout and see your split times, per mi or km.

Heads up! You must have your phone on you while you workout for any of your location-based data to appear after the fact. Also, your Oura App must be open and running in the background on your device before you start your workout.

How to Get Started

Step 1: Update your app & grant Oura access

  • Update your Oura App to the latest version available.

You should receive a notification in your Home Icon_Home.png tab whenever an update is available. However, in case you ever miss it, you can always visit the App Store on your device. Proceed by typing "Oura" into the search tab. If there’s an update available, it’ll be visible to you.

  • If Location for AAD has become available on your device type and Oura account (*in accordance with our gradual rollout process for this feature), you’ll see an information card next time you complete an activity that can be picked up by Oura.


  • Here, you can tap "Continue" to enable location tracking with Oura or tap "No thanks" to opt-out
  • If you tap "Continue," you’ll be asked again by your operating system to confirm you’re okay with activating all current and future location-based features on your Oura App.
  • Please keep in mind, your location will never be shared outside of Oura and you’re free to revoke access at any time via your device settings. Visit "Things to Keep in Mind" near the bottom of this article for specifics on how to do so.

If you decide you’d like to wait to enable location services on your Oura App, no worries—you can always enable it later from Settings Icon_Settings.png. Select the hamburger menu Icon_Bars.png in the upper left-hand corner of your Home Icon_Home.png tab > Tap Settings Icon_Settings.png > Beneath General, tap "Location" > Toggle on: "Oura location features."

Once you’ve enabled location tracking in Oura, the next step is to enable it from your device's system settings if you previously opted-out. To do so, launch Settings on your device’s operating system > Select "Privacy" > Ensure "Location Services" are toggled on. Next, scroll down and select "Oura" > Tap "Always" beneath "Allow location access."


Step 2: Start collecting & viewing your new activity data

Now’s the time to go for that run, bike ride, or hike with friends (*see our full list below)—once you hit the green light on location tracking and confirm your first activity, it’ll surface in both your Home Icon_Home.png and Activity Icon_Activity.png tabs. Tap on "Show workout details" on the reward card at the top of your Home Icon_Home.png tab to get a full snapshot into your recent accomplishment. If you miss your reward card, you can view your workout details by scrolling to the Activities list on Home Icon_Home.png, and tapping on the activity you’re looking for. Or, you can jump to your Activity Icon_Activity.png tab, and tap on any card from your Activities list to view the exact same level of detail.


Your new workout details will vary based on the type of activity you’ve engaged in, but can include any of the data points noted above: (1) your route, with a visual map, (2) distance, and (3) your average pace/speed.



Please note that not all of these metrics will be accessible following the detection and confirmation of an activity with Oura. Only certain activities have applicable location data that can be meaningfully looped in. We hope to expand our capabilities by offering a greater range of activities where location insights can be an asset. We’re always looking to improve, so please reach out to us here or on social (@ouraring) to share your ideas for expansion.

Why Enable Location for AAD?

By allowing location services to be activated on your Oura App, you can begin to build a more holistic picture of your active lifestyle. With more insights, you’ll gain deeper awareness into your daily activities and how they influence your sleep, recovery, and overall well being.

Additionally, setting up location tracking with Oura will help to improve the quality of your activity predictions over time. Keep in mind, data captured to support and represent your activities can vary depending if you’re engaging in them outdoors, at home, at the gym, etc.—which is a level of detail not lost on Oura. We want to equip you with accurate insights, first and foremost. From there, we can build personalized guidance that matters for you.

Lastly, by setting up location tracking with us, it’ll allow Oura to offer you any emerging features tied to location, travel, and sleep as soon as they launch. Examples could include the impact of air quality, jetlag, altitude, and alike on your body’s ability to rest and restore.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • As a best practice, we recommend to all our AAD enthusiasts and users to ensure their Location Services for Oura are set to "Always on." This is because in order for the feature to work optimally, your GPS location must be accessible from the very beginning of your workout. If not, you may end up missing your route and visual map after a run or cycle ride, for example. Note that this may result in higher phone battery consumption.
  • To do so, launch Settings on your device’s operating system > Select "Privacy" > Ensure "Location Services" are toggled on. Next, scroll down and select "Oura" > Tap "Always" beneath "Allow location access."
  • If you decide you’d like to turn off your location tracking with Oura, you can follow this same set of guidance, and tap ‘Never’ as the final step.
  • Your location data will never be shared outside your Oura App, or with a third party without your consent.
  • Route data and visual maps will also be available for manually added workouts and workouts imported from Apple Health or Google Fit—if your Location Services with Oura are established as "Always" on, your phone is with you while you workout, and you open the Oura App on your device before starting a workout.
  • If you force quit your Oura App, location tracking will stop until you launch the app again. We recommend you avoid force quitting your Oura App while completing any activity and workout for this reason.

The Specifics

If you’re looking to sort out which activities currently offer an extended set of data based on your location, this is the spot. Below, we outline the fine-tuned details.

Route, distance, and speed are available for the following automatically detected activities:

Outdoor cycling, downhill skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, rollerblading, surfing, and ice skating.

Route, distance, and pace are available for the following automatically detected activities:

Outdoor cross-country skiing, rowing, running, walking, hiking, horseback riding, HIIT, nordic walking, and orienteering.

Distance is available for the following automatically detected activities:

Outdoor climbing and cross-training.

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