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Connect your Polar account to Map My Tracks

Connect your Polar account to Map My Tracks

We’re thrilled to welcome Polar to the Map My Tracks family. From today, anyone that uses a Polar watch to record their outdoor pursuits can sync it automatically to Map My Tracks. Polar joins the existing set of services, that includes Garmin Connect and Fitbit, that makes is easy for anyone that enjoys getting outdoors to keep all their records in one place.

It’s simple to set up

To get started first connect your Map My Tracks account with your Polar Flow account. On the website go to Upload > Connect to devices. On the app go to Settings > Services to complete the connection. Once connected, your Polar activities will be synced across to Map My Tracks. After that, all new activities synced to Polar Flow will also be synced to Map My Tracks. It will not sync historical activities. If these are needed on Map My Tracks then they can be upload manually.

By default, any activity synced from Polar will be made private. It’s possible to alter this by editing the connection settings on the website at Upload >  Connect to devices.

As ever, we are keen to hear from our community on what other services would be good to integrate with. Get in touch to let us know.

 

 

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Map My Tracks Android v4

Map My Tracks Android V4

We’re thrilled to announce that a major new update to the Map My Tracks Android app is now available to download from Google Play.

What’s new? Well, lots!

We’ve been busy making sure that the app in general is much faster to use when browsing around. You’ll notice that maps load faster and that pages now include an infinite scroll that means you can easily browse more of your history or your friend’s activities. Some subtle changes to the page layouts mean everything is clearer and easier to read.

We’ve also made sure that the app stays in sync your website history. Now, if you upload activities to the website your phone stays in sync without needing to manually download it. This works great if you have connected your account to Garmin Connect or Fitbit. All the activities synced from these services automatically appear in the app on your phone keeping everything in one place.

Photos take center stage. When you pin a photo to an activity it will show in your profile and activity feed instead of the route map.

Other all round improvements make this version faster and even easier to use.

We hope you enjoy the update.

 

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Discover where you play with personalised heat maps

Your very own personalised heat map on Map My Tracks is now available to explore.

Map My Tracks heat maps

The Map My Tracks heat map provides an overview of all your activities to show where you’ve been in the past. It’s a great way to explore your history of activities and remind your of the places you have been.

We’ve included options for you to explore your heat map by year and each activity type you do.

Your heat map can only be seen by you as they include both public and private activities that you have uploaded to Map My Tracks. By default, the heat map will not include any activities that start or finish within any privacy zone but there are options to override this to see all your activities. Keep in mind, that if you choose to share a screenshot of your heat map with your privacy zone data visible then it may disclose sensitive locations.

To view your own heat map login to Map My Tracks then choose Heat map from the main dropdown menu.

Heat maps are available for PLUS members. If you would like to view your own heat map then please upgrade to PLUS and your heat map will be available immediately.

We hope you enjoy browsing your heat map.

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Map My Tracks global activity

The global reach of Map My Tracks never ceases to amaze us. We are always thrilled to see that we have users all around the world.

To help illustrate this we’ve developed a simple map that showcases all the incoming data, in real-time, on Map My Tracks.

It’s fascinating to see how the incoming data moves across the world from east to west during the day. As Australia is going to bed there tends to be more activity in America as they wake up and start their day.

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Take control of the notifications you send and receive

Being connected to friends on Map My Tracks is a great way to stay motivated and keep active.

Once you’re connected to friends Map My Tracks will keep you up-to-date with their activity by sending you various notifications. While notifications are a perfect way to stay in touch you may not want to receive all of them.

Now, you have full control over what notification you send and receive. You can choose what notifications you prefer to receive from your friends and also decide what notifications you send to your friends on Map My Tracks.

You can review, and make changes to, your notifications settings in your Account preferences.

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Privacy zone enhancements for added security

Privacy zones

We take our responsibility to protect our users’ privacy very seriously. So much so that none of the default settings on Map My Tracks force users to make their activity public. The starting point for every user is to keep everything private and only make it public if they choose to do so.

That said, when users do choose to make their activity public it’s important that the privacy zone tools we provide do their job to mask their data.

Through research undertaken by the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign into fitness tracking social networks like Map My Tracks they uncovered some problems with our initial implementation of privacy zones. We were provided with the details of the issue on February 22, 2018 by Hussain et al. who established an algorithm to deduce the place of interest within a privacy zone.

Their research included recommendations to further secure users’ data within a privacy zone to mitigate the risk of exposing the place of interest. Their recommendations, and a further set of our own, were implemented on February 23, 2018 and applied to new and established privacy zones.

We would encourage all our users to set up Privacy Zones over their home or place of work if they choose to make their activity public. Go to Settings > Privacy to set up as many as needed.

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Our biggest iOS update this year

Map My Tracks V5 iOS

Map My Tracks has always been about tracking your rides, runs, hikes, outdoor activities and adventures. Over the past year we have steadily added more ways for you to be able to tell the whole story around your outdoor activities. Photos, goals and now in the latest update of the iOS app we’ve added augmented reality.

With all these new features available it was time to give the app a refresh to make it easier to get the most out of Map My Tracks - so welcome to version 5 of the Map My Tracks iOS app.

In this update you get a clean crisp dashboard, easy access to set goals, browse the Social Gallery and explore the landscape around you with augmented reality.

Augmented reality

If you have a compatible phone* your can explore the landscape around your when you are out on your next adventure. If you have ever wondered what mountain peak was on the horizon, or what town was down the road, or where your friends are then you’ll love this feature. To discover what’s nearby first open the Activity Map then tap on the AR globe in the top corner. You’ll see nearby peaks, places and anyone that is tracking live - all in the landscape around you.

New dashboard

The new dashboard has a familiar but cleaner feel. It still shows off all your activity history across today, this week, month, year and all time. We’ve added a tab bar to launch into some of the most used sections of the app like the Social Gallery, your friends activities, goals and your own profile.

Goals

Who doesn’t like a goal? You can challenge yourself to complete a distance goals, or a duration-based goal. With the New Year just on the horizon it’s a great time to set your 2018 goals and monitor their progress on Map My Tracks.

Connect to Fitbit and Garmin Connect

If you’re a user of either Garmin Connect or Fitbit then it’s now possible to connect these accounts to Map My Tracks. Once connected any activities added to either Garmin Connect or Fitbit will be synced to your Map My Tracks accounts. It’s a great way to keep everything all in one place.

Map My Tracks v5 for iOS is now available to download from the App Store. The Android update is due out in a week or so.

We hope you like the update and enjoy exploring the landscape around you with augmented reality powered by Map My Tracks.

*Augmented reality compatible phones include the following that run iOS 11: iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 8/8 Plus.

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Trim tool for activities

Map My Tracks trim activity

Have you ever forgotten to stop tracking after finishing an activity then jump in the car and track all the way home? It happens.

To help fix the activity data we have added new tool that can trim off any unwanted data at the start or end of an activity. It’s super easy to use and very, very useful.

To trim an activity, first open it on the website then click ‘Actions’. There is now a ‘Trim activity’ option. Open the Trim Activity page then click on the elevation chart to set the new start and end points of the activity.

There’s a fine tune option to accurately nudge the start, and end, positions before trimming the unwanted data. Please keep in mind, once the data has been trimmed there is no undo option. The discarded data is permanently deleted.

It’s a small, but very handy, addition to the site that helps to keep your data as accurate as possible.

We hope you like the update.

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Goals - set yourself a goal (or two)

Map My Tracks Goals

Setting goals is a great way to keep yourself motivated and to help you achieve more. With that in mind we’ve recently focused our attention on making it easy to set a goal on Map My Tracks.

There are three types of goals that can be set. A distance goal, duration goal or activity goal. With each one you can select a specific sport, start/end and goal target.

Once a goal is set, you’ll get a breakdown of the daily, weekly or month target distance you need to cover in order to complete the goal on time. A countdown to the end date also helps keep you on track.

Goals are available to use by PLUS members and are only on website for now. The Map My Tracks app will have goals in the coming weeks.

You can access the goals section by clicking on your profile name in the main navigation, then Goals.
Goal nav

We hope you enjoy the new feature.

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Share your Moments with a beautifully crafted video

We're excited to announce the launch of Map My Tracks Moments videos.

Map My Tracks Moments is a great way to turn your bike rides, hikes or outdoor adventures into a personal story ready to share with others or to keep for yourself.

Map My Tracks Moments highlights where and when your key milestones were like elevation, speed, cadence, power, heart rate. It automatically compiles these into a beautiful video, and if you’ve taken the time to pin some photos to your activity then they get included in the video as well.

Map My Tracks Moments videos can be created from any activity on the website or in the Map My Tracks app. Each one is personalised with its own colour and size and can be recreated as many times as you like.

Share your Moments

We’ve made it super simple for each video to be downloaded or shared on sites like Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp or Twitter.

To share a Moments video created from the website first open the activity, click on ‘Moments’ then ‘Create video’. Your video will be built in seconds and when it’s ready download the MP4 to your PC/Mac then upload it to Facebook or Twitter.

Map My Tracks Moments
Moments videos can be share from any app page that list activities. This includes History, Activity Feed and your Profile.  Tap on the ‘Play’ icon under each of the activities to open the Moments page. Tap on ‘Create Moments video’ and personalise your video. When it’s ready choose to share it or download a copy to your device.

Map My Tracks Moments videos can be created in nine different languages including Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Polish and Portuguese.

Right now Moments can be created on the Map My Tracks website and iOS app. Our Android app users will be able to create Moments later on this week.

We look forward to seeing your Moments videos.

 

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