What is a "Track"?

Recording a track generates a set of specific data for the activity using GPS, which includes the route taken, and a record of your time, distance, speed and elevation changes. Provided the GPS signal is good and your device settings don't interrupt the recording, you will have an accurate and precise record of your route. 

How to start, pause and end a recording on your smartphone

Tap the 'Tracking' icon shown on the bottom bar of the app to start recording. The recording itself will begin once you press "Start". Please note that your GPS signal will need to have been activated by this point. You can find out more about determining your current location and aligning your map view . 

It is possible whilst recording to continue to display the interactive altitude profile which gives you your current altitude, the time you have spent moving and your current and average speeds. To access this, tap on the arrow under the upper gray bar showing the distance covered, altitude and the elapsed time. Swipe left and right to switch which information is shown.

Click on "Pause" to stop the recording. You can then choose to continue recording or end it altogether. The recording will be saved in "Overview"> "Contents"> "Tracks". Or you can save it as a route, which can be edited and published later.

Statistics: what data gets collected?

Various data are compiled while recording your track, which can then be viewed under the statistics section. The main considerations are the duration and distance of your recording as well as speed and altitude changes. The following is captured and displayed:

  • Route
  • Duration
  • Ascent
  • Descent
  • Speed

The statistics feature shows you more specific values relating to your speed and altitude changes.



  • Your average speed
  • Your maximum speed
  • Your average speed uphill
  • Your average speed downhill


Elevation profile:

  • The highest point
  • The lowest point
  • The route going uphill
  • The route going downhill

Cropping your track

Started your recording too early or left it running by accident? No problem! You can easily crop the beginning and end of the track. This function can be found in the app as well as on the web version by clicking on "Edit track" followed by "Crop track". A slider then appears that allows you to move the start and end points. Any changes you make will also be reflected in the number of kilometers and the track's time.  

Your cropped track will be displayed once saved. You can always return to how it was before if you cropped incorrectly or simply want to go back to the original recording.

Tracking using a template

Existing routes can be used as a template when tracking, with the route shown on the map at the same time as you are creating your track. 

To do this, go to the route's detail page. Select "More" from the menu bar then "As template". This function also works with plans or tracks.


  • Check in the settings whether location detection has been allowed.
    • iOS: "Settings" ⇒ "General" ⇒ "Location Services and under "Settings" ⇒ "Outdooractive" ⇒ "Location"
    • Android: "Settings" ⇒ "Privacy & Security" ⇒ "Location" and under "Settings" ⇒ "Apps" ⇒ "Outdooractive" ⇒ "Permissions"
  • iOS: In order to record tracks, the app must be allowed to update the background ("Settings" ⇒ "General" ⇒ "Background update").
  • Android: Check in the location settings of your smartphone whether "High accuracy" is selected.
  • Any type of battery-saving feature on your device should always be deactivated. Battery-saving features can severely interrupt the GPS signal. A common symptom of your device saving battery is straight lines in a track recording. The app will connect that last GPS location with the current GPS location using a straight line. This usually means that when the screen went to sleep your device stopped receiving GPS signals meaning the app cannot function correctly. 
  • Dropouts can naturally occur whenever the GPS signal is weak. It is best to check regularly whether the reception is good and not to stow your smartphone too deep in your backpack.
  • If you are using an Android device and a recording contains straight lines that lead away from the route, please check 'general settings'⇒ 'Location'⇒ 'Advanced settings'⇒ 'Wi-fi Scanning'. This should be activated to allow for optimal performance from the app. 

Good to know

Currently the only way to create a track on Outdooractive is to use the app. When creating a route, the geometry of the track is copied and the original track is retained.

If you import a GPX track from another device, it will always be saved as a "Plan", which can also be expanded into a full route. 

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