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April 18, 2012 1:43 PM
It said I walked a mile during my 5 minute warm up. Anyone know of a more accurate running gps app? The odd thing is, I mapped it out via google maps on my ifit live account and it came up with the same total distance. I think the distance is off by as much as a mile!

Has anyone else had that experience with Map My Run? I plan on trying Runkeeper and runens next but just curious how accurate others have found the GPS to be. This was for a run in a city park in my town.
April 18, 2012 1:53 PM
My Boyfriend was using it for his 8mi walks... Was fine first couple times then after about a week the gps was off anywhere from .5-1.5mi a workout .... And my boyfriend followed the same route every time! He is using run keeper now and likes it so
Much better the gps is more accurate
April 18, 2012 4:01 PM
I tried run keeper tonight and it said I went 2.24 miles during my 5 minute warmup WALK. Wtf?!

Next ill try runens. I really hope something works better than this!
April 18, 2012 4:02 PM
Try Endomondo.
April 18, 2012 4:04 PM
I've never had a problem with mine.
April 18, 2012 4:11 PM

I've never had a problem with mine.

Me either, but I prefer RunKeeper. Could it be the area you live in is causing some type of interference?
April 18, 2012 4:14 PM
Try Cardio Trainer, and set the settings so that it is most accurate. It works pretty well for me. There is a park that is almost exactly 1/2 a mi, and when I tracked in using Cardio Trainer, it was only off by a few feet (which may be due to me not walking in a straight line)
April 18, 2012 4:14 PM
Try Cyclemeter, you can set it for running instead of biking. I've found it to be more accurate than the MapMy apps. It does cost $4.99 but it can be used for all sorts of activities. None of them are perfect.
April 18, 2012 4:16 PM
I find that my GPS for mapmyrun works better if the screen is still up, but then again, I use it on my phone. Also, I've started using TrackerBooster in addition so that the signal stays stronger.
April 18, 2012 4:17 PM
yes. I stopped using it. I use runkeeper now.
April 18, 2012 4:17 PM
Someone told me you need to turn off wireless. That your phone picks up singles and it throws it off.
April 18, 2012 6:41 PM

Someone told me you need to turn off wireless. That your phone picks up singles and it throws it off.

That's interesting! Easy enough to try!

I went on runkeeper's website and looked at my run. It had me starting my run two miles away from my actual starting point for some reason. I was able to edit it online and everything else looked very accurate. So, I'll try runkeeper again!

And I'll keep the other suggestions handy too!
April 18, 2012 6:43 PM
I've never been able to get Mapmyrun to be accurate... my Footpod has been my life saver.
April 18, 2012 6:44 PM
I use Adidas micoach on my phone. It seems to be accurate.
April 18, 2012 6:45 PM

Someone told me you need to turn off wireless. That your phone picks up singles and it throws it off.

Actually, having the wifi on improves your location. It could be anything, trees, interference whatnot. My friend and I both use runkeeper, we will run the same race and have different mileage. Her GPS is more sensitive than mine. And I doubt it's the app's fault, the GPS is in your phone, not the app.

So no matter what app you use, you will probably have issues.
You can also go back and edit the activity later online, that's what I do when it's off.

Good luck!
November 26, 2012 2:58 PM
Yeah, mine is always off by about .5 miles for every 2 miles I run! I use RunTracker now, it's so much better and also more accurate. You can even use a "Ghost Runner" which is basically running against one of your previous runs trying to beat it. Motivation at its finest.
November 26, 2012 3:01 PM
I can't get mapmyrun, endomondo, or nikerun to work!!!! :( I have different issues with all of them! :(
November 26, 2012 3:12 PM

And I doubt it's the app's fault, the GPS is in your phone, not the app.

So no matter what app you use, you will probably have issues.

ITA that if 2 separate apps are that inaccurate it's likely either your phone's GPS or your location/interference.

I tried MapMyRun about 2 years ago and it never could find a signal - whether I was home or 350 miles away, so I figured it was the app, so I downloaded RunKeeper and it's worked like a charm ever since. Occasionally there's a slight hiccup by as much as a half mile during races, but that's no big deal to me.
November 26, 2012 3:17 PM
November 26, 2012 3:28 PM
I've tried a few, but stick with runkeeper, not because I think it is the most accurate but because I like the website. I have several runs and I've measured them with my car.. I just edit my runs if I really want to know precisely what I've run and how fast. Honestly, it doesn't matter to me that much... I know that I'm steadily improving and when I can drop another2 or 3 minutes off my mile then I will care (lol).
November 26, 2012 3:31 PM
Runtastic, Nike+ Running
November 26, 2012 3:35 PM
I have never had a problem with my mapmyrun gps. It aways has almost the exact same reading as my garmin watch. I did find that Nike+ was never accurate with distance.
November 26, 2012 3:41 PM
I never had a problem with MapMyRun, but I have also used JogTracker, and that worked as well.
March 5, 2013 7:54 AM
Could it be the server we are using? I have AT&T and my brother has Verizon and we walk the same trails....his GPS works great mine is off by almost 1.5 miles....we both use mapmywalk.
September 4, 2013 6:43 PM
I have trouble with mapmyrun and Endomondo. I just drove my last run in the car and mapmyrun was off by 0.7 mile! I assumed it was my phone or signal-- when I run, the route on the map looks like I backtrack, run across the street, zigzag.... When I am running in a straight line. Tonight when I drove it, I used both apps and turned on cycling, to be most accurate with the car. It was almost exact! And the route lines were completely smooth. No zigzags to be found.
Hmmm. So it can't be the signal, can it? Does the bouncing up and down affect it that much? I wouldn't think so.


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