*Updated 2016

We’ve had a lot of runners join us since we wrote this post at the beginning of 2014, so figured it was time to freshen up the Basics of Runkeeper. This may not be a must-read for all of our Fitness Veterans out there, but who knows! Maybe you’ll learn something new.

Let’s get started!

Signing Up/Logging In

Hopefully most of you are already Signed Up and Logged In, but for those of you who’re really just getting started, we’ll touch on this really quick.

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When you boot up Runkeeper for the first time, you’ll see the Sign up screen, where you can sign up using Facebook and e-mail or, if you’re on Android, Google+. If you’ve already got an account, just hit Log In in the top right corner, and sign in that way!

The Start Screen

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Ah, the Start screen; the central hub of the app. Click on the running man icon in the top left corner, and from here you can select one of over ten different activities to actively track, or one of over thirty different activity types to manually log. If you’re heading outside to use GPS tracking, keep the top bar toggled to GPS Mode, and select your activity. If you’re working out inside your house or at the gym, click on the activity type icon and hit “Stopwatch Mode,” then select your activity. Make sure to take a look at all the different activities you can track. Who knows? Maybe you’ll try something new and really enjoy it!

Settings, Audio Cues, and Timing

Before you head out, why not take a second and set up some Audio Cues so you don’t have to keep looking at your phone while you’re out? All you need to do is head to the Settings screen. You can do this by heading to the Me tab at the bottom of your screen, then hitting the circular gear button to the right of your profile picture and hitting Activity Settings. From there, you can really customize Runkeeper to make it your own. You can switch between miles and kilometers, edit your height and weight, and as we’re going to focus on today, select your Audio Cues.

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Right near the top of the Settings page you’ll be able to see Audio Cues settings. These are audio notifications that will update you on your progress as you track your GPS activities. They’re split up into three different settings, Audio Cues, Audio Timing, and Audio Cue Volume for the iPhone App.

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For Android users, go the navigation menu, and then select settings to view these options.

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Open up the Audio Cues menu, and you’ll be able to see all of the possible Audio Cue selections. What looks good to you? Check a few boxes, choose how often you want to hear updates, and you’re ready to head out!

The Me Tab and Activities

Now that you’ve been out for a trip, time to take a look at the page that’s all about you! Welcome to the Me Tab.

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This is the page where you’ll be able to see any notifications, as well as look at all of your activities (on iPhone at least), week-to-week and month-to-month stats, any Goals you’ve set (for iPhone users, you can see Goals under the My Plan tab), as well as Personal Records, and other stats about your running. Be sure to really look around this page, as there’s a lot of cool insights that’ll only get cooler the more you track!

Well, that’s it for this week, but tune in next week for more tips on getting started and working out with the Runkeeper App!

Check out our other blog posts about the Runkeeper App, Runkeeper Go & Partners and Routes & Friends!