Years of activity, hundreds or even thousands of trainings gathered on Endomondo will soon cease to be available to users. How to prevent them from being lost forever?
What is going on?
The owner of Endomondo announced today that by the end of this year, as part of the reorganization and cleaning, Endomondo will be extinguished.
There is no detailed description of what the process will look like and until when users have time to export their data, but you’d better hurry up. Both when it comes to securing your training history and choosing a new platform. Update: details on service closure and data deletion here.
So the basic question arises: how to export data from Endomondo?
If we have little training record, it shouldn’t be difficult.
Endomondo does not offer group data export to separate files, but if we have several or a dozen training sessions, we can use the built-in tool.
To get to it, open the card with the training:
Click the down arrow on the right side of the screen (next to the Facebook icon):
Then select the Export item and decide on one of the two formats – TCX or GPX.
It is worth checking, before exporting all training, which format will be accepted by our future target siteto avoid unnecessary and potentially cumbersome conversion of all files to a different format.
It’s good that most websites accept both TCX and GPX without hesitation, so it’s hard to choose wrong here. For example, Strava accepts TCX, GPX and FIT. Similarly, for example Garmin Connect.
What if we have more activity?
And here it is so easy, or at least directly from Endomondo, it will not.
The most convenient solution will probably be to use the website tapiriikwhich many people have used over the years to synchronize data between different services. The look may not inspire confidence, but … it works.
Tapiriik ensures that does not store any access data.
If we decide to use tapiriika, select the Endomondo icon from the main screen and grant the appropriate access:
Now we have to choose which site we want to move to. You can choose from Garmin Connect, Runkeeper, Strava, SportTracks, TrainingPeaks, Ride With GPS or TrainerRoad, but if we want, we can amount to our data, e.g. to Dropbox.
For the trial, I set up a random account on Stravie and connected it with tapiriik. We can decide, among others from what date activities are to be synchronized – if, for example, we do not care about our embarrassing beginnings. And I’m pretty sure I didn’t train anything in 1885:
Now all that’s left is to click the sync icon (it’s the one with arrows) and wait. With more activities and probably increased tapiriika and Endomondo loads, this process may take some time.
There are, of course, other methods, but I haven’t tested them personally (and I’ve already transferred the data with a tapiriik once or twice), so I’m not able to recommend them. Generally, it is never a bad strategy to connect it immediately to another sports website as soon as you start using a sports website, thus creating a backup of your data in a way.
On the other hand, if someone does not want to transfer data while sitting in front of a computer and in front of a smartphone, they can try, for example, an application RunGap. I have not used it for such purposes, but according to the information on the manufacturer’s website, it should do the job.
Endomondo – what instead?
A difficult question because it depends on a lot of factors. For example, I have been using Endomondo for years for one reason – because most of my friends were there and I treated Endomondo as a sports and social website. In that case, you would have to move to where our friends are or are planning to move, and that’s it.
However, if this is not the key criterion, what websites should you pay attention to? Contrary to appearances, the choice is quite large, although I will warn you right away – you will probably try several services anyway before choosing the favorite one (so it’s best to turn on synchronization between them right away).
We can, of course, choose Strava – relatively popular, with an interface that you may like, and – unfortunately – a very expensive premium version. Fortunately, many people will not need it for anything and you can live peacefully with the free edition.
There is also, from what I saw – recommended by several people in the comments – Sports Tracker, with shockingly high ratings in app stores (average 4.7 in the AppStore). The first version of the program was created 16 years ago (!) As a Nokia project and after some minor transitions it was under the wings of Amer Sports, the company to which it belongs, among others Suunto. Then Amer Sports went under Chinese wings, but that’s another story.
In addition, you can try Runtastica, RunKeeper, Nike Run Club (although I have mixed experiences with this application), TrainingPeaks (although it is strongly training platform) or MapMyRun, although I do not know if anyone will trust Under Armor after the Endomondo case.
You can also possibly consider whether our system activity monitoring application is not enough – they are often so complex that if we do not have to share our achievements with the whole world – they may be enough.