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Relive App Review

February 5, 2019

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Relive App Review

Relive App
4.43

Quick Thoughts About the Relive App

Overall, I think the free Relive app is a fun way to visualize outdoor activities, and it’s compatible with many popular apps and third-party devices and systems (Garmin, Polar, Apple Health, etc.).

Their premium Club membership also delivers upgraded features like more pictures, customizable speeds, and priority processing.

I geek-out on the maps, and I feel good supporting the company’s hard work, so I think the extra $5 per month is worth the upgrade. But, the app won’t necessarily improve your cycling performance, so I’d strongly recommend trying the free version before paying.

  • Price (It's Free!)
  • Ease of Use
  • Third-Party Compatibility
  • Accuracy
  • Fun Factor
  • Features
  • Overall Value of Club Membership

Pros

  • Free
  • Easy to use
  • Solid user interface
  • Great feature set, including 3D route visualization
  • Club membership is relatively inexpensive ($5/mo) and expands features
  • Co-founded by a cyclist

Cons

  • No performance aspect — this app is for pure visual enjoyment
  • Not everyone will find Club upgrades valuable
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User Review
3.33 (6 votes)

The Relive app has grown leaps and bounds in popularity since its launch in 2017. We’ll explore how it works, what I’ve experienced as a Club member, and whether or not I think it’s worth the upgrade.


Updated August 4, 2019

About the Relive App

The Relive app creates 3D videos of your bike rides, runs, hikes, and snow sessions—like a “fly-over your route,” they advertise. Then, you can share these personal adventures with others, whether through social media or messaging.

The app also highlights different moments of each adventure, including pictures (and where you took them), distance, elevation gain, speed, and overall time.

Relive connects with several iOS and Android mobile devices, including third-party tracking apps and brand-specific programs. And except for Strava (more soon) you don’t need to switch between them during your activities—just record and go.

Furthermore, if you already track your rides, turning them into 3D adventures with the Relive app is completely free and only takes a few minutes.

But, is their paid Club membership necessarily worth the price? Based on my experience after more than a year, this is the central question I’ll help you answer here.

Let’s begin with the app’s functionality so that we can compare the differences between the two.

My Experience With How the Relive App Works

The idea for the Relive app initially occurred to co-founder Yousef El-Dardiry during a cycling trip to Tenerife. Soon after, he launched the company in April 2016, and their iOS and Android apps were released one year later.

Since that time, their website explains that they’ve garnered more than three million members, who have created more than 100 million personal video stories. How’s it work? We’ll take it step-by-step:

Step 1: Downloading & Using the Relive App

To begin, you’ll need to download the Relive app for your iOS or Android smartphone and then sign up for an account, whether using email, Facebook, or Google credentials. This is where you’ll record your adventures using GPS.

You can also track your adventures using a third-party app or device (more coming soon) like:

  • Endomondo
  • Garmin Connect
  • Apple Health (Watch only)
  • MapMyRun, MapMyWalk, MapMyHike
  • Polar Flow

Finally, you can manually import .fit, .gpx, or .tcx files to the Relive website only (not through app).

Update: On July 11, 2019, the company sent an email to users and posted a letter on their website letting us know “you can no longer create Relive videos based on your Strava activities.”

Instead, you’ll now have to connect a third-party device (Garmin, Suunto, or Polar), record your activities directly in the app, or import files via the Relive website.

Step 2: Selecting Photos Taken During Rides

Previously, I had Relive’s app synced with Strava on my iPhone, so once I completed a ride, it automatically notified me that I had a pending video. They also sent me a reminder email.

However, this is no longer the case, since Strava isn’t supported. I’ve written a quick summary about what’s going on, which can help get you up to speed.

Regardless of how I get the data inside the the Relive app, I simply click the Create Your Video button to begin. At the top of the next screen, Relive automatically selects pictures—known as Moments—taken during my ride, although I can scroll farther down if I want to add images that aren’t pre-tagged. Either way, the app allows you to select or deselect images as you wish.

Pro tip: I haven’t figured out the exact distance yet, but inside the video, photos taken close to one another will be grouped together. In other words, if you snap one picture and then ride 100 feet and take another, they’ll appear side-by-side in your rendered video.

After completing an activity, the Relive app lets me know that I can start creating videos by selecting related pictures. Credit: Relive B.V.

Step 3: Adding Emojis & Notes

After clicking the Next button in the upper right-hand corner, the Relive app creates a preview of my route, which is highlighted in gray and includes corresponding image locations.

At the bottom of the screen is an orange/yellow slider that allows users to scroll along with their finger, and a pulsing blue dot that displays the corresponding location.

Clicking on the + symbol allows me to add an emoji, a note about my ride (e.g., “Super fast and flowy!”), and additional photos I may have missed on the previous screen.

The initial view of my route, which includes related pictures and the ability to insert emojis and other notes. Credit: Relive B.V.

Step 4: Inviting Friends & Choosing Music

Clicking Next in the upper right-hand corner allows me to automatically search for friends during my ride (those who tracked the same GPS locations at the same time). This feature—known as Relive Together—allows me to add my friends’ routes and photos to my video.

If the app doesn’t locate friends, I can manually add them and also send an invite to connect in future activities via text, email, and several of the most popular social media platforms.

After friends, my Relive Club membership (more soon) allows me to select from a list of generic (but high-quality) sample loops related to a variety of moods, including Wonder, Fresh, Edgy, and Funky, to name just a few.

Relive’s Together feature searches for friends who completed the same ride, while Club membership allows me to add background music from a predefined list. Credit: Relive B.V.

Step 5: Creating Videos

On the final screen, I can see an overview of everything already covered, including a map-based view of my route, ride name, images, friends tagged in the video, if my ride will be included in Relive Together, as well as options like place names and whether or not snow landscapes should display.

After pressing the Create button in the upper right-hand corner, Relive lets me know that my video will be ready soon (usually within five minutes or less). They’ll also send me an email.

Returning to my home screen also shows the pending activity, which appears faded until everything’s fully uploaded.

Before finalizing your activity, the Relive app displays all chosen criteria. Afterward, it will appear faded until fully uploaded. Credit: Relive B.V.

You’ll notice in the middle screenshot above, the Relive app also indicates, “You’re the first in line! As a Club member, you get your video faster.” Are there any other benefits?

We have one step remaining before covering these differences.

Step 6: Enjoying the Adventure

After a few minutes, my video is ready, which traces my route through a 3D landscape and displays pictures and my top speed along the way. At the end, it shows me total stats, including distance, elevation gain, time, and average speed. It’s also available as just my route.

The Relive app’s core feature is its ability to visualize rides in three dimensions.
Here’s the same ride, but seen using the Routes view.

Pro tip: Per Relive’s FAQ:

“Your average speed is the distance traveled divided by the time you were moving. Sounds simple, right? The catch is that there are a lot of different ways to calculate the moving time. Therefore, the average speed we show is not always the same as the one shown on your tracker.”

I can share my video or route directly to Facebook (including Messenger), Instagram, WhatsApp, and Twitter, as well as via Messages or email. Relive also allows me to copy my link, save the video to my phone, or even embed the video using HTML.

Finally, I can click on the star at the bottom of the page to add a video to my favorites list, or the trashcan icon to permanently delete it from my account.

Now, let’s discuss how all of this compares between Relive’s free version and their Club membership.

What’s the Difference Between Relive Club & Their Free App?

From a functionality perspective, Relive’s free and Club versions have many more features in common than otherwise, including 3D mapping, images, stats, and app and device compatibilities.

However, a Club membership ($10.99/mo, or $59.99 when paid for a year in advance) extends many of these features. Here are all of the differences:

  Relive Free Relive Club
Processing Speed Standard Priority
# of Photos Up to 10 Up to 50
Music None 26 tracks/moods: Wonder, Solid, Glow, Glitch, Fresh, Breezy, Cosmic, Edgy, Journey, Mellow, Pace, Proud, Chill, Flow, Groove, Lightning, Score, Vibes, Cruising, Discover, Epic, Extreme, Happy, Roadtrip, Summer, Victory
Video Speed Normal Slow, Normal, Fast
Video Quality SD HD
Ride Ages Only a few of the most recent rides All the way back to first records for any connected apps or devices
Length / Time Restrictions More than 1 km and less than 12 hours Activities can be longer than 12 hours
Editing Capabilities Only when creating original video Any time (even after the video is created), and as much as you want
Interactive Routes? N Y

Based on these details, do I think paying for a Relive Club membership returns a substantial level of value? We’ll answer this critical question as we wrap up in the next section.

My Final Thoughts About the Relive App

Between 21,000+ combined reviews on Google Play and iTunes and an average rating of about 4.6 stars, it seems that most users appreciate what the Relive app offers. It also earned Road.cc’s Cycling App of the Week back in May 2017 and after using it for well over a year, I’d have to agree that it’s a fun way to visualize rides.

On top of this, because the free version delivers all of the app’s core features, without requiring so much as a credit card, it’s difficult not to recommend at least downloading it and giving it a try during your next ride. And its uniqueness means there currently aren’t any alternatives.

Is a Club Membership Right For You?

Should you upgrade to a Club membership, though?

Ultimately, this is a question that only you can answer. However, I think that $59.99 per year when paid annually (which works out to about $5 per month) is a reasonable price for what you get—especially if you’re a map or data nerd (like me, admittedly). Plus, I feel good supporting the company’s hard work in my small way.

And because I mostly don’t take advantages of the upgrades that come with my paid membership, that’s just what it is: support.

After all, I only recently started adding music to my rides, I’m not impatient when it comes to downloads (even a free membership delivers videos in less than 5 minutes), I don’t notice a massive difference in quality between their SD and HD videos, and I’ve never edited a video post-creation.

I do appreciate that Relive’s app allows me to speed up videos to fit within Instagram’s length guidelines, though. However, in the future, I’d like to see the ability to enter a custom video length so that longer rides fit within some social media platform guidelines (e.g., Instagram).

The Bottom Line

Overall, I think Relive is a super fun app to play around with, especially for visualizing rides with lots of elevation changes and scenery. It’s also a great way to help friends and family understand where you ride and much of the hard work it takes.

With this said, it’s not necessarily something that’s going to boost your performance. And outside of supporting the company’s hard work, I remain on the fence regarding the level of value provided by a Club membership–especially now that Strava is no longer supported.

Sure, I can record directly in the app, but between it, Strava, and other apps I typically have open during rides, it’s just one more thing I’ll have running and draining my phone’s battery.

The only other–equally inconvenient–option is to export the bulk data to my computer, and then import the GPX file via Relive’s website.

For now, I’ll ride it out (no pun intended) and see how things go over the next couple of months, and then decide if I should continue paying.

But, what about you? Based on my experience and the overwhelmingly positive online feedback, at the very least, I think the Relive app is fun enough that it’s worth downloading from iTunes or Google Play. And it won’t cost you a penny.

Then, you can test it out for as long as you like before upgrading to a Club membership.

What do you think about Relive? Or, about Strava’s decision to pull their support for the app? Before heading out, be sure to leave a comment below and rate your experience with the app up top!

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Derek is an avid cyclist with more than two decades of experience in the sport, and currently resides in Denver, Colorado. He enjoys all types, including road, MTB, cyclocross/gravel, commuting, and touring. When he's not writing reviews and guides related to bike accessories, parts, and gear for TreadBikely.com, he's riding, talking about cycling, or thinking about bikes he can't afford. #rolloutblissout
24 Comments
  1. Samantha

    Hi. Do I need cellular data to use the Relive app?

    • Derek Lakin

      Hi Samantha - Great question! While the Relive website doesn't expressly state so, all activities are recorded via GPS, which as a general rule does not use a smartphone's data. On the other hand, if you import activities from Strava (as one example), they specify: "While recording there is no data usage unless you're viewing the maps, or have Live Segments or Share My Activity Status turned ON." Let us know if you have additional questions! #rolloutblissout

  2. Mary

    Are there any plans to include RunKeeper on this?

    • Derek Lakin

      Hi Mary - Thanks so much for reaching out! The Relive website doesn't indicate that the company plans to support Runkeeper anytime soon, so for now, you'll have to move your activity from Runkeeper to Strava, and then export the activity from Strava to Relive. I haven't attempted any of these options, so I can't tell you how well they work, but this Reddit thread also offers some suggestions. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

  3. Peter

    In what world is $5 USD/month a good deal for this limited one-trick-pony app? Listing this under "pros" for this app is simply unconscionable!

  4. Spokesrider

    I just learned about Relive less than an hour ago. Their web site is spectacularly uninformative so I'm glad I found your review, which made up much of the deficiency. (No, I'm not going to bother with a free trial until I know more about it.) A question: Can they include video clips that I take along my bicycle rides? I have a Sony FDR-X3000 on my handlebars that I often turn on when there is interesting scenery ahead. I also stop now and then to take photos. So can I include a mix of my own video clips and photos?

    • Derek Lakin

      Hi Spokesrider - Thanks for your great question! Relive's Support FAQ indicates that iOS users can add videos via Live Photos. However, they emphasize the feature isn't currently supported on Android smartphones or any other devices, so adding your FDR-X3000's footage to a Relive activity might not be possible (or at least it will require jumping through several hoops).

      • Spokesrider

        Thanks for the reply. I've signed up, but haven't used it yet. I've seen a hint that Live Photos are not the only videos that can be used, so I'm hopeful. I'm on a multi-day tour right now, taking a break on a rain day, but probably won't have much time to try it just yet.

        • Derek Lakin

          Let us know how it goes with your videos! :)

  5. Spokesrider

    Never mind. I found some examples on YouTube that seem to include video clips, so I presume it is possible. I have further questions about things like controlling the duration of photos that are displayed and the quality of the videos (in case I want to add titles before uploading them) but I've now seen enough for me to give it a try. (Why that sort of information can't be conveyed on the Relive.cc web site is a mystery to me.)

    • Peter

      >>like controlling the duration of photos You can't. >>the quality of the videos You can pick SD or HD for the entire video if you pay - no other controls

    • Derek Lakin

      Hi Spokesrider - As Peter noted, Relive doesn't allow you to edit how long an image appears in your video. If you decide to upgrade, though, you can choose your video's speed (slow, normal, fast), which will impact each image's display length equally.

      • Spokesrider

        Control over how long a photo can appear would be nice, but I wouldn't consider the lack of that a deal breaker just now. What would be more important to me would be the ability to add my own captions in some fashion. Most of my bicycle touring is done to visit roadside history sites relating to one theme or another. While I wouldn't expect to produce documentary videos this way it would be nice to include some informative captions.

  6. Craig K

    Even with the club membership, Relive puts a big ad at the end of the video. I'm wondering if there is a way to turn this off. I don't mind their logo in the video, that is fair. But the ad at the end is too much. Wish it was something shorter or less gaudy.

    • Derek Lakin

      Hi Craig - It appears the ad cannot be removed via the Relive app or website. You could export the video to an editing program, cut the advertisement out, and then re-upload, although that certainly sounds like a lot of effort. I reached out to the Relive team for any clarification, and I'll report back as soon as they respond.

      • Derek Lakin

        Here's the response I received from the company: "Removing of Relive logo and out-tro is as well not possible at present. We will work on a version with a lower presence of these marks."

      • Spokesrider

        Their terms of service say the video cannot be altered in any way. Until I saw that I had been planning to add my own captions for things in between the "moments." I'd live with it for now, but another problem is that I can only add "moments" through the app, and on Android that means the files' creation date gets clobbered (changed to current date/time) every time I transfer my photo or video snippet from my PC to my Android device, which means the photos and videos are placed in the wrong positions. And there is no good way around that without rooting my device, which is increasingly difficult to do on Verizon devices. Relive support suggested I could use Google Photos to transfer my files. That opens up a can of worms I'd just as soon not deal with, so I cancelled my Club membership. I may try again at some future date. In the meantime I will see what I can do with GPX Animator. In some ways it's better for my purposes than Relive, and in some ways it's not as good.

        • Derek Lakin

          Great info! Thanks for following up.

  7. Kathleen stam

    Just added this app. Took some hikes and lost a ton of pictures I took by clicking retake instead of use pic. Is there any way to recover the photos? Not clear instructions (at all) for using the app.

    • Derek Lakin

      Hi Kathleen - Great question! Here's the short response I received from Relive support: "No, you cannot recover photos." Stay in touch!

  8. Henrik

    Good review, I have been using Relive since it came out, but why is the video so “zoomed out”, one should be able to zoom in, or why is it not using Google Street View, that would be an entire different and cool experience!

    • Derek Lakin

      Hi Henrik - Thanks so much! Here's the response I received from Relive support: "Thank you for the suggestion regarding zooming in closer, at the moment we do not support zooming in. The camera behaviour is created by our algorithms. This algorithm is based on many things, including the length, height and location of your activity. Users are welcome to contact Relive Support directly at relive.cc/support." Let us know how it goes with the app!

      • Henrik

        Thank you!

  9. Grace

    how much data does relive apps use per hour?

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