Manage Health data on your iPhone, iPod touch or Apple Watch

You can set up apps and accessories to send data to the Health app, enter data yourself, and change how Health prioritises data from these sources.

How to add data to the Health app

The Health app automatically counts your steps, and walking and running distances. And, if you have an Apple Watch, it automatically tracks all of your Activity data. If you're already using another app to track your health, you can try adding data from the app to Health, so all of your information is in one place. 

The Date, Time and number of Steps entered for Activity on an iPhone. 

Enter information about your health

  1. Open the Health app and tap the Browse tab. 
  2. Tap a category, such as Activity. 
  3. Tap a subcategory, such as Steps.
  4. Tap Add Data in the top right-hand corner.
  5. Enter the date, time and data for that activity.
  6. When you've finished, tap Add.

The Clock, ECG and Health apps listed as compatible with Health on an iPhone. 

Add information from other apps

  1. Open the Health app.
  2. Tap your profile picture in the top right-hand corner
  3. Under Privacy, tap Apps. You can see apps that you already own that are compatible with Health. If you can't see an app, it may not be compatible. 
  4. Tap an app and turn on the health categories you want that app to track.

You may also need to open the app and adjust its settings to allow it to share data with Health. 

Find apps that are compatible with Health

  1. Open the Health app and tap the Browse tab.
  2. Tap a category, such as Heart. 
  3. Tap a subcategory, such as Heart Rate.
  4. Scroll down to the apps recommended for that category, then tap an app to learn about it and download it. 
  5. Go back to your privacy settings in the Health app to allow that app to read or write data in the Health app. 

You decide what information goes into the Health app and which apps can get your information from Health. Apps that access HealthKit must have a privacy policy. Review an app's privacy policy before allowing access to your health and fitness information.

Add information from your Apple Watch

  • To view your goals and your move, exercise and stand data, open the Health app, tap the Browse tab, then tap Activity.
  • To see your heart rate data, open the Health app, tap the Browse tab, then tap Heart. Find out more about accuracy and limitations of the heart rate sensor.
  • To see data from the Mindfulness app, open the Health app, tap the Browse tab, then tap Mindfulness. Find out about the Mindfulness app.
  • Other Apple Watch apps can also read and write Health data. You can manage them directly on your Apple Watch: go to Settings > Health > Apps. 

The Privacy Settings options for the Health app on iPhone.  

If Health doesn’t track steps or other information, try these steps:

  1. Open the Health app.
  2. Tap your profile , then tap Devices.  
  3. Tap your Apple Watch.
  4. Tap Privacy Settings and make sure Fitness Tracking is turned on.

Delete information you've entered

If you've entered incorrect details while adding health information manually, you can delete the record.

  1. Open the Health app and tap the Browse tab. 
  2. Tap a category, such as Activity. 
  3. Tap a subcategory, such as Steps.
  4. Tap Show All Data, then tap Edit in the top right-hand corner.
  5. Tap the Delete button next to the record you want to delete. You can also tap Delete All to delete every record. 

How Health handles data from multiple sources

The Health app takes similar data from different sources, such as steps recorded from your iPhone and activity from your Apple Watch, and organises it based on where it comes from. By default, Health prioritises data in this order:

  1. Health data that you enter manually.
  2. Data from your iPhone, iPod touch and Apple Watch. 
  3. Data from apps and Bluetooth devices.

When you add a new data source, it appears above all other apps and devices that contribute data in Health. You can change the order of sources at any time

View your data sources

Here's how to see which devices and apps update specific health categories:

  1. Open the Health app and tap the Browse tab. 
  2. Tap a category, such as Activity. If you can't see the category, swipe down to reveal the search bar, then enter a category.
  3. Tap a subcategory, such as Steps.
  4. Scroll down, then tap Data Sources & Access. Only the sources that contribute to that data type will appear. 

Here's how to see all of your sources for the Health app:

  1. Open the Health app. 
  2. Tap your profile picture in the top right-hand corner
  3. Scroll down to Privacy, then tap Apps or Devices.

The available data sources and access for the Steps subcategory on iPhone.

 

Prioritise data sources

Here's how to choose the sources that Health uses first:

  1. Open the Health app and tap the Browse tab.
  2. Tap a category, then tap a subcategory.
  3. Scroll down, then tap Data Sources & Access.
  4. Tap Edit.
  5. Touch and hold the Change Order button  next to a data source, then drag it up or down in the list. 
  6. To turn off a data source so it doesn't contribute any more data for that category, tap the tick next to the source.
  7. Tap Done.

If multiple sources contribute the same data type, the data source at the top will take priority over other sources. Any new apps or devices you add go to the top of the list automatically, above your iPhone or iPod touch. 

Back up your Health data

Health information is stored in iCloud and gets encrypted as it goes between iCloud and your device, and while it's stored in iCloud. End-to-end encryption requires iOS 12 or later and two-factor authentication. To stop storing your Health data in iCloud, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud and turn off Health.

Health data from Family Setup devices is also backed up directly to iCloud. Find out how to set up an Apple Watch for a family member.

If you're not using iCloud, you can back up your information in Health by encrypting backups made on your computer

The information that you create or gather about yourself is under your control and it's encrypted with your passcode when you lock your iPhone. 

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