How can I use the Apple's HealthKit app

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. You can also enter data yourself and set how the Health app prioritizes data from these sources.

Add data to the Health app

The Health app automatically counts your steps and distances covered while walking or running. If you have an Apple Watch, it will automatically record 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.

Enter health data

  1. Open the Health app and tap the Explore tab.
  2. Tap a category, e.g. B. "Activity".
  3. Tap a sub-category, e.g. B. "Steps".
  4. At the top right, tap Add Data.
  5. Enter the date, time, and dates for the activity.
  6. Finally, tap on "Add".

Add information from other apps

  1. Open the Health app.
  2. In the top right, tap your profile picture
  3. Under "Privacy" tap on "Apps". You will be shown apps that are compatible with Health and that you already have. If you don't see an app, it might not be compatible with the Health app.
  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 so it can share data with Health.

Find apps that are compatible with Health

  1. Open the Health app and tap the Explore tab.
  2. Tap a category, e.g. B. "Sleep".
  3. Tap a sub-category, e.g. B. "Sleep Analysis".
  4. Scroll to the apps recommended for that category, then tap an app to learn about and download it.
  5. Return to your privacy settings in the Health app so that this app can read or write data in the Health app.

You decide which information is included in the health app and which apps can retrieve information from the health app. Apps that access HealthKit must have privacy policies. Before you allow an app to access your health and fitness data, read the privacy policy carefully.

Add information from your Apple Watch

  • To view your goals and your movement, training and standing data, open the Health app, tap the "Explore" tab and then "Activity".
  • To view your heart rate data, open the Health app, tap the Explore tab, then tap Heart. You can find more information about the precision and limits of the heart rate monitor here.
  • To view data from the Breathing app, open the Health app, tap the Explore tab, then tap Mindfulness. You can find more information about the breathing app here.
  • Other Apple Watch apps can also read and write health data. You can manage them right on your Apple Watch: Go to Settings> Health> Apps.

If Health isn't collecting steps or other data, do the following:

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

How the Health app processes data from multiple sources

The health app takes information from various sources, e.g. For example, steps taken from your iPhone or activities recorded with your Apple Watch, and organizes this data based on where they come from. By default, the Health app prioritizes data in this order:

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

When you add a new data source, it appears on top of all other third-party apps and devices that contribute data to the Health app. You can change the order of the sources at any time.

View your data sources

To find out which devices and apps are updating certain health categories:

  1. Open the Health app and tap the Explore tab.
  2. Tap a category, e.g. B. "Activity". If you don't see the category, swipe down to reveal the search bar, then enter the category.
  3. Tap a sub-category, e.g. B. "Steps".
  4. Scroll down and tap Data Sources & Access. Only the sources that contribute data to this data type are displayed.

To view all of your sources for the Health app:

  1. Open the Health app.
  2. In the top right, tap your profile picture
  3. Scroll down to Privacy and tap Apps or Devices.

Prioritize data sources

Here's how you can choose the sources that will be prioritized in the Health app:

  1. Open the Health app and tap the Explore tab.
  2. Tap a category, then tap a sub-category.
  3. Scroll down and tap Data Sources & Access.
  4. Tap on "Edit".
  5. Put your finger on the reorder button next to a data source and drag it up or down the list.
  6. Tap the check mark next to a data source to deactivate it so that it does not contribute any further data for that category.
  7. Tap on "Done".

If multiple sources contribute data for this data type, the data source placed at the top has priority over the other sources. Any new apps or devices you add will automatically appear at the top of the list above your iPhone or iPod touch.

Back up health data

The health app data is stored in iCloud. The data is encrypted for transfer between iCloud and your device and for storage in iCloud. End-to-end encryption requires iOS 12 and two-factor authentication. To stop storing your health information in iCloud, go to Settings> [your name]> iCloud and turn off Health.

If you haven't set up iCloud, you can back up your data in the Health app by encrypting your iTunes backup.

You have control over the data you have created or collected. They are also encrypted with your password as soon as you lock the iPhone.

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