Apple’s Health app is packed with information and can be overwhelming for the average user. It integrates with other apps to give you an overall summary of your health in one place. When used between the iPhone and Apple Watch, it can be a useful tool for maintaining your optimal well-being.
Here’s how you can navigate Apple Health a little better.
When you start using the Health app, you will need to set up a profile. The app will need basic information, such as your name, date of birth, and gender. You can change these settings at any time in Health Details by tapping your Apple ID photo in the top right.
Health details include blood type, skin type, and medications that affect heart rate. Here you can also indicate whether or not you use a wheelchair. If you choose yes, your iPhone and Apple Watch won’t count steps, they will count pushes.
Your profile includes not only your health information, but also your medical ID. Your Medical ID contains your name, age, allergies, medications, weight, height, and emergency contacts, so medical authorities can look them up in the event of a health emergency. It can be shared in emergency calls and on your iPhone’s lock screen. The Health app even lets you sign up to become an organ donor right from your profile.
Pro Tip: You can also export your health data from your profile if needed. This data can be backed up and saved to iCloud.
Integrate Apple Health with other apps.
You can add other apps to the Health app such as Clock, Cycle Tracker, Fitness, Siri, Sleep, etc. There are also third-party apps that you can integrate with your Health app. Ten Percent Happier and WaterMinder are two great ones I recommend checking out. They will sync perfectly on iPhone and Apple Watch.
View your health data.
The app’s home screen presents a summary of your health information. You can add certain topics to your favorites so that they appear at the very top. In Summary, you can see your activity, health trends, environmental noise levels, and more. Although I will not go into the specific details of allit is important to have an idea of what is there.
Activity is a popular feature in the Health app. Here you can check your activity rings which show how many calories you burned, how many minutes you exercised and how many minutes of the day you were up. Combining activity rings with Apple Fitness+¹ makes the most of this attribute.
Health Trends alerts you when there is a change in certain health topics like heart rate or exercise minutes. We’ve heard stories in the past of how this feature has helped notify people of drastic health changes that have caused them to seek life-saving medical help.
There is also an option to participate in research studies. For example, Apple recently conducted a research study on women’s health using the Cycle Tracking app.
The navigation tab delves further into particular health categories. Here you can research nutrition, mindfulness, airways, vital signs, and more. Each category allows you to enter certain details to provide additional information about your health. You can see trends over time and learn more about it. The app offers articles tailored to each topic as well as recommended third-party apps to use to track relevant data.
Share your data securely with others.
You can share your data with someone in the “Sharing” tab. It’s a secure and private way to provide a summary of each topic you share, not specific details. The information is encrypted and you can stop sharing at any time.
The app allows you to share this information with your doctor. It also allows you to connect to your health system’s online portal. Simply log in with your health system information. It’s not just private on your device, but also on your doctor’s. Once logged in, your records will be uploaded so you can see the information your doctor is working with.
Do you use the Health app?
Although the app has an abundance of features, some parts won’t be for everyone. I recommend digging into the app to see what works specifically for you.
Do you have any tips and tricks to share? What would you like to see added to the platform in the future?
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¹Remember, when you buy a new Apple Watch, you get three months free of Apple Fitness+. The service gives you access to guided workouts, challenges, and more to help you stay fit.
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