How to set up Apple Health

There are a lot of questions about Apple Health and how it works. And there are some tricks to setting it up that people don’t know or often forget. We like to help you out. Here are the things you need to know:


1. Understand how Apple Health works


Apple Health comes standard with iOs and allows you to read & write data to it.
Writing data means you send data from another app to Apple Health.
Reading data means other apps can user data through Apple Health.

For example: if you want Addapp to use your MyFitnessPal data, you’ll have to allow MyFitnessPal to write data in Apple Health. And you’ll have to allow Addapp to read data from Apple Health. That way, the app is an ‘in-between’ platform that exchanges data from one app to another.

2. Connect sources to Apple Health



Once you opened Apple Health, you can add services to Apple Health through the ‘My Sources’ button. In the list of devices you’ll find the apps that you have installed on your phone and integrate with Apple Health.

If you click on the app, it will be added to your sources.

Connect apps to Apple Health
Connect apps to Apple Health

IMPORTANT: you still have to give access to the app to read or write data. When the app is in the list of sources, click it. You’ll see all the metrics Apple Health can use, once those are green, you gave access to the app to use those.  If you don’t do this, the app will not transfer or use data.


Give access to write data from apps to Apple Health (click to enlarge)
Give access to write data from apps to Apple Health (click to enlarge)

3. Connect apps to Addapp through Apple Health?


You can find more info on how to connect apps & which apps you can connect to Addapp here.

IMPORTANT Don’t forget to tap Addapp when added to the list of sources and allow us to read all of your data.

Other FAQ

If I allow an app to write data to Apple Health will the data be lost in the original app?

The data of that app will be visible in the original app AND in Apple Health. So if you connect Sleepcycle to Apple Health, you’ll find your sleep results in Sleepcycle AND Apple Health.

IMPORTANT Writing data to Apple Health, doesn’t mean it’s going to disappear in the original app. It will be duplicated in Apple Health.

How to track steps with Apple Health?

Apple Health can use the motion sensor in the iPhone 5s, 6, or 6 Plus to track your steps without the use of a third party app. If you have a 6, or 6 Plus the built-in barometer can also track your elevation and floors climbed.

To enable Health as a tracker for steps and flights climbed, tap Health Data, then choose Fitness. Now, go to Flights Climbed and Steps, then select Show on Dashboard. This enables your iPhone as a tracker and will also display your data on your Health dashboard.

How to tell Apple Health what your preferred app is?

Your iPhone automatically tracks your steps and shows it in your Apple Health app. But what if you use a different device to track your steps? A more accurate one like a wearable?

Health automatically merges datasets. The app will pick the highest priority app first, and fill any gaps in data with the number two app. So, any gaps in Jawbone step data for example will be filled by my Health step data.

To change priority, go to one of the data types, tap Share Data and use the Edit button in menu bar at the top of the screen. Now you’ll be able to order the priority of the sources.


Health App Priority

Can I import historical data into Apple Health?


Apps can decide whether they write historical data to Apple Health.

Imagine you have been using MyFitnessPal for 4 months before connecting it to Apple Health. Since MyFitnessPal doesn’t write historical data to Addapp, you won’t see any history in Apple Health.

What if you don’t see an app in the list of Sources?


Some apps don’t integrate with Apple Health and won’t be in the list of apps.

Some apps (like Jawbone)  need approval in the app settings first before being able to connect them to Apple Health.

What is Apple Health?


Health is an Apple app that brings all of your health, fitness and well-being data into one place on your iPhone. From your sleep and activity data, to blood sugar, cholesterol and much more, Apple Health brings everything you track into one dashboard.

Apple Health app aims to give you a quick overview of all your health data, which can be extremely useful for people who track multiple aspects of their well-being.
Now you’re all good to go!
Let me know if you have more questions you like to see answered!

Community manager @Addapp. Fascinated by sleep tracking, healthy nutrition, technology, social media, sunny days and Addapp users.
Training to run the Half Marathon of San Francisco.

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