“Apple Health” an app stocked on iOS8 is finally giving its users a way to push and store all the data from different Apple apps at one place. Apple Health is a much-awaited release and is now available on all the up-to-date devices. The iPhone health app seems to be simple at first glance but has a lot to hide including advanced functions and health data. In short, the Apple health app is a user visible face for HealthKit, an app to put all the health data in one place. Here is a simple guide for how to use iPhone’s Apple Health app and utilize various functions and features of this application.
How To Use iPhone’s Apple Health App?
Dashboard and Step Tracking
Once you open the iPhone Health App, you will view the Dashboard. If you own iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, then the inbuilt, low power step tracking sensor will accommodate all the data automatically with all the information about your physical activities. The sensor tracks the steps you take, measures the distance walked, and the number of stairs climbed. Based on these, it produces the results as to how much you were active over the last days.
You can use the Apple health app to check how much you walked or ran without a need of separate pedometer or step tracker. No additional gadget with this smart app and of course, a smarter gadget.
Setup Your Medical ID
The Medical ID allows the users to create a Medical ID for them. The information fed in this app will be displayed on the lock screen (without any unlocks). The focus is to let the user with the ability to feed emergency and important new like allergy, blood type, organ donor status or any emergency contact without unlocking your device. These details can be accessed by anyone in case of emergency or medical needs.
The app can be considered as a digitalized medical ID wristband. However, it depends if someone checks your iPhone in an emergency case or not. It will be little tough to find because someone needs to tap the emergency button, open the emergency dialer and then tap on the Medical ID. This might seem excessively hard now but in future, it will come handy Health Data
The Health Data tab in the app produces different types of data about health. This is a list of different types of Healthkit services tracked from Apple. Apple’s Healthkit services will allow third party health tracking app and gadget services to share and access data with this Health app. It will be possible once you permit it. Being touted as the single vault, the app promises to be a convenience.
If you own a device or an app that integrates with Healthkit, then it will be integrated automatically with the Health Data. You can add multiple data manually in the app too. For instance, you can weigh yourself and feed it into the app. To do this, all you have to do is to go to
Health Data > Body Measurements > Weight and tap Add Data Point
You can add your latest measurement and track the history as well. In fact, you can toggle the “Show on Dashboard” option ON to see your weight on the dashboard.
This might not be the most convenient option, but soon, Apple will come up with some Bluetooth enabled scale that will let the device automatically to enter your weight in Healthkit as you weigh yourself. But in case you want to track something manually like Blood Pressure, Sleep time or caffeine intake, you can surely do it by hand. However, you will get limited data types that need omissions in future.
There is also a shared data option to let you check which apps are automatically sharing the data with this Health app and what all apps have been given the permission to view this data.
The Source tab of the Apple Health is a lonely sort of feature by default. Apps you install from the Apple’s store might request you to update your health data, and only then they will start appearing here. The tab will prove to be useful if you have already given a permit to apps so that you can see the updates as to which app has access to it.
Apps like, Lark, Fitbit, UP, and Runtastic are few examples for best fitness apps compatible with iPhone’s health app.
The app helps you against the Healthkit enabled devices and thus expected upgrades are awaited. Further, how to Use Apple’s Health App in iOS 9 and future updates needs to be waited until the time it is launched.
What’s Lacking in Apple Health App
Apple Health is truly an useful app, but it has flaws to fix. Example, users cannot export their health data from the app. People wanted to know their health now more than ever. Exporting the data will be helpful to track their specific health issues. Also, the accuracy is still not perfect in the data. So, it’s a long way for to health app to achieve it’s target of being best fitness app in the market. Let’s hope iOS 9 would rectify this issue and give users the best experience.
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