Learn how to use your iPhone’s well being monitoring options

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Apple’s main selling point for the Apple Watch is tracking your health, including activity, sleep, and certain medical conditions.

It’s not the only Apple product that can help you get in shape and stay healthy, however. The humble iPhone also has plenty of health monitoring features.

You may already know that, for example, you can track your steps. But the Health app built into your iPhone can do a lot more: for example, you can track how long you’ve been practicing mindfulness with third-party apps, how long you’ve been in bed, how fast you walk, and much more.

Here are some examples of how iPhone can help you get well:

Track your steps on iPhone


The health app can automatically track the number of steps you take in a day. It can also keep track of the number of stairs and the total distance traveled.

To do that:

  • Open the settings on your iPhone.
  • Tap on Privacy.
  • Tap Exercise & Fitness.
  • Activate “Fitness Tracking”.

View your steps and other metrics:

  • Open Health.
  • At the bottom right, tap Browse.
    Choose Activity.

Apple Health on the iPhone


Apple doesn’t have its own meditation app unless you count some of the exercises on its Fitness + subscription service, which features mindful cooldowns and yoga workouts. However, it can keep track of the time you spend meditating in third-party apps like Calm or Headspace. When you install these apps, you will be asked to save information to Apple Health. Once you do, you can keep track of how long you meditate each day over time in the app.

You need an Apple Watch to keep track of your sleep, but the iPhone can keep track of how long you’ve been in bed and remember that information.

It’s not a good analysis of your sleep, but you can get an idea of ​​your sleep patterns and when you pick up your iPhone at night. You can enable this by selecting “Options” from the “Full Schedule and Options” menu.

IPhone also has an unwind feature that automatically puts your iPhone in Do Not Disturb mode and dimms the screen. In this mode, you can set shortcuts on your lock screen to access meditation apps, a reading app like Kindle or Apple Books, and more. I use it every night so my iPhone doesn’t disturb me while I sleep.

How to turn it on:

  • Open the Health app on your iPhone.
  • In the lower right, tap Browse.
  • Choose sleep.
  • Enter the time you usually go to bed and wake up.
  • Select “Full Schedule and Options” under “Your Schedule”.
  • Under “Unwind”, select how long before bed you want the unwind to begin.
  • Select shortcuts you want your iPhone to show on the lock screen, e.g. B. Headspace or Kindle.

Cycle tracking on iPhone


For women, iPhone can track menstrual cycles and predict your next period and fertile window. You can also keep a log of your period flow, any symptoms you might want to share with your doctor, and much more. It can also take into account things that could affect your fertile window, such as pregnancy or birth control.

How to set it up:

  • Open the Health app on your iPhone.
  • In the lower right, tap Browse.
  • Choose Cycle Tracking.
  • Tap “Get started”.

Headphone audio level


A feature called “Headphone Audio Level” can keep track of how loud your headphone audio is and let you know if you’ve been listening to music that is above the recommended limit. For example, listening to music above 90dB for four hours a week will trigger this alert.

How to set it up:

  • Open the Health app on your iPhone.
  • In the lower right, tap Browse.
  • Tap on Listen.
  • Select Headphone Audio Levels.

Apple health records


You can keep track of the health records of your doctor visits if the doctor’s office supports integration with Apple Health. This allows you to view all kinds of information including vaccinations, blood test results, previous medical procedures, and more.

Verify that your doctor’s office is integrated with Apple Health

  • Tap your profile picture.
  • Under Features, tap Health Records.
  • Tap “Add Account”.
  • Find your hospital, network, or doctor.
  • Choose your provider.
  • Tap “Connect to Account”.
  • Sign in to your doctor’s portal and give them access to Apple Health.

Review your health checklist

Apple also incorporated a “health checklist” into iOS 14 that was released in September 2020.

You can use the health checklist to create a medical ID on your phone that you or someone else can show to first responders. It contains important information such as: For example, whether you are an organ donor or not, what type of blood you have, allergies and reactions, medications you are taking, your height and weight and much more. You enter this information yourself, so you don’t have to provide it if you don’t want to.

The health checklist can also help you set up Emergency SOS, a feature on your iPhone that automatically calls emergency services when you quickly tap the phone’s side button five times in a row. Holding the button will also send a message to any contacts you add in Emergency SOS. For example, I’ve set up my immediate family members in mine.

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