Someone explain the Health App to me

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by tardman91, Nov 7, 2014.

  1. tardman91 macrumors 6502a

    tardman91

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    I see how it track your steps, distance, and flights of stairs climbed, which are all pretty cool. I created the lock screen emergency medical ID since I have a heart condition, which is neat feature. I know it will integrate with the Apple watch when that's released, but I really don't plan to buy that right away.
    So... what else is it good for? Do I need some type of ANT+ device like a heart monitor or cadence sensor for my bike to make it useful? Or some other wearable like a FitBit? What are the other options in that department? I see there's a ton of different things it can track. I assume it's primarily designed for the Apple Watch, but I'd like to get more use out of it now, without spending a lot of money.
    If this belongs more in the App section, please move it mods. I figured I'd put it here since it's really built into the phone.
     
  2. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    It doesn't really track anything other than steps and flights on its own. It's something of a database for you to have all of your third party apps and tools that track/monitor various health stats all comprehensively compiled in one place. So it pulls data from those apps to show on the graphs.
     
  3. tardman91 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well that makes a little more sense. Is there a comprehensive list of apps that are designed to compile data? I looked on Apple's site and didn't see much, but maybe I wasn't looking in the right place.
     
  4. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Yes if you search for 'health' in the App Store then you get this page which will show you all of the apps that it's compatible with.
     

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  5. tardman91 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    tardman91

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    Thanks! They should put that link in the actual Health app.
     

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