Turn of Health app/data collection?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by Derek87, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. Derek87 macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2009
    it's strange but i see no way of turning off Health App collecting data in the background (steps/flights of stairs). this is probably not a big deal for the iPhone 6 or 5S which have supposedly the low power consuming M7/M8 chips. but how about for phones like the iPhone 5? i am cleaning up my old iPhone 5, have installed iOS8 on it, and will give it to my wife soon once her nano sim arrives (cricket). i'd like to turn off any background health app stuff to optimize battery life on the phone for her.
  2. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011
    The iPhone 5 doesn't have this feature. no tin foil hat needed :)
  3. NoBoMac macrumors 68000

    Jul 1, 2014
    What Stuke00 said: needs the motion chip, which is 5S and 6/6+.

    And: the health app doesn't do any active collection. Apps that you install and approve via the health app do the monitoring. Health app is just an info dashboard, more or less.
  4. geoffm33 macrumors 6502


    Dec 27, 2010
    Health app tracks steps taken/flights climbed/walk-run distance without any additional apps.
  5. NoBoMac macrumors 68000

    Jul 1, 2014
    Oops! I stand corrected.

    Did finally find the tracking information, and yes, it's been tracking me.
  6. Planey28 macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Manchester, UK
    It has always been tracking the last 7 days of your steps, even back when the 5s launched with iOS 7. Health just logs more than the 7 days. The M7 is always active in the background, thats it's purpose, so you don't need to worry about the battery life ;)
  7. Derek87 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2009
    thanks for the replies guys. i didn't realize the M7 was always active.

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