Turn of Health app/data collection?

Derek87

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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.
 

Stuke00

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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.
The iPhone 5 doesn't have this feature. no tin foil hat needed :)
 

NoBoMac

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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.
 

geoffm33

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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.
Health app tracks steps taken/flights climbed/walk-run distance without any additional apps.
 

NoBoMac

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Oops! I stand corrected.

Did finally find the tracking information, and yes, it's been tracking me.
 

Planey28

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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 ;)
 

Derek87

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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 ;)
thanks for the replies guys. i didn't realize the M7 was always active.
 
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