How to Use the Health App on iOS 17: The Complete Guide

The Health app on iOS 17 is your one-stop destination for tracking, managing, and accessing your health and fitness data. With comprehensive tools to log your activity, sleep, nutrition, vitals, and more, the Health app aims to help you lead a healthier, more informed lifestyle.

In this complete guide, we will explore how to use the different features of the Health app and make the most of iOS 17’s health monitoring capabilities.

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The Health app comes pre-installed on every iPhone running iOS 17. To get started:

  1. Open the Health app on your iPhone. It has a heart icon.
  2. On the homepage, you will see various health categories like Activity, Sleep, Mindfulness, Nutrition, etc.
  3. Tap on any category to view your tracked data and trends in that category.
  4. To edit category details, tap the search icon on the top right of each category screen.
  5. For comprehensive information, open the Summary tab at the bottom left.

Key Features and Capabilities

The Health app offers extensive monitoring capabilities across vital health aspects:

Activity Tracking

The Activity section shows your Move, Exercise and Stand data. Key features include:

  • Track daily calories burned, steps, distance, stand time and workouts.
  • Integration with Apple Watch for comprehensive activity data.
  • Set personalized activity goals.
  • Log different workouts like running, cycling, yoga and more. The app uses your iPhone/Watch sensors to record workout metrics.
  • Earn achievement awards for meeting goals.

Sleep Tracking

The Sleep section helps monitor your sleep patterns. You can:

  • Track sleep duration, bedtime and wake up time.
  • Set schedules and bedtime/wake up reminders.
  • Integrate Apple Watch sleep data for advanced metrics like heart rate and respiratory rate.
  • View sleep trends and quality breakdowns (like time asleep vs restless).


The Mindfulness section helps you practice meditation, mindfulness and relaxation:

  • Guided audio exercises available.
  • Breath awareness and reflection exercises.
  • environmental audio content like ocean sounds.
  • Trends and streaks to build mindfulness habits.


Use the Nutrition section to log meals, calories and macronutrients:

  • Comprehensive food database to search for nutritional info.
  • Restaurant integration to add foods from dining out.
  • Log food groups, calories, carbs, protein, fats, vitamins etc.
  • Get a quick overview of daily nutrition intake.

Medical Records

The Health Records section integrates with medical providers to show your:

  • Medications, immunizations, lab results, procedures and more.
  • Health conditions and allergy information.
  • Ability to share records with new providers or export health data.

Other Core Features

Some other useful capabilities of the Health app are:

  • Reproductive health: Track menstrual cycles and symptoms. Log sexual activity.
  • Hearing health: Monitor headphone audio levels and environmental sound exposures.
  • Mobility: Use iPhone motion sensors to detect step and stair counts, double steps, walking asymmetry and other metrics.
  • Heart health: Use the iPhone camera to take an ECG and measure heart rate.
  • Lab results: Get key health indicators like heart rate, blood glucose, cholesterol etc.
  • Emergency features: Add emergency contacts and medical ID for first responders.

Customizing the Health App

You can customize the Health app to focus on the data points most relevant to you:

Set Notifications

Enable notifications for:

  • Activity milestones and goals.
  • Bedtime reminders.
  • Sustained high or low heart rate alerts.
  • Irregular heart rhythm notification.

To modify notifications, tap your profile icon > Notifications.

Organize Dashboard

Highlight your priority metrics by favoriting categories. Drag categories to reorder the dashboard.

Hide Categories

Tap the search icon on a category and select “Hide” to remove it from the dashboard.

Set Goals

Set personalized goals for move, exercise, stand hours and other metrics.

Connect Apps

Connect third-party apps like fitness trackers to sync their data. Enable data write permissions for integration.

Control Sharing

Manage which apps can read and write your health data under the Apps section of the main menu.

Using Key Health Features

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s dive deeper into using some of the Health app’s powerful monitoring tools and capabilities.

Activity Tracking

The Activity category is the hub for all your fitness data. Stay on top of your daily movement by monitoring:

  • Move: This shows calories burned through all activities. The Move ring visually displays your progress towards your daily calorie goal.
  • Exercise: Log specific workout sessions like runs, swims, with granular metrics. The Exercise ring tracks time spent exercising.
  • Stand: Get reminders to stand up throughout the day. The Stand ring monitors periods of inactivity.

Enable Motion Calibration under Settings > Privacy > Motion Calibration & Distance to further improve accuracy. Share your activity data with selected apps using the Sharing tab.

Sleep Tracking

Consistent, high-quality sleep is vital for overall wellbeing. Track your sleep patterns with:

  • Schedules: Set sleep and wake up times to maintain consistency. Use bedtime notifications for reminders.
  • Logging: The app automatically logs sleep based on motion data. Edit sleep times if needed.
  • Quality: View breakdowns of time asleep vs restless. Heart rate and respiratory data (with Apple Watch) provides further insight.
  • Environment: Track bedroom temperature, humidity, light levels for optimal sleep conditions.

Use the insightful sleep reports to identify areas for improvement. Share data with sleep apps for customized guidance.


The Mindfulness tools help you build mental wellbeing through regular practice:

  • Reflect: Writing prompts help you process thoughts and emotions through journaling.
  • Breathe: Guidied breathing exercises using visuals and haptics. Helps reduce stress.
  • Audio: Immersive nature sounds and meditations to relax or sleep. Features voices of renowned experts.
  • Trends: Track mindfulness minutes and streaks. Helps make mindfulness a habit.

Leverage the Mindfulness notifications and widgets to integrate practices into your routine.

Hearing Health

It’s easy to overexpose your hearing to loud sounds. Safeguard your hearing with:

  • Headphone audio: Get notifications if headphone volume exceeds safe decibel levels.
  • Environmental sound: The mic monitors loud ambient sounds that could impact hearing.
  • Audio exposure trends: Understand your hearing health risks based on sound exposure over time.

Adjust audio levels and headphone usage to prevent long term hearing damage. Share data with your audiologist.

Reproductive Health

For women, the Cycle Tracking feature provides valuable insights into reproductive health:

  • Menstruation: Log periods, symptoms, flow and more to identify patterns.
  • Fertility: Predict ovulation and fertile windows using period data. Helpful for family planning.
  • Sexual activity: Optionally track intercourse for a fuller health picture.
  • Health conditions: Log symptoms like headaches, cramps, acne and more.

The intuitive calendars and logs foster self-awareness and conversations with your healthcare provider.

Medical Records

The Health Records section creates a unified portal for your medical data:

  • Medications: List names, dosages and schedules of your prescriptions.
  • Conditions: Maintain a list of your health conditions and medical history.
  • Results: Lab test results, immunizations, procedures and more in one place.
  • Sharing: Securely share health records with new healthcare providers to ensure continuity of care.

Consolidating records from multiple providers ensures your critical health data is accessible when needed.

Additional Tips and Tricks

Optimize your use of the Health app with these additional pointers:

  • Enable Medical ID in your profile in case of emergency.
  • Set up ECG monitoring to identify irregular heart rhythms.
  • Use the Trends section to identify health patterns over weeks, months and years.
  • Connect to fitness gear like smart scales, bands and cardio machines for comprehensive data.
  • Check the Browse tab for valor authoritative health resources.
  • Export your health data to share with wellness apps, coaches and healthcare experts.
  • Leverage Siri Shortcuts and voice commands to log health data hands-free.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common FAQs about the Health app:

Is my health data secure?

All health data is encrypted end-to-end and can only be accessed on your iCloud registered devices with your authentication. Data is not stored on Apple servers.

Can I delete my health data?

Yes, you can selectively delete data category-wise or purge all data entirely and start fresh.

Does Health data impact my iPhone storage?

No, the data requires very little storage and does not count towards your iCloud quota.

Can I access Health on iPad or Mac?

The Health app only runs on iPhones and iPod Touch devices. But data syncs across your connected iCloud devices.

Do I need an Apple Watch to use Health features?

No, you can use most features with just an iPhone. But the Watch provides additional sensor data for greater accuracy.


The Health app aims to put personalized health insights at your fingertips. With extensive tracking, robust data analysis and easy access, the Health app help you lead a more informed, proactive life when it comes to your wellbeing.

Hopefully this guide gives you a comprehensive overview of how to use the Health app on iOS 17. Leverage the full-suite of health tools at your disposal to monitor your wellness trends and achieve your health goals.

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