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How to Control Apps Access to Health Data

Control Apps Access to Health Data
Written by Hassan Abbas

Control Apps Access to Health Data: Many sensors and gadgets that we wear our phones and watches know about us. Also, if you use some health apps and fitness trackers you’ll find personal health data can be collected as well. You might be amazed just how much data your iPhone and Apple Watch can gather, and also it can be really useful to access that Health data yourself. However, you don’t want some other apps to access all of it or some of it. But thanks to Apple knows that and gives easies way to make sure only the apps you give access to can view Health information about you.

Just like your location data, Apple also keeps all of your health data under lock and key. But this time in the Health app. There, you can allow and remove access to your health data on a per-app basis. Also, you can decide which types of health data can be accessed, too.

Apple also makes it easy to modify an app’s health permissions. But just like everything else, it’s quite easy if you know how to do it. So here we are, bringing the knowledge. In this guide, we’ll display you how to check what apps can access your Health data on iPhone.

How to Control Health Data Access for Apps on iPhone

We’re supposing you’ve at least one app or feature that is monitoring health data on your behalf. It includes:

  • Fitness tracking with the step counter
  • Apple Watch heart rate monitor
  • Pedometer
  • A calorie tracker app
  • etc…

If so, here’s how you can check which apps access to that Health data. Follow these steps carefully:

Step 1:

To get started simply open the Health app on your iPhone.

Step 2:

Click your profile icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

Step 3:

Click “Apps”

Step 4:

The next screen displays every app that is installed on your device. However, it could potentially access your health data. Also, you can click one to drill into it.

Step 5:

All that’s left to do now is choose which data you do – and do not – like the app to access. Click “Turn All Categories Off” to fully erase the app’s access to your health data.

However, if you change your mind and like to reinstate an app. Just reverse the process and again enable the app’s access to that health data again.

You’ve as much control over your Health data and what apps can access it as you’d like. So if you have a confidential health data on your iPhone and also wear an Apple Watch. Then check using the above list of apps and think about what you’re comfortable sharing and with what apps.

Make sure if you disable access to your health data, it’s still stored on your device. However, you can also remove Health data if you like to. As it removes it from the iPhone completely. If you do plan to remove your health data, consider backing it up by exporting it first, in case you change your mind.

The Health app not just save your health data and offer insights into your health. But also it can house your emergency medical ID as well. However, it could literally be a lifesaver, so make sure to set that up if you haven’t done so already.

Conclusion:

Here’s all about “Control Apps Access to Health Data”. Do you control which apps access to your Health data? Do you find any surprises while checking into this yourself? Let us know your thoughts and suggestions with managing Health data access in the comments section below!

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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