This way you can store health data in iCloud

You can easily store the data from the Health app in iCloud. This will sync and restore everything to a new iPhone, including your Apple Watch’s Activity data. In this tip you can read how.

Synchronize health data via iCloud

If you switch to a new iPhone, you will of course want to keep the data from the Health app. In the past, you had two choices: restore a complete backup or transfer the Health data separately. Fortunately, it has become a lot easier since iOS 11 as you can store all the data from the Health app with iCloud. We also explain how to export your data so that you can save it to Dropbox, for example.

  • Why health data in iCloud?
  • Switch
  • Export data
  • Health data on older iPhones

Why store health data in iCloud?

In the Health app you can store all kinds of personal information, whether or not from sports apps that work with Apple’s HealthKit. For example, the Health app contains data about your weight, your Apple Watch activities and your calories burned. Because this is sensitive data, Apple did not allow it to be stored and synchronized in iCloud for a long time. This has changed since iOS 11.

For example, keeping your data in iCloud synchronizes it between multiple devices. Another advantage is that you do not have to restore an entire backup with a new iPhone, because logging in with your own account is enough to retrieve the data.

Put health data in iCloud

Here’s how to put your Health data in iCloud:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap your profile at the top.
  3. Go to iCloud> Health. Turn on the switch.

Now that you have put the data in iCloud, everything is automatically synchronized with other iPhones with which you are logged in with the same account. The synchronization applies to all data that you can find in the Health app or that is linked to it, such as your Apple Watch data.

Synchronize health data with iCloud

Export health data

If you do not want to (exclusively) put your data on iCloud, you can also choose to export all data. You can then use the exported data on Dropbox, for example. To keep. This works as follows:

  1. Open the Health app on your iPhone.
  2. At the top right, tap your profile picture.
  3. Tap on Export all health data.
  4. You will get a popup if you are sure.
  5. Tap on Export. This may take a while.

Health data on older iPhones

People with an iPhone who is still on iOS 10 or older should do it in the following way, where you will transfer the health data via iTunes.

Also read our other tips about the Health app and iCloud:

  • Save health data in iTunes
  • Delete health data on the iPhone
  • This way you determine which apps have access to Health data on your iPhone
  • Set up Medical ID in the Health app of your iPhone
  • Track flu symptoms, illnesses and more in the Health app


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