How to Export Health Data from iPhone

May 20, 2019 - 5 Comments

How to Export Health Data on iPhone

The data contained within Health app on iPhone can be saved and exported for other uses. Perhaps you want to export Health app data to use in another health or fitness app, importing it to elsewhere, or maybe you want to use the raw Health data for your own purposes.

Exporting Health data from iPhone results in a zip archive that contains the raw data as gathered by Health app in XML format. This exported Health data will include any data stored or gathered by the Health app and any associated devices, including any Medical ID data, the native iPhone step counter and distance tracker, any data from an Apple Watch, and any data gathered from any third party devices that are syncing to Health app, like a smart scale or blood pressure monitor. Read no to learn how to export Health data from iPhone.

How to Export Health Data from iPhone

  1. Open the Health app on iPhone
  2. Health app icon

  3. Tap on your profile icon in the corner, it looks like a human head silhouette
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  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the Health profile and tap on “Export Health Data”
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  7. Tap on “Export” to confirm that you want to export Health data and start the exporting process, it may take a bit to complete
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  9. Choose the method of how you want to save or share the exported Health data: Messages, Mail, Notes, Files app, or any other *
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  11. Optionally, extract the exported Health data from the resulting “export.zip” file

As mentioned before, the exported Health app data arrives as a zip file containing XML files. Thus if you want to dig around in the Health data or just it for something else, you’ll probably want to extract and unzip the archive and access the raw XML files for your own purposes. Some third party health and fitness oriented apps and services can import the Health data directly from the zip archive, however.

Apple Health app data in XML extracted and exported from Health app

* Perhaps the simplest way to gain access to the raw Health app data is either to message or email it to yourself, or to use “Save to Files” and then access the data from iCloud Drive on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

You can also delete Health data from iPhone if you don’t want any of the stored health and fitness information to be stored on the device.

If you know of any other methods to extract and export Health data, or you know of any interesting uses of Health data, share with us in the comments below.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Chris Giordano says:

    Now, to me, the next step would be to allow you to IMPORT the data into the health app. My thinking is, right now, the Health data only moves to new devices if and only if you take an encrypted backup of your current phone then restore a new phone from the backup.

    From a security perspective, it should make you auth using the same Apple ID to prove that you’re actually you then still do a check to make sure that the Apple IDs match the imported data.

  2. Michael says:

    That’s great, but I haven’t even figured out how to get some data, my blood sugar levels for example, into the Health Data app to begin with. And I’m certainly not to comfortable exporting anything personal to anyone, much less these insurance companies……

    • Chad says:

      My glucose meter is a Contour Next USB. It was sold by Bayer when I bought it, but I believe they sold the business to Ascensia. Anyway, it comes with a fairly nifty application written in pure Java, which therefore runs on MacOS and Windows (and probably Linux, though I haven’t tried that). The meter plugs into a USB port (as the name would imply) and the application can read the meter’s stored results and then draw all kinds of pretty graphs and tables. It can also do some utility functions, like setting the meter’s time.

      And one of the functions is to export all the data it has seen thus far as a CVS file. I then use an app called Health Importer to load the CVS data into the Apple Health app.
      https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/health-importer/id930943780?mt=8
      You can, of course, manipulate that CVS data with Numbers or some other tool.

      Also, going the other direction, an app called QS Access will export Health app data as a CVS file. You can select which data should be exported, and again you can then play with it in Numbers to make as elaborate graphs as you desire.
      https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/qs-access/id920297614?mt=8

      Both those mentioned apps were no charge when I acquired them.

      I realize the first part (getting a CVS file from your meter) I’ve mentioned is specific to your particular meter, but the importing/exporting Health app data should be universal.

      I hope that is helpful.

  3. Bob says:

    How could the output be converted into a file
    imputable to ‘numbers’ app for graphical viewing
    or management?

  4. Anatolian Greek says:

    Exporting health data from iPhone sounds good but I am not sure of a use for it yet. Maybe in some dystopian near future the all powerful health insurers will require we export our data to them for coverage and treatment… the EHR is already a giant mess and can you imagine it having all of this data too? And what else would they want from our iPhones and Apple Watch? Emails, texts, food choices, shopping habits? Can you imagine? Everything will be used to profile and judge you, the digitalization of records has potential for good and much for bad!I say no thank you!

    I will say that I like the step counter feature of iPhone but the Health app is not a great way to interact with it, so I use Pedometer++ app instead which I think has a much better interface and it’s faster to load too.

    Broadly, the Health app feels like it’s not finished, and the data storage takes up a huge amount of capacity despite being just text. Always found that weird.

    For exporting data for end users, well, for backups seem good but Health data comes with an iCloud backup. I like that when you backup an iPhone the step count data comes with it so that it comes to a new iPhone when you upgrade. Aside from that, not sure why you’d want to export the health data, what would it be used for and by whom?

    So what are the current uses of exporting Health data from iPhone? I am not sure.

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