Favorites in Apple Health

How To Add A Health Metric to Favorites in Apple Health

There are a lot of things to like about iOS and iPhones but if there is a killer feature that truly separates the platform and devices from Android, it is Apple Health.  The repository app pulls data from your other health apps and your Apple Watch to give you a single, comprehensive view of your health related information.

The amount of information in Apple Health can be, at times, overwhelming.  This is particularly true if you use a lot of health apps.  I’m likely one of those.  I use MyFitnessPal to track my diet, Nokia Health for my Blood Pressure and weight, Waterlogged for tracking my water intake, and Sleep Cycle to track my sleeping.  All of these put a fair amount of data into Apple Heath – which is great, but sometimes it is information overload.  To help with this, Apple has designed Health to allow you to configure favorites within the app. Favorites are those tidbits of information you want to see first while you open up the app to get your health information at a glance.  The setting to do this is not-so obvious and in this How To, I’ll show you where to set up favorites in Apple Health.

First, to make sure that we are all on the same page, here are the things that I have marked as favorites in my own Apple Health app.  You see things like Activity from my Apple Watch, my steps (also from my Apple Watch), my water intake from the app Waterlogged, and my caloric intake that comes from MyFitnessPal.  These are always at the top in Apple Health and the first thing that I see when I open up the app.

Favorites in Apple Health

Favorites in Apple Health

To add a favorite, go to the Health Data tab, then go to the sub-category that you are wanting to see:  Activity, Mindfulness, Nutrition, or Sleep.  For this example, I selected Activity which brings up all of my activity related data from my various apps.

Activity Data in Apple Health

Activity Data in Apple Health

In this example, I have decided I want to add Exercise Minutes to my favorites. All I need to do is tap the Exercise Minutes banner, which will bring up a chart of those minutes on my iPhone.  Just below this chart, there is a toggle, “Add to Favorites”.  Turn that on and bada-bing, you’ve just added Exercise Minutes to your Favorites.

Toogle to Add a Favorite in Apple Health

Toogle to Add a Favorite in Apple Health

Keep in mind that you can always remove a favorite by turning this toggle back off for that particular metric.  Further, you may want to keep the number of favorites you have configured in Apple Health to only a select handful.  Remember, the whole idea is to give you key things you are interested in seeing about your health.  If you have everything favorited, it somewhat defeats the point.

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