How to share your iPhone’s Health app health data with family and caregivers

sharing feature in iPhone Health app

If you love or care for someone with chronic conditions, it’s important to keep track of their health information on an ongoing basis. With our iPhones and Apple Watches now collecting so much health information in the Health app, Apple gives users the ability to easily share this data with family, friends, and caregivers on devices using iOS15+ and watchOS 8+.

Once Health Sharing is up in the iPhone’s Health app, loved ones, family, friends, doctors, or caregivers can stay informed about someone’s day-to-day health and act accordingly when needed.

There are a couple of big caveats, however.

At this time, you can only share your health data with family members, doctors, or caregivers that use Apple devices (or health record systems that work with Apple.) Plus, Apple devices must use iOS 15+; you cannot share health data with iPhones that run iOS 14 and below.

Additionally, you can only share your health data with folks in your contacts list. So, make sure you add in the people you want to share information with to the Contacts app before you set up health sharing.

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How to set up Health Sharing on the iPhone

Each person needs to set this up on their own iPhone. You cannot do this remotely, even for folks in Family Sharing plans. 

  1. Open the Health app.
  2. Tap the Sharing tab at the bottom. Sharing tab in the Apple Health app on iPhone
  3. If this is the first time, tap the button Share with Someone. iPhone Apple Health App share your health information with someone button
    1. If you already share health data with someone, tap Add another person, then tap Next.
  4. Under Share With, type in the name, email, or phone number of the person you wish to share health information with. add a contact to share health information with in Apple iPhone Health app
    1. That person MUST be in your contacts app. If they are not, open the Contacts app and add them.
    2. You can share your information with any contact listed in blue. You cannot share your health data with any grayed-out contact.
    3. Remember that you can only share health data with people using Apple devices that run iOS 15 and above. So if you see the message “unable to share health data” that person either doesn’t use an Apple device or has not updated to iOS 15+.
  5. After choosing a contact, Apple offers suggestions of what to share. Choose either to see those suggested topics or you can set it up manually. Apple iPhone Health app suggested health topics to share with someone
    1. Choose See Suggested Topics if you aren’t sure what data is available to share. The Health app shows you categories based on the Health app’s currently available data with this option. 
    2. Choose Set Up Manually if you know what health data you want to share.
  6. Scroll down to review the list of suggestions and toggle on the health data you want to share, including notifications and alerts such as high or low heart rate notifications, irregular rhythm, and others. To turn them all on, toggle Turn On All. Then, tap Next. Apple Health app sharing health alerts
  7. In the Topics section, scroll down all the options and toggle on the health data you want to share. Apple Health app sharing topics
    1. To see all available options within a category, press See All. Once you select all the data, you wish to share, tap Done to return to the Topics screen. See all data within a health topic when sharing health data with someone in the Apple iPhone Health app
    2. There’s a lot of information here, so carefully scroll through each section, remembering to tap See All if you don’t see a metric within a section you wish to share.
  8. Once you toggle on all the health data you want to share, press the Next button at the bottom of your screen.
  9. You see an invitation listing who you share your data with and what data you agreed to share. review what health data you chose to share with someone in the Apple iPhone Health app
    1. Scroll down to see what specific health data you share with them. If you forgot something, tap the back button and toggle on the item(s) you missed.
    2. Tap the Preview button to glimpse into how your health data is shared in their Health app. Scroll down and review it and tap Done to return to the invitation.
  10. Tap the Share button to send out your invitation.
  11. You see a confirmation that your iPhone sent your invitation. Once sent, the Health app lists that person in your Sharing tab in the Health app under “You’re Sharing With.” List of who you share your iPhone's Health app data with
    1. If the person has not accepted the invitation yet, the status lists as pending. Once accepted, you see how many topics you currently share with that person.
  12. The invited person receives a notification of that invitation, and the invitation is listed in the Health app’s sharing tab under “Sharing With You.” Apple Health app notifies the person you wish to share your health data with via a notification or inside the Health app
    1. They can review the data shared and choose to Accept or Decline your invitation. Apple Health app accept or decline invitation to share health data
    2. If accepted, they also need to agree to receive any health notifications from the shared health data. Allow your iPhone to alert you when someone who shares health data with you gets a health alert

Once the health sharing is set up and accepted, both parties find shared information in the Health App’s Sharing tab.

Can you share your iPhone’s Health app health data with more than one person? 

Absolutely! You can share with as many people as you wish, including family, friends, caregivers, and healthcare providers.

Just follow the steps above. In your Health app, select the Sharing tab, and under You’re Sharing With, choose to Add another person. add another person to share your iPhone Apple Health app health data with

Then, add your contacts into the Health app’s Sharing tab one by one, selecting topics to share with them.

How to stop sharing all or some of your iPhone’s Health app’s health data

If you decide you no longer want to share your health data, you can either remove a person entirely or change what data they have access to.

To stop sharing all health data:

  1. Open the Health app and choose the Sharing tab at the bottom.
  2. Go to You’re Sharing With and tap the person you wish to no longer share your health data with. Select someone who you currently share your Health app health data with
  3. Scroll down to the bottom, and tap Stop Sharing, and confirm. stop sharing your health data with someone in Apple iPhone Health app
  4. Once you stop sharing, all your health data is removed from that person’s device.

The person you share your health data with can also choose to stop receiving your health data.

To change what health data you are sharing:

  1. Open the Health app and choose the Sharing tab at the bottom.
  2. Go to You’re Sharing With and tap the person you wish to change what health data you wish to share.
  3. Toggle off an item you no longer want to share and press Done to save updates. Change which health data you share with someone in Apple iPhone Health app
  4. Tap Show All Topics to add an item you currently do not share, then toggle on all the additional metrics you wish to share. Press Done when complete. Then press Done again to save your changes. add additional data to someone you already share health data with in Apple iPhone Health app

How to stop receiving someone’s iPhone’s health data 

If a loved one, friend, or someone you care for shares their Health app’s health data with you and you don’t want to receive it anymore, you can make that change in your Health app.

  1. Open your iPhone’s Health app.
  2. Tap the Sharing tab at the bottom.
  3. Under Sharing With You, choose the person you no longer want to receive health information from.
  4. Select Options. stop getting health data from someone in the Apple iPhone Health app
  5. Choose Stop Receiving Health Data and confirm. Stop Receiving Health Data from someone in the Apple iPhone Health app
    1. Once confirmed, your iPhone removes all their health data.

Don’t want to get notifications, trends, or updates from health sharing?

If you want to stop receiving your health notifications, trends, or updates but still want to see that person’s health data on your iPhone, you can make changes just to these settings.

  1. Open your iPhone’s Health app.
  2. Tap the Sharing tab at the bottom.
  3. Under Sharing With You, choose the person you no longer want to receive health information from.
  4. Select Options.
  5. Toggle off Alerts, Trends, or Updates and tap Done to save your changes. Turn off getting notifications and alerts for shared health data from the Apple iPhone Health app

Can you share Apple’s Health app data using older iOS?

Although iOS15+ makes it much easier to share health data with family, doctors, and others, you can share the Health app data using older iOS versions. 

Sharing health data using these older iOS versions allows you to export your health data as an XML file and then share that file. While XLM isn’t a common format for most individuals, it is a well-known and used format for sharing data between apps.

Unlike the steps listed above for iOS15+, when you share with these older versions, your data is raw, meaning it is not well-organized or easy to understand for most people.

Export and share your iPhone’s Health app’s health data with legacy iOS versions (14 and below)

  1. Open the Health app, choose the Summary or Browse tab at the bottom, and then tap your profile picture or icon.
  2. Scroll down and tap Export all health data and tap Export to confirm.
    iPhone and Apple Health app export all health data
  3. Choose how and where to export the data. For example, you can save it to the Files app or email it. 
  4. Your iPhone exports your health as a zipped XML file.

Final thoughts

For friends, caregivers, and family of persons with chronic conditions that need regular monitoring, Apple’s Health Sharing feature helps keep everyone informed. When someone shares their health data, they help assist all the people who support their care with targeted information on how they are doing on a day-to-day basis.

Plus, the Health app also offers ways to identify, measure, and understand changes in a person’s health data, including Trends and alerts for walking steadiness and high or irregular heart rate.

And with Apple’s ongoing commitment to user privacy, each person chooses exactly what health data they want to share and with whom. Access to personal health information is always under the user’s control.

And like all other data, when you share your health data with someone else, it is always secure and encrypted when in transit and when on a person’s device locked behind a passcode, Face ID, or Touch ID.

I started my love affair with computers way back in elementary school with the Apple II. Since then, I've worked with technology in my career as a media educator and videomaker. I have an MFA in media making from Temple University, where I also taught undergrads as an adjunct faculty member. So I know a thing or two about teaching others and creating how-to guides! After a cancer diagnosis, I turned to mobile technology like my Apple Watch to help me monitor my health throughout my chemotherapy treatment and later, to regain my wellness once in remission. I love sharing how to understand and use mobile tech, like smartwatches and phones, as a tool for empowerment to live our best and healthiest lives!

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