Your health data on the Apple Watch – do you know the apps and services using it?

Workouts app on Apple Watch

Apple provides one of the best data privacy and security features for your Health data, whether it is being collected via your iPhone or your Apple Watch. That being said, there are numerous times when we download a free third-party app and provide access to our health data to try out some features or training.

Have you ever revisited these apps to ensure you have removed all the access privileges now that you are not using that app anymore?

Here, you can quickly check all the apps on your Apple Watch that can access your Health data.

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.Settings App on Apple Watch Ultra
  2. Scroll down all the way and tap on ‘Health.’
  3. Next, scroll down to the ‘Sources’ section and tap on ‘Apps and Services.’Apps that have access to Apple Watch health data
  4. This lists all the active apps and services with access to your Apple Watch health data.Apps with health data access on your watch
  5. Tap on any of the listed apps, and it shows all the health data elements that the app has access to.Which Health data element is being used by which particular app

Which apps have recently accessed my Apple Watch data?

Your Apple Watch also provides a report showing you all the apps that have accessed your Apple Watch sensor data and more in the last seven days.

Here is how you can track down the app privacy report on your Apple Watch.

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.Settings App on Apple Watch Ultra
  2. Scroll down the screen and tap on ‘Privacy and Security.’Apple Watch Privacy and Security tips
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap on App Privacy Report.Apple Watch Ultra App Privacy Report
  4. Scroll down to the section Data and Sensor Access.
  5. Here, you will find all the Apple apps that have accessed your data in the last week.App Privacy Apple Watch

This report shows you the apps and when the particular app last accessed your Apple Watch sensor data.

If you use electronic medical reports and share health data from your Apple Watch with your insurance provider, hospital healthcare provider, or third-party ECG analysis, you can periodically review the access privileges.

Here is how you can do this.

  1. On your iPhone, open the Health app.
  2. Tap on the Sharing tab and select the individual or provider from the list.
  3. Turn off the health item for which you want to stop sharing data.Apple Health data sharing

This way, you can selectively control the type of health data you want to share with someone, such as your family members, a loved one, or others. Learn more about the Health data-sharing feature from Apple’s guide.

When you scroll down all the way on this screen and tap on ‘Apps and Services,’ you will be able to track down all the apps that have used your health data.

We hope you enjoyed this short article on securing your health data and privacy on your Apple Watch. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments or want to share a tip or two.

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Sudz Niel Kar
I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products, have a BS in Computer Science and an MBA specializing in emerging tech, and owned the popular site AppleToolBox. In my day job, I advise Fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health and fitness-tech evolution and keeping a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships, and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Watch and closely monitor my HRV and other recovery metrics.


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