How to Move Health Data from One iPhone or Apple Watch to Another

Health data is one of the most precious information stored on your device. If you are going to change your Apple Watch or iPhone, here are the methods you can use to transfer the health data from one Apple watch to another, or from one iPhone to the new iPhone model.

If you want to upgrade your device, Apple Watch or iPhone, or your existing device has lost or stolen, you don’t need to worry. Follow one of these steps to get back all the health-related data on your new iPhone/Apple Watch. To be noted, Apple introduced HealthKit in iOS 8.

Here we are going to cover the complete process of saving your health data not only locally on the iPhone but also the method of storing it onto iCloud and syncing with the iTunes.

There are three methods you can use to transpose health data from one device to another.

  1. Using iCloud Method
  2. Using iTunes Method
  3. Using Health App Methods

We are going to discourse on each method in the following paragraphs.

1. How to Use iCloud to Move Health Data from One Device to Another

iCloud is one of the most convenient methods to store and sync the iPhone data including health data.

In this method, you don’t need any extra gadget to perform the transfer process. All you have to enter is your iCloud ID and password on the new device and everything stored on the iCloud is transferred onto your device.

If you didn’t enable Health app data saving on iCloud in the past, here is how you can do it right now.

Step 1. Open Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Tap on your Apple ID at the top of the Settings app.

Step 3. Then go to iCloud.

Step 4. Scroll down a little bit until you see Health.

Step 5. Toggle the switch to ON if it is set to Off.

Now it is better to connect your iPhone with the charging cable while connected with the working WiFi network and let iPhone synchronize all the Health data on the cloud.

The Apple Watch data which is also stored on your iPhone will also be automatically stored on iCloud.

After you replace the phone, just enter your existing Apple ID and password and let the device download all health data from the cloud on to the local storage space.

After then pair your Apple Watch with new iPhone and you’ll get all the information transferred onto the watch.

2. How to Use iTunes to Backup Health Data

You can also use iTunes to back up the health data on your computer hard disk.

But in this method, you can not individually select only health data. In fact, you’ll have to make a backup of your whole iPhone.

Before making a backup, the most important thing you should take care of is to create an encrypted backup. If you create a non-encrypted backup, the health data will not be saved. After restoring such backup on iPhone, you won’t get the previous Health information.

Here is how you can make an encrypted backup.

Step 1. Connect your device with the PC.

Step 2. Launch the latest version of iTunes.

Step 3. Click on the device icon in the top bar.

Step 4. Under the Backups section, tick the “Encrypt iPhone backup” option. After that your health, home kit and passwords will be backed up.

Step 5: After the backup completes, disconnects iPhone, and connect the new device with iTunes.

Step 6. Restore the backup on to the new device.

You will see all the previous Health information on the new device.

3. Using the Health App Export Feature.

Apple’s built-in health app also includes an export feature which allows the users to save all the data on the location wherever the user wants.

Follow these steps to export the data from the Health app to save on your preferred location.

It is to be noted, however, that the health app doesn’t have import data feature natively. For this purpose, we will have to use a third-party app or script.

There are a number of methods and scripts floating around the web which let us import Health data back to the health app. These scripts are not easy to use and usually require a number of steps to complete the process.

One app, which is available on the app store, however, performs this job seamlessly. It imports the data efficiently. However, this app is not free. Health Data Importer will cost you $4.99. There a few other apps available on the store but their performance and user ratings are not up to the encouraging level.

Step 1. Open Health app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Tap on Health Data Tab.

Step 3. Now tap on the user icon in the upper right corner.

Step 4. Now tap on Export Health Data.

Step 5. Confirm the export process and then select the location where you want to save the data.

Step 6. On your new iPhone download Health Data Importer app from the App Store.

Step 7. Open the Health Data Importer app, select the import option and then navigate to the location where you saved the export.zip health data.

If you save on a cloud service, like Dropbox, first download it on the new iPhone and then point the data importer app to the downloaded location.

Step 8. Click on Turn All Categories On on the prompt to allow the app to write to your health app.

Step 9. let the app finish its job.

After you have successfully imported/transferred the health data from your old iPhone to new iPhone, pair the Apple Watch with iPhone to synchronize.

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Author: A. Usman

Loves new tech, especially from Apple and Google.

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