How to Backup and Delete Your Apple Health Data

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Whether you’re just looking to back up your Health data or want to delete it entirely from all your devices and iCloud, this guide will show you how to manage your Health app data.

We spend a lot of time creating data that is stored in various places. Therefore, knowing where and how that data is is useful, as it gives you insight into how your data may or may not be used.

In the case of Apple health data, you also have control over where that data is stored and the ability to delete it if you wish.

Apple lets you export your health data to an .XML file, which could be shared with a healthcare provider. It also allows you to keep a copy of your health data for backup purposes.

You can follow the guide below if you want to know how to backup your health data.

However, you should note that it may take a while, especially if there are many devices writing data to Apple Health. Also, the file can be quite large.

How to export your health data

  1. On your iPhone, open Health
  2. In the top right corner, tap your Apple ID photo
  3. Scroll down and tap Export all health data
  4. When prompted, press Export

You can follow the steps below if you want to delete health data from your Apple devices including your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Apple Watch.

How to delete your health data from your Apple devices

  1. On your iPhone, open Settings
  2. Scroll down and tap Health
  3. Faucet Access to data and devices
  4. Scroll down to your device list and tap a device name
  5. Scroll down and tap Delete all data from [device name]
  6. If prompted, confirm your choice

Apple automatically backs up Health app data to iCloud, allowing you to seamlessly share data between devices. If you don’t want to write new data to iCloud and just want to keep your data on your device, here’s how.

How to turn off iCloud backups for the Health app

How to turn off iCloud backups for the Health app

  1. On your iPhone, open Settings
  2. Press your Apple ID
  3. Faucet iCloud
  4. Scroll down and disable Health
  5. Confirm if you also want to delete all your data from your iPhone

Apple encrypts your health data when it’s stored in iCloud, but you may still want to delete it. However, deleting data is permanent, so you can save a copy locally before deleting it.

How to Delete Your Health Data from iCloud

How to Delete Your Health Data from iCloud

  1. On your iPhone, open Settings
  2. Press your Apple ID
  3. Faucet iCloud
  4. Faucet Manage storage space
  5. Faucet Health
  6. Faucet Disable and delete
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