Sharing with Apple Health

The Health app provides daily steps, active & total calories per day and other metrics that help you gauge your activity levels. Fitdigits apps also post to Health with information about your tracked activities within our apps iCardio, iRunner, iWalker and iBiker.

Linking Fitdigits & Apple HealthLinking Fitdigits Apps with Apple Health

To link your Fitdigits account with Apple Health on your iPhone or iPod Touch:

  1. On the main screen of your Fitdigits app, tap Menu > Partners > Apple Health
  2. Tap Enable Sharing
  3. Choose what data you want to send to and from the Health app and Fitdigits (see screenshot). The best thing to chose “Turn All Categories On”.
  4. Tap “Done” in the upper right of the Health app
  5. If you allowed reading daily activity metrics, you will be prompted to sync your data. There are two options:
    1. Starting Today – this will only upload data from the day you tap onwards
    2. All Time – this will sync all days with data on the device. If you previously had data on a date that also has data from this device, it will overwrite the conflicting Apple Health days data from the previous device. If there is no data from the new device, old device data will be maintained (so for most people upgrading, you have a continuous Apple Health data stream).
  6. When the sync is complete, you will be asked if you want motivating messaging through the day, just a daily report of the previous days activity, or no Notifications at all. You can always change this setting by visiting the Partners page.
  7. To view your daily activity, tap Menu > Daily Activity within your Fitdigits app.

Please note: Apple’s Health app is an iOS app that comes standard on the iPhone and iPod Touch. It is a device specific app, it does not share data across devices. You can only be paired with one device and Apple Health at a time, and Apple Health is only supported on iOS 10 and above.

Sharing Workouts to Apple Health

If there is a past workout that somehow didn’t get synced to Apple Health:

  1. Tap that workout
  2. Tap the Share link in the upper right in the workout detail

See Sharing Workouts for more.

If you see a difference in Active Calories posted to the Apple Activity app and what is shared to Apple Health, this article on the subject is quite helpful (here).

Daily Activity Notifications

One of the first things you may notice, depending on your settings, is the daily activity notifications. We hope you like them and find them motivating. However, not everyone does. See how to manage them here:

Managing Notification Preferences

Troubleshooting PairingPreferred Partner

If you are not seeing any data from Apple Health to your Fitdigits app, check the >Partners page, make sure Apple Health is set as your preferred daily activity source. We only show and utilize data from one paired source, which can be modified in your Profile section online.

Re-Enable Apple Health Link

  1. Tap Menu > Partners > Apple Health
  2. Tap Disable in the upper right
  3. Tap Enable again to re-enable linking.
  4. Make sure you choose ALL categories for both read and write when prompted.

Check for Synchronization Errors

  1. Tap Menu > Settings > Synchronization.
  2. If the last synchronization date is older, tap Retry.
  3. If you need to rebuild data, tap Sync Date Reset.
    1. The reset should replace the date under Apple Health with either the date you originally specified (if you initially chose “Starting Today”) or say “All Time”.
  4. Tap Retry next to Apple Health to initiate sync.

Sync SettingsIf you are getting prompted in the app that there is another device currently linking with Apple Health on your account, but want to change devices, please disable then re-enable the Apple Health link (see Troubleshooting above).

  • Note: pre-iPhone 5S devices not supported. Phones must have either Apple Health enabled on a device with an accelerometer to get daily activity detail.

Modifying Fitdigits / Apple Health Share Permissions

  1. Open the Apple “Health” app
  2. Tap Sources on the bottom tab menu bar
  3. Scroll down and tap the name of the app (iCardio, iRunner, iBiker, etc)

You can review or change any read and write settings from there at any time.

What Data Shares with Apple Health?

If you are paired with the Health app using the steps above, after you complete an activity, it will be shared with Apple’s Health app and stored there for review. Fitdigits will receive basic daily activity data such as steps and distance, depending on permissions granted and current levels of support.

Fitdigits will not send data pulled from partners (such as steps from Fitbit) to Apple Health, as Apple expressly does not allow it. Apple has advised developers for the Apple Health Kit to not send their data to other activity tracking companies as well.

Also note Apple’s Health data does not sync to multiple devices. So if you have an iPad and iPod Touch, Apple Health will treat this as two separate accounts, leading to possibilities for missed workouts or duplicates (data doesn’t sync to Health across devices).

Fitdigits is excited about the possibilities Apple Health offers, and we will continue to evolve our integration and functionality as Apple does the same.

If you see a difference in Active Calories posted to the Apple Activity app and what is shared to Apple Health, this article on the subject is quite helpful (here).