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How to share your Health Data with other folks in iOS 16

You can share health data stored in the Health app —such as health alerts and trends—with friends, family, and others caring for you.

Sharing health data with a loved one

People you share health data with can also view the health notifications you receive, including high heart rate and irregular rhythm notifications. You can also share notifications for significant trends, such as a steep decline in activity.

To share with somebody, you need to include them in your contacts, and they need an iPhone with iOS 15 or later.

  1. Tap Sharing at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Set up sharing for the first time: Tap Share with Someone.
    • Share with an additional contact: Tap “Add another person,” then tap Next.
  1. Use the search field to find someone in your contacts list.
  2. To select someone, tap their contact information.
  3. Tap See Suggested Topics or Set Up Manually.
  4. Choose topics to share.
  5. Scroll down to see all topics on a screen, then tap Next to see the next screen.
  6. Tap Share, then tap Done.

Your invitation appears as a notification on your contact’s iPhone and on their Sharing screen in Health, where they can accept or decline your invitation.

You receive a notification when your invitation is accepted.

Sharing your health data with a doctor

You can share health data (such as heart rate, exercise minutes, hours of sleep, lab results, and heart health notifications) with your doctors. Doctors view the data in a dashboard in their health records systems (U.S. only; on systems that support Health app data Share with Provider).

  1. Tap Sharing at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Set up sharing for the first time: Tap “Share with your doctor.”
    • Share with an additional provider: Tap “Share with another doctor.”
  1. Tap Next, then select one of the suggested providers, or use Search to find your provider.
  2. If Connect to Account appears, tap it, enter the user name and password you use for the patient web portal for that account, then follow the onscreen instructions.
    In addition to sharing your health data, connecting to your account also causes your health records for that account to download to Health.
  3. Choose topics to share with your doctor.
  4. Scroll down to see all topics on a screen, then tap Next to see the next screen.
  5. Tap Share, then tap Done.

Review or change the data you’re sharing with others

  1. Tap Sharing at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap the name of a person or a healthcare provider.
  3. Scroll down, then tap View Shared Data.
  4. Make any changes, then tap Done.

Stop sharing data with a contact or a provider

  1. Tap Sharing at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap the name of a person or a healthcare provider.
  3. Tap Stop Sharing or Remove Account.

Note: If you start sharing data with someone, simply removing them from Contacts doesn’t stop the information from being shared.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple’s support pages.)

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.