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Since Apple started saving our health data in iOS with the corresponding app, they have never abandoned the security of the iPhone. Or an encrypted backup on our Macs and PCs. They’ve never been in the Apple cloud. Now that’s going to change. We tell you how to synchronize health data with iCloud in iOS 11 , because it’s an important step for both Apple and us users.

Which Health data is synchronized with iCloud

Backing up Health data in iCloud is not limited to a backup. It also takes care of synchronizing it between different devices, although most often you have a single iPhone and Apple Watch so they will always be up to date. In any case, this is the information you can incorporate into your iCloud cloud:

  • Medals and awards.
  • All the medical parameters you have recorded over the years, i.e. calories, exercise, heart rate, weight, etc.
  • Your medical data in case of emergency.
  • History of activity rings.
  • Third-party medical data.

How to synchronize health data with iCloud

all you need to know
all you need to know

In iOS 11 we have received the news of being able to synchronize our Health data with iCloud. To activate it, we must follow these steps:

  • On your iPhone with iOS 11, go to Settings ?
  • Go to the iCloud section.
  • Activate the Health data.

This way, your Health data will be saved in the iCloud’s nightly backup in addition to having synchronization enabled. This means that, if for any reason you stop backing up (on holiday, for example), your Health data will always be up to date . However, you will need some kind of cellular connection.

Why do I want to have my health data in iCloud?

Initially, the data collected by Salud was not stored in the Apple cloud. The reason could be that iCloud encryption was not fully deployed. Given that the data is so sensitive (jealously protected by law, at least in Spain) , the delay is understandable . But the wait is over and some users will wonder why having this data in iCloud.

The answer, at least for me, has a clear advantage: being able to do a clean installation of iOS 11. Until now, those of us who wanted to do a installation from scratch of iOS , had to accept the loss of Health data or use third party apps that shredded this data into a separate backup.

With iOS 11 you can finally have your health data in a clean installation

iOS is an operating system that does not require you to make this kind of installation from scratch because it stands the test of time very well. But those of us who are constantly installing apps, messing around with betas and testing configurations, usually prefer to start with a clean version.

There are also users who, after five years with the same iPhone, prefer to release a new terminal without dragging “vices” from their old computer. And without sacrificing any data along the way. Personally, I’m quite happy with this new feature.

Hoy es el día de macOS High Sierra, prepara tu Mac para la actualización.

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