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How to reorder data in the Health app for iPhone

The Health app for iPhone lets you track steps, distance, vitals, and other data that's important to you.

The main Dashboard in the Health app lets you get a quick look at sets of data without having to dig into any menus. If there's data you don't want in the Dashboard at all, you can easily remove it. However, if you just want to reorganize the order that data shows up, you can do that too!

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How to control what data you see in Health for iPhone

The Health app for iPhone lets you customize what kind of stats and data you want to see at a quick glance.

You can collect all kinds of data inside the Health app but if some of it is more important to you than the rest, you'll want to make sure that's what you see on your Dashboard, which functions as the main view in Health. You can also remove stats that you don't care about from the Dashboard altogether. Here's how!

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How to let App Store apps access the Health app for iPhone

Apple's Health app for iPhone can track all kinds of fitness and medical related data, and from a variety of apps.

To allow Health to collect the data from App Store apps, however, you'll need to grant those apps permission to read and/or write to Health. That way, Health can keep your information absolutely private and in silos if that's what you want, but it can also act as a central repository and exchange for all your data. So, if you switch between fitness trackers, smartwatches, or apps, you don't have to start over from scratch each time. All your data goes with you.

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How the iPhone is helping Federico Viticci live a healthier life after cancer

The iPhone as personal digital lifestyle assistant.

In 2011 Federico Viticci was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma (Stage IV). He beat the cancer, all the while continuing to edit and write for his phenomenal website, MacStories.net, but it took a profound toll on his life and his health. Now Ticci wants to live not only well but better, and he's using his iPhone to help him do it.

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How would you change Apple's Health app?

Apple's Health app for iPhone debuted with iOS 8. Health provides a central place for all your medical, fitness, nutrition, sleep, and related information.

Categories include Diagnostics, Fitness, Lab Results, Me, Medication, Nutrition, Sleep, and Vital Signs. Data is presented in both graphs — which can be added to the dashboard view — and in separate sub-catagories. Once the information is collected, you can either keep it just for yourself, or you can choose to send it to other apps, or even share it with your medical professional via Apple's HealthKit framework. There's even a medical ID feature to help responders to find out vital information in case of emergency.

Privacy is a huge emphasis for Health, and you can control not only the data you collect, and not only which apps can access that data, but which apps can read it and which apps can write it. And if you don't give permission, an app — and any insurance or health organization behind it — doesn't even know it's there.

That's what Health is, but what do you want Health to be?

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Apple Watch to ship with all previously announced health features

Mainstream reporting on Apple is often sensational and superficial. Once and a while it's also stupefying. That's the case with this story about the Apple Watch, where it seems details of Apple testing various different health sensors during the normal course of their product development cycle somehow got warped and twisted into something profoundly stupid.

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The inimitable value of Apple Pay and what comes next

Apple Pay brought together everything from Passbook to Touch ID to launch Apple into the mobile transaction business. It was the company's first major new product category since the iPad and its been expanding steadily in the U.S. since October. As a service, Apple Pay is compelling enough that Android owners should consider switching to iPhone. It offers better security, efficiency, and experience for everyone along the chain, from banks to retailers to customers. And it could also be the first of those kinds of services "only Apple" is positioned to provide.

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FTC reportedly wants privacy guarantee for collected Health app data

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reportedly asked Apple to protect sensitive health data collected in the company's Health app on iPhones. According to reports, the FTC wants assurances that Apple won't share health data without the consent of owners.

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Nike+ Running update adds elevation tracking, Health app integration

Nike has updated its Nike+ Running app with more features to help you better track your runs. The app, now in version 4.6, adds elevation tracking, Health app integration, an updated home screen experience, and enhanced heart rate support for Wahoo's Tickr products. The app is also optimized for the larger displays of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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Carrot Fit's quips whip you into shape with iOS 8's Health integration

Carrot Fit is one of the latest fitness trackers that integrates with iOS 8.0.2 and Apple's HealthKit. Carrot is an unorthodox fitness coach that has its own humor-injected artificial intelligence that tries to motivate you with hilarious phrases to help you achieve your own fitness goals. Through inspiration, threats, ridicule, and bribery, nothing appears to be off limits as Carrot tries to get you more active.

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