iCloud Can Now Backup and Restore Health Data

iCloud Can Now Backup and Restore Health Data iOS 10

For a little while, iCloud did not sync or backup your iPhone’s Health data like it does all your files like photos, contacts. If you wanted to back your Health data bring it to a new device iPad or any Apple device. your only option was to do anencrypted iTunes backup and restore.  Now your Health data can be saved to your iCloud backup and restored to your new device. instruction below.

Apple Health iOS 10
Apple Health iOS 10

To Backup and Restore Health Data in iOS 9

iCloud still does not sync our Health data. But,  iCloud Backup can back it up with your other data and restore it to a new device. Apple outlines your options in this support doc. The short version is that it’s wise to manually run a backup shortly before you switch to a new device.

Settings > iCloud > Backup, click start a backup, then immediately lock your device. Apple doesn’t explain the reason for that last bit, but I haven’t seen it mentioned in other iCloud documents before, so it was worth noting.

When you restore to a new device, iCloud should bring your Health data down with everything else. But just to be sure, I would recommend waiting to wipe your old device until you verify your Health data made the voyage.

Finally, for now, the only way to move your Health data to a new device is by a restore through either iCloud or Backup. As of this writing, Apple does have a way to manually export your Health data, then save it to other apps via the Share Sheet. But there is no way to manually import that data back into Health. This seems like an important oversight that I hope Apple fixes sooner than later.