How to save and back up your Health data on Apple Watch

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If you’re looking to move your health data from an old Apple Watch to a new one, you’ve got some choices to make.

When you’re moving to a new new Apple Watch, one thing you need to keep an eye on is your health data. Because it’s a very private set of information, data from the Health app hasn’t always been included by default in iPhone backups made to iCloud and iTunes. This is important, because these iPhone backups contain the backup of your old Apple Watch that you’re looking to move to your new watch.

These days, Health data is included in what is now an encrypted iCloud backup so you can restore it to your iPhone from Apple’s cloud service, but some people still have issues with those, or don’t back up to iCloud in the first place. But for those that don’t use iCloud backups, or who seek different solutions, there are a couple of notable options out there for you.

How to create an encrypted backup of your iPhone or iPad with iTunes

While garden variety iTunes backups will keep an archive of most of your iPhone’s data, you’ll need an encrypted backup in order to save your health data.

Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer via USB.
Open iTunes
Click on the device icon in the tab bar.

Click Summary if you’re not already in that section.
Click the checkbox next to Encrypt iPhone/iPad backup. This will allow your Health data to be backed up.

Back Up Now under Manually Back Up and Restore.

After you make a backup, start the set up process for your new iPhone and choose Restore from Backup when you get to that screen.
How to use Health Data Importer to move health data to a new iPhone

If you want, you can export your data directly from the Health app, and with Health Data Importer, you can easily import exactly the data you want into the Health app on a new iPhone. You can get Health Data Importer on the App Store for $3.99

Open the Health app on your current iPhone.
Tap on the Health Data tab.
Tap on the User icon in the upper-right corner.

Tap Export Health Data.
Tap Export. This might take a few minutes.
Save the final export to the Files app.

Set up your new iPhone to your liking.
Open the Health app.
Set up your basic information.
Download Health Data Importer from the App Store.
Open Health Data Importer.
Tap Import.

Select export.zip from your chosen location in the Files app.
Select the individual sources you wish to import to your new iPhone, or Select All to move the whole Health backup to your new device.
Tap Next.

Tap Turn All Categories On on the Health Access prompt to allow the app to write to your Health repository.
Tap Allow.
Open the Files app app once Health Data Importer has finished its import.

Tap Select in the upper right corner.
Find and select the export.zip Health file.
Tap the delete button in the lower right corner.

What now?

Now that you’ve gotten your health data on to your new iPhone, it’s time to set up your new Apple Watch. Be sure to follow our guide to restoring your Apple Watch from a backup.

Questions?

Have any questions about moving your health data from one iPhone to another? Let us know down in the comments.

Update September 2017: Added new screenshots and text for iOS 11.

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