Health app - Dashboard

Track Steps, Flights and Distance with Health App On Your iPhone

The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have built-in low-power sensors that allow you to make use of some of Health app’s features without third-party sensors and apps.

Your new iPhone’s built-in sensors track steps, walking and running distance, and flights of steps and then share that data with Health app without draining your battery.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus’s built-in sensors include:

  • Barometer to sense air pressure and determine your elevation as you move measuring stairs climbed and hills conquered.
  • Accelerometer to measure your distance for walking and running, and with the GPS calibrates your running stride and captures your movements.
  • Gyroscope determines whether you’re on the move or stationary.

Track and View Your Walking + Running Distance Data in Health App

1. Open “Health” app.

2. Select the “Health Data” tab.

3. Select “Fitness”.

4. Select “Walking + Running Distance”. You will now see a chart with the Walking + Running Distance data gathered by your iPhone.

5. Flip the “Show on Dashboard” switch so the switch’s background is green.

Health app
Health app

6. Select the “Dashboard” tab and you can view your Walking + Running Distance.

Health app - Dashboard
Health app – Dashboard

Track and View Your Flights Climbed Data in Health App

1. Follow steps 1-3 above under Track and View Your Walking + Running Distance.

4. Select “Flights Climbed”. You will now see a chart with the Flights Climbed data gathered by your iPhone.

5. Flip the “Show on Dashboard” switch so the switch’s background is green.

6. Select the “Dashboard” tab and you can view your Flights Climbed.

Track and View Your Steps (Pedometer) in Health App

1. Follow steps 1-3 above under Track and View Your Walking + Running Distance.

4. Select “Steps”. You will now see a chart with the Steps data gathered by your iPhone.

5. Flip the “Show on Dashboard” switch so the switch’s background is green.

6. Select the “Dashboard” tab and you can view your Steps.

The data collected by your iPhone’s internal sensors appears to be pretty accurate. However, it is important to understand that data will only be collected when you have your iPhone on you because its internal sensors are doing all the data collection.

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