One of the most interesting features of newer Apple Watches is their health and activity tracking functionality. Apple apps will analyze and report on your activity for you, but you may want to manually export and look at all your health data. Fortunately, you can do so using your Series 4 or 5 Apple Watch.
Here’s how to export these reports and convert them into a format you can easily analyze.
Why Export Your Activity?
Series 4 and 5 Apple Watches are always collecting health data when worn. This information is mostly about heart health, like your resting heart rate, fitness tracking, and steps taken.
When you export this data, you can track fitness goals and health over time. It may be useful to a doctor or other medical professional or in different contexts – like filing a health insurance claim. Even if you aren’t interested in your heart health, the information collected by Apple Watch can help you detect conditions like sleep apnea, diabetes, and arrhythmia with the help of third-party tools.
You may also want the data just out of curiosity. You may wonder what your resting heart rate looks like at home versus at work. You may be curious as to which gets your blood pumping more – a morning jog or an evening walk. With your health information, you’ll be able to answer these questions.
How to Export Your Apple Watch Activity
To generate your health report, start by opening the Apple Health app.
Next, go to the home screen, then click on the user icon in the top right. From the menu this opens, press “Export Health Data.” You’ll need to wait for a little bit, as the gathering and exporting process will take some time.
Several sharing options will pop up once the export process is done. Select the option you’d like, then check it for your exported health data.
The exported report will be an XML file and not particularly easy to read – not the best for browsing and analysis purposes. Luckily, there are a few different apps and services, like the QS Access app, that will convert this data into more useful and readable formats, like an Excel spreadsheet.
Converting the XML to a readable format may take some time. If you choose to use an app to convert your activity data, the app can be set up to send you a notification once it’s complete.
These apps may also allow you to customize your report data and present it in different formats. They also have their own analysis software that can help you pick out the highlights from your data – like heart health, overall fitness level and possible problem areas.
Exporting Health Data from Your Apple Watch
You can export a report about your activity and health from your Apple Watch, but the default format won’t really be readable.
Luckily, there are a few apps and services you can use to convert your information into a readable format. If you want to get your Apple Watch health data, you will need to go through a third-party service. Once converted, these stats can help you uncover useful and interesting information about your health.