I’ve recorded my weight for the past 9 months by simply writing it down in a notes app. While this is not a bad way to track this data, I really wanted to start utilizing the Apple Health app and recording all of my weight data here.
However, importing your historical weight to the Apple health app is a CHORE.
There’s also the limitation that the Apple Health app doesn’t exist on a Mac.
However, there is an easier way to import the data very quickly. It will require a computer and a couple of programs.
What you will need/Prerequisites
- You will need a computer with an Excel-like program. (it needs to export CSV files) Any of the following will work:
- Microsoft Excel
- Google Sheets
- You will need an iPhone (obviously). You will want to download the following app:
- Weigh In: Weight Tracker
- Link: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/weigh-in-weight-tracker/id1082115351
- You will need to open this app and make sure you are sharing weight data with Apple Health.
Step 1: Create your Dataset
If you are like me, your data might have looked as simple as this:
Monday may 16 - 233 lbs.
Tuesday may 17 - 231 lbs.
Wednesday may 18 - 229.5
Thursday may 19 - 229 lbs
Friday may 20 - 231 lbs.
Saturday may 21 - 230 lbs.
This is fine, but we change this data so that the Apple Health App understands the data.
- Grab your phone and open “Weigh In”
- Hit “Weigh In Now” at the bottom.
- Type in your weight and hit “Confirm”.
- This has now created a set of data for us.
- Now we need to export the data from the app so we have a CSV file that we will use to record our data.
- Hit the settings icon in the top left
- Scroll down to “data options”
- Select “Export”. Click “Export to CSV file”
- Transfer this file to your computer somehow. I used airdrop, but you can use any other method such as email or a cloud service.
- Open the .CSV file in your Spreadsheet program.
- You should see something like the following:
- We will now need to change our data to match the .CSV conventions.
- For every date, it MUST be in the following format: mm/d/yy
- You can ignore time, but if you would like to include it, it must be HH:MM:SS format.
- Weight must just be a simple number.
- You do not need to include “notes”.
- The goal is to have your data something like this:
- Save your spreadsheet as a NEW file. It MUST be in a .CSV format, otherwise, it won’t work. I would recommend naming it something different.
Import your Data
Now that we have our dataset, we can import it.
- Copy the file to your device (email, airdrop, dropbox, google drive, etc.)
- Save it to the “Files” app, and remember where you save it.
- Open up the health app again and now hit “Import”.
- Select the file we saved previously.
- You should see a screen similar to the following:
- Make sure you check the following:
- Date should show Date
- Time should be Time
- Weight should be Weight (lb).
- Make sure to check “Import to Health App”
- You can now hit “Show Weight Data” to review what it will import BEFORE importing it.
You should now see all of your Weight Data inside of the Apple Health App!
Check out my other articles!
Consider following me on YouTube, Social Media, or joining the emailing list. Check me out at https://www.malachicorliss.com for all kinds of articles that will help you with tech, music, productivity, and more!