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How To Use The New Health App On The iPad

With iPadOS 17, Apple has brought the Health app to the iPad. It gives users the ability to track their health, and the apps have been optimized for the iPad’s larger screen.

The design is visually more appealing and brings newly designed revamped features. 

The display encourages you to interact with your health data through Trends, Highlights, and interactive charts.

Let’s dive into the new Health app and bring your health data to life on the iPad’s larger display.

How to Use the Health App on Your iPad

Once your iPad is updated to iPadOS 17, the Health app will be displayed on your Home Screen. 

Here’s how to set it up:

  • Open the Health app
  • You’ll see the Welcome screen; tap Continue

  • Toggle on the Sync to iPad switch to ensure your health data is available on your iPhone and Apple Watch.

  • Tap Continue
  • Toggle on the Trends to receive a notification about a new trend in your health data.

  • Tap Continue


Now you can continue adding your health details and set up your profile as needed.

The Health Categories and Records and the Summary and Health Sharing option will be available in the left side panel.

Health Tracking 

The health app intends to be your all-encompassing companion. They allow you to track your daily emotional states and moods to track your medications. 

Users can compile and view their health records from multiple institutions in one centralized, secure, private location.

What Else is New

Apple is continuing its focus on health and wellness with some new features.

Mental Health

Both the Health app on the iPhone and iPad and the Mindfulness app on the Apple Watch allow users to reflect on their current state of mind. You can scroll through multidimensional shapes that correspond with how you’re feeling—everything from very pleasant to very unpleasant.

You can select from associations with the most significant impact on your current feelings, like travel or family. Finally, you can describe your feelings as Grateful or Worried.

The Health app allows you to see insights to help identify what might be causing your current state of mind, like sleep or exercise, allowing you to manage your overall health better.

Users can now take the same depression and anxiety assessments used in clinics and doctors’ offices. Helping you determine your risk level, connect to resources available in the region, and create a PDF to share with your doctor.

Vision Health

Nearsightedness, also known as Myopia, affects for than 30 percent of the population. 

There are several ways to reduce the risk factors, including spending more time outside in daylight and increasing the distance at which something like a book or device is viewed.

Starting in WatchOS 10, you can measure your time spent in daylight with the ambient light sensor, and that information will be displayed in the Health app. Remember that your Apple Watch must include an ambient light sensor available on models: Apple Watch Ultra, SE (2nd generation), and Apple Watch Series 6 and later.


A new Screen Distance feature found on the iPhone and iPad encourages users to move their device farther away after holding it closer than 12 inches for an extended period. It will also provide tips for younger users to engage in healthy viewing habits and allow adults to reduce eye strain.


The addition of the Health app on the iPad is a great way to see significant health information on the larger screen. The mental health and vision features are an excellent addition to a robust set of features across Apple devices. 

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