Using Other Cool iPhone Apps and Features - My iPhone for Seniors, Second Edition (2016)

My iPhone for Seniors, Second Edition (2016)

15. Using Other Cool iPhone Apps and Features


In this chapter, you learn about some other really useful apps and iPhone functionality. Topics include the following:

Image Getting started

Image Touring other cool iPhone apps

Image Listening to podcasts with the Podcasts app

Image Finding your way with Maps

Image Working with the Wallet app and Apple Pay

Image Managing your health with the Health app

Image Working seamlessly across your devices

In previous chapters, you learned about many of the iPhone’s great apps, such as Phone, Mail, Messages, Safari, and Calendar. In this chapter, you learn about a number of other apps you might find useful.

You also learn how to use your iPhone with Macs and iPads. The iOS Handoff feature makes it easy to work on the same things on Macs, iPhones, and iPads. For example, you can start an email on a Mac, and finish the same email on an iPad and your iPhone, too. When a phone call comes in to your iPhone, you can choose to answer it on your Mac, iPad, or Watch.

Getting Started

An iPhone can truly become your iPhone over time as you customize it with the apps that you find to be useful for living your daily life, traveling, managing your health, and communicating. The great thing about iPhone apps is that there are so many to choose from, and because many of them are free, you can try lots of apps. Keep and use the ones you like, delete the ones you don’t. Over time, you’ll develop a group of core apps that you use constantly and a few that you use just occasionally. The rest you can just delete to get rid of them or move them out of the way.

In previous chapters, you learned about many of the core apps that come preinstalled on your iPhone. In this chapter, you learn about a few more of the pre-installed apps and get an overview of a number of apps that you might want to download onto your iPhone so you can give them a try.

Don’t be hesitant to try apps. Apple maintains extremely tight control over the apps that make it into the App Store so there’s virtually no chance that an app you download and install can put you or your information at any risk. It usually only takes a few minutes using an app to determine if it is useful to you, so you’re not risking much of your time either.

Touring Other Cool iPhone Apps

There are many thousands of apps available for the iPhone. Some of these are pre-installed on your iPhone; others you download from the App Store. No matter how they get installed on your iPhone, these apps can be really useful in so many ways.

Touring Other Cool iPhone Apps Already Installed on Your iPhone

The following table provides an overview of a number of other apps (all of which are installed by default) that you might find useful or entertaining:

Other Cool iPhone Apps Installed by Default





Touring Other Cool iPhone Apps You Can Download onto Your iPhone

The following table provides “mini-reviews” of some apps you might find useful, but that aren’t installed on your iPhone by default. Fortunately, as you learned in Chapter 6, “Downloading Apps, Music, Movies, TV Shows, and More onto Your iPhone,” it is easy to download and install apps from the App Store onto your iPhone.

Other Useful Apps Not Installed by Default




Listening to Podcasts with the Podcasts App

Podcasts are episodic audio or video programs that are available on many, many topics. Using the Podcasts app, you can subscribe to and manage lots of podcasts so that you always have something of interest available to you.

Setting Your Podcast Preferences

Like most apps you’ve seen in this book, you can set some preferences for the Podcasts app. These preferences, which you access by opening the Settings app and tapping Podcasts on the left side, are described in the following table.

Podcasts Settings




Using the Podcasts App to Subscribe to Podcasts

You can subscribe to podcasts you want to listen to or watch so they are available in the Podcasts app. Here’s how to search for podcasts from a specific organization or by topic:

Image On the Home screen, tap Podcasts.


Image Tap Search.


Image Tap in the Search bar.


Image Type your search term. As you type, the app presents podcasts related to your search term.

Image Browse the search results.

Image Tap the search you want to perform. If none of the searches are what you are looking for, type a more detailed search term and tap Search to see the entire list. The search is performed and you see the results organized into different categories, such as episodes and podcasts. You can use the tabs at the top of the screen to limit the results to one or the other.


Image Browse the search results.

Image Tap a podcast that you want to explore. You move to the podcast’s screen where you see its image, title, and other information. Below the SUBSCRIBE button, you see the podcast’s description.


Image Read the description.

Image If the entire description isn’t displayed, tap more.

Image To subscribe to the podcast, tap SUBSCRIBE. You are subscribed to the podcast and episodes are downloaded according to the Podcast app’s settings (see table earlier in this chapter for settings and their descriptions). For example, if in the Podcast app settings you chose the 1 Month Limit Episodes setting, only the episodes released within the past month are downloaded.

Image Tap My Podcasts. You move back to your podcast library where you see the podcast to which you subscribed and it is ready for you to listen to it.


Image Tap the podcast to play it (details about finding and playing podcasts are in the following tasks).


>>>Go Further: More on Podcasts

As you ponder podcasts, consider the following:

• You can browse for podcasts using the Featured and Top Charts buttons. These present groups of podcasts that you can filter by tapping the Categories button at the top of the screen and choosing the category of podcast in which you are interested. You can then browse the results and explore podcasts you might wish to subscribe to just like when you search for podcasts.

• The screen for some podcasts has three tabs: Details, Reviews, and Related. These tabs are just like the tabs for apps in the App Store (see Chapter 6).

• When you search for or browse for podcasts and you view one to which you are subscribed, you see the UNSUBSCRIBE button. To unsubscribe from a podcast without deleting all the episodes you’ve downloaded, tap UNSUBCRIBE.

• You can share a podcast by tapping the Share button, and then choosing how you want to share it (such as with AirDrop, Mail, or Messages).

• To unsubscribe from a podcast and delete all the episodes you’ve downloaded, tap My Podcasts. Tap the Edit button in the upper-left corner of the screen. Tap the podcast’s unlock button (–) and tap Delete. The podcast and all its episodes are deleted from your library.

Choosing a Podcast to Listen To

When you’re ready to listen, open the Podcasts app and tap My Podcasts. You can use the My Podcasts screen to quickly find the podcast you want to hear or see.


• Swipe up and down the My Podcasts screen to browse all the podcasts to which you are subscribed. You see a thumbnail for each podcast. Tap a thumbnail to see a podcast’s page so you can select and play episodes (covered in the next task).


• To view a list of episodes you haven’t listened to, tap Unplayed. You see the list by the date on which the episode was released. Swipe up and down the screen to find an episode in which you are interested. Tap an episode to play it (covered in the next task).


• You search for podcasts in your library or in the Store using the Search bar. Tap in the Search bar and type your search term. The podcasts and episodes of podcasts that meet your search criteria appear in the list of results. Tap a podcast to view and play its episodes, or tap an episode to play it. Tap Search iTunes Store to search there for podcasts related to your search.

Podcast Badge

When you see a badge on a podcast, the number indicates how many episodes you haven’t viewed on a list, not how many you haven’t listened to (which would make more sense).

Listening to Podcasts

The first step in listening to a podcast is to find the episode you want to listen to. You can see episodes individually, such as on a list of results from a search, or more commonly, when you view a podcast to which you are subscribed.

As you learned in the previous task, you can do this by tapping the podcast on the My Podcasts screen to open it.

When you open a podcast, you see that podcast’s screen. At the top is the general information about the podcast. Below that is the list of episodes for the podcast. What you see on this screen depends on the settings for the podcast, such as how long you keep episodes. Episodes are grouped in various ways, again depending on your settings (see “Setting Your Podcast Preferences” earlier in this chapter for information on settings). You can browse the list of episodes.


Tap the episode to which you want to listen. If it is not currently downloaded, it downloads and starts to play as soon as enough of it has been downloaded that it can play without stopping. If it is already stored on your phone, it starts playing immediately. At the bottom of the screen, you see the Miniplayer. As the episode plays, you can view its information or pause it by tapping the Pause button.


When you tap on the ellipsis next to an episode, you see a menu providing a number of commands you can apply to that episode, such as Play Next, Mark as Played, and so on.


When you tap the Miniplayer, you move to the Now Playing screen. On the Now Playing screen, you have the following controls:

• Tap the downward-facing arrow to move back to the podcast’s screen and display the Miniplayer instead.

• Tap the Up Next button to see a list of episodes for the podcast you are playing or if you are viewing the Unplayed list, you see the list of unplayed episodes in the order they will play (you can tap an episode from the list to play it). You can add episodes to the end of this list by using the Add to Up Next command or you can move an episode to the top of the list by using the Play Next command. Tap Done to close the Up Next list.

• Tap the Pause/Play button to pause a playing podcast or to play a paused one.

• Tap the Repeat Last 15 Seconds button to repeat the last 15 seconds of the episode.


Managing Podcasts and Episodes of Podcasts

Here are some pointers you can use to manage your podcasts:


• To manage a podcast and its episodes, move to its screen and tap Settings (the gear button) to move to the Settings screen for the podcast.


• The Settings tools enhance or override the general podcast preferences you set in the Settings app. Use the Play option to set the order in which the episodes play. Tap the Sort Order option to set the order in which they appear on the podcast’s screen. Set the Subscribed switch to off (white) to stop downloading episodes; set it to on (green) to resume downloads. Use the Notifications switch to stop or resume notifications for the podcast (if you’ve disabled all notifications for the Podcasts app, this switch is disabled). Use the controls in the ON THIS IPHONE section to override the global settings; for example, you can use the Refresh Every option to change how the podcast is refreshed. When you are done configuring the settings, tap Done.


• To manage a podcast’s episodes, move to its screen and tap Edit (shown in an earlier figure). Selection circles appear next to each episode. Tap the episodes you want to manage. Tap Mark, and then tap Mark as Played or Mark as Unplayed to change the selected episodes’ status; when you mark an episode as Played, it is immediately removed from the list if the app is configured to delete played episodes. To save episodes so they won’t be deleted automatically, tap Save Episodes. To unsave episodes, tap Remove from Saved. Tap Delete to delete the selected episodes. Tap Done to exit the Edit mode.

• To delete individual episodes of a podcast, swipe to the left on the episode you want to delete and tap Delete.

• When a podcast is marked with an exclamation point badge, it has a problem. Tap the podcast to see an explanation of the problem at the top of the screen. Most commonly, it is that the app has stopped downloading the podcast because you haven’t listened to any episodes in a while. Tap the message to refresh the podcast.

• You can also refresh all your podcasts by swiping down from the top of the My Podcasts screen, or refresh a specific podcast by swiping down from the top of its screen.

Finding Your Way with Maps

The Maps app enables you to find locations and view them on the map. However, the real power of the Maps app is that you can then get detailed, turn-by-turn, spoken directions to those places. You can use these directions to drive, walk, or even take public transportation to the places you find.

Generating directions with the Maps app is easy and quick to do as the following steps demonstrate:

Image On the Home screen, tap Maps.


Image Tap in the Search bar, and type in the location you want to find. You can type in an address, a place name (such as Lucas Oil Stadium), or even a description of what you are looking for (e.g., Starbucks near me). As you type, the app presents a list of locations that meet your search.

Image Tap the location you want to see on the map. The map appears and the location, or locations (if you do a more general search), for which you searched are marked with a pushpin.


Image If there is more than one location shown in the map, tap the pushpin for the location in which you are interested; if only one location was found, it is selected automatically and you don’t need to tap it. You see a summary of the location you selected, including an estimated time to go there from your current location (the car icon indicates the time is estimated based on regular vehicle travel).

Image If you want directions from your current location to the selected location, tap the blue time estimate part of the summary pop-up and skip to step 13.

Image To generate directions starting from someplace other than your current location, tap the right-facing arrow. On the location’s info screen, you see a variety of information about it, such as phone number, website, physical address, and so on (the information provided varies).


Image Browse up and down the screen to view information about the location. Links enable you to perform other actions related to it, such as tapping the phone icon to place a call to the number shown.

Image Tap Directions.


Image Tap in the top box and tap the clear button to erase the current start location, which is your current location by default.


Image Type the location for the starting point of your route. The app searches for locations based on what you type; this works just like when you started this process.

Image Tap the location where you want the route to start.


Image Tap Route. When the app determines the route you selected, you see it in dark blue on the map; alternate routes are shown in other shades (you can tap an alternate route to use it instead).


Image Tap Drive to get driving directions, Walk to get walking directions, or Transit to see routes available by public transportation.

Image Tap Start to have the app start navigating for you. The app shows you the part of the route you are on and announces when you need to do something else, such as when and where you need to turn. It gives you a “heads-up” warning when a change is coming up, such as a notice you will be exiting a highway 2 miles before the exit. The app guides you until you reach the destination. If you get off course, it recalculates the route for you automatically. This continues until you arrive at your destination.


Image As you navigate, you can tap the screen to show its controls.


Image Tap End to end the navigation before you reach the destination; otherwise, navigation stops automatically when you reach the end of the journey.


>>>Go Further: Get There with Maps

Here are a few Maps pointers to help you along your way:

• To see an overview of your route, tap Overview. The map zooms out and you see the entire route. Tap Resume to go back to the navigation.

• To repeat the current step you are on, tap it. The app speaks the current step.

• Maps presents a 3D view of your route; tap 3D to turn this off or on. This view is difficult to describe so the best thing to do is to try it to see if you find it useful.

• To see the directions in text form, tap the List button, which appears in the center at the bottom of the screen. You see each step on the route. Tap Done to return to the map.

• To configure the voice used for navigation, tap the speaker button located in the bottom-right corner of the screen. You can change the volume level or set the Pause Spoken Audio switch to on (green) to temporarily stop the voice navigation. Tap Done to return to the map.

• You can use the standard zoom and swipe motions on the map to change your view. As you change the map’s scale, you see the scale pop up at the top of the window. If you manipulate the map such that your current location is no longer shown, tap the arrow button to refocus the map so your location is in view. Tap it again to change into compass view so that true North “projects” from your icon on the map. You can then navigate with the map as you would with a compass.

• When you aren’t navigating and are just viewing a location on the map, tap the Info button (i) to reveal options, such as Map that shows you the standard map view, Transit that shows you transit information for the location, Satellite that layers a satellite image on the map, Hide Labels and Hide Location that you can use to hide those elements, 3D Map that toggles the 3D view, and Drop a Pin that enables you to manually choose a location on a map. If Maps doesn’t provide accurate information, you can tap Report an Issue to report the problem. Tap Done to close the Info screen without making changes.

• When you move into search mode, you see Nearby category buttons (for example, Food) at the top of the screen. Tap one of these to see locations in that category near you. Tap a result to see its information. If the category has sub-categories (for example, Coffee Shops when you tap Food), tap the sub-category to see locations of that type.

• Maps remembers your recent searches and presents them on the search list when you move into search mode. You can tap a recent search, such as a route, to repeat it.

• You can swap the starting and ending locations in a route by tapping the button just to the left of the Start and End fields on the search screen.

• You can tag locations as favorites and get back to them quickly by tapping Favorites on the search screen.

• As you navigate through a route, Maps identifies traffic or construction issues along the path and attempts to reroute you so that you avoid the trouble spots.

Working with the Wallet App and Apple Pay

New! The Wallet app manages all sorts of information that you need to access, from airline tickets to shopping and credit cards. Instead of using paper or plastic to conduct transactions, you can simply have your iPhone’s screen scanned.

You also use the Wallet app to access your Apple Pay information to make payments when you are in a physical location, such as a store or hotel (Apple Pay is covered in detail in “Working with Apple Pay” later in this chapter). You can also use Apple Pay when you make purchases online using some apps on your iPhone.

Working with the Wallet App

You can store a wide variety of information in your Wallet so that it is easily accessible. Examples include boarding passes, membership cards (to a gym for example), store cards (such as Starbucks if you are an addict like me), and loyalty or discount cards (things like loyalty cards for grocery stores or gas stations). The Wallet app eliminates the need to carry physical cards or paper for each of these; instead, your information is available to you digitally and you can enter it as needed by scanning the iPhone’s screen.



To open your Wallet, tap the Wallet icon. The Wallet app opens. At the top, you see the Apple Pay section that shows the cards you’ve enabled for Apple Pay. In the Passes section, you see other cards, such as boarding passes and loyalty cards.

As you add cards and boarding passes to your Wallet, they “stack up” at the bottom of the screen. Tap the stack to see the list of items available in your Wallet. The cards expand so that you can see at least the top of each card; if you have a lot of cards installed, swipe up or down on the screen to view all of them.


To use a card in your Wallet, tap it. It becomes the active card and you can access its information. For example, you can quickly access a boarding pass by opening the Wallet app and tapping it. To board the plane, you scan the code on the boarding pass. Even better, boarding passes start appearing on the Lock screen a few hours before the take-off time. Swipe to the right on the boarding pass on the Lock screen and you jump directly to the boarding pass in the Wallet app (you don’t even need to unlock your phone).

Most passes enable you to share them or information about them by tapping the Share button and using the standard sharing tools that appear.



When you tap the Info button (i), you can use the controls on a card’s Configure screen to adjust certain aspects of how the card works. For example, if you set the Suggest on Lock Screen switch to on (green), the card automatically appears on your Lock screen at the appropriate times. When you enable this for a card, such as Starbucks, it appears on the Lock screen when you are in close proximity to your favorite stores. And, some cards can be automatically refilled from your bank account or credit/debit card so that they always have a positive balance.

To delete a card from your Wallet (such as a boarding pass when the flight is finished), tap its Info button, tap Delete, and then confirm that you want to delete. The pass or card is removed from your Wallet.

When you’re done configuring a card, tap Done. The Configure screen closes and you return to the card you were configuring.

There a couple of ways to add cards to your Wallet. The most frequent way to add a card is by using the Add to Wallet command in the app associated with the card (note that this might be called Add to Passbook in apps that haven’t been updated for iOS 9 yet, but it does the same thing). In some cases, you may be able to scan the code on a card to add it.

Adding Passes or Cards to Your Wallet Using an App

If you are a frequent patron of a particular business (perhaps you are addicted to Starbucks coffee like I am) that has an iPhone app, check to see if it also supports the Wallet app. For example, when you use the Starbucks app configured with your account, you can add a Starbucks card to your Wallet as follows:

Image Open the app for which you want to add a pass or card to your Wallet.


Image Tap the app’s command to manage its information; this command can be labeled with different names in different apps, it is the MANAGE command in the Starbucks app, or it may be accessed with an icon or differently named menu.


Image Tap Add to Wallet or Add to Passbook.


Wallet AKA Passbook

In prior versions of the iOS, the app now known as Wallet was called Passbook. In apps that haven’t been updated for iOS 9 yet, you might see the Add to Passbook command instead of Add to Wallet. Add to Passbook does the same thing as Add to Wallet.

Image Tap Add. The card or pass is added to your Wallet and is ready to use.


Finding Apps that Support the Wallet

You can search for apps that support the Wallet by opening the Wallet app, tapping the Add button (+) in the Passes section, and tapping Find Apps for Wallet. This takes you into the App Store app and you see apps that support the Wallet. You can then download and install apps you want to use as described in Chapter 6.

Adding Passes or Cards to Your Wallet by Scanning Their Codes

In some cases, you can add a card or pass to the Wallet by scanning its code. To do so, follow these steps:

Image Open the Wallet app and tap the Add button (+) in the Passes section.


Image Tap Scan Code to Add a Pass.


Image Use the iPhone’s camera to scan the code on the card by positioning the phone so that the white box encloses the code on the card. If the code is recognized and is available for the Wallet, the pass or card is added to the Wallet and is ready for use. If the code isn’t recognized or doesn’t support the Wallet, you see an error and you need to find an associated app for the card to use it with the Wallet.


Working with Apple Pay



Apple Pay enables you to pay for things more easily and securely than with physical credit or debit cards. (Note that Apple Pay requires an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or later.) When you are making a purchase in a physical store, you can simply hold your iPhone up to a contactless reader connected to the cash register and touch your finger to the Touch ID button. (The finger you use must be recognized for Touch ID; see Chapter 4, “Configuring an iPhone to Suit Your Preferences,” for the details of configuring fingerprints for Touch ID.) The iPhone communicates the information required to complete the purchase.


Apple Pay also simplifies purchases made in online stores. When you use an app or a website that supports Apple Pay, you can tap the Buy with Apple Pay button to complete the purchase.

Apple Pay is actually more secure than using a credit or debit card because your card information is not passed to the device; instead a unique code is passed that ties back to your card, but that can’t be used again. And, you never present your card so the number is not visible to anyone, either visually or digitally.

With Apple Pay, you can store your cards in the Wallet app, and they are instantly and automatically available to make purchases.

Apple Pay Support

In addition to requiring an iPhone 6/6s or iPhone 6/6s Plus, a credit or debit card must support Apple Pay for it to work with that card. The easiest way to figure out if your cards support it is to try to add a card to Apple Pay. If you can do so, the card is supported and you can use it. If not, you can check with the credit or debit card company to see when support for Apple Pay will be added so you can use it.

Adding Credit or Debit Cards to Apple Pay

To start using Apple Pay, add a credit or debit card to it:

Image Open the Wallet app.


Image Tap the Add button (+) in the Apple Pay section at the top of the screen.


Image Tap Next.


Image Position the iPhone so that the card is inside the white box. The app captures information from the card, which is highlighted in white on the screen. When it has captured all the information it can, you move to the Card Details screen.


Prefer to Type?

If you don’t want to use the camera option, or if that option doesn’t capture the information correctly, you can also type your card’s information directly into the fields. To do this, perform step 3, and then tap Enter Card Details Manually, which is at the bottom of the Scan screen. You can use the resulting Card Details screens to manually enter the card’s information.

Image Use the keyboard or keypad to enter any information that wasn’t captured or to correct any information that wasn’t captured correctly.

Image Tap Next. The information for the card is verified. If it can’t be verified, you see an error message. For example, if the card doesn’t support Apple Pay, you see a message saying so. If this happens, tap OK to close the message and then wait for your card to support Apple Pay or enter a different card’s information. When the card is verified, you see the Terms and Conditions screen.


Image Tap Agree.


Image Tap Agree at the prompt. The card’s verification is complete and you see it in the Wallet app. You are ready to use Apple Pay.


More Verification Required

In some cases, there may be an additional verification step after you tap Agree in step 8. When this is the case, the Complete Verification screen appears. Tap how you want to receive the verification code, such as via Email or Text Message, and then tap Next. The card configuration completes. You should receive a verification code. When you have the code, open the Settings app and tap Wallet & Apple Pay. Tap the card you need to verify, and then tap Enter Code. Enter the verification code you received; when you enter the correct code, the card is verified and becomes available for Apple Pay.

Managing Apple Pay


To manage Apple Pay, open the Settings app and tap Wallet & Apple Pay. On the resulting screen, you can:

• Tap a card to configure it, such as to determine if notifications related to it will be sent. You also see a list of recent transactions for the card.

• Add a new credit or debit card.

• Use the Double-Click Home Button switch to determine if you can access the cards in your Wallet by pressing the Home button twice when the phone is locked. This makes using your Wallet even easier because you press the Home button twice and your cards appear; tap a card to use it or touch the Home/Touch ID button to pay for something with Apple Pay.

• Set your default Apple Pay card.

• Update your billing, shipping, and email addresses and phone numbers.


You should also make sure Apple Pay is set to use Touch ID. Open the Settings app, tap Touch ID & Passcode, and then enter your passcode. Ensure that the Apple Pay switch is on (green). This enables you to complete Apple Pay transactions by touching the Touch ID button.

Managing Your Health with the Health App

Apple’s Health app does two things. One is that you can use it to store a Medical ID with your medical information in one place for easy access, for your reference or for the reference of others during an emergency. The other is that it can be a dashboard for other health-related apps you use. For example, if you use an app to help you lose weight, that app can provide information to the Health app. Likewise, apps you use to monitor your exercise can feed their results to the Health app so you can get all your health information in one place.

Using the Health App to Create a Medical ID

To configure a Medical ID in the Health app, perform the following steps:

Image Tap Health to open the app.


Image Tap the Medical ID button.

Image Tap Create Medical ID.


Image Set the Show When Locked switch to on (green) so that you or others can access your medical information when your iPhone is locked. For example, if someone needs to provide you with medical treatment, they can get to this information without having to unlock your phone.

Image Tap and complete each section of information to add it to your Medical ID. This information includes your birthdate, medical conditions, medical notes, allergies, medications, emergency contacts, blood type, and other important information.

Image Tap Done to save the updated information.


Accessing Your Medical ID

You can view your Medical ID information at any time by returning to the Medical ID screen (open the Health app and tap Medical ID). To update your information, tap Edit and change or add information.

If you enabled the Show When Locked feature in step 4, your Medical ID can be accessed while your iPhone is locked. This is especially useful for situations in which you are incapacitated and others need this information to treat you. To access this information while the phone is locked, wake the phone up, swipe to the right on the slider to move to the Touch ID or Enter Passcode screen. Tap Emergency; then, tap Medical ID.



Using the Health App for Health and Fitness Information

You can use the Health app to store all sorts of health and related information. This information can be entered directly into the Health app, or even more usefully, it can be automatically added from other apps you use, such as an app you use to monitor exercise or to lose weight.

Finding and Installing Health Apps

You can use the information in Chapter 6 to find and download health-related apps from the App Store. As you consider apps you may want to use, make sure they are compatible with the Health app; if an app is described as working with the Healthkit or Apple Health compatible, it can report its information to the Health app. You need to install these apps on your iPhone so they can work with the Health app. To get information about apps that can work with the iPhone’s Health app, do a Web search for “apps that work with the health app.” Or, search the App Store for “Healthkit.” When you find apps you want to use, download and install them as detailed in Chapter 6.

Configuring Apps to Report to the Health App

You have to provide explicit permission for apps to report their data to the Health app so that you can view that information on the Health app’s screens. This typically involves accessing the app’s settings or configuration tools to set this permission. How you do this varies from app to app, but the following steps show how you do this in one app as an example.

Image Open the app you want to connect to the Health app.

Image Move into the app’s Settings area; typically, you tap a button with the gear icon on it to do this.


Image Set the Store in Health or similar option to on, such as by setting its switch to on (green). This enables the app to connect to the Health app to provide information to it.


Image If prompted to do so, choose the specific data you want the app to report into the Health app by setting the switches to on (green). When you enable data, it is reported to the Health app; if you disable data, it is not reported to the Health app.

Image Tap Done. The app begins reporting its information to the Health app.


Using the Health App to View Health Information

You can use the Health app to view your health information. Because it consolidates the information from many other apps, there is a large amount of information available to you. You can view information in individual categories and view dashboards.

Image Tap Health on the Home screen to open the app.


Image Tap Health Data. You see the various kinds of information that the Health app can work with.

Image Swipe up and down the screen to review all the categories of information available in the app.

Image Tap the category you want to explore, such as Fitness. You move into that category and see its details.


Image Swipe up and down the screen to review all the sub-categories of information available in the app.

Image Tap an area you are interested in, such as Workouts.


Image Tap the timeframe for which you want to view information, such as Week. The graph updates to show the timeframe you select and you can see the data for what has been collected in the Health app for that timeframe. For example, if you are viewing Workouts, you see the workout information for the current week.

Image If you want the information you are working with to be available on the Health app Dashboard, set its Show on Dashboard switch to on (green).

Image To see all the data in the category, tap Show All Data. On the All Recorded Data screen, you see all the information available in the category.

Image Tap Add Data Point to manually enter information. On the resulting screen, enter the information you want to add and tap Add.

Image To share the information you are viewing with other apps, tap Share Data, set the switches for the apps with which you want to share data to on (green), and tap the back button.

Image When you are done viewing the information, tap the back button.


Image Tap Dashboard. You see a compilation of dashboards showing all the data for which the Show on Dashboard switch is on (as described in step 8).

Image Tap a tab to change the timeframe for the dashboards being displayed.

Image Swipe up and down the screen to browse all of the dashboards.

Image Tap a dashboard to view its detail and configure it.


Managing Sources in the Health App

You can configure the sources of information being managed in the Health app on the Sources screen as follows:

Image Tap Sources. On the Sources screen, you see a list of apps that can share information with the Health app.

Image Tap an app to configure it.


Image Swipe up and down the screen to see all of the options.

Image Set the switches to on (green) for data that you want the app to provide to the Health app.

Image Set the switches to off (white) for the data that you don’t want to be reported into the Health app.

Image Tap Sources and repeat steps 2 through 5 to configure the other Health app’s use.


Configuring Health Devices

Some health devices can report their information directly into their apps, which can in turn report that data into the Health app. (Your iPhone can track your steps and report those to the Health app.) First, if necessary, pair the device with your iPhone (see Chapter 2, “Connecting Your iPhone to the Internet, Bluetooth Devices, and iPhones/iPods/iPads”). Second, open the Settings app, tap Privacy, and then tap Motion & Fitness. Use the settings on the Motion & Fitness screen to enable Fitness Tracking and to enable apps to access your Motion & Fitness activity.

Working Seamlessly Across Your Devices

Your iPhone can work seamlessly with other iOS devices running iOS 8 or later (such as iPads), Apple Watch, or Macs running OS X Yosemite or later. This enables you to change devices and keep working on the same tasks. For example, you can start an email on your iPhone and then continue it on your Mac without missing a beat.

You can also take phone calls to your iPhone on Apple Watch, iPads, or Macs.

Working with Handoff

Handoff enables you to work seamlessly between iOS devices, Apple Watch, as well as Macs running OS X Yosemite or later. Each device needs to be signed into the same iCloud account and have Handoff enabled. If you do not have an Apple Watch, multiple iOS devices running iOS 8 or later, or a Mac running OS X Yosemite or later, then there is no need to turn on this feature.


Ensure that Handoff is enabled on all the devices with which you want to use it. On iOS devices, enable Handoff by opening the Settings app, tapping General, and then tapping Handoff & Suggested Apps. Set the Handoff switch to on (green).

For Apple Watch, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap General. On the General screen, scroll down to Enable Handoff and make sure it is on (green).

To enable handoff on a Mac running OS X Yosemite or later, open the System Preferences app, and then open the General pane. Ensure that the Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices check box is checked.

Using Handoff on iOS Devices

When Handoff is enabled on your devices, you can work on the same items on any device, as the following example of working with email shows:

Image Start an email on your iPhone (note this only works for iCloud email).


Image To work on the email on another iOS device, swipe up on the Mail icon on its Lock screen and unlock the device.


Image Work on the email on the iOS device.


Handoff on a Mac

When your Mac detects activity associated with Handoff, an icon on the Dock appears. Click that icon to open the activity, such as an email, web page, Pages document, or other iCloud-based activity.

This works in the other direction, too. For example, if you open a web page on your Mac, you see the Safari icon on the iPhone’s Lock screen. Swipe up on it and unlock your iPhone and the web page on your Mac opens on your iPhone.

Most Apple apps support Handoff and Apple has made it available to other software developers so they can add support to their apps, too.

Taking Phone Calls on Macs or iPads


When your iPhone is on the same Wi-Fi network as an iPad running iOS 8 or later, or a Mac running OS X Yosemite or later, you can take phone calls on those devices. When a call comes in to your iPhone, you see the call screen on the other devices and can take the call on one of those devices (see Chapter 8, “Communicating with the Phone and FaceTime Apps”).

If you have an Apple Watch, it communicates with your iPhone using Bluetooth, so it is not necessary to be on Wi-Fi to take a call on the Watch instead of the iPhone.

Configuring Devices to Share iPhone Calls

To be able to take calls to your iPhone on other devices, open the Settings app and tap Phone. Tap Calls on Other Devices. Set the Allow Calls on Other Devices switch to on (green). To allow other devices to take calls, ensure those devices’ switches are on (green). To prevent calls from going to a device, set its switch to off (white).