Recently, I purchased a new iPhone because the speaker on my old one broke unexpectedly. I was under the impression that switching iPhones would be a quick and painless task – I am a tech, after all – but disaster struck when I tried to access my stored health data.
I did everything on my old iPhone to prepare for the swap: conduct a full iCloud backup, unpair my Apple Watch, and make note of important items I needed to transfer. I turned on my new phone and signed in with my Apple ID. I selected “restore from a cloud backup” and data began to sync. After about an hour of both excitement and anxiety, it was time to officially use my new phone. I went through all my photos, contacts, messages, notes and wallet info to make sure my important data was there. I then paired my watch to the new phone and went on with my day.
Later that night, I went to the gym and started to track my workout as usual. When I hit my calorie goal for the day, I was expecting to see a new “move goal streak” of 18 days. When it didn’t come, I frantically went into the Health app, only to find that all my health data (awards, history, competitions) was gone! I panicked, then realized everything was still on my old iPhone.
After an hour of research, I found out that Apple only backs up health data if you select an “encrypted backup” in iTunes. I knew there had to be another way. I Googled until I found Health Data Importer. I installed this application and followed a tutorial on how to use it. I took a backup of all health data on my old iPhone by going to “export this data” in the account settings of the health app. It compressed everything into a .zip file, which I transferred to my new phone. I imported the .zip into Health Data Importer and let it work its magic. After 5 minutes, all my data was on my new iPhone!
For anyone whose sole motivation to workout is to close their daily rings (like me) and unlock new achievements, the Health Data Importer app can be a literal life saver.
Anthony holds dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from NYU.
He has over 30 years of experience in hardware design and software programming. Anthony specializes in computer and cloud networking and has collaborated with clients and third parties on creating custom software designs and is a web presence and accessibility compliance expert.