The road to a healthier you starts with your iPhone's Health app

You don’t have to wait for the Apple Watch to unleash Health's full potential
The road to a healtiher you starts with your iPhone's Health app

We bet some of you haven’t touched this app, or at the most, have tapped on it and then exited confused.

Don’t worry, we’re here to take you deeper into the brand new app and unlock its potential in these four different ways.

1) Medical ID in case of emergencies

You’re never without your iPhone, and that’s a very good thing in case of emergencies. iOS 8 brings with it the ability for someone to access your medical information directly from the lock screen. In order for it to be useful, you’ll have to fill it out first.

Fill out your details: Tap on the Health app, then Medical ID (which is the last icon in the bottom bar) and Edit to enter your details. Remember to enable Show When Locked if that’s what you desire.

You can then add your name, birthdate, any medical conditions or allergies and corresponding reactions, emergency contacts, and your blood type. You can also choose to indicate if you’re an organ donor and enter your height and weight.

It’s up to you what type of information you want people to be able to access in case of a medical emergency that doesn’t break your phone in the process.

What people can do: If you pass out in public when you’re alone, people could have looked in your wallet in the past to ID you. But in this smartphone era, all they have to do is locate your iPhone.

And even if it’s locked, all they have to do is swipe to the password screen, then tap Emergency at the bottom left of the screen and Medical ID on the bottom left again to retrieve the information to get you help.

Hopefully, they do that and not steal your iPhone.