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Quickly Add Data to Apple HealthKit

If you've wondered for a good way to enter data into Apple HealthKit in a way that is more efficient and less arduous than opening the app, selecting the variable you want to input, and then manually entering the value, then you're in the right place.

Many smart scales and devices that automatically sync with Apple HealthKit are currently prohibitively expensive for many (including graduate students like myself), so I did some research and figured out how to use Apple's Shortcut app to easily enter values for various different health data. Below I provide an example for weight (pounds, BMI, and body fat percentage) and blood pressure.

There are also instructions for how to incorporate these shortcuts into your drop down menu and Siri.

Download Apple's Shortcut App

Go to the App Store and download Shortcut.

Set up Weight Shortcut

I currently have a Fitbit Aria scale that doesn't sync with Apple HealthKit, so below are instructions to add weight, BMI, and body fat percentage.

Open the app, click "Create Shortcut," and name your shortcut.

Enter the following information.

Now enable the shortcut to be used with the drop down widget and Siri.

First, click here.

Now slide the Widget on and enter your Siri phrase.

Now you can pull up the shortcut with your Siri phrase or go to your drop down and select the shortcut.

Enter your information.

Done!

Set Up Blood Pressure Shortcut

Note: Never take blood pressure over clothing like this photo. ;-)

Open the app, click "Create Shortcut," and name your shortcut.

Enter the following information.

Now enable the shortcut to be used with the drop down widget and Siri.

First, click here.

Now slide the Widget on and enter your Siri phrase.

Now you can pull up the shortcut with your Siri phrase or go to your drop down and select the shortcut.

Enter your information.

Done!

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